Most of us like to live in a world that is safe and predictable; we build a model in our minds that tries to explain existence along these lines. I believe that this model helps us along the way – if it did not then I guess a lot of us would not leave home in the morning for fear of being eaten by a lion. Most days our model works, we go about our daily business and our model helps us function and stay sane. Yet it is a model, every day we live with the threat of man made threats such as road accidents and more natural ones such as floods and disease. When I internalise this thought I realise that my model really runs along the lines of ‘so far so good’.
Our model acts as a shield against some of the harsher realities of the world we live in so it needs constant maintenance and here is our great weaknesses – we are so vulnerable to lies. We believe lies that support our model and what is worse we believe lies that suppress the truth where the truth would harm our model.
It could be argued to a degree some lies are useful, telling your auntie that she looks awful in the new dress she has just bought would probably make her feel bad and damage your relationship.
However there are lies that are harmful and damaging, some politicians and journalists exploit these lies. Eventually those with power learn how to make lying into a malign science, by manipulating the language and establishing control of the media they can start to control how you think and what is perhaps worse change your language to corrupt what is good and true and replace it with the dark and unwholesome.
This is now the world you live in , a world of lies.
In our society the most organised and professional mechanism for spreading lies unsurprisingly is the media, more specifically the BBC. The BBC controls most of our news content at a national level and has managed to virtually extinguish all other voices at a local level – why are the BBC so intent on destroying local radio? Is it because we tend to trust people that we know?
The BBC now dominates the airwaves and is making serious in-roads into our print and digital media. If this was a privately owned organisation its power and extent would have been limited many years ago.
This is not an accident, I believe it is deliberate, a deliberate orchestrated plan to silence other voices and ensure that all you hear is one uncontested voice. This one voice pounds away every day in every way telling you that membership of the EU is a good thing that mass immigration is a good thing that bailing out the banks with your money was necessary. Day in day out this message chisels away at your thoughts in a world where it is virtually unchallenged.
But is a lie and I hope to explain to you how you are lied to and how you can see through the lie and look instead for the truth.
One of the most effective ways of deception is to distract the observer from what is really going on; magicians do this all the time in magic shows. Our country is in the process of being taken from its indigenous people and control handed over to foreign agents. Since it is unlikely that any people would ever accept this loss to their birth-right, they need to be distracted, this is what has been happening to us, and this is what the BBC is expert at doing. Even now the BBC is pushing the line that Brexit is a mistake and that democracy should be ignored. This is playing with fire, once you go down this path no government has any legitimacy to rule and call itself democratic.
This brings me on to how these lies are spread. Quite often something is so obviously bad that however well-crafted the argument you put forward few are ever going to believe you. So how do you deceive people? You change the language, you twist things and their meanings and corrupt what is wholesome and true with the dark and sinister.
One of my favourite examples at the moment is the concerted effort to introduce the term ‘irregular migrant’ into our language – remember the word used to be illegal immigrant? The first time I remember seeing the term was in publications from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) a self-declared ‘progressive’ think tank. The IPPR argued that the purpose of the term was to remove the negative view people held on illegal immigrants. Somehow we have allowed our language to change, the term irregular migrant is not always used at the moment but the BBC has tried to slip it in a few times already – you will notice that the word illegal immigrant has disappeared.
Why am I so bothered about the term ‘irregular migrant’? Well the real problem I have is that once we go down this road we allow people to sanitise criminal activity. After all being in someone else’s country is a very binary condition, you are either there legally or illegally. If you accept this change in language then we move to a world where burglars become ‘uninvited guests’ and sex offenders ‘irregular partners’. Allowing your language to be corrupted in this way paves the way for some very dark practices to become normalised because we have lost the ability to express our revulsion. I think we are all now familiar with the BBC’s relaxed views on child protection.
In a previous blog I also drew attention to the way the media and politicians use adjectives to manipulate you. A few weeks ago I saw a BBC news report concerning the Alternative for Deutschland party (AfD) conference in Stuttgart and the violent protest outside the conference building. The BBC ran the item by describing it as a conference by the ‘far right’ AfD being marred by left wing protestors. Now think about this. Like them or not (I don’t in case you were wondering) the AfD are a political party and operate in a democracy, the use of the term ‘far right’ is intended to manipulate you, to instil a sense of revulsion, to encourage you to think – ah these people must be bad. Now think more deeply, the protestors were described by the more innocuous term ‘left wing’, which is a strange way to report on people using political violence to stop others expressing their opinions and their right to assembly. I know some people out there spotted this, but most did not.
This is how you are lied to, your language is corrupted and twisted, needless adjectives like extreme or controversial are added to a sentence to manipulate you. Next time you hear or read the term ‘far right’ or ‘extreme left’ think ! Because you are being manipulated, you are quite able to make up your own mind left to your own devices.
If I have still not managed to convince you then consider this, it is equally possible to change the narrative in the other direction. Would you perhaps be comfortable with the media and politicians calling immigration colonisation instead? Do you really think it sensible for some on the left to talk about ‘transporting’ Jewish people from Israel? Because if you do that then you legitimise others asking to transport other minorities out of our country. If you do not take on board what I am saying then this is the world you will end up creating.
So rebel against the lies and take the step that millions of us have already taken, cancel your television licence and stop funding the BBC. All you have to do is notify them you do not watch live or recorded TV. After all most of us these days use our TVs for other things such as playing computer games, watching DVDs or surfing the web.
Now here is the good part, once you are aware of how the media spread lies it actually starts to get easier to see the deception. If I can achieve one thing in this life it is to help you and others to see through the lies and to seek your own truth. When someone keeps using needless adjectives when the noun is all that is required they are trying to manipulate you, when someone is trying to change a term in order to sanitise criminal or immoral behaviour they are concealing a lie.
We have no hope of creating a more honest world whilst the BBC is allowed to exist. Brexit does provide a chance to change things. It comes with no guarantees but I hope I have managed to nudge you towards seeking the truth for yourself and demanding that those that lead us in the future seek a more truthful relationship with the people of this island.
For you there is only one absolute truth, you exist. Rebuild your model from that, if something has no tangible connection with your existence then you should doubt it.
Now you have got to the end of my piece, if you have understood me and unless you know me, refute everything I have written. Instead find your own true nature, the one that was there the day you were born, it was always there, it always is, find it because in the coming years it will give you courage. Our fight for freedom and independence is going to be a long struggle, do not underestimate what we are up against.