It is extremely dangerous for anyone to ignore or, worse still, deny reality. Cartoonists often sum this up by drawing images of denialist politicians and others driving over cliffs because they refuse to believe that a bridge no longer exists.
It is a good example to which we should all pay heed. However, this blinkered approach seems to be something of a national preoccupation because, despite the noble efforts of honest journalists to describe this decaying and fraught reality, it is a reality that continues to be largely ignored. Worse still, a positive gloss is often superimposed.