How a mythical EU dragon was conjured up and the striking truth behind it all.
A trick of forced perspective put fear in the way of facts.
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can you see what's wrong with this scene the trick is called forced perspective it was used to shrink the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings deceptive framing has also created false assumptions about the EU some very dark and some comical this is the story of how a mythical EU dragon was conjured up and the striking truth behind it headlines like these have been a reliable way for British newspapers to win attention in 2015 the UN Human Rights chief urged the UK to tackle tabloid hate speech after migrants were called cockroaches the article in the Sun began show me pictures of coffins show me bodies floating in water play violins and show me skinny people looking sad I still don't care you referred to a plague of feral humans I mean are they all feral is it actually a plague it's because you look at them and think you are nothing like me you don't understand how our culture works in these individuals from some of these cultures they come from aa feral humans the UN described a nasty underbelly of racism and noted that Nazi media also referred to people as cockroaches rats brexit ears sailed in on fears built up over decades this campaign poster captures the deception the migrants armed heading to Britain and have no way to reach it the lone white face has been covered by the campaign slogan when challenged Nigel Farage felt no pressure to apologize your poster has been taken by many people as deeply offensive upsetting racist anti-muslim would you like to apologise to them tonight well you know is either very similar poster to that two months before with very little debate the problem with the poster wasn't the image after all it appeared on all of our front page newspapers a leaflet played on the same fears with more subtle deception it claims these countries are set to join the EU in reality they have applied but Turkey applied over 30 years ago and couldn't be further from joining Syria and Iraq have not applied they are shown for the fear factor a second leaflet is less subtle Turkey and Iraq are almost the same color the error part of the visual language of invasion includes all the colors of the region let's move the camera for a clearer view this is what the NHS spends by age group add education and pensions and we have half of all government spending these are the demographics of immigrants they are exactly what Britain needs to support its aging population there is overwhelming consensus among economists that immigration is good for Britain's economy studies show they boost public finances because they pay more in indirect taxes and make much less use of benefits and public services in fact immigrants pay for more places than they use European migrants made a positive net contribution of 20 billion pounds to UK public finances between 2000 and 2011 that's enough to pay for an extra 18 million GP visits per year immigrants also reduce waiting lists by easing the NHS is recruitment crisis this year the NHS has 3,000 fewer EE ei nurses and 4,000 doctors are considering leaving the UK here's the second graph it shows that mostly voters live in areas with very few immigrants 9 of the 10 districts with the highest leave vote had low immigration lambeth in London which recorded the highest remain vote of 78% saw a net annual influx of 4598 immigrants while castle point in Essex saw only 81 new immigrants at 72% of people they're voted leave at rest this might seem surprising but it's a well-established trend that when we meet immigrants we lose our fear of them the illusion is broken the UK media is the least trusted in Europe by some margin perhaps even more readers need to recognize the deception before things improved the leave campaign also drove fear of losing Democratic control since 1999 the UK has voted in favor of EU laws 95% of the time and against only 2% in search of an example of losing control to the EU Boris suggested that the EU banned object bananas a myth debunked over 20 years ago other comical myths hardly need debunking in his resignation that a Boris pointed to a more serious example he said if a country cannot pass a law to save the lives of female cyclists when that proposal is supported at every level of UK government then I don't see how that country can truly be called independent the laws he refers to we're in fact put forward by the EU and passed despite some resistance among the UK government other EU achievements include taking sewage of bathing beaches cheaper phone calls fighting tax evasion by global companies banning spam emails and major breakthroughs in science and medicine through collaborative projects but Boris the EU was like an alien force and let's make sure that June 24 the framing of Boris and his colleague Jacob Riis MOG as fighting the establishment was also very forced Jacob's father was the editor of The Times in his own words he was effectively born into the establishment he is for foxhunting against abortion under any circumstances and personally delivered a Daily Express petition against foreign aid but the message resonated with people who had suffered years of income stagnation while the rich had grown richer the leave campaign blamed this on immigration but studies show immigration does not deflate wages and the real causes are well-established the 2008 financial crisis and government policies criticised by the UN as failing to promote social mobility people without degrees perhaps feeling trapped at the wrong end of income inequality were far more likely to vote to leave central London is the EU richest region and yet 30 percent of UK children live in poverty a hundred thousand more poor fallen below the poverty line in 12 months Boris encou seemed unlikely candidates to deviate from this path projecting a fight against the establishment allowed the leave campaign to brush research data and expert advice under the carpet what economics body is there that they should believe all the ones all the ones that are part of the sort of institutional infrastructure of big government be suspicious of I think the people in this country have had enough of experts with organisation acronym saying in a poll of top economists eighty percent agreed that people in the UK would be poorer as a result of brexit only two percent disagreed here's why there's such a consensus putting up trade barriers is bad for your economy the withdrawal from the EU is a form of putting up trade barriers will stop you are ruining your competitiveness specifically with your largest trading partner it is a fact of life it's one of the few things in economics we can talk about as a fact of life the gravity applies the UK trades more with Ireland than with China yet Jacob Riis mark says a No Deal brexit would boost the economy by 1.1 trillion pounds Trump has of course employed a similar trick branding the whole mainstream media as fake and projecting his own alternative facts perhaps the leave campaigns greatest trick after dishonestly sewing and stoking so much groundless fear themselves was to steal from that cheap Trump playbook and accuser a maintenance of being guilty of their crimes just as Trump the master creator of false facts shouts fake news and whatever goes against his agenda so the brexit ears the arch instigators of electoral fear themselves routinely labeled all the warnings from experts project fear expert warnings which have come starkly true throughout these shambles of a negotiation period project Fiat project via project fair the truth is beginning to outshine the mythical dragon of the Indian polls show that most people would now rather remain in Europe and there is increasing support for a vote on the final deal something Jacob Riis mom once supported and you could have two referendums and as it happens it may be more sensitive the second referendum after the renegotiation is completed with the will of the people change when they have cleared but they deal before them would he respect that look the people if instead he has time the UK wants to rejoin that would be a matter for the electorate then but this result must be respected and it must be implemented perhaps in a final vote facts would start to overcome fears wouldn't that be a win for informed democracy [Applause]