Lest you think the title contains an unnecessary vulgarity, let me assure you that no less than Princeton University Press has published a monograph by the philosopher Harry Frankfurt, titled: “On Bullshit” – to quote the blurb (worth reading – as well as the entire little book itself):
Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner’s capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.
Currently there can be no greater bullshit laid down for their country, than the government’s own figures, as follows: Quoting FT Alphaville graphs – Ireland, Doomed:
“Ernst & Young’s latest eurozone real GDP projections, to 2014″
(Real GDP: % year)
Ireland: Average, 2010-2014, 0.3;
2010, -1.5; 2011, -2.3; 2012, 0.9; 2013, 2.1; 2014, 2.5;
(Table 2, Economic Outlook, % change: GDP)
[Note: Average, 2010-2014, 2.2]
2010, 0.3; 2011, 1.7; 2012, 3.2; 2013, 3.0; 2014, 2.8.
I smell something, and it ain’t coffee.