More than anywhere else in modern-day Europe, our island understands extreme differences of opinion. What eventually helped us bring about relative peace was dialogue and, in general, an acceptance by one side of the others’ heritage and tradition.
Today, across all spectrums of life – be it politics, sport, religion and even environment and agriculture – echo chambers are the new college debate societies. The middle ground has shrunk to something akin to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The rise of hate speech, facilitated fantastically by social media, has created what I consider to be a terrifying extremism. Much of the ground traditionally occupied by fact-based media is under threat from campaigning propagandists, conspiracy theorists and general muckrakers.