With all due respect to Kathleen Nutt, any Tory plans regarding an October 17 UK general election are definitively not secret if you are writing an article about them. By the end of the article it is clear that there is more of speculation than revelation about these supposed plans.
The reality is that there are so many moving pieces to this puzzle that they can be arranged to spell out almost any course of events or outcome. It is this uncertainty which is most the most disturbing aspect of the current political climate. And the most troubling aspect of the uncertainty is that we cannot be sure how much of it is a function of incompetence and complacency, and how much the product of premeditation and malign intent.
It is, of course, perfectly possible that Boris Johnson is exactly the bungling oaf he appears to be. But it is at least as likely that this is a carefully cultivated public persona contrived to conceal a more villainous reality. We should ask ourselves how credible it is that an individual as idiotic as Johnson appears to be might achieve the highest political office in the UK. We should also ask ourselves whether, given what is at stake, we can afford to assume benign buffoonery rather than a purposeful effort to steer developments in a particular direction.
Confusion is a close cousin of doubt. Both are powerful tools for manipulating public perceptions and attitudes. If people are to be led towards a particular choice they must first be deprived of more obvious choices. Generalised uncertainty has the effect of making all choices appear equally valid. The choice to which people are being lured need only be given a lick of validity-coloured paint in order for it to appeal to the dumb beast that is the mob.
Oppressive regimes tend not to announce themselves. Generalised uncertainty may be the only harbinger. But who can be sure?
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