The Disqus character of LeftyLiesRefuted (LLR) was born in July 2014, followed by a similar character, saveedmiliband, in the Guardian’s CiF, in November 2014. Both names are, I think, self-explanatory!
A few months of posting under both names quickly disabused me of the naive idea I’d had, that by refuting Lefty lies, one could move an argument forward. Lying is, sadly, in most Lefties’ DNA.
The main reason for this seems to stem from a deep-held belief by most Lefties that, since they are morally superior to us reprobates on the Right, lying can be justified because it is a means to an end – the “end” being whatever the particular Lefty regards as a Socialist Paradise, whether this be the EU (the “moderate” Lefty view) or, say, Venezuela (the “extreme” Lefty view). In addition, there are also quite a few totally deluded Lefties, who manage to hold many contradictory thoughts in their heads at the same time, and who actually believe the nonsense they espouse.
I learned quite quickly – but not as quickly as I should have – that there was really no point trying to argue with most Lefties. There was no chance whatsoever of changing their minds. I also realised that arguing was what they enjoyed – they would never concede any point, no matter how comprehensively they had been proved to be wrong. Obfuscation, evasion, and ad hominem remarks were all you’d get.
All in all, it was a pretty frustrating time. I’m sure there are other GPers who’ve found themselves arguing with “Mr Bishi”, “Leon Wolfson”, “Fabian Solutions”, “Ohforheavenssake” and other Lefty types in those far-off days when the Telegraph had a comments section, and wondering at the end of it, “why did I bother?”
The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader last September was, in retrospect, a turning point for me. Instead of attempting to argue earnestly with Lefties, I started writing sarcastic remarks instead, particularly in the Guardian. Gradually, as I realised how much the Lefties detested being mocked and ridiculed – and how much some Right-wingers enjoyed this – my comments evolved in to the sort of Lefty-fantasy nonsense that I now regularly post in CiF and (less and less frequently) Labour List and then copy over to Going Postal, and have now started doing in condensed form via Twitter.
Support Our Jeremy, friends!
Which brings us, neatly, to the SupportOurJeremy blog. This came about thanks to a few posters, first on Guido Fawkes and then on Going Postal, who suggested that I should basically recycle some of my better posts on to a Blog, where they would hopefully attract a larger audience as well as being an easily-accessible place for people wanting to read them.
Being a naturally lazy person, this idea appealed to me! Recycling old posts – what could be easier? So, in February this year, I decided to take the plunge, and the SupportOurJeremy blog was born.
Looking back, I really didn’t have any plan at all about how the blog would evolve: I just sat down and wrote the opening post, which was remarkably easy and quick – it only took about 20 minutes (I am not a speedy writer as a rule, other than for very short pieces). It had a good response and this encouraged me to keep on writing.
However, in the end, contrary to my original hope, I ended up “recycling” remarkably little material from my LLR/saveedmiliband posts – it was mostly the catchphrases (“this totally unelected Tory Government”, “the Far-Right Murdoch-controlled Monopoly Media, e.g. the BBC”, “the envy of the world and elsewhere” etc.), together with certain chunks of old posts, that were re-used. I’d guess that well over 90% of the material for the blogs is new.
The reason for this – which should have been obvious, but for some reason didn’t occur to me at the time – is that a blog is a very different piece of writing to a BTL post. The latter is essentially reactive – whether as a reply to an ATL piece by the likes of Lady Polly in the Graun, or as a reply to another BTL poster – whereas the blog could be about anything I wanted it to be about!
Well, not absolutely anything – it was, after all, supposed to be a blog in support of Jeremy! And, in some ways, that made it easier to write, although it has proved to be a bit of a restriction at times – hence, for instance, the Dad’s Army spoof appearing here on Going Postal instead of on my blog.
Obviously, I am rather worried about the possibility that Our Jeremy may be ditched by the Labour Party, and so as an insurance policy I have tried to steer the blog away from the initial overwhelming emphasis on him, e.g. several blogs during the Referendum campaign that hardly mentioned him at all! I have also changed the masthead to “SupportOurLefty” (which is also my Twitter handle) so that hopefully the blog can continue even after Jeremy is finally deposed – which I hope will be later rather than sooner!
People often ask me whether there isn’t a danger of me, as it were, being taken in by my own blogs, and becoming a born-again Lefty! I’m pleased to assure you all that there is no chance of that – I was a Lefty once (although not quite as loony as most of the modern Left is) and, as the saying almost goes: been there, done that and gave away the T-shirt.
Although there are a few Right-wing knuckle-heads (mostly from Breitbart) who still think the blog is serious, I’m pleased to see that most people “get it”. You won’t be surprised, I’m sure, to hear that most Lefties absolutely loathe it! This gives me no end of pleasure, because it means that, at least to some extent, I have succeeded in my basic aim, which is to mock, ridicule and generally undermine all the modish, loony nonsense that today passes for Leftist “thinking”.
Since the early 1960s, the Left has gradually succeeded in large measure in infiltrating all major institutions in Britain (and most other Western countries) – for example, schools, the police, the judicial system, the Civil Service and, of course, most of the political class. This is a classic example of Gramsci’s “Long March Through the Institutions”, whereby Marxists would subvert society by infiltrating key institutions, such as the ones I’ve just listed. It happened quite gradually and subtly, particularly in the early days, and was accompanied by the rise of what we now call “Political Correctness”.
Weaponisation of language, friends!
An important part of Political Correctness is what I describe as the weaponisation of language. The Left has, it must be admitted, been remarkably successful at this. For instance, just think of all the misleading terms they have managed to introduce and popularise over the past few years: “Bedroom Tax” and “Granny Tax” (yes, I’d forgotten the latter one too!) are just two examples – neither of which is actually a tax! Then think of all the ways they try to claim that it’s “unfair” that the Tories are in power – via the exact same electoral system that enabled those huge Labour majorities that nobody (including those self-same Lefties) complained about at the time.
The Right (me included) has all too often tried to deal with the Left’s manipulation of argument by patiently arguing against it, e.g. “Well it’s not actually a Bedroom Tax – it’s a a reduction of benefit on someone with a spare room”, or “Well, Labour won a majority of 67 seats in 2005 with only 35% of the vote, whereas the Tories have a majority of only 12 despite getting 37% of the vote”.
Actually, those are precisely the sort of arguments I used up till about a year ago. But the trouble is, a handy slogan like the “Bedroom Tax” is far more potent than any attempt at logical refutation.
And that’s where my parody posts and blog come in. I simply fling the phrases/slogans back in their faces, with slight alterations to make them look ridiculous. So, “the Bedroom Tax” becomes, in my world, “ever-higher Bedroom Taxes”, and all the stuff about the Tories not having electoral legitimacy has become “this totally unelected Tory Government”.
A few more examples are:
“Our NHS, which is the envy of the world” becomes “Our NHS , which Thatcher totally destroyed, and which is the envy of the world, and indeed elsewhere”.
“Thatcher said there was no such thing as society” becomes “This so-called society, which Thatcher first denied the existence of, and then totally destroyed …”.
“Working people” becomes “Working people, e.g. students and the unemployed”.
“Neoliberalism” becomes “Far-Right racist neoliberal Fascism”.
“Red Tory traitors” becomes “Far-Right Red Tory treacherous scum, e.g. Angela Eagle”.
“The Right-wing media” becomes “The Far-Right Murdoch-controlled Monopoly Media, e.g. the BBC, whose anti-Socialist bias is obvious to even the meanest intelligence, i.e. me”.
And so on. Of course, sometimes Leftists themselves use language that is very close to my parodies, and is sometimes even more extreme!
By parodying the Left’s various slogans, mocking them and making them look ridiculous, the power of their weaponisation is greatly reduced; and if enough of us can do this, we can begin to break their stranglehold over words.
As I’m sure most of you realise, but which many on the Left don’t (bless!), the blog is not really particularly mocking Jeremy – it’s mostly mocking his fanatical, deluded supporters. Jeremy actually comes out rather well, with some of his interjections (in square brackets) being quite witty, and often getting the better of Lefty.
Too kind, friends!
It does rather worry me that I am actually far too kind to the Left in the Blog. After all, Lefty is at least literate, and – albeit unintentionally (at least, that’s how I try to portray him) – quite funny at times. Almost, dare I say it, a loveable character, despite – or is it because of? – his overwhelming lack of self-awareness, his pomposity (“Those of us on the Progressive Left – and there are many of us, friends, e.g. me …”), his delusions of grandeur (“Leading figures in the Labour Party, such as Jeremy and myself …”) and his somewhat camp exchanges with Jeremy (“Oh Jeremy, you are such a tease!”)
Contrast this with one genuine (am pretty certain of this – unless there’s a GPer here who wants to confess?!) Lefty, “Fuck you righties”, who wrote the following comment under one of my blogs in April:
You cunts think you’re so clever with your poxy blog
You take the piss out of Jeremy Corbin while you support the evil toreys and their bankster mates. Dont you see that these evil bastards will smash the nhs, close our state schools and privitise everything they can lay there hands on and hand the money straight to there tax dodging friends
Only a labour govt under Corbin can reverse this disaster. We must do all we can to remove Cameron and Osbourne and Smith and consine the torey party to the ashpan of history
And after weve got rid of the toreys well be going after the royals next
You aint seen nothing yet.
The kinder, gentler politics, eh, Friends? I think that *my* Lefty is a lot nicer – and a lot more fun, as well as far more literate – than most “genuine” Lefties!
Why “Friends”, friends?
And finally, Friends … some of you have asked me where the “Friends” bit came from. The answer may surprise you: it was Our Ed, aka Dead Ed, or the future Lord Miliband of Edstone fame. He started addressing Labour meetings with this particular term, and I couldn’t help thinking it sounded rather ludicrous. Then, at last September’s Labour Conference, Jeremy also used this particular term – and from him, it actually sounded rather sinister, as well as ludicrous. And then, of course, all that stuff – taken totally out of context, of course – came out, about how Jeremy addressed Our Hamas, Our Hezbollah, Our IRA etc. as “Friends”. How could I resist?
The end, friends! [Phew! – J.C.]
And, to celebrate the end of this remarkably long-winded piece (sorry, friends!), let us sing together, in celebration of all our Friends on the Progressive Left, and all the merriment they have unwittingly afforded us. All together now, friends:
So raise the scarlet standard high, whilst supporting Our Jeremy all the time,
Beneath its shade we’ll live and die, and win a 2020 Election landslide,
Though the Banksters and the 1% flinch, and Red Tory traitors predictably sneer,
We’ll totally smash the evil Tory scum, and keep the Red Flag flying here!