- Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:11 am
Central to the drive against the "nanny state", political correctness, treaties, laws and all the rest of it is the belief that left alone, the stalwart Englishman will just naturally do the right thing. That racial slurs and other offensive words are as much a protest at being told what one cannot say, as they are an expression of true feelings. That breaking the law is more about defiance of faceless authority than about antisocial urges, more Robin Hood than Robbing Bastard. That left alone, society will "find its level". This of course is reflected in the "chocolate box history" I've previously decried, the "gentleman amateur" myth that can be seen everywhere from Sherlock Holmes to WW2 in popular perception, reactions to climate change and green living, and of course Brexit.
Any knowledge of history, politics, sociology or psychology will be enough to confirm that this is bollocks.
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail." - Gore Vidal.
"I proved that you're wrong. And if you're wrong, I'm right." - Aaron Eckhart.