There may still be subjugation by the relevant authorities, but the culture of fear has largely gone. All of them have expended inexorable quantities of negative time and energy. By ROBERT SHAWMore by this AuthorThe past few weeks have been a rather shameful and ignominious chapter in this countryâs modern history. All of them have expended inexorable quantities of negative time and energy, which have left the country even more scarred, divided and exhausted than before. In the 1980s and much of the 1990âs, I recall media heads and journalists spent a lot of their time self-censoring their work so as not to offend Big Brother.