Disinformation and Ards

History is written by the victors. Undoubtedly true but there is a lot of rot written during the skirmishes as two examples will illustrate.

The results of the Euro Elections show that there are a large number of people disaffected with the European Union. In the UK, this was shown by the stunning result for UKIP. As during the election campaign the leftards and dullards of this sceptered isle have maintained their steady flow of disinformation. It goes along the lines of “UKIP are racist, facist, misogynist, homophobes who will destroy the NHS and the environment while lining the pockets of the rich”. Yet the reality is very different. From a total of twenty four candidates that were elected as UKIP MEPs, one is openly homosexual, another is of Asian descent and seven are women. UKIP, in common with LibLabCon, have not published a General Election manifesto as its too early but their “Issues” page makes clear their opposition to HS2 and wind farms but doesn’t mention any plans for the NHS per se. UKIP do want visitors and migrants to the UK to have compulsory health insurance but that is hardly demolishing the NHS.

Another example is the furore over the Education Secretary’s plans for the English Literature GCSE for pupils to study three classic works by British writers in the syllabus. That makes sense to me but immediately the teaching profession, aided and abetted by the leftards and dullards, start their disinformation campaign. “No american writers to be studied (nor French, German, etc), xenophobic, blah, blah, blah”. I’m sure you get the drift. However, it simply is not true as Mr Gove writes here. I prefer to believe a cabinet minister who is directly responsible for introducing a reform when he goes on public record clearly stating the aims, objectives and scope of the reform than the howlers.

I’ve used the phrase “leftards and dullards” twice in this post but there are rightards too. For want of a better word I’ll use the term “Ards” to describe them all. The Ards are a modern cancer, spread by the traditional media to some extent, but really given a voice by social media. Uninformed, they jump on to any bandwagon and shout their label words at anyone who disagrees with them. Call someone racist/fascist/capitalist/socialist/feminist or whatever to diminish them and spread disinformation to convey an agenda is the aim of every Ard. Facts, reason, free speech, thought and informed debate are an anathema to the Ard.

Anyone for the Age of Enlightenment?


About ReidIvinsMedia

After working for many years in Higher Education I've decided to drop out and join the real world. Here I blog about my interests which include education, politics, backpacking, poker, photography and real ale.
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