Certainly. But there is something about the blatant way politicians no longer hide their duplicity. It's like they have cottoned on to the fact that the electorate will fall for anything and they've simply stopped pretending.
Take FG & Varadkar for example. 'Not a cent more' he said, and yet when his government did plow more into the banks he simply gave an answer, waited for the next story to come along, then all is forgotten. Now he's portrayed as a fresh broom, an honest broker type.
Or Joan Burton & Labour talking about austerity, FF talking about the banks now. They realise you can say any old shite and people will fall for it.
Perhaps Brexit, Trump etc, was a response to this diminished accepted authority of the political classes. And yet ironically merely serves to prove the problem at the same time, that fundamentally people will believe anything.