Daniel Hannan is a truly dreadful politician. Myopic, intellectually dishonest and by all appearances not terribly bright. He has recently tried to equate hatred of Tories with racism. This ludicrous argument been prompted by Mehdi Hasan’s recent piece in the Guardian that has generated so much comment, including from ourselves.
Hannan thinks it’s hypocritical for ‘lefties’ (they’re everywhere and they want your children!) to profess hatred for his party but then condemn racist abuse directed at prominent Muslim journalists.
It’s such a childish argument it’s hardly worth responding to. Conflating ideas and ethnicity is the definition of idiocy. When the online trolls are attacking Hasan, Alibhai-Brown et al they are attempting to intimidate them into silence, belittle them and deny them their democratic right to free expression. When people are attacking the Tories they are attacking a party that governs in the interests of the few and not the many. A party who despises ordinary working people. A party willing to scapegoat the most vulnerable in order to distract attention from the real problems in society, problems that they are usually the authors of. A party willing to hand our public services over to corporations who seek only to make money out of them. A party whose economic strategy has dramatically increased the number of unemployed but who then blame the unemployed for being in that position. A party who over the years has viciously persecuted people on the basis of their race and sexuality. The Conservatives are the party of hatred and bigotry. It’s only right that sometimes we respond in kind. If Hannan doesn’t understand why so many people despise him and his party he’s an even bigger moron than I had him down for. A man who can describe the NHS as ‘a 60 year mistake’, when before healthcare was brought under national, central control, people simply died for want of the funds to pay for their treatment, is not a man blessed with great insight.
Anyway, in that vein I’m re-blogging another excellent piece from Guy Debord’s cat taking Hannan’s risible arguments apart.
Originally posted on Guy Debord's Cat:
I can always tell when Dan Hannan’s bored because he starts moaning about how “lefties (a word I detest) hate the Tories”. What gets me about his oft-expressed sentiment is how he seems to feel everyone, regardless of their political complexion, should love the Tories – even respect them while they’re being repeatedly kicked in the face. But why should I or anyone else have any respect for them? He doesn’t say. He won’t say.
Today Hannan claims that “some online hatreds are prosecuted, others applauded”. This blog hangs on the coattails of those which support Mehdi Hasan’s article in which he describes being subjected to Internet abuse (much of it on Telegraph blogs). Representing the Mambo covered Hasan’s article and the handwringing outrage that greeted it in this excellent blog. Hannan opens with,
The Guardian is again agonising over the nasty comments on its online…
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