So, you can understand that I was none too shocked to read about this. If Joe Public has started to despise the modern Left, it may well be because he understands that the feeling is mutual. Zell Miller's verdict on the Democrats now seems strangely appropriate to Nu Lab:
Once upon a time, the most successful Democratic leader of them all, FDR, looked south and said 'I see one third of a nation ill-housed, ill clad, ill nourished.' Today our national Democratic leaders look south and say, 'I see one third of a nation and it can go to hell.'The Pub Philosopher gives an example of this attitude and how it affects The Issue That Dare Not Speak Its Name. My only complaint is that he's way too nice to Ben and Chloe - they're not simply ignorant of the problems of the working class, they positively revel in their immunity from them. It's not just immigration: there's crime, education, health care and a whole raft of other areas of public policy where Liberals proudly proclaim their support for insane polices while flaunting their ability to exempt themselves from the consequences. Just like millionaire celeb who takes time out to inform us that he could easily pay more taxes [message: look how rich I am!], Liberals who propose, say, a complete ban on school expulsions are really just boasting that their kids go to such nice schools that there's no one there to expel anyway. Und so weiter...
Consider the differing ways two social problems are treated by the Left. We often hear about mobs being stirred up by mobile phone masts, or protestors demonstrating against paedophiles in their town. Oops, no - it’s the other way round. Demonstrate against Vodaphone sticking a mast up next door and you're an activist, demonstrate against a convicted child killer moving next door and you're a crazed vigilante. Somebody remind me again: which threat has claimed hundreds of lives, and which is backed up solely by a handful of nutballs tormenting rats.
This is not just an arid matter of terminology. Phone companies need planning permission before they can put a mast up, with all that that implies in terms of transparency. Meanwhile, the State will bend over backwards to prevent you finding out that the bloke next door has eighty convictions for child abuse. Hey - whatever you thought about the News of the World's name & shame campaign, they at least had some kind of point, while the Liberal media response was to avoid the issue entirely in favour of branding the protestors as chavs. This is how much Liberalism is dependent on sneering - they'll even line up with perverts if it means they can unload on Joe Sixpack.
We hear a lot about what Lady T did to the working class - and, for sure, no one's claiming that mass unemployment is a good thing, but what of the flip side of that ? Not for nothing did David Jason's character have the catch-phrase 'this time next year we'll be millionaires'. That expressed a great truth about Thatcherism, it introduced working people to a whole new world of possibilities. Why shouldn't a working man own his own house, own shares, go on foreign holidays ? Meanwhile, the Left's response was to call them flashy and materialistic.
Fast-forward to the reign of Princess Tony. Don't listen to Conservative critics, listen to what the Left themselves say their achievment is: they've raised x billion people out of poverty. That's it, that's what they offer: handouts and dependency. That would be bad enough on its own, but add in the rest of their program, confiscatory taxes, the return of catchment areas, stripping of the right of self-defence… If you wanted to devise a program to bring social mobility to a halt, this is what you would do. Churchill claimed that Joseph Chamberlain loved the working man, he loved to see him work. Nu Labour have gone one better: they love to see him not work, just stay fat, ignorant and most of all dependant on the bountiful nature of our Liberal elite.