Friday 20 January 2017

Anger has become the default emotion in political discourse

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

Paul Murphy TD
Paul Murphy TD

We can be shocked at the UK's decision to leave the EU, but we can hardly be surprised. The Leave vote is a logical progression of how politics across the western world, including in this country, has been moving for the past five years or so.

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The politics of reason and common sense has been replaced by the politics of protest and alienation - the latter best captured by leading Leave campaigner Michael Gove's revealing comment that "the British people are sick of experts".

Facts and measured arguments have been drowned out by ill-informed rants, clichés and conspiracy theories, fuelled by social media. The 'men in suits', the 'elites', 'officialdom', 'the establishment', Brussels, the ECB, Angela Merkel are the new bogeymen - the source of all our ills.

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