Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Moral Arrogance of the Left

The Left, just now
One of the outcomes of this election, which is simultaneously amusing and terrifying, is how poorly many people on the Left have taken their defeat at the hands of the Tories.

Moral arrogance is the thing which irritates me most about the Left. Many Leftists adopt this unconscionable attitude, which proceeds from the following assumptions:
  • 'I want to make life better for poorer people'. Not unreasonable - most Rightists would not disagree with this laudable aim, myself included;
  • 'It's rich people's fault that poor people are poor'. Err, not necessarily. Is it every British person's fault that Africa is poor? No. The economics are a little more complex;
  • 'The only way of making poor people richer is socialism'. Definitely not. In fact, every time socialism or its variants have been applied, they have resulted in massive failure;
  • 'My assumptions are statements of fact, not assumptions'. This is where I really start to get annoyed, because it means they're not even entertaining the prospect that they could be wrong;
  • 'Anyone who disagrees with my methods disagrees with my motives'. My piss is starting to boil at this point. No, we just think you're wrong and misguided.
  • 'Therefore, anyone who disagrees with Leftist orthodoxy is evil'. *RAGE FACE* STOP BEING SO UNUTTERABLY THICK, YOU TWATS.
It is this presumption of moral superiority which has led an outpouring of grief and rage at the election of a majority Tory government. Many Leftists simply can't accept that their worldview was comprehensively rejected, and that they have lost the argument. In order to stave off the extreme cognitive dissonance, they therefore seek to demonise their opponents.

The responses have therefore included:
  • Bitter hyperbole (I hope you're happy, electorate, for inflicting 5 years of Tory Government on us all!!!!! The NHS will be sold off, the welfare state will be abolished and all schools will be demolished to make way for exclusive Tory-Only cocktail bars, where top-hatted toffs will quaff champagne and bathe in the tears of orphans!!!!!)
  • Political persecution (will all of my customers who voted Tory please identify themselves at the till, so I can apply a 10% Tory Tax to their bill. We're all in this together, etc. etc. - rough translation: I'd like to see my business go bust because nearly 40% of the population won't use it anymore. Or perhaps you'd like us Tories to wear blue stars to identify ourselves?)
  • Patronising arrogance (we didn't lose the election, the electorate just made the wrong choice. We need to educate them to see our way of thinking so that they don't make that mistake again. No - you were wrong, the electorate saw through you and rejected your argument wholly and comprehensively. Deal with it)
  • Making feeble excuses (our voting system is wrong - we need full proportional representation!! Except that PR would have given Labour less seats, UKIP a damn sight more and probably led to a Tory/UKIP coalition. The voting system is inherently biased in favour of Labour, and they STILL lost)
  • Fascistic violence (like vandalising a war memorial honouring those who died fighting fascism and defending democracy, on the anniversary of their victory, because you disagree with the outcome of a fair, free and democratic election conducted the previous day, ludicrously claiming that a freely elected government has no mandate to govern)
  • Astonishing hypocrisy (like making excuses about the voting system and muttering about lack of legitimacy, and yet making no such noises when Labour won a much bigger majority using the same voting system in 2005 with 2 million less votes than the Tories. But that's OK, because it's Labour.
So I'll just lay it out simply for you Lefties.

You lost. Despite the odds being stacked in your favour by a rigged voting system, an unpopular government, heavy social and cultural bias and the country still emerging from the deepest recession in living memory. Despite all of that, your worldview and ideology were completely and comprehensively rejected in a free, fair democratic election. And no amount of excuses, temper tantrums, hypocrisy or moaning is going to change that fact. And if you ever want to get into power again, you need to go back to the drawing board, and change your misguided ideology, because the electorate have seen through your bullshit.

In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the next 5 years of untrammelled Toryism. Hell, yeah!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Conservative Majority

For the first time since John Major, the Conservative Party has won a majority in the House of Commons. A narrow one, to be sure - 328 seats at the time of writing, with 2 seats left to declare - but a majority nevertheless.

What happened to Labour's promised swing? And UKIP's promised breakthrough?

I'll tell you. Scotland and England happened.

In Scotland, the SNP have engaged in a bout of giant-killing, virtually sweeping the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Labour off the map. 56 of the 59 Scottish seats now rest in the hands of Salmond and Sturgeon. On the back of the referendum, the SNP have gone from strength to strength.

In England, the political narrative from Scotland has dominated. And England has watched, quietly and patiently, as a borderline-xenophobic nationalist movement has reared its ugly head north of the border. It has looked at Labour and UKIP. It has looked at the SNP, and it decided it didn't really fancy the idea of being laid down the law by people it hadn't elected.

UKIP failed to break through. Labour failed to make an impression. They held in North England, but lost the key Midlands marginals, and came nowhere near to extending their grip further south. The Liberal Democrats collapsed, and the Tories mopped up.

So what happens now?

The United Kingdom is about to be transformed. The Tories will likely press through:
  • Huge constitutional reform in English Votes for English Laws. In the event of Labour winning an election in the future, they would probably be unable to pass laws in England;
  • A constituency boundary review for the House of Commons. This would remove the inbuilt ~7% lead that Labour have because of electoral bias;
  • Intense negotiations and a referendum on the UK's continued membership of the European Union. A change in membership terms or leaving entirely would be huge;
  • A huge reduction in the size and role of the State. Although the Coalition made savings, the deficit is still huge. It can't be closed without a fundamental reappraisal of what the State does;
  • The need for a new constitutional settlement between England and Scotland has never been clearer. It is likely that we will progress to some form of federalism;
  • A fundamental change in the tax & benefits system. For too long, it has rewarded the idle and imprisoned hard-working people in poverty. The Tories have a huge mandate for change;
  • Further shake-ups to the education and health systems, both of which currently under-perform. They'll still be here in 2020, but they'll work totally differently;
  • Significantly lower taxes, especially for low to middle earners. They've put the Tories in Downing Street, and they'll likely be rewarded for it.

The country we become over the next five years will likely not be the same as the country we are now. And given that the country that we have now is crippled by debt, parochialism, high taxation and bitter nationalism, I'm looking forward to a change.

Tory Government? Thank God.