The opportunists who prey on fear are real predators
Misinformation and repetition of falsehoods are no substitution for facts, so let's stop the hearsay
In politics, as in life, ignorance is not a virtue. Recently at a university talk Barack Obama bemoaned what he calls a rejection of "fact and evidence"; a strain of anti-intellectualism marking what he said, was the path of decline.
In much of what passes for debate on a range of important issues in Ireland, blind emotion, bordering at time on hysteria, predominates. This is not a good thing and it doesn't solve very real problems.
One such issue is the mortgage arrears crisis which has been with us for just short of a decade. The arrival of investment funds is the most recent development in a response to defaulting borrowers. It has provoked an outcry of the most extraordinary hyperbole and falsehoods.