Opinion – Post-truth politicians such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are no joke | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

English: Mayor of London, Boris Johnson poses ...

English: Mayor of London, Boris Johnson poses for a photo prior to ringing the opening bell at NASDAQ on September 14, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an outstanding, must-read, article from Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian. He argues that rather than laughing along with the Republican candidate and former London mayor, media interrogators should confront them.

Source: Post-truth politicians such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are no joke | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

The article zooms in on the lack of evidence, or indeed distortion of reality, from the right-wing populists, like Trump, Le Pen and now Johnson. They are politicians from the ‘end justifies the means school’. Of course, the hard-left that have taken over the UK’s Labour Party. Labour’s hard-left also belong to the ‘end justifies the means school’.

It is deeply worrying that politicians are so ready to distort the evidence. BUT perhaps more alarming is Freedland’s point that the media are not ready to step in and defend truth and reality. With increasing polarization of politics towards both the hard left and hard right, we are seeing distortion of the facts as a step on the slippery pole of erosion of democracy.

My conservative political views are well known to regular readers of this blog. What amazes me is that I repeatedly find myself agreeing with liberals (center-left) these day.


One response

  1. Sadly for Jonathan Freedland and the rest of us, there is little possibility of politicians or newspapers telling the truth about anything because the entire system is designed to confuse, obfuscate, dissemble and create mirages of competing ideas, when in reality both sides of the argument are being controlled by the same people who meet periodically to design the appearance of titanic struggles.

    Dr Alf worries about Donald Trump, yet Trump is a personal friend of the Clintons who attended his wedding to his present wife. Hillary Clinton will get elected as surely as night follows day, as was decided more than two years ago and Donald Trump will carry on making money.

    Boris Johnson is an opportunist who may or may not succeed David Cameron because the Conservatives might decide to skip a generation and go for someone like Andrea Leadsom who is seen as more credible.

    Politicians can say what they like in America but the power to choose Presidents does not lie with the American electorate but is decided by the Council For Foreign Relations long before voters get anywhere near a voting booth. That is why 34 out of 44 American Presidents are direct descendants of just 2 people, Alfred the Great and Charlemagne.

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