money cigarIt’s been bruising year.

There have been many high profile casualties with perhaps that old fashioned thing called ‘truth’ being the most missed.

Of course, truth has always been a fuzzy issue – ‘never let the truth get in the way of a good story’ was part of pop culture from day one and celebrated during the punk rock thing with the blur between reality and non reality exposing with the Sex Pistols.

But that was just showbiz and at least the Sex Pistols were a great band.

The tabloids have been telling tales for years and so have some politicians but there wa sa long time when getting found out was a dread moment.

Not in 2016 – vicious poisonous campaigns are fought on half truths and total lies and when the guilty party is caught out they laugh and carry on telling the same lie. Like it doesn’t matter.

In 2016 you can believe what you want to believe – if we leave the EU the NHS gets millions and then Donald Trump comes along and takes the new lie to its extreme. Of course there is a deliberate tactic – we are now bamboozled with the big lie and half truths that we can’t even tell what is true any more. We are in a reality blur and those clever cynical tyrants are confusing us into submission.

2016 is the year that truth died – elections are won on an avalanche of lies, no-one apologies, big companies lie to you every day on the phone or online and no-one cares anymore.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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