Sue, it's no wonder you and many others are confused because that is the way the 'Big Lie' works. You are meant to be confused and the way they do this is by targeting fear. I have never seen a time when there was so much insecurity in ordinary people's lives, Fear of unemployment and poverty, fear of 'terrorists' and even fears about health. Trump is not the only source of the lies, it extends from vote-seeking politicians to retailers of vitamin supplements. Some of these fears are genuine, we were right to be afraid of Hitler, a young family is right to be afraid of redundancy and homelessness. The politicians and others stoke these fears by using 'facts' which are often downright lies but we can't all check everything. Their aim is to promote confusion and with confusion comes baffled anger and this is what they can use to sway public opinion. I could go on and on. You are also quite correct to mention that car workers in France will be all in favour of taking over the work of the old GM plants in the UK. It's called economic warfare and we have been practising it for centuries.
Tiz, a good clip and illustrates the worst of the bigoted and manipulative behaviour we see in all governments although I will admit this bloke is particularly egregious.... What he is really saying when he talks about going directly to the public on Twitter and social media is that they are by-passing debate, mediation and investigation in order to get their 'message' through to the public unscathed by the opinion of journalists or any other form of control.
There is another form of manipulation which is more insidious, can any of you remember THIS
? The IRA planted a small bomb at Gravelly Interchange and the police closed the M6 all day. You might think that this was totally reasonable but I'm afraid I didn't. I remembered that during the war we never closed any roads because there 'might' be an explosion. (and remember I am talking about 1000kg bombs not a couple of pounds of plastic) The government itself promoted an unreasonable fear because it suited the political agenda, IRA Bad! The correct course would have been to say that there was a small chance of an insignificant bomb somewhere so people should be aware and use their own judgement, in other words allowed them to decide. Instead they went for the nuclear option and closed the M6.
There could be a clue here. Allow the public to make their own assessments and stop bombarding them with messages promoting fear. But they won't, because it works. How do you think the great unwashed were persuaded to vote to leave the EU? So my advice is use your common sense, the best antidote to all these strategies.
Tony Blair is shameless. He's been thrown out of his role in the Middle East and no doubt the speaking engagements are getting thin on the ground so what to do to get him on the front page and massage his ego? Start a campaign to Remain of course. He is of course deluded and desperate. Why can't he back away and find a hobby......