During the war the role of propaganda took a substantial position front and centre in the news. Right now we could do with some propaganda in order to defeat the endless negative actions of the news industry which excel in criticising everything that moves.
The pandemic has amassed a totally negative response to most events. Critics have emerged in place of action led leadership. Scotland plays Wales, who plays Northern Ireland versus England. The result is anxiety. Special advisers or SPAD’s as they are know proliferate each with their own take on the situation; what needs to done and what shouldn’t have happened. They vie for position as who can create the greatest published impact. Politicians shout at each other and form little clusters and cliques that are destructive. And we all stand on the touchline in abject horror at what is going on.
It is no shock that if all the lights are turned off, and the vast majority of the UK is shut down the economy will take a hammering. But the press insist on announcing this as news in shock-horror scoop bulletins. If you keep scatching at a wound it will become infected.
There is a considerable benefit in investigative journalism, but the current situation has crossed the boundary of useful and beneficial information. I like many people have switched off the news, which is in essence ludicrous.