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I told you so, you fucking fools

I take no joy in being right. Years ago when I had the Blithering Bunny blog I used to warn of all the things in UK politics that have now come to pass, such as the Establishment’s attempt to stop Brexit, and political correctness being used as a weapon against free speech. I used to say that elitism — the bad sort of elitism, where a minority who have power ruthlessly use that power to gain even more, and to crush dissent — was on the rise, and within ten or so years the new ‘elite’ would be out of control. (I put ‘elite’ in scare quotes, because we’re not talking about the best and brightest here.)

I take no joy in being right, but I want to take this moment to say: I was right. You – the people I used to argue against – were wrong, and I was right.

I wasn’t, of course, alone: dozens of right-wing blogs were saying the same things,  and hundreds of blog commentators too. (And later thousands of Twitter users, and tens of thousands of commentators on articles in the online magazines such as Breitbart.)

But we were all dismissed as scare-mongers, exaggerators, Nazis, dumb hicks (although I never got that one, being an academic), controversialists, pyjama boys, swivel-eyes loons, far-right fascists, and so on. But it turns out we were right. The Establishment is a stitch-up. Progressive opinions have become sacred. Politics is the new religion. The thought police are here. Politicians do what they want, not what voters want. International empires such as the EU are not subject to democratic control. The BBC is nakedly biased. Most journalists are now open about the fact that they are just political activists with bylines. Big Brother is watching.

We were right about all that.

The fucking fools aren’t of course, my readers, because (judging by the comments I get) they’re mostly in the same political ballpark as me, and have noticed all the same things I have. I’m talking about the people who occasionally used to come to my old blog to argue with me. It’s my old academic colleagues, most of whom thought I was over-the-top. Some of them (especially the older ones) now quietly agree with me. Others (especially the younger ones) now consider me an enemy of the people. It’s the smug leftists and progs I used to meet at chattering-class dinner parties where I used to argue my corner, in the days when you could do so and not become persona non grata. (I don’t go to many of those sorts of dinner parties any more.)

They won’t be reading this, but I’ll say it anyway: I told you so. You fucking fools.

Update: Not to mention the government’s latest proposal that UK web access should be restricted to approved providers, which definitely won’t lead to political censorship, oh no, definitely not.

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2 thoughts on “I told you so, you fucking fools

  1. It is a silver lining (the only one I suspect) to Brexit that all this has been now been thrown right into people’s faces. Its not a secret now how our rulers regard us. No longer can people pretend that they are living in a democracy. Even the Remainer voters who have ‘won’ can see that they didn’t win because of their votes, they won because they just happened to be on the same side as the Establishment. On another issue where they disagree with the Establishment they’ll be treated with the same disdain. And they should realise that, if they have any sense at all.

  2. One of the things that opened my eyes to How Things Work Now happened in 2001. No, not that. I remember back in 1999, 2000, Christopher Booker writing a number of articles wondering how on earth, with new CAP and CFP regulations coming in, and the loss of domestic control over policy in those areas all but complete, they were going to sell to the public the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was no longer necessary. It would have to happen within the next year or so. Surely that would be the giveaway? Surely everyone would now see what was going on; how our government was, in Booker’s words, being “hollowed out” from the inside?

    Then the foot-and-mouth outbreak happened. Ag & Fish was deemed “unfit for purpose” (to my recollection, that’s when the expression first entered the public sphere), and its responsibilities were merged into the Department of the Environment. Just like that. The CAP/CFP aspect was never even mentioned by the media. I’d bet most of them weren’t even aware of it; it opened my eyes to their incompetence, too.

    Now, I don’t know if the F&M outbreak was deliberate, as some have claimed, pointing to what appeared to be preparations for it in late 2000. It was certainly bloody convenient, though. You might at least have expected someone to admit that. But nobody ever said, to my knowledge, “Well, we had to get rid of MAFF anyway because of the EU, so this is as good a reason as any”.

    Now I come to think of it, I suppose I should have seen the Brexit betrayal coming when May set up her Potemkin DExEU and a Department of International Trade, but didn’t re-establish Ag & Fish.

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