“Distorting Discourse: Transparent debate needs sincerity, not soundbites”

” … Generic party line phrases distort meaning.

An unpopular imposition becomes a ‘settlement’.

The Conservatives oversaw a protracted real wages fall, cut income support, yet sought to position themselves as the ‘party of working people’

Circumventing an informal convention to protect low-income workers creates ‘constitutional issues’

A minimum wage increase still below the Voluntary Living Wage becomes a ‘National Living Wage’.

The last government’s headline slogans of ‘Big Society’ and ‘Green Government’ quietly disappeared. Related policies steadily faded. Environmental NGOs criticised the disconnect between stated green intentions and actions.

Reneging on election-campaign promises protecting tax credits, and subsequently U-turning, [is] either inconsistent or deliberately deceptive.

This attitude pervades government rhetoric, even unbelievably calling the opposition leader a ‘threat to national security’.

When ministers replace reflective, honest arguments with disingenuous soundbites it masks real motivations and undermines democratic debate. This makes it difficult for many to trust and engage with political discourse, and it needs to change. …”


One thought on ““Distorting Discourse: Transparent debate needs sincerity, not soundbites”

  1. Unfortunately this article barely scratches the surface when listing this government’s mis-information. To your list I would add:

    TTIP – a plan to transfer power to large and foreign businesses by allowing them to demand compensation for any legislation detrimental to them – imagine the sums government would need to find to compensate tobacco companies for lost sales and the effect this would have on their decision to do it or not – businesses will benefit to the detriment of the population.

    National Planning Policy Framework – policy outsourced to developers, to create for their own benefit

    Housing Act 2016 – – the government tells us that the shortage of new homes is due to difficulties in builders getting planning permission despite strong evidence to show that the current planning system is delivering enough approvals and it is house builders failing to build on approved sites which is the issue – and the Act had several last-minute amendments slipped in without debate or consultation which give automatic planning permission (eliminating the opportunity for councils to ensure buildings are in character or to negotiate S106 contributions), and privatise the planning process (leading to significant risk of conflicts of interest or corruption).

    Fracking – u-turn to allow fracking underneath National Parks and AONBs regardless of the unknown risks to the environment and nature and possibly without requiring planning permission.

    The government also continues the Localism rhetoric despite many decisions (several examples above) which reduce local democracy and benefit big business instead.

    When government and local authorities produce so much mis-information and so many whoppers, is it any wonder that trust is at an all time low point?

    P.S. Obviously the details will be different, but EDDC’s Tory leadership shares many of these same vices as the Tory government – they should not be trusted either. This is not the place to list them, but there is a long list of documented examples if needed.


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