Sometimes it can take a major effort to see what should be obvious. Take the internet and the companies that facilitate much of what happens there. To listen to many politicians over the last few years, it would seem that internet companies could not sink much lower in public esteem.
But the picture is very different if we ask people what they think. The public actually puts internet and technology companies in the top tier of industries they want the government to encourage, according to a poll the Internet Association, a trade association, published to mark its launch in the UK.