It's Christmas for the left-liberal consensus. They are still in their glee from the undoubted success of their suspiciously Campbell-esque campaign against News International. They are still earnestly blabbering over state-dominated airwaves, without a hint of irony, about the supposed 'dominance' of a private company struggling to compete with the funded-by-force BBC. A Norwegian nutjob has now made them an even greater gift. Watching the Andrew Marr and Murnaghan shows this morning (and wondering as usual why the Conservatives are as little in evidence as they were in opposition) their delight was manifest.
Jacqui Smith, well-deservedly-former Home Secretary, told us on the BBC that 'we' (a plural pronoun, as used by her, that does not embrace you and me) must 'insist' on certain 'shared values.' I doubt if - beyond the least controversial of the Ten Commandments - Mrs Smith and I share a single value. Minutes later, she was telling us that the internet provides a 'virtual community' for warped individuals. The BBC held out for mere seconds before dropping the 'extreme' from 'extreme right wing.' Compare and contrast with the way they never describe socialist violence as any kind of left wing but wrap it in the false black flag of 'anarchism'.
After the merest pause for a respectful nod to Norway's dead, it was on with the usual smear tactics and guilt by association before demanding that something be done about people whose opinions are readily detectable by their use of social media. If you tweet, blog or post any non-conforming opinions in comments, you should be very afraid this morning.
Try the following checklist:
- You do not trust the British state
- You believe that the Labour Party and its fellow-travellers are the greatest enemies of our liberty
- You believe the BBC has a left-liberal bias
- You believe that British academia is dominated - and our education system warped - by the left
- You believe that immigrants have been allowed into Britain faster than they could reasonably be assimilated into our way of life
- You believe that the left-liberal consensus facilitated this deliberately to create client groups for its own electoral advantage
- You are tired of our capital being known as 'Londonistan'
- You believe that citizens have the right to armed self-defence
- You have called for politicians to be held personally to account (perhaps with a few lurid 'swinging from lamp-post' references)
Tick any two or three of those, and you are suspect. If, when details emerge about Breivik's political motivations, it proves he has more in common with smug statists than with you, it will make not a shred of difference.