It's time we took into account the effects of instantaneous global communication. It has changed everything but politicians' ambition, greed and stupidity.
"Globalisation" was a phenomenon of the first phase of communication, where large companies rushed to take advantage of things like Indian call centres, but that was actually only a very brief period, before anyone with £10 a month was on the same page. But we are still stuck with the consequences of the bullying cartels of behemoths.
The shift from the old imperial 80/20 world to one where 50% of the countries control 50% of the wealth; but we have not really reacted to these challenges very intelligently yet. This suits global brands and companies who don't care about the social consequences of this type of tectonic shift - especially those emerging in BRIC nations. All they see are more customers, more easily accessible in more organised trading blocs.
But large anything is generally ultimately self defeating as the inertia and inbreeding overwhelms innovation; starting with the ancient empires. We can make an obvious start with the EU, but we need to chop absofeckinlutely everything back into smaller units where anyone can see a path to the top once more. Old-fashioned nations and countries make quite nice and obvious "units" for their own internal organisation and social strategies - and they can trade freely with other countries.
The UK has a particular problem with the BBC - which did sterling work up the Birt/Dyke era - but which now needs to be sliced up and operated as a federation of regional offices, and staffed with people recruited from the real world. And not allowed to re-congeal in the way that commercial local radio has lost the plot. Maybe the start of 24 hour rolling news in the UK (Falklands War?) also marked a point where our obsession with the media started to become unhealthy.
Education? Get a parent back at home until the kids are at least 6 years old. It's not as if the economy is awash with unfilled jobs; and working from home is now more practical than at any time since the cottage industries that fed the industrial revolution. Quite carefully contrived policies of social engineering have pressured both parents into working, so that the state indoctrination centres could set their kids on the politically correct paths. The education mafia knows full well that most frazzled parents haven't got the energy left to try and re-educate and discipline their kids in the real world.