Many questionable statements were made in the campaign, such as an emergency budget would be needed if a leave vote was returned and 800,000 jobs would be lost simply on the result. In fact 800,000 jobs were created.
What worries me more is the trend towards the truth becoming “my truth” rather than “the truth” .
I heard a radio commentator accusing Nigel Farage of lying on his Brexit Party speaking tour; this could simply mean his didn’t speak “their accepted truth” and therefore it couldn’t be the truth.
Younger folk seem to mix up their opinion and what they believe to be true, with the truth and previously accepted norms of truth and falsehood.
Feile organisers asked if they have warned Wolfe Tones about leading young people in pro-IRA chants
Larne FC suspends player John Herron after he was spotted on camera wearing ‘tiocfaidh ar la’ assault rifle top
Irish republican rebel band Wolfe Tones lead giant Belfast crowd in singing Up the Ra ‘on the same night as singing Give Peace a Chance’
Irish language group Kneecap accused of ‘grooming sectarian hatred’ with Feile mural
‘He needs to leave our club NOW!’ Strong reaction Larne FC’s John Herron being pictured in ‘tiocfaidh ar la’ gun top as club suspends him
There are no longer two sides to an argument – there is only one position, the political one, and if you don’t accept it you are a vile person. If you don’t accept my truth, then you are obviously a Nazi.
I also see another trend emerging which is almost religious in nature on climate change. For example, the new darling of the left in the US Alexandria Ocasio Cortez says you must accept her green new deal, or you are not a good person (it reminds me of the gospel preachers in Corn Market: you must believe as the end is nigh).
I am reminded of Liam Neeson’s role in the brilliant Kingdom of Heaven movie, where he swears his son in as a Templar knight, cautioning him to “speak the truth even if it leads to your death”.
If we can’t be truthful with each other we are in trouble, as “the truth will set you free”.
If you can’t be truthful with ourselves we have an even bigger problem.
Don’t get me wrong, I was in sales for 40 years and might have told the odd white lie myself, as well as possibly a few black ones. But surely, it can never be right to tell a lie to protect the truth.
Brian Gibson, Comber