Having given up any hope of winning the real class war the Left – including us comrades – has not gone on the offensive but on the offended. Oh how joyfully we get on the internet and point our fb pages at some offender like kids trying to get the teacher to believe us – look look Miss – Clarkson’s said the N word – punish him miss – confiscate his column. In a week when 250 Nigerian girls were taken captive into slavery it’s Clarkson or some UKIP backwoodsman saying something ridiculous that exercises our outrage. Michael Crick who used to be a decent reporter now sets up imterviews with nonagenarian UKIP members ad intones with gravity its significance as they say that they want the black and white minstrels brought back. then we all follow suit – UKIP want the black and white minstrels brought back we eagerly tell pour imaginary friends on facebook. But there’s only so much outrage you can confect then its diminishing returns. As Marina Hyde writes:
‘why all right-thinking people to the left of Ukip – from Tories to commies – are supposed to regard it as a triumph each time a news outlet’s exposé forces Nigel Farage to outlaw some nobody for a vile thing they said on social media three years ago. This, apparently, is a win, even though the evidence suggests it simply calcifies the sense of asymmetric warfare against Ukip out there in the unreachable spaces where all those rising numbers of people who are going to vote for the party are living their unknowable lives.’
So now UKIP are chased round the streets from their rallies while Labour and Tories who are practicing racists with years of murder on their hands and hold no public meetings just soundbite opportunities go unscathed. We have given up real struggle for an internet desire to be offended. It requires no effort. UKIP is a godsend to lazy lefties…………..meanwhile as Marina Hyde asks ‘what’s going on out there
in the unreachable spaces where all those rising numbers of people who are going to vote for the party are living their unknowable lives.