Rod Liddle

Spittle is the only thing Labour has left

10 October 2015

9:00 AM

10 October 2015

9:00 AM

I have started salivating excessively at night. I wake each morning in a pillowed swamp of my own effluvium, a noisome pond which is — I suspect — redolent of rapidly approaching death. I have done the hypochondriac thing and googled the possible causes and there’s a whole bunch of stuff — pancreatitis, close exposure to ionising radiation, rabies, pregnancy, serotonin disease and liver failure, to name but a few. My suspicion is it’s either rabies or pregnancy because I exhibit other symptoms common to both conditions, according to the internet. I cannot abide drinking water, for example, which suggests that I might be hydrophobic, a key indicator of rabies. And when I see Fergal Keane, surrounded by Syrian ‘refugees’ — a putative brain surgeon here, a cheerful transgendered cripple there — emoting himself senseless on the News at Ten, I begin to froth at the mouth and yap furiously, incoherently enraged. That’s rabies, isn’t it?

On the other hand, I have put on a little weight recently, which is inexplicable unless I am with child, for my diet and exercise regimen has remained the same. It may well be that I am in the same position as those cretinous women, usually from places like ‘Leeds’, who present at their local surgery complaining of stomach pains, unaware that they are eight-and-a-half months pregnant as a consequence of some hurried act of sexual intercourse with a fairly close relative. Either way I am obviously very worried, and so is my wife, who has to change the pillow cases every evening.

There are always upsides, however. Always a silver lining. Think positive, as they continually tell you, encouragingly, in places such as hospices. The good news for me is that my hyper-salivation came in incredibly useful this week when I was up in Manchester to protest at the Tory scum attending their annual conference. Others, around me, had long since exhausted their reservoirs of phlegm, gobbing at the smirking, superannuated right-wing filth preparing to enslave us all in perpetual austerity while setting fire to tramps and stamping on the babies of impoverished single mothers.


But reader — let me tell you — thanks to rabies or pregnancy, I was like that Duracell bunny, the one that kept on drumming: I expectorated longer and harder than even the most visceral entryist bearded Trots. Dry-mouthed by teatime, my comrades looked on in awe as I continued to shower Theresa May, Boris Johnson, George Osborne, Michael Gove et al with airborne lagoons of disease-occasioned spittle. For once I was respected, as a community activist and a political warrior, as swathed in my own rectitude as the loathsome Conservatives were eventually swathed in my copious emissions.

This performance of mine may be sufficient, by itself, to elevate me to branch secretary of my local Labour party, that gibbering cabal of perpetually enraged Corbynistas — because it is pretty much all the party has to go on, now. Who has the most capacious vat of adolescent bile in their guts. Who can be the most petulant, irrational and offensive? Who can gob 50 metres or more in between screaming ‘Stop the cuts!’? The rest of the country — that is, 99 per cent of the electorate — may have looked on, either askance or bemused or in utter disgust. But these quiescent dupes do not know the meaning of ‘community justice’ — a phrase used to describe spitting at or punching or maybe simply howling obscene abuse at people with whom we politically disagree, the presumption being that we have the support of ‘ordinary people’ for these actions.

Which of course we do, theoretically, if not actually. They do not know that they support us, of course. But they do support us, dialectically, objectively, as a consequence of their estrangement from the means of production, no matter how comatose these idiots might be right now. We know about alienation and anomie, we know what it does to the souls of Ordinary Working-Class People. We are expending our phlegm, our precious bodily fluids, and our hatred precisely for them — the dozing multitudes who are objectively oppressed by Osborne’s austerity and the City of London and the big multinational companies and the ghost of Margaret Thatcher and also Murdoch and the rest of the lying fascist press. We know all this, because we, fortunately enough, are enlightened — and sure, they don’t, yet, quite get it. But one day they will, surely. Even supine imbeciles one day need to stand up.

Spitting in the face of Theresa May is a revolutionary act and one to be unequivocally commended. I would direct you to either our new leader Jeremy Corbyn or the intellectual colossus that is his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, for evidence to support this thesis. Both believe in something called ‘direct action’ and that other charming thing ‘community justice’. It is true that Mr Corbyn rather late in the day enjoined the rest of us not to make political protests personal because it somehow harmed the democratic process. But this was surely a sop to the establishment, given what the two men have previously said about how to fight the appalling Tories. On the streets, according to McDonnell, fight them on the streets. When you don’t get your way via the bourgeois ballot box or as a consequence of entirely justifiable trade union action, take to the streets and burn stuff, wreck stuff, have a bit of a punch-up with the rozzers — and flob. Flob for Britain! Cough it all up and let it all out — the further the better.

My mysterious condition ensures that I can flob like a wizard, like a daemon. I am the Che Guevara of tobacco-inflected greenies. That is all what we, on the left, still have. Expectorant, by the gallon.

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  • Suzy61

    Cheers Rod – so funny, I’m off to work with a smile on my face.

  • AJH1968

    If the left
    are allowed to vent their spleen at the democratic process with proxy thugs,
    surely the other side should be able to do the same. The reason they seem to
    prevail with their abhorrent behaviour is probably due to a large police escort
    (or bodyguard). Often at EDL protests they can be seen ‘bravely ‘having a go,
    but always behind a police cordon. The only time they seem to resort to naked aggression
    is when they confront a family in a pub, however when they only outnumber their
    quarry only by say 20 to one things appear a little more difficult. As long as
    plod allows this travesty things will only get worse, I for one would love to
    see them against a group of working class lads (and no police escort).

    • Gebhard Von Blucher

      These baying, spitting mobs never seem to target anyone in a position to return fire, with interest.

      • AJH1968

        Loved your conversation with Peter Hitchens in the comments section (sometimes the comments section can be more engaging than the actual article).

        • Gebhard Von Blucher

          Never had a set-to with Peter Hitchens – probably was that Von Bismarck geezer.

          • AJH1968

            Sorry, get my vons mixed sometimes, it was far from a set -to,quite cordial actually, and very interesting.

          • There was an interesting video of Hitchens talking with Owen Jones that I saw recently. I thought they were both quite charming fellows. I was surprised, because I thought Jones was just a lefty buffoon from his crazed articles in the Guardian. In fact he was quite a thoughtful and pleasant individual. I suspect he only writes those Guardian articles for the money.

          • MikeF

            Perhaps what Goethe said about the Germans is applicable to the left: “Estimable in the individual and wretched in the generality.”

          • JEK68

            He was quite reasonable but if you see him with an audience or on television he becomes the same guardian writer you have read. He acts and speaks differently depending on who he is talking to.

          • Jacky Treehorn

            No he was all friendly because he knew the moment he came out with anything confrontational Hitchins would rip him a new one and like all gobby lefties he’s a coward.

        • wudyermucuss

          Sometimes?

          • AJH1968

            Correction, the comments section can often be more engaging than the articles commented on, unless a troll has reduced the thread to a mindless slugfest.

        • Sinceyouask

          A bit more often than “sometimes”, and all the better for it

      • Sunset66

        Ah the inferred we could sort them out
        A classic

        • Christian

          Have a lie down petal

          • Grace Ironwood

            “Have a lie down petal ”

            Yes, lying down always sorts them out.

        • Gebhard Von Blucher

          Really? It is your experience that bully-boys pick fights with people they think can beat them or violently retaliate?

        • AJH1968

          Your bile
          seems to ebb and flow like the efforts of a dedicated onanist (careful don’t drop your
          tweezers).

      • Bertie

        That’s because they’re cowards.

      • Bertie

        That’s because they’re cowards.

    • In2minds

      “As long as plod allows this travesty..” –

      Yes, they don’t get stuck in now, not like the old days, could it be the ‘the cuts’?

      • Sunset66

        Ah the good old days when you could give a citizen a good slap
        That’s fine if it doesn’t happen to be a member of your family
        We don’t need this namby pamby proof of an offence stuff.
        We could do it like the cops handle uppity blacks in the south
        Bang bang
        You would love it

        • Richard

          Agree totally. Those were the days indeed! Why are things now reversed do you think?

          • Sunset66

            Yes it’s not the same for you these days. To many mobiles with cameras
            Too much CCTV.

        • loftytom

          In the south? Really?
          Dorset ?

          • Sunset66

            Ah you will never know. But it’s odd to look

      • Doh

        Blair politicised the police. They’ve been Common Purposed.

    • Abie Vee

      Diddums. You cannot believe how pathetic you sound. Grow up, Rambo..

      • AJH1968

        Ego ministro uti latrina penicillo si non jam.

        • Sunset66

          Don’t know what you wrote but it’s sounds unpleasant
          Did anyone ever tell you it makes you look a twat to be so smart arsed?
          Only asking

          • In2minds

            Smart arsed you say, and you could be right! As latrina penicillo sounds like a cross between a toilet and antibiotics.

          • whs1954

            JFGI

          • Omallet

            I bet a few people have told you that though – go on share your experience of being both with AJH. I mean South Africa, uppity, Death Star, Emporer blah blah calm down Wolfie

          • UKSteve

            No, it makes him look educated.

            Whereas…..

        • mehercle

          In recent centuries the consonantal “I” has not been written as “j” . 🙂

          • AJH1968

            Thanks 🙂

      • Cyril Sneer

        Go deface a war memorial it’s the only thing you’re good at.

        Such classy people the left.

    • Dominic Stockford

      They also love to vent their spleen, with similar protection from the blue, on those speaking in public about Jesus Christ.

    • jeremy Morfey

      It was a shame when once a bunch of Young Conservatives set about a group of CND protesters who were taking their submarine for a walk on the beach. [Yes, I know, submarines don’t have legs normally, but I once wrote a play on a nautical theme where fish could walk, and even a large rock threatened by being fracked, quivered a little and then bolted for the wings. All is possible with dramatic licence.]

      Actually the protesters are better thought of as family pets – a bit like the monkeys in a safari park. A lot of people like to go to such venues because of the entertainment offered up by the animals. Democracy is a bit like this, and going to a zoo is a bit boring if all one sees are human beings. You shouldn’t be too annoyed though if you lose a few windscreen wipers; it’s all part of the experience.

      If the monkeys are making a valid point though, and the humans start to argue their points from within the vehicles, that is the time that democracy really starts.

    • ill-liberal

      They believe themselves to be standing up for working class lads. It would make it all the more entertaining to see them getting a good hiding from them.

      • AJH1968

        Their aims are complete at odds with traditional working class value’s. Nobody more patriotic than hard working, working class lads; I would think twice before I crossed them. Labours contempt for their base is almost palpable.
        Sorry about the grammar.

        • ill-liberal

          Agreed. There will be a hell of a lot of them who voted Labour at the last election who will run a mile when they suss out Corbyns views on subjects such as the monarchy, terrorism and our defence.

          Most working class people (I kind of feel like I am, by the way, all though I would be re bracketed as middle by most) just want the opportunity to succeed in life. They don’t want a hand out or to feel like they should feel guilty about the life they lead or the country they are from. It’s a miracle they have stuck with Labour this long, if indeed they still have.

          • AJH1968

            Exactly!

          • Grace Ironwood

            “working class people (I kind of feel like I am)”

            I was born into the working class, re-bracketed to middle.
            Given our current circumstances I’m now kind of feeling like I transitioning into a huge black man.

            Born in The Wrong body.

          • robbydot

            It’s a common disorder these days.

          • Vera

            Precisely the people Thatcher won over – she recognized that working class people also have aspirations for a better life, home ownership, more opportunities, proud to work without hand-outs, something Labour has forgotten.

          • Alexsandr

            not convinced the people you describe are ‘working class’ anymore. I think we are all a large middle class now.

          • SocratesWept

            The defining characteristic of the working class is the ‘work’ bit. Welfare class aint working class. Far, far from it.

          • Alexsandr

            the old definition was those who earned ‘by the sweat of their brow’ But today there are highly paid engineering people and lowly call centre people so the boundaries are a little silly now.
            I reckon most are middle class now. with the benefit claiming underclass.

          • victor67

            She only won them over in the South. Scotland , Wales and the Northern cities never bought the get rich quick fu-k everybody else credo of Thatcherism.

          • Shadeburst

            That’s why Scotland, Wales and the Northern cities are still p*ss poor, because they are populated by victor67s and their ilk.

          • David R

            True. I live and work in a working class environment and virtually all my friends and family are traditional Labour voters. What they want from a government and how they view the world is a million miles away from the out-dated, deluded, dangerous rhetoric of Corbyn and McDonnell, or the nasty, politically illiterate bile of those cretins in pig masks. As they’ll find out when Labour spectacularly lose the next election.

          • UKSteve

            Do you mean like this?

        • My grandfather was a patriotic working class lad. he was shot and maimed at the Somme in July 1916.

          • AJH1968

            Different age.

          • Feminister

            Ah those were the days.

      • iand

        We working class don’t have a clue what they’re trying to say on our behalf, all we know is they hate England and want loads more migrants to come over and nick all our jobs and houses. More than anything though, we wanna smash em up because they walk around with them stupid Guy Faulkes masks on like they’re all some kinda Johny Big Potata. Then they open their mouths with that posh accent, you just wanna glass them. These idiots know nothing about hard our lives are man.

        • ill-liberal

          This is it. It’s a load of upper middle class fools who arrogantly think they know what’s best for ‘the poor’ or whatever term they want to use. Wanting to force mass immigration on to the masses to relieve their white guilt. All from a leafy village and now living in an ‘edgy’ area of a major city. They don’t have clue what it’s like for the recipients of all that they think is good.

          • David R

            They also have this warped idea that working class equals ‘poor’ and we are all in a constant state of suffering. The far-left love nothing more than bestowing victimhood upon others. It destroys their flimsy narrative to know that, whatever our opinions of the current government, some of us are actually doing okay and even (whisper it) earning a decent living.
            And of course, those who really ARE struggling are thrown under the bus when it comes to the negative effects of open door immigration because it’s not the Owen Joneses, Polly Toynbees or Seumas Milnes of this world who have to worry about class sizes, housing lists or waiting a week for a GP’s appointment.

          • ill-liberal

            I think their main grievance is how we choose to spend our money. They’d like to enlighten us in the ways of quinoa and electric cars.

      • Bo’sun Higgs

        There’s nothing the average working class lad likes more than beating the living daylights out of some scraggly Social Justice Worker. Well, apart from Paki-bashing, of course.

    • iand

      Speaking as a working class lad and recently retired bad boy dj and resident of some of north Londons finest pirate radio stations, I know a few boys from the Man dem crew down the road in Stoke Newington who would of loved them cereal bar protesters to have passed through their estate, they would of “taxed” them middle class toffs for their expensive mobile phones. Them boys would of known straight away they were middle class by the crap Euro tecno house music they were blaring out and them soppy fire breathing hippies types. No self respecting working class kid would listen to that tat, We like speed our garage, liquid drum n base maybe a bit of Trip hop. Me and my pows would of smashed em to pieces if they tried that round my manor, those soppy, Guy faulkes mask wearing muva f**kers don’t speak for us,

      • AJH1968

        Good to have you here mate, time for working class base to assert itself. Keep the comments comming

      • Johnnymcevoy

        ‘…would of…’ (sic). Lol.
        .
        Bog standard comp was it?

    • Doh

      They were edyoocated, politically, under Blair who caused institutions to dish out A levels and Degrees like confetti, resulting in young adults who are ignorant of almost everything except climate change propaganda and various faux phobias, yet who think themselves geniuses.

      Similarly when “protesting”, these people are protected by Common Purpose Police, as they project assorted missiles at their intended victim groups, i.e. anyone who doesn’t agree with them, and now think themselves hard.

      In both cases, they are mistaken.

    • sebastian2

      Very odd: there seems to be one rule for the ugly, revolutionary left and for seditious, radical mohammedans, but another for the rest of us who are, by the way, mostly loyal and law-abiding.

      Is it perhaps because we are easier to deal with? Cannot shout “racism” or “islamophobia”? Are a softer option?

      Our authorities have become effeminate and biased if they won’t confront and deal with the real troublemakers here.

  • Clive

    I noticed these pig heads – like the one in the picture above – showing up among Labour people. I saw one on a woman on television. They seem to have missed the point that given the topography of a pig’s head, they appear to want to give Mr Cameron a gobjob. The woman on television with the pig mask had a big smile on her face…

    The perniciousness of bodily fluid is reminiscent of General Ripper in ‘Dr Strangelove’ – who nukes the USSR because he believes the Rooskies are trying to ‘pollute his essence’. He drank only pure water to avoid fluoride, if I remember rightly. If you can get past your hydrophobia, perhaps that’s the route to take.

    I cannot wait for Jeremy Corbyn to turn on the SNP – a cynical political move which will be forced on him by spin doctors to take back seats in Scotland. He already shows signs of doing it with his usual devastating political adroitness and social awareness: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2015/oct/01/jeremy-corbyn-visits-scotland-politics-live#block-560d3543e4b083e17449ffc5
    As he posed for the photographers who asked him to fake a wave over their heads rather than towards a cluster of school children outside the Dynamic Earth geological sciences centre, he responded: “Oh, waving to the children … the children are over there guys.”

    Those same spin doctors will never permit a deal with the SNP because Labour would become unelectable in England, as at the last election. Since Jeremy Corbyn and the SNP agree on almost everything and the SNP has at least as many spittoon-fillers as Labour, a gobbing contest of Olympic proportions will surely ensue.

  • ExToryVoter

    Rod, perhaps you should consider running a fringe event – a gobbing masterclass if you will – at next year’s Labour Conference. The thought of Diane Abbott et al, indeed the whole Labour front bench, lined up, hoicking and drawing in unison, will put fear into the hearts of all Tory scum.

    • Andrew Cole

      They already have Caroline Flint, Chukka, Angela Eagle and many many more already froth at the mouth and look like they are about to explode as they convince themselves more and more that they actually know what the people they are saying they represent need, want or experience.

      Boris was right last week. The new heads of the Labour Party are the London Labour Party. You cannot base your policies for the UK on what you see and hear around London. When Corbyn starts to ‘tour’ the UK he may be surprised as to how ‘comfortably’ you can live on benefits in other areas of the country.

      No point shouting out about poverty, food banks and deprivation when outside of the ‘high rent’ areas of the country we are doing fine thank you very much. Could do with a few more ‘non agency’ jobs offered to us Brits so we can earn our own cash but other than that it’s going swimmingly.

      I say ‘non agency’ because they let you sign up to their agency but will never call you unless it is a ‘fake 9pm text’ asking you if you can make it to a job 200 miles away that starts at 6am and there is no transport provided!!! And yes I’ve had a few of them from agencies 🙂

  • Herman_U_Tick

    ‘And when I see Fergal Keane, surrounded by Syrian ‘refugees’ — a putative brain surgeon here, a cheerful transgendered cripple there — emoting himself senseless on the News at Ten, I begin to froth at the mouth and yap furiously, incoherently enraged.’

    I sympathise. But I daren’t look. I don’t watch the TV News or drill down
    onto internet articles dealing with that kind of stuff. I just daren’t.

    For exactly the reason Mr. Liddle gives.

    I follow events from the occasional headline which I can’t avoid
    seeing, in a shop or petrol station.

  • The_greyhound

    Bodily functions are so very modern left. There’s Russell Brand, who derives most of his ideas from playing with his own faeces, and there’s Mr Corbyn, smelling ever so slightly of wee.

    Soap is the only answer.

    • Sunset66

      Oh greyhound you are showing your fascination with bodily waste
      Mind you most of it you pour out in your rightie posts
      Pure body waste

      • The_greyhound

        I haven’t even mentioned Michelle Thomson, Nicola Sturgeon, or any of that effluent.

      • Cyril Sneer

        Have a wash.

    • Cyril Sneer

      They hate soap, it’s like Anthrax to them.

  • In2minds

    Rod,
    well done you for ‘speaking out’. However, what you describe has
    always been close by, I suppose we could honestly say, within
    spitting distance, of the Labour party. The only thing to have
    changed in the last 20 years is the arrival of pig face masks. The
    back end of the Labour party has had this venomous element since the
    start. They are always ‘fighting’ this, or that, and no doubt when
    the standard of education falls even further and the ability to link
    their aggression to a ’cause’ evaporates they will simply fight
    having run out of reasons to do so. Although I would not wish to put
    the blame onto any of the teaching unions.

  • Sunset66

    Nothing right wing loons like better than raging against an imaginary sleight..
    The bulk of the rank and file of the labour party are not spitting in the face of conservative MPs . Yes of course there are the deranged anarchist types just like the deranged of the EDL .
    Nothing better for the extreme right than to whip up their rage and demonise the entire Labour Party or the SNP
    The rage is always followed with the response that if only the right weren’t so well behaved they could sort them out.
    Of course the righties can always rely on their tame newspapers doing everything possible to brand any party they don’t like as violent and aggressive
    It’s a shame not a single paper identified a Scottish loyalist who attacked yes supporters on the day after the referendum. They merely stated the crime was part of the referendum fallout but failed to mention anywhere that he was a Britnat
    Funny that

    • Harry Pond

      It seems strange how people of the left always make a lot of noise about the ‘right wing press’, I suppose you are referring to The Express, The Sun,The Mail and the Telegraph but are not The Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror ‘left wing’ papers? Besides as far as I can see most of the broadcast media have a definite left wing bias. The BBC and Channel Four being the obvious ones but nobody could say that ITV news or Sky are in any way right wing. They all seem quite convinced that mass immigration is a great idea and can’t understand how anybody could possibly disagree.

      • Sunset66

        For goodness sake get a grip
        The guardian is not left wing nor the independent
        The BBC has a habit of carrying stories instigated in the press.
        I suppose you would like the news in the BBC to be like Fox News

        The printed media are destroying the democratic process by misrepresenting politicians they don’t like .
        Jeremy Corbyn on a recent visit to Scotlsnf made five statements about the Scottish govt each of them was a lie or a distortion . No journalist held him to account . One example was the Scottish govt sold off Cal Mac . The Scottish govt were obliged legally to put it out to tender

        • Harry Pond

          No I’m not a fan of Fox but I like the broadcasters to at least attempt to be impartial, especially the one I am forced to pay for via a compulsory tax.

          • Sunset66

            That old chestnut
            The licence is from days gone bye . It will move to subscription in time.
            Of course you will only sign up if you agree with every program and only the politics that 24 percent voted for and there is nothing you enjoy watching at the moment
            The BBC is part of the foundations of the British state . Tamper with it at your peril if you belief in the union
            Another nail in the coffin great
            Thanks

          • Cyril Sneer

            Oh god just shut up and kill yourself.

          • Mark Frost

            You’re unhinged.

          • vieuxceps2

            The BBC WAS part of the foundations…etc

          • UKSteve

            “The BBC is part of the foundations of the British state.”

            It used to be, when people relied on it for news.

            Anyone who thinks that still applies is firmly stuck in the 1950’s.

        • Paul

          The Guardian not left wing? Now I know you are not for real!

          • Sunset66

            It’s columinists see certainly not consistently left wing
            Not for quite some time
            Who did they suggest the electorate should vote for in the last election ?

          • ill-liberal

            That’s a real zinger all right. Ha.

        • Cyril Sneer

          “The guardian is not left wing nor the independent”

          lol spoken like a true head in the sand lefty.

          No one more delusional than a lefty. Dangerous people who should not be let within an inch of any political power;

        • vieuxceps2

          “The guardian (sic) is not left wing”- News to me. News to the Guardian I imagine.

        • Grace Ironwood

          “The guardian is not left wing nor the independent…
          The BBC .”
          This statement clearly places you right off the end of the political spectrum: a loon.

    • blandings

      “Of course the righties can always rely on their tame newspapers doing
      everything possible to brand any party they don’t like as violent and
      aggressive”

      Sunset, you’re not unpopular because of the tame media, you’re unpopular because you ideas are unpopular and your ideas are unpopular because they are infantile, fascist claptrap.
      Remember what Marx said (the clever Marx that is):
      “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”

      • Sunset66

        Oh dear . A right wing poster on a right wing site calls me a facist. Laughable.
        I know some of you can be a bit slow but the point was the right wing media misrepresent the statements and the policies of anyone they don’t like.

        They demonise every opposition leader by using unflattering photographs and misrepresenting any of their ideas as whacky or dangerous.
        They did this to Kinnock, Brown, Alex Salmond, Milliband etc

        Red Ed? A closet Marxist my backside. But hey red Ed was a danger . Every body but a conservative govt is a danger or mad or a threat, day after day after day

        If you want an example of this the Scottish media have been lambasting Michelle Thomson for days over a house transaction .the lawyer she is using is being investigated . The MP has currently not been charged with anything

        ” the headline read how can you sleep on the front page.
        Guilty before the facts have been investigated . Five papers have five different versions of the transaction but it doesn’t stop,them smearing the woman

        • blandings

          Poor little persecuted you.
          You remind me of an old football chant – dunno if it’s still in use. It goes like this:
          “You’re cr@p, because you’re cr@p, because you’re cr@p.”

          • Sunset66

            It’s not me that’s persecuted it’s the politcal system that’s damaged
            Maybe one day that might be important to you.
            Jesus the ” you’re crap” bit is incomprehensible . Am I meant to be insulted or hurt by that?
            Just makes you look very silly, very silly indeed

          • The_greyhound

            You’re crap.

            Why don’t you just crawl away, like the rest of impotent nationalist cowards?

          • Sunset66

            Fenian mates? I am a Scottish nationalist.
            Ireland’s fight has been an unmitigated disaster and the Brits have done their share.
            Just as well we are polite civic nationalists
            Greyhound your posts are not from a rational person you honestly shouldn’t feel the need to post like that.

            Scots need a compelling reason to swing the vote for independence I am sure we can rely on unionists to provide it.

            We can wait,. We are not going away.

          • vieuxceps2

            “We are not going away”-? But when we asked in the referendum, you bottled it. Go away. Now. Go away from us.

        • Paul

          People on the left believe that the media is owned by and for those on the right. However, this is not the case. The Independent, The I, The Guardian, The Observer, the Daily Mirror and especially the BBC all tend to a left leaning viewpoint. If the circulation of the Guardian falls short of that of the Daily Mail – well that is simply a representation of people’s preference.

          • Sunset66

            Jesus the naivety . The Mails circulation is built on an enormous celebrity section usually discussing the size of Kim Kardashians arse and funny videos of puppies
            I read it just for the laughs
            It’s only old people who buy newspapers . Most under 35 never buy a paper
            One reason they print such outrageous inaccurate stories is because they are terrified of declining hard copy sales.
            On line the mail is king
            In Scotland the Scotsman sells 20000 hard copies.
            Wings over Scotland has enormous numbers going on line and before you say it’s hate filled propaganda look at it today and you will see it expose Kezia Dugadle misquoting the SNP MP who is under the cosh
            The proof is provided word for word
            Wouldnt it be good for democracy if the newspapers did the same to all political parties . Is there any danger of the Daily Record exposing the shameful misrepresentation of Kezua Dugdale in Parliament . No sadly not

          • Paul

            So the media is irrerlevant and going out of business but yet you complain about it being right wing. That’s coherent. You also think anyone over 35 is old which makes you very, very young and inexperienced.

          • Sunset66

            Jesus I didn’t say they were going out of business they are desperate to stop a decline in people buying hard copy papers. Some like the mail have gone on the web very successfully . What has happened particularly in Scotland is that the numbers of journalists have been cut,. Now it’s about preaching to your core market not about investigative journalism . There are 35 papers in Scotland only one took the yes line . The daily record actively promotes the Labour Party .
            No one under 35 buys papers, they pick up free ones or go online. They don’t buy. CDs either
            You are no doubt over 35 but certainly out of touch
            If you honestly believe there is a broad spectrum of political opinion in the newspaper world and that they give every party a fair hearing you are very wrong
            My argument is if we allow papers to distort and misrepresent the policies of political parties itis bad for all of us, whatever party we might vote for

          • Paul

            “If we allow the papers….” Dangerous talk laddie. What are you going to do make them only print the truth as you see it? Scotland definately veering towards National Socialism.

          • Sunset66

            Oh please I am a nazi now because it would be good to see politicians and their media challenged when they misrepresent their political enemies
            It might allow a higher standard of debate .
            Obviously you revert to the Scottish national party are national and socialist therefore they must be national socialist. A bit like an apple plus a banana equals a pineapple
            When you brandish the nazi jibe at a party which is totally democratic with a track record of working at Westminster since the 1969s you insult a Democratic Party . You also dishonour the millions who died at the hands of the real nazis all for a cheap,jibe . You should be ashamed of yourself

          • Paul

            An apple and a banana don’t make a pineapple because a pineapple is neither one or the other. However, a Scots nationalist is both a Scot and a socialist making a national socialist. Do you see the difference? Also the behaviour of some of their supporters comes over as distinctly thugish and aggressive. Many will agree with me. That doesn’t mean they are as bad as Germnay’s Nazi’s – Mussolini was a National Socialist and, whie not being very nice, was an angel compared to Hitler. However, there is an element to Scottish Nationalism which is very ugly. No question.

          • Sunset66

            Your logic is so poor a “Scottish nationalist is both a scot and a socialist making a national socialist .” No it doesn’t . A national socialist is recognised as being a facist as we all know
            With your logic a Frechman who is a French national if a socialist would be a national socialist too. As every other national of a country who was a socialist
            If you look at hitlers speeches you see them talking about the volk and the land.
            You never here that talked about in any SNP speech. The nazis were blood and soil nationalist without question the SNP are civic nationalists.

            Finally the old claim SNP supporters are nasty and aggressive. The police stated that the two year referendum and the actual day were very quiet with no serious incidents
            On social media for every unpleasant remark brandished by nationalists I can show you one from the other side. These include NS should be raped etc.

            You might note the Labour Party are now being branded with the claim their supporters are violent and aggressive
            If your claim was true the courts would have convictions for violence and aggression
            Not aware that is the case. You probably missed the Scottish loyalist in court this week for attacking yes supporters . Although reported in the media no paper mentioned he was a violent no supporter. Funny that

          • Paul

            Sorry there is an element in the SNP which is agressive and intimidating – we all saw it on our TV screens. We did not see union voters behaving in the same way. It is there in the public domain. We have seen the same from English Labour supporters this week. We don’t need to count convictions when it is brought into our living rooms for us all to see. It is the combination of angry socialists and angry nationalists that gives the SNP a bad name. If I was a Scot I am would probably, like you, want my country to be independant – but I would not like to be represented by a party like the SNP.
            As it happens my work might find me visiting Scotland a great deal over the next 18 months so I will be able to see for myself. If I am wrong I will owe you an apology? Fair enough?

          • Sunset66

            I am sure you will change your mind about Scotland when you are working there. Go to Edinburgh its worth a visit. Apart from taking the piss nobody will care whether you are from England or not
            The SNP are not crazed loons and you will not see any outward sign of them when you are there
            Have fun

          • Jim2

            The SNP are simply incompetent.

          • Sunset66

            Well there are elections next year. Let the people decide

          • SocratesWept

            And dishonest.

          • Mark Frost

            zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          • sfin

            Your last paragraph strikes a chord…

            The Telegraph has been eulogising Cameron as a great “conservative” in recent days, when anyone with half a brain can see that The Conservative Party are now a party of the progressive left.

          • Cyril Sneer

            So you’re another wet behind the ears lefty.

          • Leftyliesrefuted

            And dim.

          • Cyril Sneer

            You should try The Guardian – the propaganda they shit out is unmatched in the British media.
            Then you have the likes of Owen Jones which just proves the left are the anti-christ.

            The damage left wing ideology has done to our society is beyond measure, but don’t worry, given time, the left will get everything that it deserves.

        • sfin

          Fascism is authoritarian collectivism – two of the defining characteristics of the left. The fasci were the original Italian trade unions (strength through unity – solidarity). The most recent of the fascists were conceived by a young, eminent, socialist scholar called Benito Mussolini who broke with the Soviet orthodoxy by declaring nationalism as the defining collective – as opposed to class. He was, of course, followed by Adolf Hitler who led the National Socialist German Workers Party.

          Fascism is socialist collectivism based on nationalism (not to be confused with patriotism). It has its more moderate, modern echoes in the FN in France and the SNP in Scotland.

          Fascism originated on the left and continues on the left.

          • Sunset66

            Oh please all facist govts reduced workers rights, trashed social democrats , communists and the unions and human rights
            They wanted to replace the old order with the new order
            Threy were right wing like Franco and Pinochet.
            You know Pinochet the one that ordered the murders , the darling of Reagan and the Blessed Margaret who protected him from justice
            If you can’t admit these guys were right wing then don’t bother posting

          • sfin

            Now you are just embarrassing yourself…

            Like most people on the “left” you are entirely ignorant of what “left” and “right” actually are.

            The defining, base characteristics of the “left”, or socialism are authoritarianism – you believe in an authority, a state, a governing body that will impose rules and provide for the masses with state run institutions like health, pensions, unemployment benefit et al; and collectivism – socialism, communism, “equality”, solidarity. Fascism is merely another form of collectivism – as are, to give another example, football supporters. It’s why, to the left, strike breakers are “scabs” and Tories are “scum” – they are exercising their individual right to principle and opinion, and that cannot be condoned.

            The defining, base characteristics of the “right”, or conservatism are freedom of the individual, property rights and virtue. By virtue, I mean that, if you are virtuous, then you are self governing – there does not have to be a large state apparatus to govern you.

            Collectivism has killed more people than combatants in all of the wars in human history. Pinochet was, indeed, a right wing dictator (the only one in history) – who saved his country, by force, from the slaughter that all extreme left ideologies inflict on their own people.

          • Sunset66

            Oh there is no hope for you justifying Pinochet and his death squads
            South America was run by right wing despots with thecsupport of the U.S. for decades.
            Hitler rose to power and the left was not in power by any stroke of the imagination
            Iff you won’t accept that there have been facist govts and only that right wing govts were saving the country from worse then leave it at that
            Most people of normal views would not accept your hypothesis
            You are simply too blind to accept that your side has been up to its armpits in blood and tyranny just like the extremists of the left
            Of course a social democrat is a mad red to you.
            That’s why you are probably on this website

          • AJH1968

            Not worth feeding; honestly.

        • vieuxceps2

          SNP withdrew the whip from her. Comment on that if you will.

    • The_greyhound

      Rambling hysterical nonsense.

      You lost the referendum, lost the argument, and can’t afford independence. Your lousy party has settled down to its real business : theft, troughing and lies. If in doubt, consult that shining nationalist role model, Michelle Thomson. Or Bill Walker, as you prefer.

      • Sunset66

        Right on cue you couldn’t resist it.
        Michelle Thomson is suspended and I am sure you wouldn’t want to smear an MP who currently has not been charged with any offence
        The media have five different versions of the transaction each contradicting each other. You do realise it’s her lawyer who is currently being investiagted You wouldn’t want to smear someone would you now. You would definitely want to wait for the facts I am sure.

        Theft?. I think you might want to have some evidence before you defame an entire party

        But greyhound your argument appears we are too poor to run our own affairs inside or outside the Uk. Thank goodness people like you are on the other side.
        Scottish unionists must cringe when they read your posts.
        Keep up the good work and keep taking the tablets

        • The_greyhound

          Whistling in the dark, like so many of your benighted crypto-fascist chums.
          The rancid SNP’s capacity for low-level dishonesty puts it in the very bottom league of local authorities. No one can believe a word the liars tell. Whether ts the world’s only self-propelled colostomy bag (salmond) assuring us oil was worth $130/barrel, or the same liar claiming to have legal advice on EU membership, or the prolific liar Thomson with her entirely bogus “Business for Scotland” charade (representing about 0.5% of Scotland’s business) or the poison dwarf ranting about anything, we are all aware that the SNP is merely a crock of crooks, supported by the mentally deficient and the wholly malicious.

          I hear the SNP is preparing for a by-election in Thomson’s constituency. Have they told the munchkins yet?

          The 55, and counting.

          • Sunset66

            Sheesh the rancour reserved for a Democratic party which has been sending MPs to Westminster since the 1960s

            The rebranding of the Labour Party will impact the SNP but when it is crushed by voters in England the myth that labour can change the British state for the better will be gone. As long as labour wheel out dinosaurs like Jackie Bailiie then not much will change.
            We can wait , tides ebb and flow,
            You can always rely on unionists to fail to solve the problem by meaningful devo Max. Scottish labour have to fight on the same manifesto as head office as they

            We can wait but you definitely need to get some help
            Not the first person to say that to you eh?

          • Harry Pond

            Whats all this ‘We can wait’ stuff- most people in England couldn’t give a monkey’s toss if you go independent. In fact we could well be better off without Scotland, the country seems to be populated by a bunch of bolshie grasping ingrates.

          • Sunset66

            Well I can agree Ken has sold his soul and comes across as an idiot
            When he was in Scotlsnd he didn’t put on the unfunny I am an idiot act.
            I think Boris stole that act.
            Well you guys didn’t seem to bitch when the oil gushed in the seventies and eighties .
            But here was me believing we were all loved and the Queen was purring but hey you tell us you don’t love us anymore.
            The we can wait referred to watching labour fail to reform the UK
            God knows why the govt can’t put in place a system fair to all home nations

            But the bit that hurts you think we are Bolsheviks ( how quaint ) grasping ( hurtful) and ingrates ( not sure what that means but it sounds bad)

            Just as well we are not Bolsheviks or Irish nationalists ( God knows Brits messed that up) luckily for everybody we are civic nationalists
            Latest poll in as Scotland gives the SNP a 35% lead over labour
            Don’t you think that tells you something. They don’t really mention the conservatives anymore

          • Harry Pond

            Tartan biscuit tins, golf and fishing- that’s about it.

          • Sunset66

            Demonstrating your in depth knowledge of Scotland
            Let me see closing steel works, Chinese nuclear power stations and public school boys running the govt, Everything for sale no houses the children can afford and don’t let any foreigners in

            Maybe you might ask why Tories can’t get elected in Scotland
            How do you think the unions doing then?

          • Harry Pond

            Most of what you say is bullshit.

          • Cyril Sneer

            The blokes wear skirts and your women look like men.

            Oh and your weather is shite.

          • Cyril Sneer

            I was so disappointed when they lost the referendum – it was a great opportunity to get rid of you skirt wearing lefty sympathising ginger knob jockies once and for all.

    • Observer1951

      Still going on about the referendum! You lost get over it. The majority of the English couldn’t give a damn if you stay or go.

      • Sunset66

        I feel the love.
        Dave told us we were all one happy family
        The referendum was only mentioned re the failure of the media to report a crime accurately.
        Best if you read the post first.
        Scottish unionists take note they really don’t love you.
        Dumped by another from south of the border
        These Scottish unionists really need to get over this Brit thing it’s done
        Keep working for an English state , nice one
        And thanks

    • Cyril Sneer

      There is always a war memorial you could deface.

      Such classy people.

    • vieuxceps2

      Are not all sleights imaginary?

    • Festering gnome

      Errrm, there were 2 chaps up at Glasgow Sheriff Court last week for assault

  • FrankS2

    The masked hoodie in the pic has what looks like a police radio by his left shoulder – is he (or she) in fact one of what an earlier generation of SJWs would call “The Pigs”?

    • MikeF

      I think it is some form of short wave radio to enable him to communicate with fellow protestors. Note the addition of a pig snout to his Guy Fawkes mask. Porkine accoutrements now seem to be popular with such people after that ridiculous stuff about Cameron the other week. I suppose they think it is somehow satirical or are they, perhaps, giving away their secret desire for a Conservative to come up to them and…

      • Grace Ironwood

        What happened to the Leftist premium on not offending our muslim friends?

        Did they think this through?

        • MikeF

          Maybe this is the start of the split between the ‘left’and the Islamists that we all know will happen one day – though probably on the latter’s terms.

          • Grace Ironwood

            Nah, these people will continue to be the Judas Goat’s of politics as well as the pigs.
            I think they were so excited by the idea of bringing about Cameron’s demise by pig that they forgot.

          • Grace Ironwood

            Nah, these people will continue to be the Judas Goat’s of politics as well as the pigs.

            I think they were so excited by the idea of bringing about Cameron’s demise by pig that they forgot. 🙂

          • MikeF

            As you said they didn’t think it through – but then they never do.

    • Bo’sun Higgs

      Yes, one of the numerous agent provocateurs from the Met who always turn up at these events to spur on the mob.

  • Tamerlane

    I guess they ran out of argument years ago, all they’ve left is spit.

  • Bluesman_1

    Nice one citizen.

  • The_greyhound

    Is this wholly and distinctively a Labour phenomenon? I’m sure decent people like Liz Kendall don’t do it. On the hand, trash like Greens, scotch nationalists, the various ban the bombers, anti-capitalists and the rest of the cast of care in the community behave in exactly this way. There’s a whole raft of seriously disturbed unwashed ratbags out there, convinced of their own moral superiority, and therefore excused the normal standards of civilised behaviour. The more ridiculous their cause, the more unhinged the adherent. The swivel-eyed feminists that stalk Rod on these pages, or the pitiable handful of SNP glue-sniffers that pitch up here are excellent examples. On line, block capitals, foul language and a complete want of subordinated clauses take the place of spitting. If the wretches could gob into a USB port, they would.

    • Sunset66

      Is that all the SNP supporters that come on here are ” glue sniffers”
      Just asking it makes you sound a little bit odd.
      Complaining the baddies would gob into a USB port is nearly amusing but of course is ironic when you post offensive remarks about everything and anything you don’t like
      Now cone on you know you are out of control. Your family has told you many times
      It’s time to do something about it

      • The_greyhound

        You back for another thrashing already? Your dimwitted attempts at pleasantries, illiterate and misspelled as they are, merely demonstrate the truth of my strictures.

        Now crawl off, you and and the other mouthy beggars aren’t welcome here. Or anywhere.

    • Grace Ironwood

      I would expect the Greens to be decimated by the purification of Labour.

    • Alexsandr

      doesnt gobbing in a USB port need accurate aiming? I would have thought you would end up with a very sticky keyboard.

  • Observer1951

    Why do the left always wear those stupid V for Vendetta masks? Don’t they have the courage of their convictions to show their face. Should add the V film is truly rubbish.

    • Sunset66

      Probably because the police film everybody

      • whs1954

        And? If you’re doing nothing wrong where’s the problem?

        • The Banana

          Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?

        • Sunset66

          Sheesh if you don’t know the answer to that there is no hope for you

      • Cyril Sneer

        They could wear something else, something that doesn’t make them look like the inbred work shy morons that they really are.

    • Cyril Sneer

      Because they’re morons.

    • UKSteve

      ‘V’ was brilliant, probably went over your head. Carries a really important message for our times, drowned out by the themes of CoronationEnders and East Street or whatever.

      • Observer1951

        Typical, the arrogance of the left. The message being I only watch soaps etc and am incapable of understanding politics and of course am brainwashed by the Mail et al. For what it’s worth I have a doctorate, what do you have ‘smart’ one?

        • UKSteve

          No, I didn’t, you did.

          A pathetically snippy, inappropriate and juvenile reply, given the claim of higher education.

          (A Masters in Psychology from University of Liverpool.)

          • Observer1951

            Seems I touched a nerve! I don’t fit the mental profile you had of me do I?
            FYI. Chemistry PhD, Synthetic Organic with SAR, Kairomones; University Manchester

          • UKSteve

            No, the reverse is patently true, and no qualification of any kind is necessary to see that!

      • Observer1951

        The reply of the arrogant left. So you think the message was beyond me because I watch soaps. Well, UKSteve, I have a doctorate what do you have?

        • Observer1951

          Forgot to say I haven’t watched a soap for 30 years, too busy writing scientific papers perhaps

  • John Andrews

    Fergal Keane’s Refugee Reports are producing stabbing pains in my gut. If a significant number of Speccie readers are suffering in this way we may be able to get the Health and Safety Executive to take action. Are you a sufferer?

    • In2minds

      Fergal Keane has always been a pain, it’s his job, his role.

  • davidshort10

    Imagine if right-wing mobs started demonstrating violently wearing masks outside the Labour Party conference. I imagine the severe shortage of manpower trumpeted by mouthy chief constables who step into the political arena would be shown to be imaginary. They’d duff them up the same way they duffed up the cheery people of the Countryside Alliance. In my youth the police could be relied upon to biff left-wingers, gays, students and anyone they happened to come across late at night – off down the station and whoops down the concrete stairs. How they do blow with the wind, these rozzers.

    • In2minds

      “How they do blow with the wind….” my oh my, here was me thinking it was all to do with ticking boxes and the cuts.

      • davidshort10

        Relate to us exactly how much has been cut from police budgets and how much in real terms police budgets are compared with 25 years ago.

    • Simon Fay

      I’m pretty sure I recall a chief constable somewhere in the country making headlines circa mid-80s with his view that it would be very difficult to envision the Police working well with a Labour govt (this not too long after the Miners’ Strike). Oh well, both sides found the necessary MO in the end.

      • davidshort10

        Well, that was thirty years’ ago, when rozzers were like the ones I mentioned. Chief constables and Metropolitan Commissioners should wind in their necks and do their job.

    • Feminister

      The right wing’s violence is much more civilised these days. They do it through computer screens and newspapers.

      • davidshort10

        What an extremely stupid remark.

  • davidshort10

    Let’s have a law forbidding people to wear masks in public.

    • sfin

      France did exactly that.

      With the benefit of banning the Niqab, as a bonus.

    • Doh

      Masks to cover the mouth and nose are becoming more important in London, which is now the tuberculosis capital of Europe thanks to mass immigration.

  • hippiepooter

    Eww,that was ‘orrible.

  • Suleiman

    “Community justice” – not that the alternative is much more appealing (except for the Establishment). Far too many British judges are corrupt, dishonest, cheats, serial liars. And the Establishment (including Parliament) has built a whole façade of cover-up and whitewash over the criminality of British justice. “British justice” vs “Community justice” : both seem unconnected to what honest people understand in the word “justice”.

  • MedJumper

    They’re out of juice. As we speak, the Lefts supporters only contribution to the EU campaign is to shout fascist.

    • MikeF

      That is just about their contribution on any subject you care to mention.

  • Juan_Kerr

    Good job they haven’t yet discovered urination.

  • Cyril Sneer

    The Left? I thought they were extinct? They will be.

  • Cyril Sneer

    Save Britain, cull Lefties.

  • thumper_the_rabbit

    Rod, why don’t you change your own pillowcases – it seems a little unfair on Mrs. Rod.

  • thumper_the_rabbit

    If I was your wife, I’d make you wash your own soggy pillows, damn it!

  • Hugh Jeego
  • Condelfan

    Newsflash.
    As Labour voters leave it wholesale, where do they go ?
    The Monster Raving Loony Party has issues a statement saying ex Labour members are not welcome, being too far off the scale of Looniness to fit in with ordinary loonies.

  • Benthos

    Rod, I must admit I have not had such a spit flecked laugh for a long time, great article.

  • wudyermucuss

    Spitting is illegal in London.
    So is assault.
    And there do appear to be several cops around.

  • monkeyrepublic

    Spitting is, of course, a disgusting habit. But this article is the journalistic equivalent, Rod. No serious effort to understand the anger felt at policies that hurt vulnerable sections of society, or the feeling of impotence experienced by those of us who don’t have Spectator columns in which to vent our spleens.

  • Ewww

  • ROBERT BROWN

    You have acid reflux i reckon Rod, common in 50’s over…..see the doc, a pill will sort it. Cheerio.

    • jennybloggs

      Gaviscon very effective. Unlike the article.

  • Jethro

    Could be, dear man, that you’ve reached the oft-dismissed ‘manopause’ or ‘andropause’ [v. Dr. Carruthers]. A pillow you could practically wring out in the morning? Your hair drenched in sweat? Elan no longer very vital? Querulous…?

  • David Gillies

    To adhere to Corbynite politics after the bloodbath of the last century and the ongoing degringolade in Venezuela etc. is akin to taking a trip to the International Space Station and insisting on your return that nonetheless the Earth is flat.

  • Nexialist

    Far from covering themselves in glory outside the Tory Party conference this week, Greater Manchester Police seemed to subvert their usual levels of courtesy and fair play by protecting and giving way to the anti-capitalist batallions, some of whom proceeded to cover MPs and journos in gobshite, egg nog, whiles screaming threats and intimidation. I’m surprised more was not made by the conference organisers of this regrettable shift in policing policy. Strong disciplinary action needs to follow from the Home Sec, to remove those treacherous police chiefs from their sinecures. It also suggests to me that Labour, the Unions, and their hired AKs from the European, anti-system left are determined to manufacture and then torch their very own Reichstag, on the pretext of anti-austerity. Things will get extremely nasty, I fear, largely because of union resisatnce to Tory anti-strike measures. A general strike is on the cards, followed by a return to the 3-day week in December, when transport unions will try to paralyse the country. Back to Corbynlandia of the 1970s.

  • Andrew Cole

    Excellent article from Rob. Starting to change my opinion on you 🙂

  • Billsilver

    You should change your own pillowcase you lazy sod.

  • hereward

    These “lefties ” are fun to rail at but an article about the disastrous FPTP system would have been a lot more apposite and a lot less funny . Liebour are a minor problem . The democratic sleight of hand engendered by FPTP is a deadly serious issue .

  • stag

    Rod, this is poetry!

  • Hegelman

    Corbyn is the stupidest politician alive. He has no idea of the
    golden opportunities he has had and still has to endear himself to the
    British people and make Tory propaganda against him helpless. Labour in
    the past has been a past master at that business.

    Let Corbyn accept invitations to meet the queen for a big start. Let
    him bow to the queen and be photographed doing so, with a gracious smile
    on his lips. Let him be seen eating crumpets and drinking tea with the
    royals with the corgis on his knee. Let that single scene be filmed and
    Tory Central Office’s fervid plans to destroy him as a collaborator of
    terrorists and professional hater of Britain and so on will be finished.
    All Corbyn has to do is screen the episode of him with the royals and
    say with a sweet smile: “Do I look like an enemy of Britain?”

    In British history the most radical legislation has been passed: if
    those proposing it have known how to woo the electorate and make
    themselves seem harmless. George Lansbury in the 1930s was a far left
    politician who became the Labour leader. As with Corbyn the
    Conservatives tried to destroy him with propaganda as an enemy of the
    country (he had been a pacifist in wartime). But Lansbury, unlike this
    muttonhead Corbyn, buttered up the royals. He soon became a fast friend
    of the king. It was impossible to savage him after that. He became the
    most beloved political figure of the age and his radical idea of death
    duties was finally accepted after the Hitler War.

    What opportunities this Corbyn has ! All he needs is to do is befriend the royals.
    How wretched to see the Labour Party being destroyed by a moron.

  • Darbeet

    Peace and love, and a request to resist the urge to race to an opinion about the ‘other tribe’ in the discomforting knowledge that none of these parties are robust enough to actually lead, and that the Conservatives cause no less needless pain to millions of people than the last incompetent lot did. Move to Spain and write a book with a good story and life affirming insights.

  • Darbeet

    Left right left right … Is it an intelligent thoughtful comment or drill sergeant orders …these terms, what a shortcut to thinking!

  • Darbeet

    Wonderfully patronising, creepy comments below about ‘understanding working class lads and how these working class lads don’t like Corbyn’. Of course the working class will support Corbyn you donuts, mainly because of what he says. I expected the next comments to be ‘yes these working class lads will rally to our cause once more, just look at what they did for us in WWI, good chaps oh yes, very subservient and they agree that we need nukes in case 1970’s Russia attack us through a Stargate’

    • Knives_and_Faux

      Yours is the creepiest comment thinking you understand the working class. It’s quite simple really we don’t like, need or want immigrants.

  • The Masked Marvel

    I begin to froth at the mouth and yap furiously, incoherently enraged. That’s rabies, isn’t it?

    The Vikings called it the ‘berserker rage’. Only that was used in more noble causes than this.

    The only thing I feel like spitting on these days is a youth in one of those Guy Fawkes masks. That’s not rabies: it’s common sense.

    • in more noble causes

      What, like slaughtering monks in their monasteries?

  • sammy gravano

    I’m looking forward to the day when the crusties have ‘a demo’ (read: riot) on the Mall and the Queen turns the Blues and Royals lose on them.

    How sweet the panorama; full charge and all those reddened sabres glittering in the sunshine, the Wimmin’s Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade (Pink Hair Division) strewn all over the tarmac, a tw*t with a ‘hilarious’ pig’s mask (hiding his pig face) wrapped around a lamp-post pouring gore, an expiring Unison ‘convenor’ being given his last swill of Special Brew by an ignoble ‘comrade’. Oh bliss it would be in that dawn to be alive

    I’d settle for an afternoon or evening if ness.

  • Connor Walsh

    If I had gone to the conference and been walking in and been spit upon, and then lost my temper and grabbed one of them and spat back or punched one, what would have happened?! I have a very short (borderline/bipolar2 induced) temper!!!
    (wish I had gone now!)

  • Samuel Miller

    The Tory newspapers are enraged about spittle and a thrown egg—the death
    of Michael O’Sullivan is but a fading headline, receding from memory.

    • Jack Rocks

      As is the Rotherham child abuse scandal, or the Mid Staff NHS debacle (you know that thing Burnham tried to cover up).

      It’s easy to find some cases to prove your point, obviously, because the bureaucracy isn’t perfect, doesn’t or cannot always make correct decisions in every case and is bound not to make decisions on feeling or empathy alone (it has a budget). This is completely unlike the individual who can read about a sad case in a newspaper and come to an immediate decision based on that side of the case presented alone.

      I wouldn’t be so quick to judge. People are complex and money is tight.

  • Bjorn Burlin

    Rodd Liddle is one of those great writers who knows the meaning of words and uses them well. But he is not a thinker.

  • marvin

    Rod, have you tried to cut down on the alcohol intake?

  • ct

    fair points but very unpleasant subject … regardless of conviction spitting at someone is most objectionable

  • Lynn Grace Corbin

    The English working-classes are caught between a rock and a hard place. On one side is the Tories who could not give a stuff about them, and the other is the international left who would gladly see them swept away in a tide of mass-immigration.

    • Knives_and_Faux

      Nothing working class about those in hoods spitting, they are all Rory’s and Jared’s, educated just enough to be dangerous fools.

  • RWJ

    Another sad go at Corbyn…………….he really has rattled the right wing. Its getting old now. Go and have a go at the Russians like your mates.

    • amicus

      He ought to be rattling his own party a lot more than he does the government.

    • Jack

      Having a go at a clearly belligerent, expansionist, rabidly homophobic Russia is a particularly right-wing affliction? I remember when the left stood for things….things beyond just “we’re on their side and that’s the end of it.” Putin could drop a nuke on Kiev and you’d probably blame British colonialism, like the “left wing” intellectuals of Orwell’s day excused Stalin’s murderous streak.

    • Jack Rocks

      It’s true, yes, he’s rattled the right wing of the Labour party.

  • anotherjoeblogs

    Why not wear a burkha in bed and just wring it out in the morning ? You may even have dreams of flying to Jerusalem on a magical horse,too.

  • Jonathan R

    Has nobody ever explained to the protesting classes that their efforts are entirely counter-productive?

    The non-protesting majority in this country are generally appalled by this sort of behaviour, and use it as a litmus test of which side of a debate to support.

    “Oh, the angry lawless mask-wearing types are campaigning against X – that must mean X is right.”

  • amicus

    I must confess to having felt a little bit queasy as I read this.

  • Gilbert White

    Cannot afford Asprey but the young chappie has got a fairly expensive state of the art Osprey Backpack plus eyewatering expensive hi tec designer clothes. Is he a rich poser like some are suggesting? Or perhaps an undercover plant by the authorities. Or a student shoplifter? Or just a canny ebay buyer?

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