Dear Reader, I have had a very trying week. Very trying indeed. As some of you know I had to debate the infantile Owen Jones on the Daily Politics on Tuesday.
Not only that, but on my journey into said debate, I was trapped in a car where I had to listen to James O’Brien on the radio interview Ken Loach about how evil the Tories were and how evil right-wing people are in general.
Heaven help me. It was traumatic listening to them drone on when I was unable to turn the channel over. I had to find a safe space following those ten minutes, and instead all I found was Owen Jones.
First to James O’Brien, who has already been so skilfully called out for besmirching a journalist on Newsnight, the ‘current affairs’ programme he sometimes presents.
Between the two of them, no cliché was left unsaid. The Tories had intended to lay down ‘traps’ in the form of sanctions to punish anyone who was on benefits, Loach informed us. It was all a set up to screw over the poor. The real issue here, is not that I disagree with the essence of Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake, which shows the miserable life that some people on benefits are left with.
In fact I, Daniel Blake, from what I have read, confirms what every small state conservatives knows – the State is not compassionate, the State is not moral and as such the State should be rolled back.
The State treats people, not as people but as numbers. They have to – otherwise they simply could not get the job done and the whole country would go bust in two minutes. This is not to blame the administrators themselves, but the truth is bureaucrats can never care for a person the way a family, friends, community groups, church group or private charity care for people.
I, Daniel Blake is what happens when the welfare system has pushed out, squeezed and destroyed all these little platoons, all these private acts of charity and compassion in order to redistribute other people’s money in the name of ‘fairness.’
And once this happens, deluded lefties like James O’Brien and Ken Loach make a career on the backs of the incompetent, inefficient and immoral welfare state while the rest of us can only look on in shock and horror and say, ‘we told you so’. The problem is not lack of resources in the welfare state, the problem is its very existence and how dehumanising it is both to recipients of its largesse, and those who contribute to it.
Anyway, having endured this verbal torture, I had to deal with Owen Jones and the ‘gender pay gap.’ Never mind that the gender pay gap tells us nothing about family income, which is what we should be focused on, and in particular the near collapse in education and pay for some working class men.
No, instead Jones wanted to cast himself, like all lefties do, as the Prince of Fairness. But fairness is really the new word of Utopia, which is what the Marxists are after. When I pointed this out to Jones he was, for once, left lost for words. The Marxists last century inflicted untold terror across Eastern Europe in order to achieve Utopia, in other words, equality of outcome.
And to this day the Marxists are inflicting such misery in the name of fairness in the people of South America. In Venezuela the children go without meals after the State seized oil and land in order to redistribute it, no doubt in the name of ‘fairness.’
And who will be the arbiter of said fairness? Well people like Owen Jones of course! He can appoint a Fairness Tsar to oversee the Department of Fairness, and have lots of little fairness monitors and have a fairness impact statement administrated by even more fairness administrators. And if the State has to seize a few things here and there in order to distribute it to the less well-off that we see in the films of Ken Loach, well then so be it.
This is the tyranny of fairness brought to you by the Prince of Fairness who will brook no dissent. Never mind if the results are not pretty.