I’m amazed by the consensus that has formed around some rather bizarre ideas on Twitter and Facebook recently. Fed by the traditional British tendency to knock success, heightened by television programmes such as “10 O’ Clock Live” and “Mock The Week” that foment negativity, and repeatedly conveyed through Twitter, Facebook and blogs, many have found themselves embracing ideas that normally would be considered preposterous.
Let’s try and debunk some of those negative myths that abound at the moment:
There’s (probably) no global conspiracy (and if there is, there’s nothing you can do about it);
We all have rights, but we also have responsibilities. Our responsibilities are just as important as our rights, if not more so;
Your rights do not take precedence over other people’s. We are a society, not a collection of individuals;
The government don’t want to take all your freedoms away. They are trying to balance protecting the citizens of the country against threats from within and outside the country;
Politicians are for the most part honest, hardworking people who want to serve their country. For every one who makes the news for behaving inappropriately, thousands of others across the UK are working hard to serve their constituents;
The police are not a bunch of law-breaking fascists. For every officer who makes the news for behaving inappropriately, there are thousands quietly doing a very difficult job;
The ultimate aim of a business is to make money for their shareholders, not to provide you with a service. The loyalty of any business lies with their shareholders. Any service that they provide to you, the consumer, they provide in order to make money;
You might not like the way a company conducts its business. Provided they are adhering to the law of the land, however, they are free to conduct their business how they wish. If you don’t like how they operate, shop elsewhere. Don’t be so childish as to try to prevent others from carrying out their legitimate and lawful business;
In the realm of ideas, there is a multitude of different possibilities. Whether it’s the best way to run the NHS, the fairest way to elect our politicians, or the right way to tax our citizens, there are no “right” or “wrong” ways. Which is “better” is a personal opinion;
The joy of living in a democracy is that we are free to express our opinions. We also have to respect the rights of others to have their say, even if we disagree with them;
You think you’re right. But guess what, I think I’m right too.