While the reporting press is gradually getting to grips with the complexities in this area, misleading asides continue. Politicians – particularly those in by-elections – are regular sneaks on this point, talking about “this country”, “our health service”. References to the law of the land are generally misleading unless we clarify which land we are talking about. If
Its in this context that I see the ballyhoo concerning the anticipated (and probably excruciating) debates between
I don’t think understanding these things is beyond the ordinary person – but that understanding is only possible if we undertake not to patronise the public, not to feed them simplified falsehoods on the basis that ‘its too complicated’. Although people can be numpties – on this front, we make people stupid and keep them stupid by stewing them in fictions.
I realise that there is a difference between law and politics. I don’t believe that silence is mandated simply because