Proper politicians should have policies they believe in and then convince the electorate that it's the right thing to do instead of basing policy on popularity polling that may win them the election. It's like asking kids if they want lollies or vegetables for dinner. For this reason I respect some of the minor parties that have no hope of winning, at least they're pushing a barrow they believe in. The population actually has to be convinced that the way the system is set up will not work in the long run because the earth can't take it and allow us to survive. The earth will survive and regenerate but we won't be along for the ride. The time frames aren't urgent enough to force the issue, life is still too good, it's hard to pull a pig's snout out of the trough.