It is not too hard to imagine that disagreements over Brexit ruined many Christmas gatherings in Britain.
We may be on a similar trajectory, though the issue is not as seismic — unless of course you’re a nurse.
The Brexit vote was achieved through disinformation.
Anyone trying to come to an accurate understanding of nurses’ dissatisfaction faces a similar challenge.
That is also the case when, say, gardaí or teachers threaten to strike.
Various sources say nurses are paid around €32,000, yet the Department of Public Expenditure says the average pay of a nurse when allowances and premium payments are included is between €57,000 and €58,000.
It seems impossible to establish the truth as most sources have, ultimately, an agenda.
If one figure is correct then a pay rise is urgently needed, if the other is right then a different conversation looms.
It is time to appoint an agency like the referendum commission so the facts of these matters can be objectively confirmed.
Such transparency might help avert division based on fake figures.