Is the very harsh tone of politicians towards the Belgian population a good idea? “Their speech is authoritarian and counterproductive”

The discourse, vis-à-vis the Belgian population, is currently very harsh and repressive. Even anxiety-provoking and guilty when the Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) addresses the Belgians in these terms: “The choices you make now can make the difference between life and death for many others” .

“In fact, political discourse, and also that of experts, oscillates exactly like the infection curve”, analyzes Professor Pascal Delwit, ULB political scientist. “When the numbers of the epidemic go in the right direction, they have a speech of valorization of the style ‘we will achieve it all together, as a team’. We are in empathy and we give people perspectives. But when the numbers get bad, the political discourse becomes alarmist: we remind people of the norm and the risk of sanction if we do not respect the norm. It’s a bit like the carrot and the stick ”.

►► Caroline Sägesser, researcher at the Center for Socio-Political Research and Information, is more critical of the current discourse of the government.


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