In an try to clean up its normal panel of drained and tiresome politicians and pundits, final evening’s Query Time (ostensibly from an oddly-vague location in “the North East”) featured moderately-known circus fortune-teller Gypsy Rose Petulengro, crossing her palm with silver for some evaluation in a brief break from certainly one of her celebrated seances.
The clip above was her tackle whether or not Nicola Sturgeon would resign if both of the present inquiries discovered that she’d systematically and repeatedly lied to Parliament and damaged the Ministerial Code, and the unusual factor about it was that for somebody who was professing to be trying into the long run, she didn’t even seem to know the fundamental pertinent info of the current or the previous.
As a result of in reality there’s no doubt or debate in any respect about what the general public thinks.
Two separate polls final month – one Panelbase, one YouGov – each discovered majorities within the area of 2:1 saying that Sturgeon ought to resign if it’s dominated that she did certainly mislead Parliament. So it’s not shut. It’s an even bigger margin than Scotland voted Stay by in 2016. It’s overwhelming and unambiguous. Even half of SNP voters imagine she ought to go in such circumstances.
For an individual being offered to viewers as some type of insightful analyst, it actually is kind of extraordinary to be so unaware of the identified info and/or so grossly misrepresent them. Or at the very least, it SHOULD be. However Scotland’s nice tragedy is that it’s really the usual modus operandi of its political commentariat.
As a result of expensive God above, how else can individuals STILL be honking THIS guff?
It’s now greater than 9 years since this website definitively and unarguably destroyed the parable that “progressive” politics in England wants Scotland for something in any respect.
If we’re to imagine – and it is a entire different argument – that “progressive politics” means “a Labour authorities at Westminster”, the votes of Scotland are and at all times have been utterly irrelevant.
That isn’t an interpretation or an opinion. It’s an arithmetical truth. Each single majority Labour authorities in historical past was so as a result of it gained sufficient seats in England and Wales. Scottish seats have NEVER been vital to getting Labour into Downing Road. Even in 2005, after they gained energy on simply 35% of the vote, Tony Blair would have had a cushty majority of over 40 seats if Scotland had been impartial.
It’s a really monumental feat of deliberate and shameful dishonesty to maintain spewing such arrant rubbish at individuals. However as ever, Orwell noticed it coming over 70 years in the past.
“CRIMESTOP means the school of stopping quick, as if by intuition, on the threshold of any harmful thought. It consists of the facility of not greedy analogies, of failing to understand logical errors, of confusion the best arguments if they’re inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any practice of thought which is able to main in a heretical path.
CRIMESTOP, briefly, means protecting stupidity. However stupidity isn’t sufficient. Quite the opposite, orthodoxy within the full sense calls for a management over one’s personal psychological processes as full as that of a contortionist over his physique.
Oceanic society rests in the end on the assumption that Large Brother is all-powerful and that the Celebration is infallible. However since in actuality Large Brother isn’t all-powerful and the get together isn’t infallible, there may be want for an unwearying, moment-to-moment flexibility within the therapy of info.”
The key article of religion of the traditional, ossified Scottish orthodox punditariat is that Labour are the answer to all ills, the one street to a Utopian federalist future during which “separatism” shall lastly die and we’ll all be comfortable Brits collectively, identical to in The Battle.
Any info incompatible with that perception should due to this fact not be grasped or perceived or understood. The lie should merely be chanted like a mantra, deaf to all actuality. However it’s an ideology that in the end even crosses over petty dividing traces just like the structure, as Kenny and Gypsy Rose – two of a sort in each method – show for us above.
That ideology is that this: there are not any info. Two plus two makes no matter you need it to at any given second, no one is aware of what the actual reply is anyway, and the lumpen public simply don’t care. So long as the airtime and the column inches are stuffed and the paycheques delivered, there isn’t a such factor as fact. Battle is peace, freedom is slavery and – most and above all – ignorance is energy.