Saturday, 3 April 2021

Er - wasn't it always obvious?


Whether frightening the public was a deliberate – or honest – tactic has become the subject of intense debate, and dozens of psychologists have now accused ministers of using “covert psychological strategies” to manipulate the public’s behaviour.

They believe the Government, acting on the advice of behavioural experts, has emphasised the threat from Covid without putting the risks in sufficient context, leaving the country in “a state of heightened anxiety”.

It's what governments do - it's not even new.


Mark Wadsworth said...

Agreed. People have to kept in constant fear and worry so that the government can boss them around and then take credit when things don't turn as badly as they said.

Mr Fisher said...

When the government seeks to make me afraid I assume that the government is afraid of me.

A K Haart said...

Mark - yet it is so transparent, almost as if some people want to be bossed around.

Mr Fisher - to some extent it must be, or at least afraid of the unconvinced.