Saturday, 13 April 2013

It must be really horrible being a left-winger these days

First, there’s the embarrassment of North Korea being in the news every day. The BBC reporter, John Sweeney, who recently returned from an undercover trip to the country, called it – uncontroversially - ”the worst government in the world”. And, of course, it’s a socialist governmentl: cruel, primitive, murderous and almost heroically inept, with a silly little fat boy for a personality-cult leader, and only able to survive at all thanks to hand-outs from the West.

Directly to its south, like an enormous hand pointing an accusing finger, lies successful, bustling, rich South Korea, made up of people of the same ethnicity as its blighted northern neighbour, but who are thriving under an essentially right-wing system.

Meanwhile, the Arab Spring – so beloved of leftists – is turning out exactly the way right-wingers warned it would, with islamofascists lightly cloaked in the colours of “democracy” suppressing their own people and ethnically cleansing their ancient Christian communities.

The theory of man-made climate change – for so long a handy stick with which to beat the free-market Right – is increasingly being seen as an unscientific fantasy designed to keep poor people in poor countries poor.

Here, that symbol of left-wing compassion, the NHS, has been exposed as an organisation which allows it staff to torture and kill old, sick people, and which, like all systemically leftist enterprises, costs a fortune and is basically run for the benefit of those who work for it.

Speaking of which, the teaching unions – by opposing any changes to a failing system – proved at their recent annual conference that they’re far more interested in political posturing than in guaranteeing pupils a decent education.

As for the Left’s pet victim groups, 900,000 of those registered for sickness benefits chose not to be tested under new, stricter eligibility rules – which is exactly what the Right had predicted would happen.

Labour has got itself into a right old muddle over welfare cuts. Despite all the polls suggesting the public’s sick of being fleeced by liars and scrimshankers, Harriet Harperson popped up recently to announce a deranged plan to get everyone back to work by creating pseudo-jobs to be funded by the tax-payer, i.e. a return to the system that turned Britain into the “sick man of Europe” in the 1970s.

As for the organisation set up to create a socialist super-state, the European Union – well, it stands revealed for what it is: oppressive, thuggish, uncompassionate and unsustainable – again, just as the Right predicted.

The Left might no doubt have imagined that Mrs. Thatcher’s death would boost support for them, by reminding everyone of Britain’s dreadful suffering under her junta in the 1980s. But what I suspect it’s really done is to remind people of how she saved Britain from socialism; highlight the light-weightness of our current political leaders; and remind us of the repellent  nastiness of the Left’s Caliban tendency.

As if all that wasn't sufficiently damaging, Unite, the country's biggest union, has called for a general strike against "austerity" measures, thereby creating yet another opportunity for voters to be reminded of - or educated about - how close this country came to a takeover by the proletariat and its educated, middle-class ring-masters 35 years ago.

Whenever a prominent left-wing politician appears on television - whether it be Ed Miliband, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham or Harriet Harman - these leading figures in the Brown Terror give off the stench of desperation, failure and utter cluelessness.

Finally, the fact that UKIP - essentially the party of Thatcherism - is attracting English working-class supporters (i.e. the ones that actually, you know, work) in increasing numbers must be alarming. Apart from the economy, immigration is the issue that really upsets voters: the Left, which has cynically used immigrants as a source of votes, simply can't find a comfortable or convincing posture on this key topic.

Of course, my subconscious might simply be fooling me in order to keep my spirits up - but there's some sort of momentum building out there, and I'm betting it isn't tacking to the Left.


  1. I was studying your photograph of Kim Jong-un. I note that he sports the same hair-cut as Ed Balls. Perhaps Geo F Trumper have opened a branch in Pyongyang?

    1. But it's easy to tell them apart, because Balls is even more hideous and much, much fatter.

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    1. Yes, we'll always have Paris - no matter how bad it get's here, it's a relief to know how muich worse it is over there. I notice Obama's approval rating is also on the slide - but not quite as spectacularly as Hollande's, who is evidently a sensationally useless socialist twassock.

  3. Christopher Snowdon

    "Thatcher's funeral. Finally, the left finds something it doesn't think should be funded by the state."

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    1. Reads more like the Sun (only it doesn't include the word "scum"). Have you noticed that the Telegraph has disappeared behind a pay-wall (after twnety free pages)? Only £20 a year, and well worth it - unlike The Times, which I now only read when I visit the dentist.

  5. I don't disagree about the decline into scumhood but still think that, while antis claim a massive popular hatred of Mrs Thatcher, a headline that counts protestors in their hundreds makes a point subtly.

  6. Quiz

    Q Which impeccably left-wing commentator, acknowledged as a top-flight intellectual, finds himself writing in the newspaper this morning, baffled:

    She did, it is true, re-establish the British state's capacity to govern ...

    Trade unions certainly needed the Thatcher treatment in terms of both accepting the rule of law and the need for responsibilities alongside their rights ...

    ... in one serious respect, trade unions were a proper target. By the late 1970s, a handful of trade union leaders in effect co-ran the country, the beneficiaries of the failure of successive governments to bring free collective bargaining into a legal framework. This despite the fact that they could not deliver their members to agreed policies, and the third year of an incomes policy had collapsed. On this question, the Labour party was intellectually exhausted and politically bankrupt ... It had become a first order crisis of governability, even of democracy ...

    The early employment acts and the victory over Arthur Scargill's NUM decisively reaffirmed that the fount of political power in the country is Parliament, at the time a crucial intervention ...

    Mrs Thatcher capitalised on a moment of temporary ungovernability that, to her credit, she resolved ...