IT STARTED quite early on Friday. The screaming and foot-stamping as the Left went into its tantrum over the election defeat. And now the marchers are out with their placards, ‘Defy Tory rule’. In other words, defy democracy. Red fascism at its braying worst.
Of course it’s bad when your side loses. If Corbyn had won, I’m sure I would have spent the next 24 hours wailing and crying on any available shoulder. But I hope I would have enough self-awareness to still act like a reasonable adult and a good democrat. I wouldn’t be calling for an uprising to smash the democratic system. And however disorganised, ineffectual and generally useless these people are, never doubt their capacity for nastiness. At time of writing, it seems the protests are spreading and there are reports of a police officer being injured.
But plenty on the Left can’t accept unpalatable reality. Delve into Corbynite social media and you’ll find their justifications for rejecting trivialities such as the rule of law or the clearly expressed will of the people. There are quite a few Corbynista Facebook groups, easy to find if you have the inclination. They have been full of posts since the closing poll was announced, inviting members to vent their feelings. Some discussion threads have hundreds chipping in with their views.
Most don’t hold back. One of their favourite words for anyone who has voted Tory is ‘c**t’. It is used again and again, along with every other imaginable combination of obscene and scatalogical terms. One contribution advises that if you have just voted Tory in a school polling station, you might as well have stopped on your way out to ‘sh*t on a child’s desk’. Needless to say, this thought gained a great many ‘likes’. It seems that the heirs of Keir Hardie now really hate the people.
If you think I’m exaggerating, go to Facebook and sign up with any of the Corbyn fan groups. Simple to do if you don’t mind them harvesting a few of your details.
Some Corbynistas are a bit slower to express outright hatred. Instead, showing great charity, they pity anyone too dim to appreciate Jeremy Corbyn’s saintliness or Richard Burgon’s intellectual and moral strength. They realise that working-class Conservatives are just thick and have had their heads stuffed with vicious Tory propaganda from the BBC. Laura Kuenssberg has her lines written by Dominic Cummings, who in turn, takes his orders directly from the Israeli Embassy.
It’s an old idea in Leftist mythology, normally described as ‘false-consciousness’, that the poor are incapable of understanding their own best interests. They need a guiding hand, one which the Socialist theorists are only too happy to provide. The 20th century has countless examples of just how firm that guiding hand can be to recalcitrant workers and peasants.
Some more broad-minded comrades don’t blame the electorate at all. They realise that anybody, however unenlightened, has to be only briefly exposed to Corbyn’s thought to be instantly converted. After all, the case for Socialism is so compelling it’s beyond ridiculous to think workers could reject it. No, the real reason for Labour’s poll defeat was electoral fraud, carried out on a massive scale by the Tory deep-state.
Something that only the sharp eyed and wholly rational members of Momentum have the forensic skills to spot. Some of the posts on Facebook have been asking those penetrating questions that get right to the heart of the fraud. Such as, ‘How many Tory voters do you actually know?’ The idea is that as ‘there are no Tories in my own social circle, there can’t be enough in wider society to vote in a Tory government’. Unless of course vote-rigging has taken place. Or, ‘Don’t you think it’s deeply suspicious that some polling stations in isolated communities have been based in pubs?’ Clear evidence that wicked Tory brewers are purloining bundles of Labour voting slips.
There are plenty of variations on these themes.
Let me reiterate, I don’t need to make these things up or over-egg the story. Spend an hour or two scrolling through groups such as the snappily titled ‘Let’s help make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister’ or ‘We support Jeremy Corbyn’ and you’ll find plenty of your own examples.
So the comrades have decided: Thursday’s vote was a sham and Boris Johnson heads a fascist regime. How we will laugh when those who were taken in have their hospitals or schools sold off to Donald Trump. Which will definitely happen by the end of next week. Thankfully though, the unbowed and proud cadres of Momentum are still here to point out the electorate’s error to them.
And they will be busy, nobly defending democracy in the most practical way possible, by organising their noisy street protests against the nation’s temerity in voting the wrong way.