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For Brexiters, truth is what you believe – even if it’s a lie | Opinion | The Guardian

“… It was shameless, a degradation of our public life. But sealed in the bubble of her ideology, protected by a right-wing press locked in the same bubble, she was able to get away relatively unscathed… She may have overtly lied: but the greater integrity, she will have told herself, was to be truthful to her beliefs.

The same shamelessness abounds across the Eurosceptic right. Dominic Cummings, former director of Vote Leave, has refused to give evidence to the House of Commons media select committee over alleged illegal conduct during the Leave campaign. Why should he appear before a committee interested only in “grandstanding”, cocking a snook at parliament? The only legitimate reality is his reality: to be asked questions that might expose it to be a lie, even by elected parliamentarians, is inadmissible. Like McVey, his integrity lies in being loyal to the presumptions of his belief system.

In this universe there can be no shame. To feel shame, as the great philosopher of ethics, Bernard Williams argued, you have to feel that you exercised your will to choose a course of action in a way that transgressed shared moral norms. McVey and Cummings cannot feel shame because they worship a different God and moral code. They felt compelled to do what they did: to impose universal credit or leave the EU are higher callings, whatever the results.

Nor is this deformation the preserve of the right. Jack Straw has remained silent over Britain’s involvement in rendition and torture. The greater god was obeisance to US foreign policy and the “war” against jihadist terrorism. There was no choice. Hence no shame.”

Source: For Brexiters, truth is what you believe – even if it’s a lie | Opinion | The Guardian

This is what happens when religious thinking seeps into the political arena. The same flawed thinking models and methods are adopted and suddenly we have policies that are completely divorced from reality.

The article puts blame on the right-wing media, but let’s not kid ourselves, the other side needs to take responsibility as well. In the lead up to the referendum the press in its entirety allowed the debate to be framed in terms of Brexiters vs. Project Fear. This essentially equated plausible risks proposed by experts with promises that were knowingly false.

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Nothing promised by the Brexit brigade was ever remotely viable. There was never the possibility of a trade deal that would compensate leaving what is the world’s largest free trade zone already. And not just the world’s largest free trade zone but one that has trade deals on excellent terms with much of the world (50 countries including the new EU/Japan deal) – because the EU is a wealthy market of 500 million consumers. It’s hardly likely the UK alone with its population of 65 million could negotiate anything better anywhere without that meaning a race to the bottom on health, safety and environmental standards.

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14 comments on “For Brexiters, truth is what you believe – even if it’s a lie | Opinion | The Guardian

  1. Tish Farrell
    July 9, 2018

    We’re back to Edward Bernays territory here, aren’t we – life conducted according to promoted false narratives. The snake-oil men rule. The piece in today’s Guardian that really takes the biscuit it the US leaning on Ecuador, threatening trade wars etc, if that nation voted with the UN resolution to promote breast feeding. And all because fake baby milk sales are flattened. And we in Britain think we can get fair trade with the US when we leave Europe. But at what cost? And what junk will we be buying. And as always, such deals will always affect the less well off majority. And as for the arch-Brexiters themselves – Nigel Lawson decamping to France. Where we’d all like to come post-brexit!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 9, 2018

      The milk story was simply revolting.
      What I don’t get is how the press isn’t holding the Brexiteers *more* accountable. What Rees-Mogg, Lawson, Farage and Johnson do is use the David Irving method of analysis where they ignore or dismiss 99% of the verifiable and plausible available evidence against their position and cling to the 1% that supports it. They’re playing by the rules of the holocaust denier’s handbook and they’re getting a pass.

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      • Tish Farrell
        July 9, 2018

        I can’t understand either – why have they been allowed to get away with spouting deliberate falsehoods as in Boris’s case. Why are even the Tory anti-brexiters so keen to support the notion that the referendum result represents ‘the democratic will of the people’ when it doesn’t…We live in the Age of Bonkers, which I think has been going on for some decades, if not the last century, without many of us noticing.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        July 9, 2018

        It makes for news programs which induce anxiety because one feels at risk, and that results in people watching more news so they can continually assess whether their risk levels are going up or down.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Tish Farrell
        July 9, 2018

        Yes, that’s exactly it.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Tish Farrell
    July 9, 2018

    Boris just resigned according to RT News.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 9, 2018

      Hurrah!

      Liked by 2 people

    • Barry
      July 9, 2018

      Yes, it was reported half an hour ago on the Radio NZ 2 am, news bulletin, although a reason was still unknown.

      Liked by 3 people

      • The Pink Agendist
        July 9, 2018

        We know the reason 😀 Brexit negotiations have been so incredibly successful he felt his job was done!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Barry
        July 9, 2018

        That comment should have come with a warning. I’ve just snorted out a mouthful of coffee on reading it 😂

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Sirius Bizinus
    July 9, 2018

    Those unicorns look decidedly familiar, like they’re trying to lead Britain off to Candy Mountain:

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  4. Robert A. Vella
    July 9, 2018

    What do you make of Boris Johnson resigning as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs? I’ve read some speculation about his intent to cause “mischief.” In any case, I wonder how much longer Theresa May’s government can withstand this Brexit fiasco.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 9, 2018

      I’m thrilled he’s resigned. I think he’s human garbage – an opportunist who’s perfectly at ease putting lives at risk as in case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. I also think May will survive. No single group has enough support to get another leader to take power or to get anything through parliament for that matter.

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