When some in the political arena push the fear button once to often, the media looking for headlines take over and it becomes a feeding frenzy.
It then begins to seep into some disenfranchised and mentally ill people, who decide to take things into their own hands as seen recently splashed all over our TV screens.
Politicians and the press should realise when you encourage rage you cannot then feign surprise when people become enraged. You cannot turn around and say, "Mate, you weren't supposed to take it so seriously. "It's just a game, just a ploy, a strategy for winning votes or selling newspapers."
When you shout it to a breaking point over and over again, you shouldn't be surprised when someone breaks. When you present politics as a matter of life and death, as a question of national survival, don't be surprised if someone takes you at your word.
"You didn't make them do it, no, but you didn't do much to stop it either."
Rhetoric has consequences. If you spend days, weeks, months, years telling people they are under threat, that their country has been stolen from them, that they have been betrayed and sold down the river, that their birthright has been pilfered.
Then tell them that their problem is they're too slow to realise any of this is happening, that their problem is they're not sufficiently mad as hell.
We can't control the weather but in politics we can control the climate which is created.
Its on us, all of us, whatever side of any given argument we happen to be, to press the commonsense button. Until we do that we'll are allowing the fear spinners to take control.
Today, it feels like we've done something terrible to that climate. In England, Europe the USA and Australia the fear spinners are in action.