I detest political correctness. I think it’s the enemy. I mean there are many enemies, but they all come together under one rubric, which is one person is trying to tell another person how to think.
- Norman Mailer
Obviously, the lack of content can be revealing, but only in the context of there being nothing where the context should be. That Tim Farron, when asked if he thought homosexuality was a sin, chose not to answer rather than immediately reply ‘Of course not, what a stupid question’ tells those listening everything they need to know. Would it have changed things if his evasive action had been pulled off with all the theatrical aplomb of a Matador?
I think not.
That Mrs May let a few stock-banalities fall out of her mouth is worrying; calling the attack ‘cowardly’ is worrying; and now this, from slate-head Trump from the LA Times:
‘So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” President Trump said while visiting Bethlehem in the West Bank. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that’s a great name. I will call them losers because that’s what they are.’
The only thing one can say for this is that Trump at least managed to use the word ‘murdered’. This is an improvement on the sickening ‘lost their lives.’ People lose their car keys and mobile phones.
Why do powerful politicians, some of them possibly intelligent humans – all armed with advisers and spin-persons and image consultants and all the rest – think that a cogent response to an act of mass murder is to call the killers names?
This is the bacon-sandwich level of response.
We’re the losers because it’s us who’ve lost. There is no battle, no war, no conflict; there is only a question of how long before we admit to ourselves that our obsession with political correctness has lead to a groupthink mind-cancer which is killing us.
As Douglas Murray said, we’ll be arguing about the place of masculine pronouns in academic debate while ISIS storm the country carrying AK47s.
This is the response I would have preferred from Mrs May:
“There has been an act of mass murder in Manchester. It was motivated by religion. ISIS is an Islamist group, its adherents murder us because they believe that after they are dead they will continue to be alive in another dimension where they will receive divine reward for their violence. The want to murder us because they hate us, we are infidels, and therefore fair game. They genuinely believe this. The problem we have is that a great many who follow Islam have brown skin. This means we can’t publicly admit what motivated the latest round of killings. I’m sorry about this, but the truth is it’s us who are the cowards because we are too scared to tell the truth for fear of being accused of something called ‘racism’. We do not live in an age of reason: we continue to live in an age of superstitious stupidity. There will be more attacks like this across Europe, and I suggest the British people just get used to the idea, because if you think I’m any kind of courageous ‘leader’ – you lot are more deluded than I already thought you were. Our prayers are with the victims, and one day our supernatural being will beat up their supernatural being. Thank you for your attention spans. That you lot are a bunch of fat, thick, iphone-loving zombies who care more about who wins x-factor than the biggest threat to civilization we face makes my job so much easier – so thanks again plebs. Carry on.”