Stung by his inability to bend the world to his will once again, after his paper spent years slagging off the HS2 project only to see it green-lighted this week, the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre has finally gone totally Gaga and exploded in an editorial rant worthy of Mr Creosote himself. Today’s Daily Mail Comment, the authentic voice of the Vagina Monologue, has taken aim at anyone who disagrees with him over the EU.
What the f***'s wrong with losing my rag and going totally Hatstand, c***?!? Er, with the greatest of respect, Mr Jay
“Damn the unpatriotic Bremoaners and their plot to subvert the will of the British people” thunders the front page teaser as Dacre fires up the Daily Mail quote generator to let his faithful readers know, whether they like it of not, that anyone of dissenting view is Whinging, Contemptuous, and yes, Unpatriotic.
Out poured the soundbites: “hysterical claim … shackles imposed by Brussels … utterly discredited Project Fear … unedifying spectacles … BBC … unsubstantiated claims of impending doom … unskilled mass immigration … defeatist position … appeasing instincts … embittered Remainers … anti-democratic games … sore losers … desperate subterfuge … breathtaking mendacity … Newspeak style of Orwell … petulant and unacceptable … metropolitan elite … sneers at the public’s concerns”.
And there was more: “well-heeled group of London intellectuals … the BBC … is leading the Remain charge … embittered pro-EU ramblings … most egregious Remainers … entirely fatuous arguments …billions of pounds to Brussels … diktats … vast annual membership fee … trades-union puppet … unelectable politicians … talking Britain down … delighting in the fall in the Pound … sore losers … deeply unpatriotic … sclerotic, bureaucratic, one-size-fits-all EU … metropolitan elite … contempt for democracy”.
As Sir Sean nearly said, I think we got the point.
So let me answer the ranting of the Daily Mail’s editor, who talks of the “metropolitan elite” while managing not to tell his readers that he, with his seven-figure remuneration package, pied-à-terre in Belgravia, mansion in the country, Scottish estate, private healthcare, sons both sent to Eton, and chauffeur-driven lifestyle, is one of them.
Patriotism is not merely the waving of flags and singing of anthems, but wanting the best for your country. Not everyone is happy at the prospect of a worthless currency and a looming economic slowdown, with the only comfort on offer some kind of woolly optimism, talk of “freedom”, “independence”, a “sovereign nation”, and of course “taking control”.
Patriotism is not served by frothing and ranting at those who, in a democracy that values freedom of speech and welcomes freedom of expression, wish to caution against acting in haste, and articulate their own vision for the country they love, that they should pipe down and respect their self-appointed betters at Northcliffe House.
Patriotism is not served by the forcible silencing of dissent. That way leads to only one thing, and that is totalitarian dictatorship, a concept that the Mail knows all too well.
Patriotism, to borrow the Star Trek metaphor, is where the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Even if the one is called Paul Dacre.