Agree to differ

October 4, 2010

This article outlines some interesting thinking on the need for a more constructive form of debate in politics and public life – Agree to differ, again. The basic premise is that people should identify the areas on which they disagree rather than engaging in a pantomime caricature of each other’s arguments and then boring everyone senseless by going round in circles until everyone normal stops listening.

Take the deficit. The Tories accuse Labour of being deniers who would do nothing about the deficit and in fact would actually spunk 600 billion more on a case of Cristal for every immigrant in the country;  Labour say the Tories are possibly taking us towards a new Dark Age in which everyone is forced to rear children in battery farms and feed them to Barclays traders. It really doesn’t help anyone understand what the actual arguments are.

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