Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cognitive Dissonance – NOT!

Cognitive dissonance is when somebody holds two mutually conflicting views at the same time and as a result feels anxiety, discomfort or stress. This is what happens with normal well adjusted people. If you experience cognitive dissonance do not be alarmed. You have recognised there is a problem and are on the way to solving it. However, there are some people who can hold mutually conflicting views without the attendant unpleasant emotional feelings. This is called Double Think and they are the people you should be very wary of. They are easy to spot – they usually come under the headings of climate change denier, religious fundamentalist or politician - or most worryingly a combination of all three.

Here are some examples in the context of the turnout in last Thursday’s Police Commissioner elections. These ones are all Conservative but don't let that fool you.
Strikes are important because they affect people’s lives. The same is true of policing. Here is a selection of quotes from leading Conservatives when the Public and Commercial Services Union announced a strike of border guards in July 2012. 
Damian Green MP: “This is a completely selfish and irresponsible decision by the PCS leadership. With only around one in 10 voting for industrial action, they have no authority to call their members out on strike.” 
Dominic Raab MP: “It can’t be right that union bosses can humiliate the nation when just 11 per cent of their members support strike action.” 
Priti Patel MP: “Any ballot in which fewer than half of those eligible to vote do so should be ruled invalid.” 
Conor Burns MP: “The idea that these cloth cap colonels can hold the public to ransom on a turnout of 11 per cent is grotesque and anti-democratic.” 
Matthew Hancock MP: “Union bosses who should not be allowed to call a strike when only a minority of their members voted for a strike.” 
From Inspector Gadget.


  1. Heady stuff, Ed. Are you sure you're not trying to undermine the State? Remember, Big Brother - nowadays known as Google - is watching you.

    For those who still aren't sure about doublethink, note: "In the case of workers at the Records Department in the Ministry of Truth, doublethink means being able to falsify public records, and then believe in the new history that they themselves have just rewritten."

    "If one is to rule, and to continue ruling, one must be able to dislocate the sense of reality. For the secret of rulership is to combine a belief in one's own infallibility with the power to learn from past mistakes." (BBC take note.)

    Remember "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength." Sound familiar?

  2. dear bside 21....i was having a bit of fun with doublethinking the names of the MP's.....

  3. Looks like their words have come back to bite their bums.

  4. Have a look at the voting figures in the referendum that took place under Labour on whether there should be a Mayor for London. You will find that a tiny minority of the eligible voters were in favour, because there was a very low turnout. Oddly, Blair's Government did not think it therefore did not have a mandate to implement the Mayoralty.

    If you would care to argue that in ALL elections of whatever nature a quorate should be implemented, then perhaps your posting would carry more weight.

    1. Fair point Judith, but I'm not arguing here either way, just pointing out that those who do can come unstuck.

  5. At the local level, 70% of the "people" are unsupported by the local council, and at the national level 60% of the "people" are unsupported by the Government, a damning indictment of the "people"

  6. Would it be better if elections were compulsory but there was a 'none of the above' box on the ballot paper? I merely ask the question, I don't have an answer.