Registered On: April 2, 2014
‘Twas ever thus with a fool, DM.
It’s so easy to ply views which appeal to gut instincts about people and issues. It has a long history. Catholics were made responsible for all ills going back to Henry VIII, and until recently Irishmen were scapegoated as ‘white blacks’ (!) apparently with a reputation for lawlessness, heavy drinking and fighting. If you had an apostrophe in your surname, watch out!
Or, remember when cancer was first linked to smoking and the science was denied. Or seat belts and safety. Or take Brexit – Lesgeo’s ‘50,000 Turks are coming’ (shock, horror), or the EU banana police (Johnson) and a whole lot more https://boris-johnson-lies.com/ .
Why is this? Often, the lies in the press and parliament are put about as a distraction – ‘Don’t blame the government for all the terrible things that are happening, blame others – Irish, blacks, Jews, the EU, foreigners in general, immigrants, or the teachers, the junior doctors, the public servants…
From benefit scroungers to ‘elites’ are made to carry the can for political failure. The list is endless but the message the same – it’s their fault, not the government’s!’
Other times, the facts are denied because business loses money, or the left gains strength, or simply that there’s political mileage in playing to people’s feelings (no matter how misplaced) with populist politics.
Never mind the truth, who tells the most comforting lies? This seems to be what many idiots want to hear, and the subversive nature of social media has only served to encourage this, which the right has not been slow to exploit.