Post-truth politics, Trump, and #Manchester #climate nonsense

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.”

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4 Responses to Post-truth politics, Trump, and #Manchester #climate nonsense

  1. Sam Darby says:

    Hi Marc, I know how you feel and I guess that you to some extent relieve your frustration by launching a broadside.
    I think that if you are an honest person who tries to do something about injustice, you have a lot of work on your hands in an undemocratic and unjust society.
    There are a few things that I am trying to do to make the world a better place, but the bureacracies in the local social landlord, my energy supplier, the City Council and it’s local labour councillors are almost impossible to move. However, I am managing to keep going, by thinking about the small things that have got better, funding improved for our Burnage GP campaigns, some restraints on a nuisance neighbour,valid information about Burnage pollution and continuing small increases in our monthly ‘Greenmail’ circulation.
    You should remember that I and presumably others, value your continuing exposure of the bad people in charge of the City. We would be in a more discouraged if you were not letting us know what those people are up to.
    Best wishes
    Sam

  2. Hi Sam, as you say, launching a broadside for catharsis. It’s the *enablers* of the Trumps etc. who enrage me. At least with Trump etc you know where you are. It’s the ones who claim to believe in democracy etc and then never lift a finger, never take a stand. And those who persist in clearly failed strategies ‘outside’ the tent as well…

    MCFly will continue, in a very muted way, until June next year. It may ‘revivify’ a bit after that, but maybe not. Since 2013 MCFly has basically been me (Arwa got hired by Al Jazeera). What staggers me is that so-called oppositional groups – like the Green Party – don’t invest in the infrastructure of knowing what is going on and writing about it – at least, not in any systematic and ongoing way. What is the point of them if they are not willing or able to do this?!

  3. Sam Gunsch says:

    Same situation here in Edmonton and Alberta. Almost invisible here.
    re: What staggers me is that so-called oppositional groups – like the Green Party – don’t invest in the infrastructure of knowing what is going on and writing about it – at least, not in any systematic and ongoing way. What is the point of them if they are not willing or able to do this?!

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