In response to Paul T Horgan: Calling Diane Abbott fat and ugly is not sexist, J M wrote:
Mr Horgan, you fail to appreciate the essential rule of what passes for intelligent conversation in Hampstead: one rule for the "nice" Left and another for the "nasty" Right. Left people can be singularly horrid and abusive to those on the Right. The Right, however, must never say anything vaguely disparaging about someone on the Left. This is OK because by definition the Left are "nice" and the right are "nasty".
The reason for this is simple. To be Left you have either to be very stupid or very believing because all the evidence shows that the political principles of the Left do not work in practice. Left is therefore a creed. The Left thinks that having a creed entitles them to a sense or moral superiority. The Right, on the other hand, pursues pragmatic, grubby policies that actually work. They are therefore beneath contempt because in the eyes of the Left they do not believe in anything.
It is a peculiar truth that the Left actively hates its opponents - how else can one explain the horrors committed in the name of socialism the world over? The Right on the other hand does not hate its opponents. It might treat them with weary contempt or in a patronising fashion, but hatred is not the way of the Right. That is the sole preserve of the Left.