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Old 24.06.2016, 14:41
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The most cogent statement I've read all week

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Australia has had five prime ministers in five years, the poor yanks look as though they'll have to choose between two options both of which have more disapproval than approval, and the UK leaves the EU. It seems like a ridiculous amount of instability. One might even call it absurd.

But it's not surprising.

You can't feed a society exaggeration, hyperbole and propaganda for over a decade, and then claim surprise when people don't seem to be making rational decisions on the basis of well established truth.

There's a cost associated with not telling the truth. There's a cost associated with polarised, adversarial public discourse. There's a cost associated with media more concerned with profits than the public interest.

It is, apparently, time to pay the piper.

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Actually, the press, and especially the gutter press are rapidly losing circulation. People are being informed by social media, where accuracy and accountability is even poorer than in the tabloid press.
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