Cognitive dissonance and fixed allowances.

Up quite early again, just 2 more steroids today but am on antibiotics for probable infection around peg. Kate went out with her girlfriends last night, Laurice and Alison, I’d been insisting she go for a while and even though she was tired went and had a pretty good time. Normally when those 3 are out they get quite drunk and are fairly raucous, not so last night with Kate drinking least and still feeling bad about leaving me. When she was out I did for the first time begin to miss the normal social side of life, going out with friends and having fun.

When I awoke I this morning I immediately started thinking about the structure and content of my forthcoming book about the external cancer, all I need to do now is actually write it. But typical of me before I began committing words to screen I was thinking about a possible second book. So, despite my discipline in writing this daily blog I’ve a way to go if I’m going to do anything like writing a book.

So, cognitive dissonance, probably one of my favourite terms I use to try and understand our mad world. Described in Wikipedia as: n psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values

I tend to use it in a slightly broader sense to include those who behave or believe in certain ways that contradict what actually is. I was first made aware of the term in relation to a typical racist BNP supporter who’s best mate is black. It occurred again to me this morning in relation to the ukippers. A typical ukipper is working class, supports renationalisation of railways and energy, distrusts big business, wants fairer wealth distribution and a higher minimum wage. All these are pretty much left wing territory and yet their leader, the grinning gargoyle, is a wealthy, privately educated, ex-city broker and advocates lower taxes for the wealthy, more privatisation and reducing worker’s rights. They are Thatcherite neoliberals. The party is also bankrolled by rich ex-Tory millionaires. In my humble opinion some massive cognitive dissonance going on here.

Of course their underlying ‘dog whistle’ tactics of using racism and anti-EU on which to pin all our ills unfortunately appeals to many, supported by the perceived inadequacies and disconnect of the mainstream parties. Ukippers also displayed brilliant cognitive dissonance when in both Clacton and Rochester many said they were voting UKIP because the incumbent Tory MP had done nothing for them!

This is why we need better education and a better media that properly informs. It also, as the initial definition of cognitive dissonance suggests that there may be damaging consequences. Wikipedia adds; Leon Festinger‘s theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. When inconsistency (dissonance) is experienced, individuals tend to become psychologically uncomfortable and are motivated to attempt to reduce this dissonance, as well as actively avoiding situations and information which are likely to increase it. This implies that this dissonance needs to properly addressed otherwise we’ll descend into some sort of tribal warfare. Good job I’ve got the pitchforks.

Weirdly Thornbury, the labourite who tweeted the flag and van picture grew up on a council estate.

Also the man in the van said he voted Green!

Anyway more than 80% of the electorate didn’t vote UKIP, time for electoral reform eh?

Hugging my daughter Grace now who’s very upset as she’s having boyfriend problems, it’s over him being rude about me and Grace defending me. Seems like he’s not mature enough yet to understand and apologise, poor Grace does understand and still loves him.

So, watched Channel 4 news on Wednesday and there was an interview of this RBS executive Simon McNamara by Cathy Newman about the IT debacle. She pressed him on his and others remuneration, He avoided answering her question about whether he was worth his £1.75 million share package. She then asked him about something called a ‘fixed allowance’ he gets of £400,000 and what it actually is. He circumvented again so she asked again what is a fixed allowance? His answer: “it’s an allowance that is fixed”, exactly, it is one big fix and we the taxpayers are paying these kleptos, it is a “standard part of their package”. Can’t wait for the rest of us workers to get our ‘fixed allowances’.

Manifesto 25:

  • everyone gets an annual ‘fixed allowance’ that allows them to live a decent life free from the fear of homelessness, hunger, poverty, and being abused by the likes of IDS.

So let’s keep this shambles on the road, just vote UKIP.

Keep on keeping on,love Duncan


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