On Tuesday, I was meandering around the charity shops with my beautiful three-year-old daughter. She has even more attitude than I, only with bags of charm. All the older ladies coo over her, and they inevitably throw in a little extra to whatever book we buy. When I got outside the shop one woman said: ‘Gosh she is so gorgeous, beautiful’, and then checked herself, asking: ‘Is it OK to say that?’ ‘Of course’, I said. ‘Well you never know’, she replied, ‘there was that one woman who took offence when someone said something nice about her child.’
And then the penny dropped. We live in an offence-taking culture, and it is not just confined to Twitter. When a nice older woman feels she must think twice before fussing over and complimenting a delightful three-year-old, then I think we are in trouble. And this isn’t in deepest, darkest Islington. This comment was made in a solidly conservative Kent suburb. Matriarchs fussing over three-year-olds gives us reason to live, it is the stuff mums can’t get enough of. Not any more it seems – some mum, somewhere had taken offence and it has put everyone on notice.
So that made me a little depressed. I usually go on these trips to get away from the Twitter outrage machine, but there is no escape.
It is not just outrage either – the social media snitching is even worse. Goodness, if only the Commies had held on for about three more decades they could have fired all the KGB agents and just used the Twitter snitchers instead.
This is one comment I saw, in reply to a comment made about the Tom Daley/Dustin Lance Black surrogacy arrangement. It read: I assume you have placed a bet with friends on how many replies you could get from such a ridiculous statement ?. I hope a future employer one day views your posts if you ever think on making a career change. (I am not going to link or name but I’ve kept a copy).
Then there was this comment, replying to a doctor who questioned issues in relation to transgenderism. It read: ‘Dr X, your credentials are likely going to be revoked for this stunt, and you will no longer be a doctor. The American government is aware of you as well. I will be working with your employer and the US Government to ensure your removal from practice.’
This isn’t even snitching, which implies an element of two-faced dishonesty. This is outright intimidation and it is all over Twitter. You might think these are small examples from which we cannot extrapolate any great lesson but then there is the case of Tim Hunt. Remember him – the globally renowned physicist who had his career ruined after telling a bad joke half way across the world? Consider also Lewis Hamilton, who was similarly hounded after he quite reasonably told his nephew that boys don’t wear princess dresses. After the Twitter inquisition Hamilton has since renounced his sin, and paid penance by appearing on the front of GQ magazine wearing a kilt.
Do not forget the Thought Police who are a part of the latest diversity drive by the BBC, as reported in the Mail on Sunday.
Tunde Ogungbesan, the BBC’s Director of Diversity, has launched a major reform to make the Corporation more ‘trans-friendly’ despite the findings that in effect trans people are over-represented in the organisation. However, the BBC is short of a few lesbians, which is troubling.
Mr Ogungbesan knows what he wants, which is to control and manipulate people’s thoughts. He writes: ‘Our goal is to create a culture where everyone feels they can bring their best work and begin to change the thought processes and ways people behave and broadcast their programmes.’ I find this pretty shocking – the BBC is an organ of the State and it admits it aims ‘to change the thought processes and ways people behave’. So, if the compulsory diversity training doesn’t work, they’ll still get you in the end.
Truly, I tell you the Communists were amateurs. Today we have the full range of police State apparatus, this time enforced by the people. The snitchers, the Twitter mob, the State-controlled media outlet determined to change ‘thought processes’. And then there are the enforcers at Ofsted ever ready with their snap inspections, interrogating students about sex. Finally, never forget the offence takers who are such a drag on our culture that the nice lady is worried about complimenting the toddler.
It makes winning that Cold War a lesson in futility.