TIM Stanley is part of the problem. You know Tim Stanley: he pops up on Question Time now and again to say, on the one hand this, on the other hand that. He gives the Left the benefit of the doubt. He says, the Left don’t really mean it, they don’t really want to abolish property rights, abolish marriage and appease terrorists.
Tim would have us believe that the organised Left are nice people really. This is a big problem: giving the Left and the dangerous people in Downing Street the benefit of the doubt. It is a mistake to assume they don’t mean any harm and I can only assume Tim does this because the alternative is too horrifying: namely, that they do mean harm, that this revolution is real, and that it’s only going to get worse.
This is why we all must oppose this wishy-washy, we-are-all-in-this-together, on-the-one-hand-this-but-on-the-other-hand-that sort of conservatism. Conservatism does what it says on the tin: it conserves things. It conserves the best things like beauty, tradition, our culture and language. It gives no quarter to those who wish to destroy beauty, tradition, culture and language. It doesn’t negotiation with vandals and wreckers and all the rest of them even if they might be nice people which most of them are not.
This kind of wishy-washy conservatism is what I call ‘Tim Stanley-ism’, and as I said it must be exposed for what it is, namely weakness and cowardice. You know the other Tim Stanleys out there: they can be found at Conservative Home and sometimes in the Times. On and on they go, negotiating with the enemy and thinking up a game plan. Well, here is our game plan: conservatism wins and the revolutionaries lose. That is the plan. How does that sound?
There might not be many of us, but we are enough. Most of the big battles are won by the smaller side, if my vague recollection of history and The Lord of the Rings serves me well. Remember that last battle, the Battle of Helm’s Deep? We are too few, and they are so many, said Aragorn. But they won anyway.
The men willing to saddle up are the following: James Delingpole, Toby Young and the Tory Resistance fighters in the House of Commons. There are also the women out there holding strong – you know who they are.
I do have faith that Tim will come round eventually. He will put down his book, change out of his tweed jacket and saddle up with the rest of us. In the end, we will be too many and they will be too few and conservatism will win.