It always annoys me in politics generally when politicians claim ‘People are telling me XYW’, ‘Voters on the doorsteps are asking …’, ‘There’s a lot of anger out there’, ‘The media are pushing a false agenda’ etc
Totally unsubstantiated mercurial claims are used ever more frequently as repeated soundbites to convince people that that there is some huge popular or enlightened movement in some direction or another that they must align with; or that news and inconvenient facts are fake and it is better to just believe the politician instead, who is fighting nobly and selflessly in their best interests. Voices urging dealing with facts, knowledge or objective rationale are ‘arrogant’ or ‘fear-mongering’; even if they are just questioning assumptions based on vapor.
All that ever matters is the ballot box, unfortunately, as effective as advertising of products is at convincing people to buy one brand over another or purchasing items they don’t need or can’t afford, whispers, false nuances, innuendo and outright lies and manipulation are extremely effective at swaying perceptions.
Most people are totally unqualified to know whether Brexit truly is a good or a bad thing for the UK (nobody can really know or understand the short, medium or long term ramifications) yet people have subconsciously dug their heels in on one side of the line or the other, even if only by inches, because that’s the way our brain likes to work.