8 May 2013

phoney versions of ‘nice’ and ‘nasty’

● Certain parts of the media complain that Mr Cameron’s New Tories are useless at representing the views of Conservative voters. While this may be true, the complaint smacks a little of hypocrisy.
It is surely the media – in many ways the real power behind the Westminster throne – that makes it too dangerous for any public figure, in or out of politics, to profess views that fall foul of leftist ideology. Any hints of rightism are swiftly punished, by treating the culprits as immoral monsters.
When the Conservatives’ election campaign under Michael Howard tried to broach the topic of immigration, for example, it more or less meant instant political death; not because of voters’ opinions, but because of the il-liberal elite’s ostensible squeamishness about the topic (possibly driven, in reality, by somewhat darker motives).
The principle that the Right, to the extent it does not mimic the Left’s phoney social concerns, is ‘nasty’ is (of course) ludicrous, and illustrates the way the middle class has been brainwashed into accepting a fictitious ideology.
How is it ‘nice’ to (e.g.) uncritically support a medical system in which old people get to live out their remaining days by being treated with contempt and neglect?