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Posted By: Dave the Gnome
23-Oct-21 - 06:40 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
My pleasure :-)

I was looking at other fact checkers and Snopes in particular seemed a bit too US centric and covered too broad a range but it did lead me to this article about Strategic Lying

Some fascinating stuff in there. Right early on it states This is a technique – honed by Cummings himself during the Brexit campaign and played masterfully during the 2019 election campaign – in which a politician tells a deliberate lie with the purpose of shifting the news agenda onto his or her preferred territory.

A prime example, and I'm sure at least one of the right wingers on here will miss the point and try to refute this again, is the £350,000,000 bus.

The classic strategic lie was the slogan painted on the side of the Leave campaign’s bus during the Brexit referendum that claimed that the UK sent £350 million a week to the EU. It was a figure that was easily, and frequently, rebutted – not just by Remain campaigners but by all the reputable fact-checking organisations.

But that didn’t matter. Cummings, made no attempt to defend the figure in his blog about the campaign but instead described it as “a brilliant communications ploy” saying that it “…worked much better than I thought it would”.


This seems to be what the world of politics has come to. Manipulation of the masses. Hopefully it will only work until the majority of people see it for what it is. I asked on the thread about Trump when he was likely to face charges over his deliberate manipulation and corruption. I said that I hope it is soon as, hopefully, the same fate will hit Boris!