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I think, therefore I’m in trouble


HAVE you noticed there are new self-justification slogans in town? You can do anything you like if you dress it up as ‘refusing to let hate win’.

I’m having a tantrum on Sky News because I refuse to let hate win.

I’m going to call 17million innocent people hateful names because I refuse to let hate win.

There’s another sneaky self-justification slogan: You can ban anything you want on the grounds that it’s ‘normalising’ something horrid. Anything you don’t like is fascist or Nazi.

Before Nick Hornby ‘reinvented football’ and the David Baddiel set discovered it, the Herd Left would label anyone who liked football as ‘fascist’.

Then all of a sudden the herd changed their mind and they’re all fans of Brandchester Zeitgeist.

Just don’t air any unorthodox thoughts or opinions.

I think, therefore I’m in trouble.

Cogito, ergo, uh oh! It’a a torch-bearing mob!

Oh, and don’t tell me you let your children watch Bill and Ben – you’re normalising racism and gender stereotypes. Why wasn’t there a flowerpot lady? And why is Little Weed female? Where are the flowerpots of colour?

Bill and Ben’s language is dog-whistle racism. Flobadob indeed – we all know what that means! Owen Jones nailed that one in his award-winning column.

Bill and Ben are acting out a not-so-hidden narrative that’s straight out of Donald Trump’s playbook. With a foreword written by Hitler.

The only thing worse than ‘normalising’ is ‘legitimising’.

Again, this is a licence to ban anything you don’t like, with all the rules of logic being suspended.

Zoe Williams of the Guardian is a keen ‘legit’ spotter.

Painting and decorating is normalising fascism, she might argue, because Hitler was once a painter.

This is how it works.

Words mean anything you want them to, according to the subject.

He sends his kids to Eton because he’s normalising fascism.

You send your kids to a posh school because you’re legitimising capitalism.

But I will go to the wall for my children – because I refuse to let hate win!

Normalising, legitimising, refusing to let hate win – these are all the escape hacks from the straitjacket of orthodox thought.

I’m so old that I can remember when my Left-wing friends would absolve themselves from their own rules because ‘living well’ was ’the best revenge’ on capitalism.

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Nick Booth
Nick Booth
Nick Booth is a freelance writer.

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