At TCW we have been both overwhelmed and amused by the response of our wonderful readers to our Virtue Signaller of the Year Award.
A great many of you plainly put a lot of thought and effort into your nominations. You also suggested we should classify the awards according to sector, rather like the Oscars with ‘Best of’ awards according to category. We thought that a great idea, so in that spirit here is a summary of your suggestions so far:
The BBC – need we say more?
Channel 4 – again, do we really have to add anything?
Clare Moseley – who apparently writes articles in The Guardian, entirely based around what a wonderful person Clare Moseley is.
Jon Snow – in the words of our commenter Politically_Incorrect – “so right on he makes the BBC look like Islamophobic Gay Bashers”.
Zoe Williams – of The Guardian, naturally, for intellectual thinking so woolly you could knit an Aran jumper out of it.
Camilla Batmanghelidjh – the “high priestess of questionable charity”, or in the words of the inimitably charming Rod Liddle: “ a garishly-dressed lard-mountain”.
Benedict Cumberbatch – our favourite Ring of Bright Water escapee managed to turn a performance of Hamlet into a mass orgy of dopamine consumption with his plea concerning the plight of Syrian refugees. Maybe that is what the Bard meant by “Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.”
Emma Thompson – one of the most ghastly luvvies of them all, a virtue signaller decades before the term was invented, Thompson plunged new depths of pretentiousness and self-regard with her “Ode to Shell”.
Ricky Gervais – OK, we all loved The Office, but since then Ricky has become as pretentious, tiresome and lacking in self-awareness as his greatest comic creation, David Brent. Time to exit stage left, Ricky.
Angela Merkel – once the German Visigoths destroyed classical Western civilisation. Now the Goths are themselves inviting the Barbarians inside the gates….
Call Me Dave – the ‘heir to Blair”. Enough said.
Hillary Clinton – would winning our award finally kill her plans to become the most powerful person on earth? Probably not, be one can but dream….
Nicola Sturgeon – for blowing £12 million on an idiotic climate change pledge.
Yvette Cooper – for her fatuous refugees welcome pledge. Tell us, Yvette, how many have moved in so far, and are you giving free English lessons in that dreadfully patronising “Mockney” accent of yours?
Mcebo Dlamini, for his idiotic “RhodesMustFall” campaign (and Oriel College, for already partially caving into it).
There were many more we simply don’t have space to mention here, but we loved hearing from you.
The competition is still open, and on December 31st we will be announcing the Virtue Signaller of the Year, as well as the best in each category.
However, most importantly of all, we will reveal the best nomination made by our readers, which will be judged on the basis of the proposed virtue signaller and the reasons given for their nomination. We are pleased to say that given the superb response from our readers, the author of the best nomination will receive a bottle of champagne, and the runners up a bottle of wine each.
If you haven’t already done so, all that remains is for you to nominate your Virtue Signaller of the Year in the comments section below.
Good luck and thanks once again!