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“Just listen to any phone-in and you’ll routinely hear punters who have swallowed whole whatever tabloid or government orthodoxy that has become common currency this week… They pick up on some simple slogan and then repeat it in lieu of actual detailed knowledge or learning.

Just because you and I surround ourselves with people who are not like this, that doesn’t mean they’re not out there and out there in large numbers. My pal said after weeks of campaigning in her constituency during the election, she thought the vast majority of the public were “too ignorant about almost everything to know how ignorant they even were”… The gap between the well-informed, well-considered view and the rest is very wide and lopsided.

When your sources of information are half-digested half-truths from press and media, mixed with fictional stories on Facebook and Twitter and an inability to apply intellectual rigour to any of these things, you end up with a pliant electorate capable of being easily manipulated for profit. Look! Boobs!

John Nicholson

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