From The Guardian

I\’ve read this paper for 23 years and I hate the bloody pretension. You can be left-wing and socialist – possibly even clever – without being a preening, righteous fool.

If only more of them were, eh?

7 thoughts on “From The Guardian”

  1. for sake of argument assume that half the population of this country is left wing, that’s say 10 million households, minus the circulation of the Guardian and Independent and Morning Star etc. leaving a conservative 9 million households populated by non-preening and righteous left wingers.

  2. Tim,

    What was your comment that failed the mod test at Comment Macht Frei today?

    Tim adds: Dunno. Don’t even know what thread it was on….

  3. …have to say that I have never met a left winger who was not preening and self-righteous. Luis, you may be an exception but just think of other bloggers such as the preening and self-righteous Chris Dillow, Dunc…etc Dunc preens more but Chris is more self-righteous.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    diogenes – “…have to say that I have never met a left winger who was not preening and self-righteous.”

    I have relatives who were Old School Leftists. That is, out of school at 14, often into the Army, hard work all their lives, usually on the docks or fishing boats. They tend to be on the Left if not Labour voters.

    Not a preening self-righteous one among them. Of course they loved Thatcher to bits.

    It is the younger generation who got all the advantages they did not – Oxbridge often – that turned out New-style Leftists (that is, organic food, lesbian rights, the whole nine yards). And yet they are invariably preening and very self-righteous about it.

    I have a lot of time for what the Labour Party was. I have nothing but contempt for what it is now. Even less than that for those that find it too Tory and so have moved left.

  5. The Labour party in Australia is tearing itself apart over this divide at the moment. It’s the traditional working Left versus the Chardonnay set, and apart from an overlap on welfare and (parts of) the economy, they don’t have much in common. If the latter weren’t so insufferable the differences might be a lot easier to overcome.

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