Never mind the small print - trust us
They have us wondering if the things they say are even distantly related to our reality
Paranoia beckons. There's not a day goes by when we don't wonder: what are they really up to? And, after last week's bizarre behaviour by the Taoiseach and his loyal supporters, words themselves have been drained of meaning.
Irish Water's latest effort to convince us there's nothing to worry about doesn't help. When the political establishment speaks, or Corporate Ireland, it's increasingly difficult not to wonder if there's some sleight of hand that conceals the true agenda.
There's always been a level of suspicion. But the paranoia level today is moving out of deep orange and into blazing red. I get letters about - well, they're not all about - the Fine Gael/CIA secret base on Inishbofin to facilitate their joint selective assassination programme.