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March 22, 2015

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Joan

The Labour party in the UK is the party of the middle class State employee these days, and draws its beliefs and values from those types of people. The working classes still vote for it, not having realised that the 'Party of the working man' has become the 'Party of the female sociology graduate working for the council or a quango'.

That.

David

That.

Which reminded me of this.

Nikw211

the concerns of Oxbridge PPE graduates living in Islington aren’t the same as an electrician from Essex.

Well, naturally the concerns are different because the electrician from Essex because afar all he is a hardened racist.

No need to take my word for it - here's one such graduate - not from Oxbridge, but from Islington no less - illustrating the point with visual evidence.

David

I doubt this blog would still be here if not for the raw material provided by such attitudes. Thankfully, for me, the supply seems inexhaustible. Guardian columnists rarely champion what one might think of as working class values, which are often at odds with Guardianista affectations. More typically, the paper’s columnists presume to correct those values, while denouncing their prole comrades’ beastly and embarrassing habits.

To the extent one exists, it’s a strange relationship.

abacab

It would seem that the self-appointed Vanguard of the Proletariat really doesn't much like Proletarians.

Nikw211

… the supply seems inexhaustible

This one article alone is a veritable cornucopia:

    … student volunteers put up posters advertising that a “safe space” would be available for anyone who found the debate [between Jessica Valenti, the founder of feministing.com, and Wendy McElroy, a libertarian] too upsetting.
    The safe space […] was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma.
    Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room […] At one point she went to the lecture hall — it was packed — but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said.

A Nobel Prize as well as the gratitude of all of humanity awaits any physicist heroic enough to devise a method to turn this Tsunami of bullshit into a green energy source.

abacab

“I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs"

Lets just leave that there for a moment.

And breathe gently, while musing up on it.

And now, meditate upon the commonly-repeated statement that at "college" one is supposed to have ones beliefs challenged.

R. Sherman

It is amazing that these sophisticates presume to speak on behalf of the so-called "working class," when the vast majority of them have never done a day's worth of "dirty work" in their lives.

James

where heteronormativity “really drains the joy from the summer breeze.”

I thought you *must* have made that one up. Still laughing in disbelief.

David

Still laughing in disbelief.

It does, I think, capture the paper’s unique and distinctive flavour.

sackcloth and ashes

'The safe space […] was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma'.

Words fail me. Words absolutely fucking fail me.

'Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room […] At one point she went to the lecture hall — it was packed — but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said'.

If Ms Hall had been reminded of her own experiences of sexual violence, I'd be sympathetic at this point. But as abacab points out, higher education used to be somewhere where you did get 'bombarded by viewpoints' which challenged one's beliefs.

Charlie Suet

The definition of the FN as a 'right-wing' party, given its economic policies, it utterly tendentious. What recent French polling results do suggest is that socialism and internationalism are not the inevitable bed-fellows that the trots insist they are.

pedant2007

I was under the impression that PPE was entirely an Oxford thing.

Lancastrian Oik

In the meantime, the SJWs have successfully terrorised Farage and his family.

Protest organiser and HIV activist Dan Glass said the group was in fancy dress and included “migrants, HIV activists, gay people, disabled people and breastfeeding mums”.

Ah- I get it. They all went as passengers on that crashed spaceship full of useless tossers which features in "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy".

Hal

Siiiigggghhh. And in parallel news, more of the same level of thought.

I suppose that one can try to note that at least the right and left extremes always keep their idiocy in balance . . . but that still doesn't seem at all reassuring . . .

David Gillies

It was the late, great Terry Pratchett who said something along the lines that any time you found someone who professed to care about The People, it was a pretty safe bet they didn't very much care for actual people.

Crazed Weevil

Lancastrian Oik said 'In the meantime, the SJWs have successfully terrorised Farage and his family.'

Looks to be another fascist rent-a-mob too http://www.4liberty.org.uk/2015/03/23/can-anyone-really-be/

The original Mr. X

I'm surprised nobody's quoted from the end of the NYT article yet:

But Ms. Matsuda doesn’t seem to have considered the possibility that insulating students could also make them, well, insular. A few weeks ago, Zineb El Rhazoui, a journalist at Charlie Hebdo, spoke at the University of Chicago, protected by the security guards she has traveled with since supporters of the Islamic State issued death threats against her. During the question-and-answer period, a Muslim student stood up to object to the newspaper’s apparent disrespect for Muslims and to express her dislike of the phrase “I am Charlie.”

Ms. El Rhazoui replied, somewhat irritably, “Being Charlie Hebdo means to die because of a drawing,” and not everyone has the guts to do that (although she didn’t use the word guts). She lives under constant threat, Ms. El Rhazoui said. The student answered that she felt threatened, too.

A few days later, a guest editorialist in the student newspaper took Ms. El Rhazoui to task. She had failed to ensure “that others felt safe enough to express dissenting opinions.” Ms. El Rhazoui’s “relative position of power,” the writer continued, had granted her a “free pass to make condescending attacks on a member of the university.”

sackcloth and ashes

'Ms. El Rhazoui replied, somewhat irritably, “Being Charlie Hebdo means to die because of a drawing,” and not everyone has the guts to do that (although she didn’t use the word guts). She lives under constant threat, Ms. El Rhazoui said. The student answered that she felt threatened, too'.

US military types talk about 'stolen valor'. Their Brit counterparts refer to 'Walting' (after Walter Mitty).

The student here is a 'fear Walt'.

BritInMontreal

Oppressively penetrating? - they weren't holding him down and b*ggering him, were they? I would find that kind of " oppressively penetrating"

Hal

Oppressively penetrating? - they weren't holding him down and b*ggering him, were they? I would find that kind of " oppressively penetrating"

"If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?"
"You! Yes, you behind the bikesheds, stand still laddy!

(Waters) 3:56

BritInMontreal

Hal? Uh?

Hal

Hal? Uh?

Rather agreeing with BritInMontreal as to idiotic and surreal there, where the particular Pink Floyd thus came to mind . . .

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