by ROSSA MINOGUE
The Labour leader’s use of a neuroscientist to help him engage with the public is a mental approach to politics.
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, it’s fair to say, is not the most popular of politicians, something many attribute to his incredible inability to connect with people. So, in a way, it came as little surprise when The Sunday Times revealed thatMiliband has been seeking advice on how to connect with the public from one of the UK’s leading experts on autism.
Neuroscientist Simon Baron-Cohen, who is professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, has written a number of books on autism and empathy and is now trying to apply his ideas to improve politics.
He has been advising Miliband for over a year now on improving his ‘political empathy’, and says that he is willing to offer similar advice to any other political figure who wants it.