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A salute to the miserymongers


Did you know that ten years ago today, Owen Jones, James O’Brien and Laurie Penny formed the ICT (the Iron Curtain Twitchers), a Left-wing collective dedicated to taking offence in other people’s pleasure?

(Sort of reverse Schadenfreude. Freudenschade, perhaps.)

This movement inspired a generation of Blamestormers, who have gone into every sector of public life from academia to Oxfam and devoted themselves to scapegoating the enemy – the GroupThink Deniers, with their sinister individualism and small c conservatism.

Then there’s the ‘Care Rouge’, a fanatical group of zealots who’ve seized power over the NHS, social work and foreign aid. Dissent is not tolerated by the regimes that run these fiefdoms. ‘The NHS Procurement is Infallible’ is an article of faith that nobody dare challenge.

Isn’t it time we recognised the milestones of the Social Justice Movement? Shouldn’t we celebrate their achievements in dividing the nation and introducing a suffocating atmosphere of fear and mistrust?

They have changed so much in such a short time.

Among the many interventions to note are: the invention of the Moral Grandstand, the Nazi Benchmarking standard – the forerunner to the Automatic Hitler-Association System – the creation of the Emotional Currency markets (which enable us to react to changing values attributed to each social group), the Great Colonisation of Comedy, the complete redefinition of the English language.

By comparison, Oliver Cromwell’s Puritans were bacchanalian party animals.

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Nick Booth
Nick Booth
Nick Booth is a freelance writer.

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