Thursday 10 November, 2016


In my youth I felt that Socialism was simply the political expression of ordinary decency. I mustn’t blame anyone but myself for my naivite. Now the centre-left, after decades of championing transgender rights, unplatforming, abortion as a good thing, social engineering, gay marriage, identifying as a pot-plant and other issues relevant to real life, begins to reap the whirlwind.

Brexit, now Trump, next the National Front in France and who knows where it ends?

Pious idiots. It’s called a backlash. The pendulum always swings too far. For forty years people have known they were being bullied, marginalised, lied to and abused, they just weren’t able to do anything about it. Now it is different. The establishment shouldn’t underestimate the hatred, which will be all the more virulent for having been repressed for so long.

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  • Ross McCabe

    I have a few questions.
    1. What do you mean by 'reap the whirlwind'?
    2. Have you seen the documentary HyperNormalisation by Adam Curtis?

  • Paul Caister

    Dear Ross

    I am quoting Churchill who said, prior to or in justification of the bombing of German cities: "They have sown the wind, now they will reap the whirlwind". He may well have been quoting someone else. His meaning was that they have brought it upon themselves. With the history of Europe being more or less a history of war the idea of forming a union of countries to obviate more of the same was a great idea, now, in my view, wasted. With far right governments possible in Italy and France within a matter of months and the likelihood of the break up of the EU in a decade or less, there seems every chance of another vicious war on the continent, including the UK, within a relatively short space of time. The centre left has messed up.

  • Ross

    Obviously I hope you're wrong.