Nothing explains the decay of the fashionable left better than this. Juvenile, permanently oppositional, trashing every truly radical, liberating change for the better from the past 500 years, medievalist at heart.
I hesitate to use the terms Left and Right anymore – alignments and beliefs have clearly changed. Cassandra Wilkinson talks about free and unfree, and quotes Popper. I talk about agency theory and people who spend other people’s money (that’s big corporates and the public service, you know) and those who don’t .
You can even make a case for the return of the oligarchic-theocrats. That could arguably be the basis for the Socialist-Green-Islamist connection. It’s just that the sacred and profane for the Socialist and Green are a little different from those of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
But in Newtown you live with this nonsense forever. Because it’s always close to a University. And that’s the saddest thing of all.
If you are an atheist, agnostic, non-Christian believer, an apathetic not-give-a-damner, or even a loosely-identifying Christian, mouthing the words of prayers and hymns during Remembrance Day is utterly phoney.
When a politician publicly avers that he "is still a believer in" something, it is a marker of a religious man appealing to religious prejudices.
So Graham Richardson's climate confirmation is disturbing.