Reality can be a terrible thing, particularly for those wanting to peddle an alternative version of it, who find that free speech also includes free dissenting speech. So it is that these unfortunate individuals resort to using the “Block” feature on Twitter: not for them the discomfort of dissent. Thus they can wander untroubled around the sunlit uplands inhabited only by the like minded.
Now, it could be argued that the blocking feature enables sensitive souls to enjoy a little peace and quiet, but one check of those who block the Zelo Street Twitter feed reveals some of the genre’s best known dispensers of abuse, smears, aggression, misinformation and serial dishonesty, those who consider themselves just a little superior to the rest of us mere mortals.
For example? Well, first up is James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole, as I noted recently adept in doling out Holocaust smears, Nazi smears, and riffing on the word “retard” to heap abuse on those who have the temerity to oppose him. Del Boy is the face of sneering, self-congratulatory viciousness writ large, but is such a spineless coward that he is unable to cope with a dissenting voice.
Much the same can be said of the attitude of the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines, who styles himself Guido Fawkes, and is also unable to cope with free dissenting speech, while appointing himself moral arbiter over the Westminster Arms (surely “Village”? – Ed). It is clearly acceptable for The Great Guido to go after who he pleases, so long as it’s a one way street.
So Staines can spout misinformation like this effort (from today) without fear of reality intruding: the Vagina Monologue, as any fule kno, is this year trousering “only” £1.7 million, but then, what’s £1.1 mil between friends? Even more bizarrely, Staines’ tame gofer, the flannelled fool Henry Cole, has also shut out Zelo Street – after he spent some time following. In case of denial, I kept the email.
This was dated 19 October, and the screenshot below shows the Cole Twitter page with the Zelo Street avatar clearly visible under “following”. Perhaps he was upset at seeing his pisspoor “article” about the elections in Russia getting a filleting, or maybe it was the revelation of who was behind his latest Union bashing project, or it could have been his dislike at being called out for his inept grasp of English grammar.
But like his boss Staines, Cole is only happy with a one way street, on which he can kick everybody else with no comeback. And, just to complete the mardy strop, he’s taken his flat mate with him: Christian May, who likes to affect an air of detachment and superiority, has joined the blockers. Oh, the shame of it – how will I be able to continue after this discovery?
By giving the witless SOBs yet more stick. You would expect no less.