- Wed Mar 30, 2022 3:36 pm
I read a book that defined this as "truthiness" - basically stuff with no facts to back it up, but people buy into it because it just feels right to them. Ties in well with Johnson quoting Scarface - "I tell the truth, even when I lie".
John O'Farrell pointed out a few years ago that in the late noughties, the Tories used "broken Britain" as a narrative. Everything was failing, nothing worked properly, schools were gang-infested hellholes, hospitals were swamped, gangs of Asians were beating up soldiers, and the caahncil insisted on you using a recycling bin. The problem with it was that it was bollocks. He said that if you pointed to waiting times at their local hospital, or the conduct/results of kids at the local comp, they were fine. But the narrative had taken hold that "everyone knew" that things were dire. So your local school or hospital was the exception and everywhere else was crap. And if that applied to everyone, why did nobody notice it?
Partly because a hospital functioning properly isn't news. When one goes wrong, it gets a lot of attention, and people buy into the belief that it's symptomatic of the entire system.
You can see the same thing under Trump, in the run up to the referendum, in Johnson's performance at PMQs. His and Trump's supporters have something in common - a sense of grievance and frustration and a need for a scapegoat. With the obvious one ("stop electing people who treat you like shit") too uncomfortable to face.
As the actress said to the bishop, rabbi, imam and priest
"My eyes have seen the glory, I'm a born again Atheist!"