In which George Monbiot has an interesting time at A&E

You do have to read this. Just excellent.

Everyone was welcome at the site and, as they were travellers, one of the groups marginalised by the concentration of control and ownership of land in Britain, we went out of our way to accommodate them. They must have thought they had died and gone to heaven.

Almost as soon as they arrived they began twocking stuff. A radio journalist left his equipment in his hire car. They smashed the side window. Someone saw them bundling the kit, wrapped in a stolen sleeping bag, into their lorry. There was a confrontation – handwringing appeals to reason on one side, pugnacious defiance on the other – which eventually led to the equipment being handed back.

They wound their dogs up, making them snap and snarl at the other occupiers. At night they roamed the camp, staffies straining at the leash, cans of Special Brew in their free hands, shouting \”fucking hippies, we\’re going to burn you in your tents!\”

We had no idea how to handle them without offending our agonised liberal consciences. They saw this and exploited it ruthlessly. Eventually the police solved the problem for us. Most of the cars parked at a nearby attraction had had their windows smashed and radios stolen, and someone had followed their lorry back to our site. As they were led away, my anarchist beliefs battled my bourgeois instincts, and lost.

The lumpenproletariat might not actually want to join your Brave New World you know…..

24 thoughts on “In which George Monbiot has an interesting time at A&E”

  1. Retreat and back to the serenity of Notting Hill, or champagne chatterati Islington and all safe once more – tell the servants no visitors!

    Should have invoked the [graun’] private health insurance and popped round to Harley street George.
    I mean by all the Gods of Juno [or would it be Gaia?], you could have been sat next to a recent arrival, damn it a third world indigent with some awful disease like TB.
    Mind you, he wouldn’t have been able to understand your cut glass accent.

  2. It’s the last bit which got me:

    “At last I managed to master my feelings and show some interest in the puppies he was hoping to breed. And then it dawned on me. He was wearing my coat.”

    Ha fucking Ha George. It’s all very well wittering on about about all your Greeny-Lefty Watermelon bollocks, but when the proles start nicking your stuff, living in the field next door to you (leaving shit everywhere) or going to your daughters school, suddenly we have a transformation…

    Out goes Greeny-Lefty Watermelon man and in comes Not-in-my-back-yard man.

    Those who sew the wind shall surely reap the whirlwind – Get fucking reaping Moonbat!

  3. Coat? The likes of George and his pet client state have been wearing the shirts off our backs for decades!

    If MonBioRot wants to wring his hands, he is welcome – it is his insistence on using the force of law to make us all do so. When will he realise that some people are scorned because they are parasites who use violence to grab what they can and then hold those they rob in contempt…oh, wait, a bit like him, really.

  4. All credit to George, most of his fellow travellers would never admit to misgivings in their columns.

    From time to time we see his human side

  5. Yes, credit to George for being honest about his conversion. Let’s hope Polly has such a revelation and decides to share it with her readers too.

  6. It does make you think the left know exactly what we know, they sit about in their little cottages and fancy apartments texting each other with messages like “Hey Poly check out my new column, sometimes I even surprise myself. More Money in the Bank!”

  7. “travellers, one of the groups marginalised by the concentration of control and ownership of land ”

    Ownership isn’t their problem. There are plenty of examples of ‘travellers’ who have bought their own land, yet still been turned off it by the local council.

    It’s our old friend the planning system again.

  8. Sidesplitting stuff. I particularly like the commenters twisting themselves into knots trying to find some way of not challenging their prejudices. Seems that in the end they resort to just ignoring it and shouting with their eyes shut.

  9. “Let’s hope Polly has such a revelation and decides to share it with her readers too.”

    IIRC, Polly’s sold her Tuscan bolthole. Maybe she’s had a pang of self-awareness and realised that owning that while roaring about the glories of egalitarian social democracy isn’t the best course of action.

  10. “travellers, one of the groups marginalised by the concentration of control and ownership of land ”

    Land that you have to purchase or rent. It’s that pesky capitalist concept of paying for stuff again, isn’t it?

    George has been in denial of his leftist views for a long time, this one is from 2003:

    “It seems to me that the questions we urgently need to ask ourselves are these: is totalitarianism the only means of eliminating capitalism? If so, and if, as almost all of us profess to do, we abhor totalitarianism, can we continue to call ourselves anti-capitalists? If there is no humane and democratic answer to the question of what a world without capitalism would look like, then should we not abandon the pursuit of unicorns, and concentrate on capturing and taming the beast whose den we already inhabit?”

    http://www.monbiot.com/2003/11/18/rattling-the-bars/

  11. ‘Eventually the police solved the problem for us.’

    But listening to one or two of the commenters on this site, I thought the police were all scum?

  12. “Let’s hope Polly has such a revelation and decides to share it with her readers too.”

    She did have the column where she discussed getting scammed by a Nigerian con artist.

  13. “IIRC, Polly’s sold her Tuscan bolthole. ”
    Has anyone any collateral for this? Or is her Italian estate now safely ensconced as an asset of an offshore trust controlled by a holding company in Lichtenstein?

  14. “Sidesplitting stuff. I particularly like the commenters twisting themselves into knots trying to find some way of not challenging their prejudices. Seems that in the end they resort to just ignoring it and shouting with their eyes shut.”

    Would that we were all blessed with such insight and even handedness Mathew.
    However, you miss the point, George sets himself up and then provides both the bullets and the means to fire them.

  15. She did have the column where she discussed getting scammed by a Nigerian con artist.

    Yes, only in that same article she placed the blame squarely on western capitalism, which she imagined the Nigerian to be emulating. She bent over backwards to absolve the scammer of being at fault.

  16. polly twaddles banham locks

    I’ve been looking for a quote from George Bernhard Shaw / Oscar Wilde about the unwillingness of the lower classes to be ‘helped’ by their ‘betters’.

    Any ideas?

  17. One does wonder what particular incarnation of the human race would merit the help of Monbiot, Toynbee etc. S’pose there could be some lost tribe of particularly ascetic monks up in the Himalayas somewhere who’d fulfill the right degree of selflessness but certainly no-one they know at the Guardian. Being an acquisitive bunch of chiselers you’d be unlucky enough to find equal of in a month of Sundays.

  18. Indeed Mathew, you are quite right, I only read George’s piece but on further perusal some of the comments are delicious.

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