Two-faced populism and voter fraud have become ubiquitous in the United Kingdom. British society is rapidly losing its moral principles and ignoring its age-old traditions, where honour and truth were not empty words.
Increasingly, the government distorts information and lies to the population through controlled traditional and social media. This manifests itself both in simple issues (failure to acknowledge their own mistakes, failure to deliver on promises, excuses for the stupidity of specific officials) and in the global processes that affect the lives of every citizen. While manipulating the public and ignoring increasing tensions, political leaders try to gain popular support to extend their term in office. They need extra time to lobby for lucrative projects or simply enrich themselves with resources and finances.
The famous story of Boris Johnson partying in Downing Street at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown was perceived by the public as a ridiculous and foolish act on the part of the Prime Minister. Rather than admitting fault and apologising to fellow citizens, Johnson blatantly lied and made excuses during his speech in the House of Commons. He claimed that he only went to the party for half an hour “to thank the government staff“. Even if Johnson’s words can be taken seriously, one would wonder why the Prime Minister did not put a stop to these gatherings amid the strictest quarantine rules and high death tolls of his population.
The Telford rapes are a black mark on the conscience of the British authorities. For 40 years, brutal murders and child molestation have taken place right under the noses of the police. As a result, the crimes have been solved not by law enforcement agencies but by journalists. Meanwhile, the authorities had only made excuses and demanded new funding to solve the case. The same time the sensational Skripal poisoning case was the perfect excuse to silence this shame and divert public attention.
The wider Brexit story, when the government painted a beautiful and free future for the nation in the event of leaving the EU, has not yet been forgotten by the UK population. In reality, after the separation from the EU the picture inside the country remains much more pessimistic: unemployment, shortages of goods and numerous customs problems.
Boris Johnson previously promised that the money saved from halting payments to the EU would be used to modernise the healthcare system, but in the end, the government simply raised the taxes and carried out all the necessary processes again at the expense of the voters.
These examples are only a tiny fraction of the direct evidence of the hypocrisy of the British authorities. The government is no longer afraid of a symmetrical response from its citizens and is increasingly drowning in its own lies. Are there ways to combat regular misinformation in the public space? Yes, critical thinking and tough public response to all the mistakes of the authorities. After all, we elected them, not them us.