By Shawn Lawrence Otto

WINNER of the 2012 Minnesota ebook Award for nonfiction

"One of crucial books released in the US within the final decade."  - television information Anchor and columnist Don Shelby

"Whenever the folk are good informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they might be relied on with their very own government." But what occurs in an international ruled through advanced technological know-how? Are the folk nonetheless well-enough expert to be depended on with their very own executive? And with lower than 2 percentage of Congress with any expert historical past in technological know-how, how can our govt be depended on to guide us within the correct direction? Will the media retailer us?  Don't expect it.  In early 2008, of the 2,975 questions requested the applicants for president simply six pointed out the phrases "global warming" or "climate change," the best coverage problem dealing with America.  to place that during viewpoint, 3 questions pointed out UFOs. Today the world's significant unsolved demanding situations all revolve round technology. through the 2012 election cycle, at a time while technology is influencing each element of contemporary lifestyles, antiscience perspectives from climate-change denial to creationism to vaccine refusal became mainstream. Faced with the daunting demanding situations of an atmosphere lower than siege, an exploding inhabitants, a falling financial system and an schooling procedure slipping at the back of, our elected leaders are not easy at paintings ... passing resolutions that say weather switch isn't genuine and astrology can keep an eye on the weather. Shawn Lawrence Otto has written a behind-the-scenes examine how the govt, our politics, and the media hinder us from discovering the genuine recommendations we'd like. Fool Me Twice is the shrewdpermanent, outraged, and scary account of America's dating with science--a courting that's at the rocks on the very time we want it so much.

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Com - licensed to University of Oxford - PalgraveConnect - 2014-04-01 42 the possibility that the electorate would never swing back to them unless they made radical changes, of policies, personnel or (preferably) both. The only excuse for not heeding the opinion polls was a conviction that they were inaccurate to a degree which, if exposed, would convince media outlets that such surveys were not worth commissioning. Conservative strategists had to hope that more tangible expressions of voter preference would create a very different impression of their electoral prospects.

10. 155. 11. 49. 12. 48. com - licensed to University of Oxford - PalgraveConnect - 2014-04-01 34 13. 26. 14. See in particular a collection of essays by authors associated with the journal Marxism Today: Stuart Hall and Martin Jacques (eds), The Politics of Thatcherism, London, Lawrence & Wishart, 1983. 15. 25–49. 16. 483–96. 17. 133. 18. 141–2. 19. 202. 20. For a ‘revisionist’ account which tries to play down the significance of North Sea oil, see Vinen, Thatcher’s Britain. 21. 34. 22. 30. 23.

The usual story is that the Conservatives lost their reputation for economic competence as a result of ‘Black Wednesday’ in September 1992. The figures from Ipsos-Mori support this view, but they also suggest that, thanks to Kenneth Clarke, by the time of the 1997 general election the Tories had moved back into the lead on economic competence. 8 The Conservatives did make some impression on two issues traditionally seen as Labour strengths – education and health. However, primarily this was because Labour’s reputation was dented by setbacks in office, rather than being sapped by public enthusiasm for the opposition’s alternatives.

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