A Day with the Round Robinocracy

Martin Bright has more on the company the soft left is keeping here

A reader called Ross emailed this morning to tell me that I was being outflanked on the left by the chief political columnist of the Daily Mail. I thought he must have been hitting the bottle early and ignored him. Then Saeed popped up in the comments to the post below and repeated the unlikely story
I checked and found not only was the Mail after me but that the director of the Fabian Society and an erratic Independent columnist had also signed a round robin to my editor, which complained that my thinking was faulty and must be corrected.
If you are tempted into going along with their complacent belief that all is well with the liberal consensus check out the case I present to the contrary in Waiting for the Etonians. Or read my original piece (link below) or just use your common sense and ask yourself when have you ever heard these people take on the enemies of their professed principles.

You will see there mountains of evidence  that intellectuals, Labour ministers and nominal lefties are behaving as the Daily Mail behaved in the Thirties and going along, or making excuses for, or turning a blind eye to the movements and ideologies of the far right, and ignoring the far right’s victims in the process. (Oh yes, and letting the banking system run riot while they were about it.)

PS
The great and the good – if that’s the right description – were complaining about my Observer column of 15 March on the willingness of Labour, the Royal Family and the judiciary to go along with Jamaat-e-Islami, a remarkably ugly religious group.
Last Sunday I wrote about the willingness of doctors to go along with remarkably ugly standards in NHS hospitals. The comment editor has just warned me that a round robin from Lord Winston, David Tennant, Miriam Stoppard and Harold Shipman is on the way.as

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15 thoughts on “A Day with the Round Robinocracy

  1. Gosh, I’m surprised your employer prints letters like that without letting you know.

    I am half-way through Waiting for the Etonians; excellent stuff so far, though the title (which along with the cover is a stroke of genius, I think) led me to expect more about who await us post-Brown. Nothing about that so far, though it seems the last section is dedicated to this matter.

    I also have a theory about the liberal left. Far from not realising the extent of the barbarity of Islamism, I think they precisely do realise that it is a uniquely bad ideology, so bad in fact that it could lead to a terminal game-over for life on earth situation (which was not the case with the Nazis incidentally, so comparisons with appeasers in the thirties are not quite exact). Sometimes reading your comments on this (and more so with Chris Hitchens and Michael Gove), I feel they essentially amount to a ‘call to arms’. And yet, what if we can’t just kill our way through them all? Sometimes, I think about the prospect of Western forces leaving Afghanistan and Iraq, with the amount of violent death that’s occurred there(and that’s all history will care about, I think), and genuinely feel a sense of dread at the badly injured animal we’ll be leaving there.

    But then you might say, what choice do we have?

  2. Having just got back from signing on, I needed cheering up after the suspicion one automatically feels is directed at you whenever in that place. I mean, what’s there to pinch in a job centre?

    And that PS does the job: Tennant!

  3. I was side-tracked by lots of riveting tittle-tattle on the Mail’s site and did not find what they said about you. Do you have a link?

  4. ‘Who said?’ The Daily Mail outflanking you on the left. Was it nothing in the Mail, just a sarcy remark about you? Am I being a bit dim?

  5. Nick: Your accusation was that they aren’t engaging in moderates. “Radical Middle Way, Muslims for Secular Democracy, City Circle, Progressive British Muslims and New Generation Network” are all moderate Muslims, right? And the Fabs have been engaging with them.

  6. I didn’t say that James All I did was mention in passing that it was telling that conservative think tanks produced reports on reactionary clerics and movements while Labour ones did not.

  7. I don’t think the erratic Independent columnist has quite forgiven you for calling her ‘a naughty school girl who hasn’t done her homework.’
    Fantastic.

  8. You say “round robin”; I day “circle jerk”.
    There haven’t been this many people sitting in a circle, talking blather, and whinnying at their own cleverness since those happy, carefree days in my hippie pad with a group of friend and a 100-gal tank of nitrous!
    Too bad this kind of activity burns out brain calls faster than Yasmin Alibhai-Brown can give a “circle-jerk.”

  9. Nick, your angle was quite clear. Here is what you wrote:

    “They would never print what he wrote. For this Muslin liberal, the left was no longer a home but an obstacle.

    Ed Husain did not laugh but exploded with anger. “Where is the centre-left movement combating extremism?” he thundered. “Who on the left stands on the side of Muslims who want to support secularism and pluralism? Do they think that fascists only have white skins?”

    I had no answer for him”

    You should have said: “The Fabians invited you to speak on one of their panels and, ironically enough, you ended up saying some pretty illiberal things.” Ed Hussain isnàt a

  10. Nick, your angle was quite clear. Here is what you wrote:

    “They would never print what he wrote. For this Muslin liberal, the left was no longer a home but an obstacle.

    Ed Husain did not laugh but exploded with anger. “Where is the centre-left movement combating extremism?” he thundered. “Who on the left stands on the side of Muslims who want to support secularism and pluralism? Do they think that fascists only have white skins?”

    I had no answer for him”

    You should have said: “The Fabians invited you to speak on one of their panels and, ironically enough, you ended up saying some pretty illiberal things.” I think it is safe to say that the Fabs are on his side.

  11. Well James maybe the Fabians or the IPPR or whoever will prove me wrong my commissioning an inquiry into ultra-reactionary clerical groups whose first aim is to oppress liberal Muslims, instead of leaving the job for Tories. But I fear I must wait a while for that.

  12. You didn’t answer the antpaism question correctly, your comment was not saved. Press “Back” and answer the question better.Just to be sure that your message won’t be lost – copy it now to the clipboard. 搞得我很紧张来着.. 特地来留言测试一下下….果然..是啥子插件啊?压根都木有问题出来

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