More grown up analysis. Or maybe not
“There is a group of people for whom this innocent, public-spirited campaign is an expression of everything they hate about contemporary Britain”. How terrible! Like, er, whom? A “columnist for the Left-leaning Guardian newspaper … these bien pensant liberals, living in their £2 million homes in Camden Town … [those with] the luxury of a 100 ft garden or a cottage in the Cotswolds … well-to-do Guardian columnists (again) … the metropolitan elite … Lefties … a certain kind of metropolitan liberal … those on the metropolitan Left … in their private members’ clubs in Soho”. Whine, Sir?
Excuse me, but this is crap. Take this Tobes gem: “If we’re going to stop living beyond our means and bring down the deficit, picking up litter is exactly the kind of area where cuts should be made … Clean for the Queen is the Big Society in action, a great example of how a volunteer army can take on responsibility for a vital public service and do a better job than the state”. This is where right-wingers go wrong.
It’s the same idea as believing that putting a few pennies in the poor box, or an extra quid in the Church collection plate, will alleviate poverty, homelessness, disease, and all other social ills. If Tobes thinks that volunteering for a litter pick will pay down even 0.00000001% of the deficit in his lifetime, he is living in cloud cuckoo land.
And I have something else to tell the clown who was bunged tens of millions of pounds in taxpayer funds for his West London Free School: just because someone objects to being patronised by a smug twat like him does not make them litter louts, nor does it make them some kind of aloof idle rich. In any case, Tobes, the man with the £3 grand fridge freezer, has no room to call “well to do” on anyone, thanks.
Moreover, some of us take all our litter home or use the bins, as well as clear it from our gardens and streets. It’s got stuff all to do with the Guardian, whose pundits are less well off than those at the paper for which he wrote that article. It’s got stuff all to do with his imaginary “metropolitan elite”. And it’s got stuff all to do with the Queen. People are resistant to Toby Young because he is an overmonied, overrated, intolerant, ignorant, mean-spirited, patronising, supercilious, moaning and frequently dishonest bullshitter.
He wants to volunteer his free time? Fine. Just don’t ram it down everyone else’s throat.