Should we attempt to cultivate a close friendship with a politically active Corbynista? No, we should not. That is the truth of the matter when it comes to considering this statement by the Labour MP Laura Pidcock:
‘Whatever type [of Tory] they are, I have absolutely no intention of being friends with any of them. I have friends I choose to spend time with. I go to Parliament to be a mouthpiece for my constituents and class – I’m not interested in chatting on.’
If you think about it for long enough, you should understand that from her point of view it makes sense to say ‘I will not be friends with any Tory MPs’ and that they are ‘the enemy’. Laura Pidcock did not say she was going to be rude or uncivil, or turn up in a black mask and baseball bat, like the Leftist Antifa, and smash the whole place down.
Ms Pidcock said she is there to do a job, which is to represent her constituents, and she will have neither the time nor inclination to cultivate a close friendship with the Tories. Fair enough.
If we flip the situation, if we really examine our hearts, we should understand that we probably apply the same principle to our own lives. True, we are civil and respectful to all. We may develop friendships with people of different political views in separate spheres – perhaps at work, the sports club or the school gates. This is distinct, however, from cultivating a close friendship with someone who not only has views which are the polar opposite of yours, but someone who works to impose those views and values on the rest of society.
If you are a true conservative and work in politics or the media to further those aims, why would you become friends with a Corbynista? Why would you use your energy to develop a friendship with someone who wants to turn Britain into Venezuela? Is this really a good use of your time?
Let’s not forget the opportunity cost here (something Leftists never consider). Every minute you spend developing this relationship (in other words, not merely being civil when you meet but actually investing time and energy in the relationship) is time not spent with your family, on your work or with your other sensible conservative friends.
Given this trade-off, it would be ridiculous to say ‘I’ll be chums with someone who wants to pull down Nelson’s Column and trash British culture while they are at it’. That, dear readers, is a friendship for idiots.
When I was at university I was surrounded by people of different viewpoints, and tested by them. This continued into my twenties. But as I entered my thirties, got married (more on that in the next blog) and had three kids, my free time disappeared.
So, no, I am not going to take time away from hubby, kids or website to go to the cinema with a person who has no grasp of basic economics and is so morally bankrupt that they want to burden the next generation with close to £2trillion of debt.
I am not going to take a Saturday or Sunday away from my own family to be with a person from the Left whose ideology has done so much damage to the family, and children in particular, an ideology that has caused such misery to poor people. This friendship will never last anyway, once the next general election hits.
I love to spend time with family and old friends whatever their political views, but to start a new friendship with a politically active individual who thinks, for instance, that we should expand state power and destroy liberty, communities and families, is just a stupid thing to do.
So let’s not be dishonest here; after a certain point in life we choose our friends carefully. And it is best not to choose a person who thinks that food and medicine shortages such as those in Venezuela are a price worth paying for a socialist paradise. That kind of ignorance should not be excused.
The cruelty that goes with saying that starving kids are worth it if it all comes out golden in the end is not something I want to be around. In fact, to be friends with such a person is probably immoral in itself.