I’d Tap a Tory and Shag a Socialist…

Ok, inappropriate title… But you can’t have missed the amusing and revealing article that appeared in the Guardian about ‘Never Kissed a Tory’ T-shirts…

Never kissed a Tory and got the T-shirt to prove it? It’s not a garment I have hanging in my own wardrobe – it wouldn’t be true. But then we all make mistakes (and some of them wear chinos).

While some would argue that sleeping with the enemy makes you a political traitor, others believe that it’s useful to know them even in the biblical sense. Shagging someone from the dark side certainly has the capacity to upset your parents, according to a new YouGov survey suggesting that British political party supporters are becoming increasingly entrenched and partisan. The proportion of parents who would be “very upset” if their offspring married someone of a different political persuasion has more than doubled in eight years, with 28% of Labour supporters saying they would be unhappy if their son or daughter married a Tory and one in five Tories saying the same of a Labour son- or daughter-in-law.

Of course we know it’s a joke, part in jest. Evil Tories, some of whom believe in economic sanity — ok just Steve Baker, Syed Kamall and JP Floru… Evil, evil, blah, blah, blah… We all know the old trope…

The issue here though is that some people are probably quite serious about it. And this is quite revealing in regards to some supposedly ‘liberal’ people’s thinking.

An underbelly of totalitarianism runs through modern ‘liberalism’. The world can be divided between good and bad people and those who question the NHS are definitely bad. They are people not to be associated with and possibly driven from society.

It is a de-humanising outlook, one that judges a person on their beliefs rather than their character and actions. I’d challenge anyone to meet Syed Kamall, who gave a wonderful talk on social action at Libertarian Home, and tell me all Tories are evil.

Some ‘liberals’ will be outraged by the suggestion that they are closet totalitarians. But just imagine someone wearing an “I’d Never Kiss a Muslim” t-shirt or saying, “I’d never bring home an Israeli”… Actually, wait, people probably do say that last one… People would shout, “Bigot” — and they’d be right. Essentially If you can’t see past someone’s political or religious views then you have a questionable outlook on life.

Even people who hold what we might call extreme views cannot be classified as evil across the board. Salafism, for example, isn’t a particularly enlightened or forward thinking outlook on the world. To suggest though all Salafists desire to take up arms against the West and massacre the non-believer would be quite ridiculous. Simply not true and quite inaccurate.

I hope the people who wear these T-shirts are just joking. It’s a sad indictment against their character if they’re not and think what they could be missing out on… I was raised by a Tory father and a socialist, feminist Mother. They had their disagreements, but they’re both decent, intelligent people who got on fine. And to be honest growing up in a divided household was great — fun even. It taught me tolerance, differing ideas and probably explains why the title of this post is quite true…

A little item on BBC Four shows communicating with the left is a waste of time

On Saturday I listened to a BBC Radio Four show called “From Our Own Correspondent”. In one item a BBC lady in Sweden talked about the Swedish Welfare State. As the lady said, the British government is interested in the Swedish Welfare State. What the British government is interested in is choice in providers (health providers and other such) and recent cost saving measures – but that is not what the BBC person talked about. To her the “Swedish model” is the envy of the British government (and of her), for rather different reasons…..

Some of what the lady said was about various supernatural stuff (that need not detain us – supposedly the post Christian population of Sweden leave offerings to various supernatural creatures, although they are not yet burning policemen in wicker cages), but the BBC person did make some statements that were of interest.

Swedish people (according to the lady from the BBC) rush to tell the government about any improvements they make to their homes – and thus pay higher tax. This is because the “state is us”. Very Rousseau (although the BBC lady did not mention his name) with the idea that a, democratic, state someone is all the people (the collective is all the individuals).

© Per Ola Wiberg

According to the BBC lady the Swedish people see the Welfare State (or “People’s Home”) as a the source of FREEDOM  – as it prevents them being dependent on anyone. Again very Rousseau – he hated being an employee of any flesh and blood individual, whereas being employed by the state was fine (as the collective was all the individuals that made up the collective – the state is you). It was wrong (evil) to treat a married couple as a couple – according to the BBC lady they would be treated as unrelated (atomised?) individuals in everything, even in the bill for a meal.

For one person to pay for another (for example the concept of the “family”) was wrong and evil (according to the BBC lady) – individuals must be treated as atomised individuals in all things, even gifts were evil as they put you in the (moral) debt of someone else. Any form of help (for your parents, or your wife, or your children) is evil – for it makes them “dependent”, not free individuals. “Love” (according the BBC lady’s account of Sweden) can only come when the state pays for everything – your wife (or…) can not really love you if she is financial dependent upon you (rather than on the state).

The idea that it if the state pays for your food (and so on) you become dependent ON THE STATE did not occur to the BBC lady – after all the state is you, The state is the source of all “freedom”.

Now I have no idea whether the BBC person was telling the truth about the Swedish people – perhaps a few Swedes are like this (i.e. space monsters) and most are just human beings no worse than people in other countries. But I am sure the BBC lady was telling the truth about her own opinions and those of her Comrades at the BBC and in the universities (and so on) that produced these Comrades.

Think about it. Leave aside the supernatural stuff (I am not suggesting the BBC, or the left generally, are about to conduct human sacrifice rituals outside their H.Q. in Salford), just the political stuff. According to this position the state (the collective) is YOU – there is no difference between the collective and individuals. All traditional cultural institutions (such as the family) are evil (at least in their financial aspects) and most be destroyed. Everyone must depend upon the state for all the basic things in life – private employment or even gifts are evil because they make people “dependent”, whereas the Welfare State (a total Welfare State that controls everything) is the source of true “freedom” and the precondition for “love”.

O.K. people – tell me again how we should “communicate” with the left (the establishment elite – the academic and media crowd).  And do not tell me that this person is not typical – because I assure you she is.

They (the establishment elite – both media and education system and ….) are totalitarians. Trying to reason with them is about as sensible as trying to reason with J.J. Rousseau.

I am sorry, but no long-term peaceful relationship between pro freedom (pro civil society – anti statist people) and types like this BBC person is possible. Certainly not while the BBC demands a special tax (the television “license fee”) to fund its hard-core collectivist propaganda.

The same hard-core collectivist propaganda the left establishment elite try to feed to the young in the schools, the universities and in the media and culture generally.