I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Reason seems not only to have left the Government and the process of making decisions for us all. It also appears to have evaporated from the thinking of more or less everyone who has lined themselves up against the Government under the guise of being Lockdown Sceptics, Anti-Lockdown, Anti-Mask, Anti-Social Distancing or indeed any of the growing number of Anti-Government activist movements that the Lockdown has brought into being.
In what seems to have been a very quick turn of events – and when I say quick, I am numbering this development in terms of just a few days – what looked like it might become a growing legitimate campaign lining up against the injustices visited upon us all, has entered and then accelerated on a downward spiral of obsessing over conspiracy theories as a way of explaining and justifying its cause.
Trying to explain or find a way to explain events that appear to defy logic – as is the case with just about everything that the Government has recently done – is perfectly natural for all of us.
However, there is nothing for anyone to be gained by attempting to use conspiracy theories to explain the actions of very stupid politicians who have power and responsibility that they have no idea how to control.
Too many of us look for the most complicated ways to explain things we are unhappy with. Yet it is the simplest explanation that will usually do.
Hanlon’s Razer says ‘Never Attribute to Malice That Which Can be Adequately Explained By Stupidity.
Whilst it seems impossible to believe that we could have a completely inept, incompetent Government ‘running’ the UK today – especially in the middle of a national crisis, this is the reality we have to face.
We give politicians far more credit than they deserve and fall into the trap of believing that anyone who has attained high or elected office must surely be as clever or as intelligent as they come.
People can have the ‘best’ education, come from the ‘best’ backgrounds, have the ‘best’ connections and have lives that make it look like they have been privileged in every single way. But they can still be completely and utterly stupid. Being in politics and elected to high office does not make them immune from the moments or entire lifetimes of stupidity that can afflict us all.
This is about basic human behaviour. The way that normal people behave. The only difference when we consider the case of the people who lead us is the way those of us who outside the Westminster bubble perceive these ‘politicians’ to be.
There is no grand plan at work. Coronavirus is not the weapon of a clandestine secret world government that sits above Boris Johnson and his Government, actively pulling their strings.
Yes, the Lockdown and the Johnson Government’s actions in response to it are going to bring about a massive ‘reset’.
But those actions have caused the coming reset. The outcomes they have and will create were not in any way planned in advance.
The Coronavirus Pandemic and the fallout from their response to it is not something that Johnson & Co were equipped to deal with. It is not something that they have precipitated knowingly by choice.
Sadly, by failing to recognise that politicians cannot and will not change their direction and their way of doing things because they are behaving stupidly, many of the people who are talking up conspiracies to explain this stupidity are themselves behaving stupidly too.
This is bad enough. But when time is so short, when an alternative to the current political choices may be needed in just the few months ahead, the failure to step back and see that there is a bigger picture at work could easily close the minds of the many to what presented differently could easily become a highly credible choice to what we already have.
Aligning the ‘anti-government’ movement with voices such as David Icke will quickly make the alternative choice to the Government and broken political system they represent an impossible one for the majority of people.
People already are or very soon will be desperate for someone or something credible to fill the void that will appear the moment that the Government’s time is done.
The chaos, bitterness, hatred and anger that David Icke and his ideas represent are certainly not credible. They are not the solution.
The majority of people know this at a visceral level, without ever needing to give the matter another thought. And they will be switched off the moment they become aware that he is involved.
If Icke’s ideas were sold purely as metaphor and nothing else, some might argue that there is validity within the themes. There might even be recognition of some partial truths.
But they are not.
Icke’s ideas are sold as being unadulterated fact and that creates a danger in everything that he and the people who promote his ideas and way of thinking do.
There is great irony in Icke’s proclamation of being the son of God. The Church of England is a living, breathing example of how something in the mainstream that works well when it allows people to have ‘faith’ is then rejected by the majority when it presents metaphorical ‘teachings’ as absolute fact.
The British Public need a lot more than conspiracy theories to get them out of the hole that this Government and generations of politicians just like them have actively dug for us.
This Government is not going to listen to reason, to life experience or anything else that we outside the bubble know and understand to be perfectly reasonable expectations to place on public representatives. Because their stupidity and self-serving nature leads them to believe that they have a choice.
It is because politicians have not been listening to us for so long, that we have a level of stupidity in government today that makes rational people believe that the decisions being taken could only be the creation of a malevolent force that is deliberately intent on doing us all harm.
We have to remove the political culture that this Government represents from every position of public representation and public power or responsibility, so that selfishness and stupidity in decision making can no longer do innocent British People any harm.
But to achieve this, we MUST employ a reasoned and fully considered approach that includes and motivates everyone. Not just those who think that changing any of this is as simple as a political choice.
Conspiracies are not going to wash with the majority. Deep down, people know that basic human nature is pretty much guaranteed to be the underlying cause of anything that ends up hurting anyone. The default setting of the human condition is to be selfish and self-serving. Others become victims of these default choices as a consequence and rarely as a deliberate choice.
Of the growing number of people now lining up against this rotten Government and all that it does, it would only take a handful to begin building the movement for change that would have all the right ingredients required for success and to make it work.