Dead in the water

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What a shame that the new owners of this once highly active website have been content to let it die, and do nothing (that is apparent)  to re-activate and promote it!!They could start by culling all of the years-old postings, that merely tell potential new participants that this is an inactive site, dead in the water.Come on, management - get the ball rolling!  

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le rouleur-925987 1569821596

Here here!  such a shame.

Angela-Hope-973407 1614182674

dead as a dniut 

Melou 1614194048

Well, you might say that, Angela. Although I don't understand 'a word in it', I totally respect your right to speak your mind. AngloInfo used to have huge problems arising from what we all saw as 'censorship', when people were honest with their views.

Maybe we could start a cult forum here, with people encouraged to post comments that you can't be sure about - let's see if anybody is actually awake and sober at AngloInfo HQ!

My contribution is, therefore, that a living dead dniut - like the current owners of this site - must be a potent carrier and mass-spreader of Covid-19, which is why no-one is going anywhere near this site.   

I would go further than that. The evidence of this editorial sneeplip proves that this site is a government influenced drop-shot to limit our firniculation in the light of events that affect all of our lives.

What do others think?

Folle-Au Vent-980980 1614245799

Leave campaign created ‘new religion’ to support EU withdrawal - study 


 24 February 2021 

Campaigners used quasi-religious and mythological themes to create a ‘Brexit religion’ with the National Health Service (NHS) at its heart - persuading people to support Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, according to a new study.

The Leave campaign’s promise to ‘take back control’ used the NHS as the country’s Holy Grail that could be rescued from malign European forces that threatened Britain’s unique historical place in the world.

Researchers at the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick have published their findings in Social Policy and Society, identifying three core themes within the ‘religion’, namely that:

The British ‘people’ had a unique role to play in global affairs; 

The sanctity of this special status was threatened by elites and migrants; and

The EU Referendum gave voice to the sacred ‘will of the people’.

These themes were supported by claims that EU membership was exacerbating a crisis in health and social care - a myth encapsulated by the so-called ‘Brexit bus’ campaign, which suggested that leaving the EU would free up £350 million a week to invest in the NHS.

Co-author Dr. Peter Kerr, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Birmingham, commented: “Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson described the NHS as ‘the closest thing English people have to a religion’ - placing it at the heart of the Brexit narrative was a shrewd political calculation.

“Framing the NHS as the Holy Grail to be rescued from the threat of the EU superstate and an influx of foreign migrants – symbolised by the ‘Brexit Bus’ – neatly cut into a variety of beliefs and emotions about Britain’s place in the world and its membership of the EU.”

The researchers found that ‘religious’ aspects of Brexit centred on secularised theological concepts such as ‘sovereignty’ and the ‘nation’ used to place the blame for Britain’s economic, political and social problems at the feet of the European Union. 

 Leave campaigners simultaneously aligned these concepts with claims about the exceptional

character of the British people - leading to appeals around the need for them to regain their leading role in global affairs. 

 Co-author Dr. Steven Kettell, Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, commented:  “Such quasi-religious narratives worked to heighten the intense emotional fervour around Brexit and led many of its adherents to distance themselves from various facts about its potential future implications.

 “This approach effectively insulated claims about Brexit from any sort of rational critique. This emotional disconnect from expert advice, along with the willingness of true believers to accept various assertions, created the ideal conditions for the now famous NHS ‘lie’ on the

side of the Brexit Bus to play a pivotal role in securing victory for the Leave campaign.”

 The researchers note that recent psychological research found clear differences in reasoning between Leave and Remain supporters, with the former found to place far greater emphasis on appeals to emotion, nationalism and authoritarian values - all of which align to a religiously-inspired view of the world.

 They found that Brexit inspired in its believers a set of goals and desires that, to many on the Remain side, appeared irrational and divorced from political and economic realities. This led to public support for Brexit remaining solid with backing for the hardest and potentially most damaging form of ‘no deal’ Brexit increasing. 

 “It became increasingly evident that followers of Brexit were prepared to make sacrifices – potentially to Britain’s future prosperity and unity between its nations – for the goal of retrieving its national character, most powerfully symbolised by the revered NHS,” added Dr. Kerr.


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