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The case for sitting on the fence

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24.06.2019

In recent months I’ve considered lying about my profession.

Journalists have always been a somewhat disliked species, but say you’re one now and you can expect your Uber driver to ask your opinion on the Sudan crisis or Donald Trump (even, I've learnt, after protesting weakly that you're more the kind of journalist preoccupied with lipsticks and the hemlines of the season).

Then there's the bore at a dinner party who wants to “play devil’s advocate” and list examples of recent “trials by media” (by which they generally mean stories that cut a little too close to the bone ... probably the ones about how women still do all the housework).

In these quick to fury times there’s no longer any room for tolerance for, well, sitting on the fence for a bit.Credit:Shutterstock

Yes, in the days of the hot take, which scorch the internet and the front porch of the old man shaking his fist with their confectured fury, opinions are everywhere. To paraphrase the saying, everybody has one.

It seems there’s no longer any room for tolerance for, well, sitting on the fence for a bit. For ruminating. For changing your mind after careful thought. For not having an opinion.

And, indeed, not having an........

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