The removal of two statues and the graffiti applied to others has pushed one poor soul over the edge: Brendan O’Neill of Spiked, so called because it should have been long ago, has seen the past week’s events, wibbled incoherently, and gone full hatstand. And just to make sure we know about it, he has committed his meltdown to print. Or maybe pixel.
But first, let’s deal with Bren’s W-Word. Woke. What does it mean? It doesn’t. It is meaningless, nothing more than an instant strawman which he can wheel out just to show his remaining disciples the ability to duly tear it down. Worse, the idea that last weekend’s protests were anything to do with the “elite” is bunk. Bren is part of the elite himself.
Anyhow … back to the shit-losing spectacular. “Britain is in the throes of a Cultural Revolution. Statues are being tumbled, past art erased, people cancelled”. Someone got cancelled? Is that like in a Bond film, sort of “eliminated”? Sounds scary. But do go on.
“Wide-eyed Woke Guards, heirs to Maoist-style intolerance, are compiling lists of monuments to target and individuals to humiliate. They are remorseless. Nothing old that runs counter to their newthink can be tolerated”. No, Bren. Just no. There are no guards, no newthink, no Maoist anything. Someone started a website. Like you did. Chill.
No, he’s not for chilling. “The mob’s toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol was the noisiest, most visible victory so far for the new Cultural Revolution. They’ve moved on swiftly. The appetite for erasure seems insatiable”. They’re fans of 80s synth-pop? Andy and Vince will be pleased. And maybe surprised.
Meanwhile, on drones O’Neill. “In an effort to keep the woke wolf from the door, the Museum of London Docklands took down a statue of slave trader Robert Milligan yesterday. The Woke Guards are circulating a list of the next evil bronze and stone entities that must be swept aside. It includes statues of globally significant historical figures”.
He’s still a bit hyper, though. “The fervour for erasure is not limited to statues. Incorrect art and entertainment is expunged, too. Yesterday the BBC and Netflix cast into the memory hole old episodes of Little Britain because they feature white actors occasionally dressing up as black people”. Some “Woke Guards” rocked up at NBH, did they? No they didn’t.
On he wibbles. “They won’t stop there. History is full of film, literature and entertainment with questionable depictions. Light the matches. Indeed, Gone with the Wind has already been taken down by HBO Max because of its depiction of black people. What will be next?” What will be next is that GWTW is restored to HBO Max with an explainer telling prospective viewers about its controversial aspects. But there will be no censorship.
This, though, cannot be admitted as Bren finally goes totally gaga. “Let’s call it what it is. It’s re-education. The Woke Guards might use more flowery language than the Red Guards … But it amounts to the same enforcement of orthodoxy that we have seen in history. It’s time to stand up to this Cultural Revolution”. Yes, he’s finally lost it.
There is no new “Cultural Revolution”. There is no such thing as “Woke Guards”. There is no “Elite” involvement. There is no “Mob”. There are no “Neo-Maoists”. And the only “Intolerance” is coming from the people from whom O’Neill scores his biggest paycheques (defending Nick Ferrari and Melanie Phillips is a dead giveaway).
Brendan O’Neill has now lost his shit totally. Or, put more directly, Nurse - The Screens!