The Populist’s Playbook

The 12 Tactics

The Invisible Anglophobe

In Scotland there are anecdotal reports of Anglophobia, but no official stats; yet the Police collect data that could be used. However

A Lack of Common Census

In 2022 Scotland is holding one of the most controversial censuses since the Romans made Mary travel miles across the desert and give birth in a stable. How and why is it being done this way, and should you fill it in?

Attacking the Media

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” Napoleon Bonaparte The technique we look at in this chapter of the Populist’s Playbook is “Attacking the media”. I like to start out with some definitions and parameters. So, what do we mean by media, and what do we mean by attacks? WhoContinue reading “Attacking the Media”


Unlikely, Unsafe, Unprecedented & Unpopular. “An independent Scotland should consider joining the Euro if it becomes a member of the European Union, according to a leading expert.” Herald 17th Feb Kirsty Hughes proposal is: unlikely, unsafe, unprecedented and unpopular. Kirsty has stated elsewhere an Independent Scotland seeking to join the EU would need to goContinue reading “Eurotrash”

Textbook Disinformation

All Quiet on the SNP Front? In Scotland we see two, literally, textbook disinformation strategies from the Scottish National Party. The textbook in question being “Propaganda & Persuasion – Garth S. Jowett, Victoria O’Donnell”. As a communication process ‘disinformation’ is described by two models developed by Jowett and O’Donnell. The deflective source model, and theContinue reading “Textbook Disinformation”

The Finnish Anchor

How is behavioural science being used in propaganda to influence your ability to estimate accurately? What do the number of calories in an apple have to do with how long an independent Scotland would take to join the EU? – it all depends how you ask the question!  Cognitive biases.  I am biased.  You areContinue reading “The Finnish Anchor”

Promising the Impossible

One of the 12 tactics of Populists; Promising the Impossible. Why do they do it? How do they get away with it?! And what can we do about it?

The Prologue

Welcome to the podcast –  The Populists Playbook. If you are concerned about the state of politics in the modern world If feel like roughly half of voters have taken leave of their senses If you want to be better informed about the propaganda that is being used to try and manipulate you  – thenContinue reading “The Prologue”

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