And we all have at least one family member convinced that their country – and by association their entire life – is somehow being ruined by political correctness or the EU or Muslims or gays or whatever other cynical misdirection is currently being employed to convince people to act, or vote, against their own interests. Simply telling them that they are wrong to hold these views, however, is unlikely to prove productive. Instead, I have discovered, it is far more fruitful to ask them why they think they are right.
Whether arguing that ‘you can’t even celebrate Christmas in this country any more’ or that ‘we have to leave the EU so that we don’t have to follow all those laws they impose on us’, the simple practise of asking them politely for some evidence to back up their conviction invariably proves that either they don’t have any or they have been horribly misled by the diabolical work of a newspaper editor, usually from the Daily Mail.
Obviously, you have to have some basic knowledge at your own fingertips. My book provides chapter and verse on, amongst other things, the full story of how ‘Winterval’ came into the national vocabulary and how the myth that councils were taking down union flags for fear of offending minorities passed into tabloid lore. There’s also a helpful guide detailing precisely what Jesus said on the subject of homosexuality (spoiler alert: absolutely nothing) and just how much ‘control’ European Union member countries can exercise over our own borders.