He's desperate, Dan
Beneath the headline “Who will dare to confront Corbyn’s Children? Labour’s conference has seen a sinister tyranny emerging among the new leader’s supporters”, Hodges looks at the genial and mild-mannered Jeremy Corbyn, and his consensual, democratic approach to politics, and sees a cult figure, supported by hordes of mesmerised, zealous followers, willing to eliminate all opposition to their leader.
One of the things that has become clear since the success of Corbyn has been the true nature of the commentariat. Who can now deny that they are a bunch of people unable to do anything more than stand by people who are doing stuff and tell them they're dong it wrong?
If he were looking for a Stephen King analogy, The Stand might have been a better choice - and one could always cast Corbyn as both Mother Abigail and as Randall Flagg. Depending on your point of view.
But seriously, to think that this drivel is what now passes for serious comment in a broadsheet paper? Blimey.
I'm of course blocked by Dan-His idea of democracy appears to be agreeing precisely with everything he says and if you don't then you are like some evil child who is prepared to murder him. Or something like that. When actually all you want to do is point out that he usually wrong about things and while you do disagree you have no real intention of actually stabbing him to death.
Nothing but a tenth rate neocon Canary Wharf boot boy with a hatred of democracy.
Last night I did a usual quick scan of TV news and came across the Sky TV press review at 11.30. It had the usual Sun loony propagandist on it, someone whose name escapes me at present - who was it?
The common factor in all of these people is how they have a grudge against life and a boiling inner rage against ANYONE who holds a different opinion to them, a real mental problem that often crosses over into fascism. The Sun propagandist was of that ilk, a truly scary figure with hatred written all over him. In other words, a typical Murdoch employee.
Hodges apparently 'sees a cult figure, supported by hordes of mesmerised, zealous followers, willing to eliminate all opposition to their leader.'
Yep, sounds like Blair and New Labour all right. Hodges is probably trapped in a hotel room, endlessly typing 'All work and no play makes Jack Straw a dull boy' and seeing 'Rialb Ynot' in blood on the walls.
It's EON (Everything or Nothing) thinking - the notion that unless you support or hate something to the pundit's satisfaction*, you are automatically assumed to be diametrically opposed to them. There's no room for grey areas or shades of nuance, because that's equivocation and backsliding and it looks dodgy, or at least it is when it's the other lot doing it.
*Important point there, and one that explains exactly what the likes of Louise Mensch do to earn their money - under EON thinking, a simple 'I don't like that' isn't good enough. You're expected to be roaring your disgust at anything even associated with the thing you're not liking today, or you're a slacker and likely one of Them.
The science of genetics might be interested to contemplate the child of an actor turning out to be incredibly dramatic. Is it in the blood, or is it because he's a journalist (also a very dramatic profession, certainly in the last thirty or so years)? To my mind, geneticists have not studied the heritable nature of ridiculousness enough.
"Or the tyranny of the minority masquerading as the majority."
Presumably Dim Dan is talking about the handful of press barons/media moguls who control the usual news outlets in the UK?
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