Anthony Browne, writing in the Daily Mail.
“If people donâ€™t learn the difference between right and wrong, it is not just that they become anti-social. They donâ€™t learn the fundamental lesson that there is only one person responsible for what they do â€” and that is themselves. Nothing is wrong, and nothing is anyoneâ€™s fault; it is always someone elseâ€™s. Donâ€™t blame me for what I do; itâ€™s societyâ€™s fault.
Obviously, there are always external factors which have a big influence. People from difficult backgrounds definitely have higher hurdles to jump over, and need help. But for all of us, whatever our background, what we do is ultimately up to us.
This Left-wing moral neutrality comes from the best of intentions â€” wanting to sympathise with victims and other vulnerable people. If they do something anti-social, it is because anti-social things have been done to them â€” they are not at fault. And if you canâ€™t judge someone for their actions, there canâ€™t really be a right or wrong thing to do.”
via Dave Hill, who quite rightly says: “I weep before this edifice of patronising, self-serving, intellectually dishonest, straw man-abusing, willfully sub-Gumby arrogance.”
Hmmm… I wonder what Nick Cohen has to say now about his newly found mate. Anyway, the thing is – the man Boris Johnson has recruited as his new Policy Director has always been a tosser when writing about social/cultural issues. Browne is worse than Rod Liddle and possibly even Jon Gaunt. And because he keeps saying the right things, people on the right keep promoting despite his obvious lack of intelligence or nuance.
But this development is great for political reasons. Boris Johnson was hated by a lot of people when running for Mayor because people thought he didn’t get this wonderfully cosmopolitan city. He didn’t, but pretended anyway. Now he’s hired a deranged loon as his policy director and its great, not only because it gives us added motivation for getting rid of Boris in four years time, but because this means the political divide (left v right) gets wider.
Frankly, all this political centrism is boring. It’s a bit perverse but I rather like some elements of American political culture – where the left-right divide is so wide that there is huge hatred and fury on both sides for the other. It makes for more interesting politics. I also want to see a bit more anger on the left. British politics lost a lot of that with Blair and frankly the left always did well when it was united against easily identifiable enemies. Anthony Browne and Boris Johnson are perfect for the job. Bring it on, I say.
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