At this time of year, it is customary to look back and bestow awards and plaudits on those people who have made an outstanding contribution to our national life, those who have made us laugh, entertained us or even irritated us.
In that spirit, and as a connoisseur of metropolitan liberal culture, TCW announces its annual Virtue Signaller of the Year Award, dedicated to the narcissists, dopamine junkies and fantasy addicts in the metropolitan elite who direct public policy or culture, not for the betterment of society, but in order to feel great about themselves.
Lifetime President of the awards committee and former Grand Master Virtue Signaller, Mr Tony Blair said: “I am thrilled to be chairing the awards committee in this first year of the awards. It goes without saying that none of the candidates are likely to match the sheer wonderfulness of being me, but they can try all the same.” (Of course Tony didn’t really say that, but we are confident he would have, had he been able to tear himself away from looking at his own reflection in the mirror.)
Nominations are open to all readers of TCW, and we will endeavour to publish an in-depth biopic of the best candidates over the Christmas and New Year holiday. Readers are, of course, very welcome to provide their own content as to why their candidate deserves the title.
To get the ball rolling, here are three candidates and strong contenders:
David “Call Me Dave” Cameron. The self-styled “heir to Blair” is always trying to emulate the achievements of his hero, starting endless wars to parade his virtue with disastrous outcomes his mentor would be proud of. The latest is Syria, which Dave failed to bomb first time around, but second time lucky, eh? It’s for the other side this time – but who cares about a little detail like that? Apart from launching wars, Dave is very keen on signalling his virtue on metropolitan issues such as feminism, gender pay gaps and so on. It just goes to show, an Oxford 1st is no barrier to being brain-dead, and you can signal your virtue with the best of ‘em if you try.
Angela Merkel. An extremely strong contender this year. Virtue signalling is not something we normally associate with stern Lutheranism or those brought up in Eastern Bloc bureaucracies but Angela is certainly making up for lost time, with what many would consider her downright mad idea of opening the floodgates to over one million refugees, threatening Europe’s entire long term culture and demography in the process. You have to hand it to Angela – that girl thinks big!
Ed Davey. Thankfully no longer part of the government, the former Minister for Energy and Climate Change was a champion of the carbon floor price, making swathes of British industry uncompetitive as a result. It didn’t help reduced emissions one jot, as production was simply transferred abroad, and cost thousands of working class jobs in the process, but, hey, Ed and his sanctimonious Lib Dem gang got to look saintly in the process. Proving once again that for our metropolitan elite, no amount of collateral damage can be allowed to get in the way of a good dopamine rush.
Over to you readers – can you better our selection?