“I’m just trying to inform people.” I’ve heard that phrase used twice recently, by different people, both times in response to me questioning the content of posts being shared on Facebook. It’s an interesting phrase; innocent and disarming, yet subtly…
When asked to name a single economist who backed Brexit, political fumbler and Eurosceptic, Michael Gove, answered, “people in this country have had enough of experts”. And oddly enough, he was right.
In 1935, Mayer, an American journalist of German and Jewish descent, travelled to Germany in an attempt to secure an interview with Hitler. He failed in this task, but what he saw in Germany terrified him enough to know that Hitler wasn’t the person he needed to speak to. Instead, he interviewed ten everyday Germans — a tailor, a cabinet maker, a salesman, a student, a baker, a bill-collector, a teacher, a policeman, and a bank clerk — to decipher how it was that the Nazi movement had swept the country.
The deadline to Brexit looms ever closer, the British parliament is in political deadlock, and the Prime Minister is weaker than ever; can Jacob Rees-Mogg find the solution that will prevent a constitutional crisis in the British parliament?
In the late-90s there was a television show on Channel 4 in the UK called For the Love of…. Each week the show’s presenter, Jon Ronson, of The Men Who Stare at Goats fame, would tentatively guide panel discussion with a group of people who had a strange or unusual passion.