Our first post-truth general election.

I think, or at least I think I think which seems increasingly questionable in our ‘post-truth’ bubbles of existence, that this has been the longest period of not writing a blog excepting for periods on holiday. Now this isn’t for a lack of personal cogitation more due to an increase in other activities and therefore time available.

One instance of other activities involved a lunch out and talking with a human influenced global warming denier, complete with a govian denial of ‘experts’. Now, having in the past been called supercilious, with some justification, I have learned that the ‘I know more than you’ approach is an ineffective approach with govian deniers. I have also learned that a little self-reflection is also helpful, as Martin Luther King said in a sermon about loving your enemies: “First, in order to love your enemies, you must begin by analyzing self.”

But this is hard with people who have become entrenched in their belief systems and include virtual outright rejection of so-called experts and the like. I am trying to become less confrontational and instead attempt to get others to be more self-reflective and so I become more like a church of englandshire sky pilot. But it is worth persisting and at least try and get the global warming deniers and similar to look a little more closely at their sources.

Maybe a natural evolutionary consequence of the Anthropocene era is a developing inability to be self aware. Certainly the likes of drumf and the grinning gargoyle farage are arse-shining examples. See, you can’t help yourself Duncan, deep Qi Gongian breaths and relax.

And what an episode of Line of Duty the other night, caused me to squirm in my seat, even look away and somehow deny what I was watching. The baddy woman (spoiler alert) turned the tables on AC12 so brilliantly that my belief system was severely questioned and I just wanted baddy woman to be called to account and I felt like an aggressive drumf supporting climate change denying brexiteer.

And then might calls a general election and talks bollocks about being grown up and ‘not playing politics’ which of course is exactly what she is doing. And so many will fall for her duplicitous crap that it’s all the fault of the opposition, that she and her divisive party are doing this for the good of the country when all that the tts ever do is for the good of themselves and their class ridden klepto supporters and the lower orders will doff their caps and vote like sheep for a party that treats them with contempt and cynicism as might gives the impression that she is above all the party political squabbling and is looking to bring the country together as she unleashes the dogs of discord and will drive the country to ever more disunity. I need to laugh:

bell may election

Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Our first post-truth general election.

  1. Dear Dunc and Mark,

    You (Dunc) say below, “…this is hard with people who have become entrenched in their belief systems…” Does this mean that you’re open to both listening to the case for Brexit, and changing your mind if the case is solid enough? If so, here’s my views to help you make the switch:- UK voters want to leave – the vote to leave would be higher now than at the referendum. the UK’s values are different from Europe’s and it wasn’t and never will be a good marriage. Europe is a lot more ‘left’ than the UK. Europe is becoming federalist, which most Brits don’t want. There’s nothing wrong with federalism in principle (the US works quite well), but only where the values of the populus match – see point 2. The EU is ineffective, corrupt, beaurocratic and undemocratic. It isn’t going to fix any time soon. When (not if) the Euro fails, the consequences will be easier to handle once we’ve left (if we’re not too late already) Italy, Spain and Portugal’s economies are so bad they’re going to fail soon. Again, far worse for the UK if we’re in the EU when that happens. The EU has failed to negotiate trading deals. We can only do better. We’re likely to get a trade deal with our biggest export nation (that’s the US, not Germany or France). China and India have also said they’re open to a deal with us because they’ve all practically given up trying to get an EU trade deal. Exports to the EU are reducing, the rest of the world’s increasing, despite being a member of the EU. If (since) we have to choose, then it obviously makes sense to focus on ROW. Leaving the EU is unlikely to mean difficulties for EU citizens to come to the UK to work, or vice versa. Economic migration for non-contributing peoples will become more difficult, which is surely good in every sense. the EU produces a mix of good and bad legislation. The good stuff we’ll keep, the silly stuff we’ll be able to ditch. There is misinformation on trade levies. The WTO agreement that the EU and the UK have signed up to, means less than 2% average levy both ways. Given that the UK is a net importer from the EU, switching to WTO levies will generate a net increase in UK Treasury funds, which will offset any departure payment. Since the EU represents c.40% of UK trade, that 2% equates to just 0.8% of all foreign trade (around 0.1% of all trade). The drop in Sterling of 15% is therefore c.150 times as important – and is in the medium and long term a good thing for us (see below). Although the WTO levy on cars is 10%, recently it was disclosed that the existing (zero) levy can continue for up to 10 years. BMW, Audi and Mercedes will insist that Merkel implements that. The departure payment will be way under £100Bn, but will mainly be funds that the UK has already committed to so is not an extra bill. In the short term, the UK is likely to suffer from higher costs from EU imports, but benefit from better export profits. There may be a net small loss to the UK economy, offset by improved trade with ROW. Our balance of payments is unsustainable. Increased cost of imports and more competitive exports will motivate industry to source locally and sell globally. If we’re to balance the books going forward, this is really important. In the long run (Brexit suffers from far too much short termist debate), the UK economy is likely to benefit from better global trade in all sectors including Finance, will be more able to respond to a rapidly changing global trading environment, and will thus be able to fund services more easily from the extra profits (thus taxes) that industry will generate. I’m keen to hear your views. Love a bit of intelligent debate…

    Martin X

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  2. Thanks Martin and good to hear your voice and it’s chocks away and I’m so looking forward to the discourse, which your leader is already ducking.
    One little point in response to your fulsome piece: ‘Europe is becoming federalist, which most Brits don’t want.’ Have you any hard brexitian evidence for this? I am of the opinion that many voters, i.e. most ‘Brits’ don’t actually understand what the term federalism means and that if it is explained and made clear as to what it could be then the Brits could be asked whether they want it or not. And we are an increasingly small world dominated by homo sapiens and if this species is going to survive then we have to quickly find ways of being together with each other, as well as flora and fauna before it’s too late. And a regression into nationalism is probably not the way forward. And yes I am open to change, are you?
    love Duncan x

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  3. Dear Martin,
    ‘UK voters want to leave’, I am very aware that more of those who voted in the so-called referendum voted to leave, but it was very close. I am sure if the result were the other way the likes of farage would have continued their campaign.
    You claim that more would vote for leave now, any hard evidence for this? I would assert that it would be the other way.
    You then make claims about values and that ‘ours’ are different to ‘theirs’. Could you please expand on this? Anyway, from this apparent difference in values comes your assertion that any marriage will not work. I humbly suggest that this comes from a very English exceptionalism, that we are peculiarly different, an island nation that pluckily stands up to tyranny but is in reality a class-ridden country run by a self-serving ‘elite’ and that the welfare creating government of Attlee and the tory Europhiles are somehow an aberration and not really English bulldogs. That we’re not as left wing as those in Europe, like berlusconi, le pen and wilders.
    So, in essence I am questioning your initial assertions from which I assume you are then basing and creating your argument for brexit.
    Before I move on to your economic arguments I would like to discuss all this in greater depth, as I wrote earlier this week quoting Martin Luther King that before you change the mind of your enemy first look more closely at yourself.
    Love Duncan x

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  4. Martin, could you please expand on the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ stuff of the EU legislation? Because one thing that really worries me is that when we brexit and if the tories are in power then they will ditch a lot of the ‘good’ stuff such as workers rights, environmental protection and greater parity in trade deals. One must admit that the tories have a poor track record with regard to workers rights and the more equitable distribution of wealth.
    You lay great store in a trade deal with the USA, do you think that the present potus will give little old England a good deal when he based his whole schtick on ‘America first’?
    And are the tories really better with the economy than Labour as the legend goes? https://i0.wp.com/www.collectivevoice.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/thisone1JPG.png?w=730
    And the tory record on industry does not bode well for increasing our wealth, except for the rentiers of course.
    Love Duncan

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