Saturday 29 April 2017

Everything is broken and you can trust me on that

No one believes in anything anymore and we are rearing a generation who are deeply ill at ease and distrustful

Lost value: Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan runs a force that is no longer a beacon of truth and decency to us Photo: Mark Condren
Lost value: Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan runs a force that is no longer a beacon of truth and decency to us Photo: Mark Condren
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

There is something broken in our society. But then you don't need me to tell you that. Donald Trump tells us that. Brexit tells us that. The latest Edelman Ireland Trust Barometer tells us too.

Most of the annual Edelman report was just the usual stuff about how no one believes in anything anymore. Only one third of us trust the Government. Nearly two-thirds of people believe the system has failed them, with just one-in-seven people believing the system is working properly. Most people don't trust business. Trust in CEOs is plummeting. Indeed with only a quarter of people now trusting CEOs, they are down there with government officials.

I should say that media is one of the least trusted institutions. Most people don't trust online- only media. But equally I should say that traditional media is one of the few institutions recording a growth in trust and the majority of people do trust traditional media. But all in all, it is a grim picture of a people who don't believe in anything much anymore. People feel conned by the system, by the companies they buy from and work for, by the governments that rule them, even by the NGOs who are supposed to be the good guys. And as we all know, people who believe in nothing, will believe in anything.

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