Well, it was inevitable. After spending the entirety of the general election campaign, and the months following Labour’s defeat, screaming hysterically about the evil Tories and their supposed persecution of “the vulnerable” (funny how almost everyone in Britain is now in a state of permanent vulnerability, according to the Left), some of those protesting the Conservative Party conference in Manchester are now taking matters into their own hands.
From the Manchester Evening News:
Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered at lunchtime near to All Saint’s park on Oxford Road to protest against the Conservatives as the party conference kicked off down the road.[…] As the rally reached Portland Street, a breakaway group surged to a fence that had been erected to close off Oxford Street and screamed ‘Tory scum’ repeatedly at a small group of delegates standing on the other side […] One of the delegates was speaking to the protesters when he was hit by the egg.
Bear in mind: this was not a government minister nor an MP, this was a young person doing something which more of us should be doing; taking an interest in the future of his country, and participating in our democracy by joining and being active in a political party.
A whole third of the electorate did not bother to cast a vote at the 2015 general election, a year when we were actually celebrating the highest turnout since the Blair landslide of 1997. 66.1% of people turned up to do their democratic duty, but the remaining 33.9% of the population were left unmoved by the whole affair. The problem remains especially acute among younger voters.
The egging of this young Tory activist sends a message. It says “please take an interest in the future of your country and get involved in politics – but you’d better be damn sure to pick the Labour Party, the SNP or the Greens, otherwise we will label you Tory Scum and come after you”.
And it is not just political opponents in the firing line. The Left are happy to direct their rage at those whose job it is to report the news, and journalists have been harassed, abused and spat on by protesters in Manchester today.
The Huffington Post’s Owen Bennett said of his ordeal:
“What was even more worrying were the protestors who surrounded me and Kate McCann from the Telegraph. Even when they were told we were journalists and nothing to do with the Conservative Party, people were telling me I still deserved to be spat on.[…] This is a worrying development and it seems the abuse journalists receive online is now moving out and on to the streets”.
The Left are losing their minds. Insufferably sanctimonious, convinced that they have a moral monopoly, and quick to tell those who think differently that they are morally deficient, evil accomplices to the persecution and the genocide of the poor. Intolerant, controlling, judgemental and downright nasty – the Left thinks nothing of shouting down or intimidating opponents into silence.
The gulf between the Left’s pompous, overblown rhetoric and their actual record is unbelievable, and it stinks to high heaven. It is statist, left wing policies which reduce people to being permanent clients of the state, keeping them perpetually dependent on benefits and vulnerable to any future changes in government spending. It is left wing policies which tell us that the greatness of Britain is measured purely in the output of our public services, and that our economic, military, cultural and diplomatic contribution to the world is either negligible, shameful or both.
The Left claim to have a monopoly on compassion and on morality. Nor are they content to direct their anger at right wing politicians and government ministers. They hold Conservative and other right wing voters guilty of the same moral failings, and consider ordinary members of the public – from young Tory activists to small business owners – to be fair targets for their campaigns of hate.
There is indeed a “nasty party” gathered in Manchester right now. A group of nasty, insular, selfish, virtue-signalling, tub-thumping “moral majority” bullies occupying that city. But it is not the young and old Conservative Party activists innocently attending their annual party conference – no, it is the intolerant leftist thugs, the self-appointed guardians of “the vulnerable”.
The rabid anti-austerity protesters tearing up Manchester right now claim to speak for a silent majority of people who were somehow thwarted by the general election result, but half of votes cast were for a party of the right (Conservatives, UKIP or the DUP). When the People’s Assembly rail against austerity, they are railing against the wishes of the British people.
My mind keeps returning to this furious anti-Tory rant by a disappointed Labour supporter in the immediate aftermath of Ed Miliband’s general election defeat:
I am angry. So angry. And I will take that anger to the streets when I can. I promise this. Because I’ll be mostly okay under a Tory government; I have a job, a home and a wonderful network of family and friends around as support. But I didn’t vote for me. I voted for society. Tory voters did not. Tory voters could not give a shit about anyone but themselves and their wallets. And I hate each and every one of you for this.
Just like this Labour fanatic, the protesters in Manchester are simply incapable of understanding that anyone might vote for conservative policies for any reason other than narrow economic self-interest.
When it comes to the argument that conservative policies might just raise living standards for everyone and deliver greater prosperity all round, they don’t want to hear it. Those who voted Conservative or UKIP are simply “scum”, people who actively delight in hurting the poor and vulnerable. And those who are actually members of the Conservative Party are considered the absolute scum of the earth.
Take a good look at these bullies. They are the living, breathing embodiment of the madness engulfing the British Left.
Samuel Hooper is a journalist and blogger, passionate about politics, free markets, civil liberties. Follow him on Twitter here.
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