We are living in an age of almost limitless information, there is 24 hour news on several competing channels, there is the internet with it’s plethora of established and new Media, all giving us tons of information. And yet, I am sure I am not alone in feeling that the more I hear the less I know. And it isn’t only the Media, the internet, social media – which are full of confusing and conflicting information. We simply cannot understand what is happening; our leaders (laughable mostly, almost cartoon characters) bleat out one thing one day and another tomorrow. We are lost in an overwhelming tide of conflicting slogans, denunciations and conciliatory gestures. At least in the old Cold War, we knew who the enemy was (hahaha). Now we have dire warnings of recrimination against Russia (now no longer Red but a dirty smudgy greyish blue – but who cares) if they support Assad in reclaiming hic own country from rebel forces we have paid for and trained and supported. And yet only a few weeks ago Trump was cuddling up to Putin and saying he could do business with him. Our own Prime Minister drags up the Salisbury poisoning whenever she is becoming bogged down in Brexit bad news, making accusations which have never been tested in any court (and unlikely to be too) insisting that Putin himself must have given the orders to murder at least Mr. Skripal (maybe his daughter was collateral damage, or maybe she was actually the target – who knows). And six months – yes, that long, after the attempted murder – two suspects are named and unbelievably they are just beginning to de-contaminate the actual house the Skripals were living in.
And Brexit is just as confusing. Rumours abound and every comment, loose or guarded, uttered or overheard is seized upon. Are Mrs. Mays red lines really fixed or are they already being smudged? Are the EU really united? Does M. Barnier really think the UK proposals are dead in the water, or a basis for negotiating – who knows? And back home; is Boris really plotting to overthrow Madame? Will Rees-Mogg send in the 48 signatures? Will his group really vote against any Brexit deal? Will Labour actually come down off the fence and stand up for the Remain voters? Who knows? And even if we find out, will any of it make any sense, or indeed any difference?
And so the show goes on. Trump now makes us laugh with his nonsensical tweets. We watch with fascination the soap opera of Boris and May….but maybe we should really be trying to understand just where the hell we are now.