Sometimes I wake up and think I am in one of those parallel vortexes that Dr Who used to bang on about (Dr Who being of course being a fictional tale largely aimed at children). This article reflects the replacement of facts, evidence and experts with chanting - not sure even Michael Gove was recommending that . When you combine the morass we are in over Brexit negotiations, the madness of the Trump/Kim playground battle - the world seems to have lost the plot completely. I wonder if the Martians or Clinongs need any accountants to provide fact based analysis?
The practice of chanting is usually the reserve of Buddhist monks and the odd suburban yoga class with big spiritual ambitions. Not so this week. Delegates at the Labour conference frequently broke into spontaneous chants of ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ in the main hall; earlier today the great leader was prevented from beginning his speech for a number of minutes as his name echoed around the Brighton conference hall. Elsewhere, Health Service Journal revealed this week that NHS chief executives from organisations with poor emergency care performance were exhorted to chant ‘we can do this’ by a senior NHS England official. The call came at the end of a meeting to discuss performance issues, called at the last minute a week after two hospital chief executives had been sacked for poor A&E performance. While the former was a spontaneous expression of hope, faith and jubilation genuinely felt, the latter looks like an act of desperation and despair with participants apparently joining in only reluctantly out of fear for their jobs. Neither approach is a sound basis on which to make public policy