This website is a “sandbox”, a place for me to experiment with words and ideas in an isolated environment.
Currently, it’s mostly about stories, as that is what I’m learning about.
I would like to be able to identify and examine the stories that I’m immersed in, and understand how they influence me.
I’m especially interested in the Brexit / Trump / populist Conservative assault on reality and the increase in blatant lies in UK/US politics.
I will use this website to organise, cross reference and share my notes on this theme.
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When politicians say what they really believe – a few examples
Occasionally, politicians and their supporters will depart from their scripts and say something resembling the truth about their motivations, tactics and rationale. Here are a few examples of “saying the quiet part out loud” – I’ll add to this list.
- Pro-Trump lawyer says ‘no reasonable person’ would believe her election lies
- InfoWars’ Alex Jones is a ‘performance artist playing a character’, says his lawyer
- Capitol riot suspect says he is “a victim of numerous conspiracy theories that were being fed to him over the internet by a number of very clever people, who were uniquely equipped with slight, if any, moral or social consciousness.”
- Tory MP tells constituents he voted for Boris Johnson after securing a review into funding for his local council
- Conservative MP Dorries: PM should remain in post because “the donors have spoken”.
- On 24 June 2022, ex-president’s son Donald Trump Jr. posted a meme suggesting that Roe v. Wade was overturned as a consequence of former President Barack Obama making fun of his father in 2011. He appears to be linking petty political revenge to legislative changes that will adversely impact millions of lives.
- Journalists at rightwing Daily Express set to strike over pay. Staff from newspaper that rails against ‘militant trade unions’ will join sister outlets in striking on Friday.