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ALAN SHATTER: Cast in the role of villain by media and political opinion-formers
ALAN SHATTER: Cast in the role of villain by media and political opinion-formers

There's nothing worse than ending up on the wrong side of the Single Narrative; for this is the virtually unassailable mechanism by which most public affairs are presented.

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A story simple enough for children to understand is constructed by a tiny band of media and political opinion-formers. Once it has taken hold, almost nothing will break the narrative chain. You can have inquiries until the cows come home but invariably the media's Single Narrative will prevail.

A key factor in establishing narratives is personality, and the identification of villains and heroes. Labels can change depending on one's current place in the hierarchy of public enemies. In the case of Martin Callinan, he, Callinan, was originally assigned the role of villain; but found himself recast as a victim to Enda Kenny's villainous Taoiseach.

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