THE LAST DITCH An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about liberty in Britain
Blogpower Common Room
Beware the sanitisation of public debate

Max, 19, hits the road

Link: Max, 19, hits the road | Travelog | Guardian Unlimited.

Skinny3 Like everyone else, I went to this Guardian "blog" to laugh at the comments about Max Gogarty (son of travel correspondent Paul Gogarty) who is having his gap year travel subsidised by his Dad's employer. In return, he is going to blog regularly about his experiences. Yes, it's a bit of old-fashioned nepotism. Yes, I did laugh a little. Then I began to feel sick.

The kid is 19, for Christ's sake. He can't have anticipated this sort of reaction. Still less can he deserve it. Yet the commenters, good Guardianistas all, lay in to him with venomous will. If you want to understand just how repulsive British Leftists are, get over your schadenfreude about their mutual cannibalism and think about what they are saying. They are entirely driven by hatred and envy.

If you feel that's a contentious statement, here are some examples of what they  felt it appropriate to say about young, innocent, Max. This is the merest sampling of a torrent of abuse. Noting all the "deleted by moderator" markers, I wonder how vile were the comments that were not allowed to stand!

Instead of setting off on yet another inane, identikit trip around Asia before you take up your place at Oxbridge (or wherever), why don't you leave your family's Highgate mansion FOR GOOD, cut yourself off from your father's allowance, move into a council estate in Salford, STAY THERE, and then consider writing a blog about your experiences.

I wonder which council estate in Salford that commenter lives on? As someone who never visits England without spending some time with family on a council estate, I can't say I have met many Guardianistas there. I have a mental picture of the commenter as a corduroyed teacher from the ever-more-impoverished petty bourgeoisie spitting bile on behalf of a social class that doesn't give a toss about him.

Hooray! Just what is needed. Another blog by a posh boy related to a Guardian employee to keep us all up to date with his adventures in places that millions have experienced already. Wow, what a bright idea.

That one rather gives the game away, doesn't it? No real member of the working class would be under the impression that "millions have experienced" gap year treks to Asia. Only someone whose friends have done such things could possibly think so.

As for skinny jeans, Max if ever you eat from the street you may wish you had something a little more baggy and easy to remove, alternatively you could take some nappies.

I'm not sure that the street vendors take Amex though.

You can have your first ladyboy experience in Thailand, but maybe you won't journal that one, just look out for the adams apple.

Is this for the gold or silver DOE award?

Where are quentin, rupert and tiggy going to be? i'm sure the blackberry will keep you all in touch.

Why are class warriors are so keen on the hereditary principle? Young Max has had no independent life in which he can demonstrate his worth. Surely every young human being should be a vehicle of hope? Maybe he will make some great contribution? Maybe we will all be glad he was born? I certainly hope so, but for the commenter it's quite enough that his Dad is a member of the ruling class well-paid journalist. He needs no more excuse to hate Max. Whatever happened to "equality of opportunity?" Was it really (as I always suspected) only a code for "take from all others that which I have not had myself?"

I am literally sick to the back teeth of having to see/listen to all of these posh mummies boys who have never lived a day in reality of their lives talking like they have a clue about anything. They seem to have deluded notion that their opinion is more valid because everything they ever wanted has been handed to them on a plate.

If you want to go somewhere and find yourself, sleep rough in Glasgow for a few night

[Edited by moderator]

I would love to see the bit that the moderator deemed too rude! "Literally" sick to the back teeth? In a torrent of abusive comments about Max's clichéd writing, we get someone who thinks a cliché is not a cliché if you put the word "literally" in front of it. I wonder what "day of reality" (apart from the tedium of the staff-room alternating with the chaos of the classroom) he  has ever experienced?

British Socialists are invariably nasty and brutish and often short to boot. Losers to a man and woman, they get pleasure from hating anyone who is not. There is nothing they like better than a good sneer. Poor young Max has had an early lesson in life. I hope it does him good. Certainly it should show him who his true friends are.

Enjoy your trip, young man. Bless your good fortune that you have had the chance to make it and try to come back with enough wisdom to see through the Guardian's world view. In the meantime, I leave the last words to "djak", one of the commenters who managed to make me smile amid my despair at human folly;

What a nasty set of mean-sprited jealous bastards Guardian readers seem to be from reading the above torrents of abuse.

Don't read the damn thing then you pompous twats.

Anyway how will you find the time to, what? with all that homemade organic hummous waiting to be knitted?



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Harriet Shone

To generalise all of a left-leaning persuasion by the comments of a few extremists on a blog is the ultimate straw man. True, these comments are repulsive but, I would argue, your equally spiteful attempt to use them as proof that all who read the Guardian are scum is just as repulsive and puts you firmly in the Daily Mail fascist group, even if you have enough intelligence not to read that particular paper.

Dan, a once travelling man

Good to see that the Guardian readers comments are not wholly representative of the nation's opinion. I've lived abroad for 5 years and it's getting very difficult to gauge what is really going on. "Ex-pat vision" has people that live in the Dordogne yapping on about stabbings on every corner of every British city. They came here to feel safe, blah blah. The people who commented on Max's blog will no doubt move to France soon and join the gaggle of confused fear monkeys...

If they really want to have something to complain about, perhaps these good hearted guardians of the guillotine should go and spend a few weeks in Bangkok on the Khao San Road and see what young Brits are actually up to on their travels. There are some things going on there which are far worse than a sharp 19 year old's honest rantings....

I was a little shocked at the reaction too. It quickly descended from sarcastic gibes about class into 'Crucify him!' Credulous and unimaginative he may be; but his name now crops up with 'nepotism' and all manner of unmentionable expletives on Google. The internet is very unforgiving, and I fear he might have to write pseudonymously if he's to pursue a writing career later in life.

John Miller

What would they have said if Max were of "ethnic origin"?

Comfort yourself, Max, with the thought that you have been part of a most enlightening social experiment.

Young James Miller is also off on a trip to that part of the world and I have given him a fiver. In the unlikely event that your paths cross, he and I would like to buy you a beer.

Have fun.

The comments to this entry are closed.