BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN A few years ago, I wrote about the circular firing squad of Identity Politics: ‘Leftists by embracing identity politics have become the new racists – they have become so blinkered in the self-destructive, inward-pointing, circular firing squad of postmodernist neo-Marxism that they have lost the ability to see or understand how intolerance shapes politics’ I stick by the analogy. Today we see … Continue reading The Circle Falls
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN There is a bar in Ermita, Manila which is the least politically correct bar I have ever ended up in, as far as I can (or wish) to remember. The Hobbit House, founded in 1973, is run by very short people and is a good place to sip on ice-cold imported beers opened by very short people. It is a location where … Continue reading Little Things, Big Difference?
BY JON ALEXANDER It’s been a common theme that the white middle-classes of the UK and America have, for many years, struggled to define themselves. The rich/elite and upper-classes have focused on their own lives, maintaining their status quo and living in their own little bubbles – rarely letting anyone in. The strong identity working-class have their own traditions and history, they embraced community, worked … Continue reading Gary & Karen
BY KEER LONSDALE Keer Lonsdale predicts what will happen if the logic of the Left is ever applied to football: Looking back, it was Leicester winning the league that started it. Everybody loved that, the little guy beating the big guys, the privileged elite taken to the cleaners, the footballing world turned upside down. What a story it was. Within a couple of decades even … Continue reading Left Wing Football
BY QUENTIN PIGG The hills and valleys of our National Parks are basked in bigotry, or so assert some mirthless toads at the BBC. Their latest effort to denigrate rural folk sees a section of Countryfile devoted to tackling the supposed barriers preventing ethnic minorities from venturing into the countryside. Sombre music plays as a man intones a damning report of England’s National Parks. We … Continue reading A Racist Countryside?
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN BLM Activist: “You are privileged.” Me: “Why?” BLM Activist: “You went to public school.” Me: “Did I choose to go to public school?” BLM Activist: “Err, no.” BLM Activist: “Still, you are privileged.” Me: “Why?” BLM Activist: “You are white.” Me: “Did I have any say in my whiteness or you in your blackness?” BLM Activist: “Err, no.” BLM Activist: “But let’s … Continue reading Interview with a BLM Activist
BY FRANK HAVILAND Let’s get it right: George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin on the 25th of May in Minneapolis; a monstrous crime. Not only did Chauvin fail to act legally, the police have a duty of protection to all. Floyd did not receive that protection. The notions doing the rounds however, that his murder would be somewhat less heinous had a … Continue reading Get Off Your Knees
BY QUENTIN PIGG Last month, Britain’s broadcast media subjected the nation to a series of bombshell revelations from which it may never recover. First came the news that Philip Schofield isn’t the red-blooded womaniser his tousled hair and flowered shirts would have us believe. Then the BBC’s Head of Drama, Piers Wenger (pictured), revealed that far from some happy coincidence, it is actual BBC policy … Continue reading Repurposing the Licence Fee
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I was thinking about bagatelle the other day while picking up some yew hedging. There is a yew, I was told by the nursery owner, which is an intersex tree, not transgender – the Fortingall Yew – and right now it is in the leisurely process of changing sex. That was when the bane of Identity Politics cropped up in conversation. And … Continue reading Bagatelle
BY EFFIE DEANS One of the main reasons that I oppose left-wing thinking is that I want people to be treated as individuals rather than as members of a group. I have the same duty to treat everyone I come across morally no matter what they look like, where they are from or how they choose to live their lives. There isn’t a special quality … Continue reading The Path to Absurdity
BY TARQUIN SUTHERLAND I would have been the last to have guessed that it would be J K Rowling herself – that Queen of Fantasy, revered almost as a deity by hordes of young and impressionable Leftists that had grown up on her expertly spun tales of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Darling of Fantasy has enjoyed – right up until last week in fact – … Continue reading The Gob of Fire
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN That first driving test was a nailed-on fail from the start. Not due to any lack of preparation. Not that I was a worse driver than for the second test, which I passed. Not because of the car I used or the conditions that day. “Good morning, sir,” was how I greeted the driving examiner as they walked out of the test … Continue reading Identity Fiddlesticks
BY LIAM DEACON Somewhat lost in the fog of the Brexit war raging in Westminster, another, more parochial yet still significant, landmark battle in British democracy could soon be won, with a British parliamentarian set to become the first in history booted out of the job by constituents mid-term, after a recall petition was launched following her release from jail. Fiona Onasanya was part of … Continue reading Labour’s Identity Intake Failure
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Charles Mackay, in his Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds wrote, “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.” 1 History is in great part the history of the crowd. What the crowd thinks is what counts. Crowds tend … Continue reading Reverse Economic Imperialism (REI)
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I’ve had some peculiar dreams recently. One dream involved a tiny, bald, Celtic warrior painted in white brandishing a little spear right in my face – he had piercing blue eyes, terrible teeth and the breath of a very old Labrador. Another involved sharing a pantomime horse with Her Majesty the Queen – appropriately I was at the blind rear end and … Continue reading Feeling & Being
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I attended a meeting the other day at which a very wrong yet erudite man was present. When he spoke, I personally enjoyed the beautiful words tumbling from his lips and the obvious depth of his thinking. With the various literary references embedded in his arguments I was happily reminded of books I had long forgotten. I walked away from that meeting … Continue reading Identity Politics is Bollocks
BY SAM WHITE If someone were to ask, “what’s the best way to divide society, make everyone hate each other, and bring the whole thing to a state of collapse from the inside?” I might answer with just two words: “identity politics”. It’s difficult to imagine a more regressive approach to life than that endorsed by this horrible philosophy. As a quick reminder, the ideology … Continue reading A Week In Identity Politics
BY SAM WHITE I wrote recently about holy segregationist Giles Fraser’s low expectations of minority communities. But look closely at identity politics and you’ll find this kind of fatalism is deeply ingrained everywhere. I noticed it the other night when I went out for a drink and narrowly avoided, as Mrs Merton used to say, a heated debate. In Shinjuku’s eastern district—a do-as-you-like, all-night corner … Continue reading You would say that, you’re a white man!
BY SAM WHITE Opponents of the radical left’s excesses have for a long time warned that over-bearing, often nonsensical levels of fervent political correctness are having a deleterious effect on public discourse. The censoriousness, anti-democracy, and plain nastiness of the regressive left is not only wrong on a moral and a civil level, but is counter-productive to its own aims. When normal disagreement on issues … Continue reading How The Left Tricked You