The politicians say: Be afraid, be very afraid

The politicians say: Be afraid, be very afraid

Instead of reassuring the Irish public in the face of the cervical smear crisis, politicians have stirred up more anxiety to deflect blame

‘People are scared” was a catchcry of Donald Trump during his campaign to become US president. He was not wrong.

The climate of fear over terrorism, crime and loss of opportunity was key to his electoral success. He channelled fear, he invoked it at every opportunity, and he validated it for those who felt it.

Fear is a powerful tool in politics. There have always been politicians who fan public anxieties and exploit fear for...

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