Everyone sneers at Donald Trump. So crude, so wrong. And yet all around us, here in Manchester are behaviours we tolerate and amplify that made him possible and that mimic him.
What the hell am I talking about? The wilful disconnect between the elites (be they Council or Activist bosses) that leads to apathy, anger, resentment, despair. People come to one or two meetings, at most, and then piss off, for very understandable reasons. Or never come, and are never brought up to speed on what’s going on in a meaningful way.
And then the absolute abuse of language, the words like ‘participation’ and ‘innovation’ sprinkled like pixie dust on the rotting corpse of this Council’s credibility on climate change. Then these clowns perpetrate all sorts of bold lies and evasions exactly of the kind that Trump tells, knowing that nobody – nobody who ‘matters’, anyway – is going to call them out for it.
And so many people who think that they are good, responsible, who believe they would never be a Trumpite do nothing when elections – the very fucking basis of legitimacy – are promised and then cancelled. When conferences that are supposed to hold the Council and its pathetic cronies to account for escalating failure are cancelled, they look the other way because to speak up would be to risk the wrath of those who hold the purse strings… Meanwhile, councillors who are paid to represent us just sit there and let bureaucrats and executive members spin out more lies.
Here’s Paul Horner, a purveyor of fake news. “Honestly, people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything any more – I mean, that’s how Trump got elected. He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s really scary.”