Yet another Torygraph piece attacking Harriet Harman's appearance on Newsnight yesterday:
Harriet Harman and the intellectual bankruptcy of the 'progressive' Left
Thing is, when the comments underneath contain such gems as the following, I don't really see the right being able to claim the moral or intellectual high-ground:
The fact that this despicable woman breathes the same air that I do enrages me. I have nothing further to say on the vermin.
Of course she would defend the rioters. They are after all, her children.
If HH wants to point fingers and attribute blame she should begin by looking at a mirror. The blame lies with her and all of her ideological antecedents. These riots are the crowing glory of the leftist/feminist counter-cultural revolutions that began in the 60s and 70s. These fanatics have spread the cultural acid that has eaten away at the moral fabric of western civilization, leading to this inevitable terrible result
Harriet Harman is a disgrace of a human being. Apart from being highly uninformed she is also a dreadful opportunist who is simply trying to milk this situation for her own political ambitions. She should remember that she and her Blair/Brown cronies are the reason why these scumbags are on the streets.
However, I think that many of the Guardian reading, fair trade coffee drinking, middle classes of the "pink and fluffy" persuasion are starting to lose patience with people like her. They'll soon start to lose their pious lefty morals when they realise their leafy suburban house is about to be burnt down by a bunch of chav scum.
'They'll soon start to lose their pious lefty morals when they realise
their leafy suburban house is about to be burnt down by a bunch of chav
Well said indeed. It seems they really do need to get their hands burnt.
One of them also types (I assume with a straight face):
At least Melanie [Phillips] gets it - as usual
I won't link to Mel's blog, but here are some choice extracts:
As I have been writing for more than twenty years, a society that embraces mass fatherlessness is a society that is going off the edge of a cliff. There are whole areas of Britain (white as well as black) where committed fathers are a wholly unknown phenomenon; where serial generations are being brought up only by mothers, through whose houses pass transitory males by whom these girls and women have yet more children, and whose own daughters inevitably repeat the pattern of lone and utterly dysfunctional parenting.
The result is fatherless boys who are suffused by an existential rage and desperate psychic need, who take out the damage done to them by lashing out from infancy at the world around them. And all this is effectively condoned, rewarded and encouraged by the welfare state which conceives of need solely in terms of absence of money, and which accordingly subsidises lone parenthood and the destructive behaviour that welfare fatherlessness brings in its train.
And the unutterably wicked thing is that this catastrophe has been deliberately willed upon Britain by left-wing politicians, well-heeled media feminists and other middle-class ideologues who wrap their utter contempt for the poor in the mantle of ‘progressive’ non-judgmentalism, witlessly prattling about poverty and social justice and hurling execrations at anyone who suggests that lone parenthood is in general a catastrophe for children (and a disaster for women) and that the state should stop subsidising family and social breakdown and start encouraging married parenthood instead.
What we have seen unfolding before our horrified gaze over the past four days in Britain is the true legacy of Tony Blair’s shattering defeat, in the two years or so after he came to power in 1997, at the hands of the ultra-feminists and cultural Marxist wreckers in his Cabinet and party who were determined above all to destroy the traditional nuclear family and institute the sexual free-for-all that exists today. Blair stood virtually alone against Gramsci’s acolytes, and lost.
One of them, Harriet Harman, was on TV last night preposterously blaming cuts in educational allowances, of all things, for the fact that teenagers and pre-pubescent children have been torching and looting shops and robbing and murdering people in the streets. It was Harman, of course, who was one of the principal forces behind the promotion of lone parenthood and the marginalisation of fathers as the only progressive position. Yet here she is, faced with the Hobbesian scenes of violent anarchy which are the result of those policies, still parroting the same old claptrap and still totally incapable of acknowledging the terrible damage to individuals, social destruction and de-civilisation she has helped wreak.