Brendan O’Neill on the revenge of democracy

Already leftist elitists are demeaning this mass vote against anti-democrats as the work of racist idiots. These stupid voters remain in the intellectual stranglehold of evil tabloids and populist demagogues, they claim. They will never learn. This is precisely the kind of contempt that made people turn against the aloof left and technocratic elites. More importantly, yesterday’s election shows the opposite of what these anti-democrats claim. It shows that people can think and decide for themselves. 

RTWT.

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38 Responses to Brendan O’Neill on the revenge of democracy

  1. vlad

    Once upon a time if the crops failed you blamed witches, Jews or Jewish witches.

    Now if you’re on the left you blame Murdoch.

  2. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘democracy remains the greatest corrective to elitism and tyranny that mankind has ever invented.’

    Damn straight. Great article.

    Jeremy Corbyn should be beaten to the ground anywhere he shows up in public, and that scrawny foppish milquetoast Hugh Grant should scrub Corbyn’s fluid off the pavement with toothbrushes.

  3. candy

    I do think people were looking at Labour in their parliament and thinking all these guys and gals want to do is block Brexit for no good reason, and had no policies or plans of their own.
    It’s not an alternative government that has no solid policies and plan, but relies on gender politics and calling anyone a conservative voter a racist moron.

    People don’t like that, they need to feel confidence in the opposition party before they vote for them.

  4. RobK

    I think Brexit, as painful as it has manifest itself, is a powerful pushback to command economy technocrats and an historic action that will play an important part in the struggle for survival of the west. Long may the momentum gain pace. Heaven knows it’s a desperate situation.

  5. Ellen

    I expect that if Labour had won by a majority, you would have written the same article, extolling the revenge of democracy. Wouldn’t you?

  6. Ellen

    I expect that if Labour had won by a majority, you would have written the same article, extolling the revenge of democracy. Wouldn’t you?

  7. Ellen

    I expect that if Labour had won by a majority, you would have written the same article, extolling the revenge of democracy. Wouldn’t you?

  8. Zatara

    Mark Steyn:

    …put crudely, historically Labour working-class constituencies in northern England that voted Leave and were then screwed over by the subversives of a Remainer Parliament abandoned century-old tribal loyalties to Labour and shifted to pro-Brexit parties.

    Now it’s time to give them what they voted for and keep them onside for other issues.

    Heaven help Boris and Britain if he fecks this up.

  9. Davey Boy

    Just like here in Oz, the leftist parties of the UK are infested with weirdos and freaks.
    The normies there recoiled from them, big time.

  10. Leigh Lowe

    Jeremy Corbyn should be beaten to the ground anywhere he shows up in public, and that scrawny foppish milquetoast Hugh Grant should scrub Corbyn’s fluid off the pavement with toothbrushes.

    I watched a bit of the election night and following morning on the telly.
    Jo Swinson looked like she was still trying to get the number of the bus that cleaned her up – totally shocked.
    Corbyn, on the other hand, had the demeanour of someone who knew he was right, just ahead of his time for these dumb pricks who get to vote.
    And a voter from “oop north” said as much, “They think we are stupid and as good as told us so”.

  11. GD

    Jeremy Corbyn should be beaten to the ground anywhere he shows up in public, and that scrawny foppish milquetoast Hugh Grant should scrub Corbyn’s fluid off the pavement with toothbrushes.

    Well said and with gusto!

  12. My contacts say that on good authority, that the Rupe was heavily involved in BoJo’s campaign.

    …and good on the old Ruperdink for doing that.

    Jeremy Corbyn is the mirror image of Adam Susan.

  13. I said yesterday that once the Left find an angle they can use to attack this election result, it’ll be full on and every Leftist media (that’s every, single, one in Australia) will be breathless with their exhortations.

  14. Continuing with the war analogies.
    The win by Boris is just one more battle.
    Many more battles to come.

  15. calli

    Get Brexit Done.*

    *Three Word Slogan

    I like it.

  16. Tel

    And a voter from “oop north” said as much, “They think we are stupid and as good as told us so”.

    A dose of Jonathan Gruber.

  17. Nob

    Brexit will be compromised and imperfect but I can tell you most business and most the population wants them to just fucking get on with it.

    After Cameron and May asking politely, “please will you let us leave?” or like Monty Python “how shall we fuck off?” with all these “deals” Boris got concessions immediately by just going to the EU commissars with credible threat of No deal. Admittedly minimal concessions but a thousand percent more than his hopeless predecessors.

    Anyone with any business nous knows you can’t negotiate effectively unless you’re prepared to walk away and the people understood that.

  18. As far as getting Brexit done quick smart, the following is what Boris needs to do.

    Grab 4 of his close allies.
    Call them trade czars.
    Take them with you on a 3 day trip to Washington DC.
    Come back all smiles and energised.
    Then and only then, go to Brussels and say “lets talk you pricks.”

  19. Professer Fred Lenin

    Its a different dtory now for the EU elites ,Boris has a real mandate he is prepared for a no deal exit,he holds the cards . TheEU elites fear the jndercurrents running through France ans Italy with anti EU prties increasing their vote ,if the lose the UK on faveourable terms they could hang on in the other countries,they can feel the anti globalist tide rising all over the West . Half a loaf is better than no bread . I feel really sorry for thst evil bastard Schwartz ,soros as he calls himself he has pumped millions into subvertiing democracy and its rising again to destroy the Nazi /Corporate state he admired in his youth .

  20. Professer Fred Lenin

    The EU comission are planning a huge taxpayer funded send off party when Nigel Farage finally leaves Brussels , Nigel Farage will not be invited .

  21. thefrollickingmole

    Leigh.
    Corbyn, on the other hand, had the demeanour of someone who knew he was right, just ahead of his time for these dumb pricks who get to vote.

    Something like this then??

    We won the argument, but I regret we didn’t convert that into a majority for change
    Jeremy Corbyn
    We must now ensure that the working class, in all its diversity, is the driving force within our party

    Despite our best efforts, and our attempts to make clear this would be a turning point for the whole direction of our country, the election became mainly about Brexit.

    A Conservative party prepared to exploit divisions capitalised on the frustration created by its own failure to deliver on the referendum result – to the cost of a Labour party seeking to bring our country together to face the future.

    The polarisation in the country over Brexit made it more difficult for a party with strong electoral support on both sides. I believe we paid a price for being seen by some as trying to straddle that divide or re-run the referendum.

    But yeah Murdoch was to blame….

    The media attacks on the Labour party for the last four and a half years were more ferocious than ever – and of course that has an impact on the outcome of elections. Anyone who stands up for real change will be met by the full force of media opposition.

    The party needs a more robust strategy to meet this billionaire-owned and influenced hostility head-on and, where possible, turn it to our advantage.

  22. A bit like the old song the ‘The Gambler’.

  23. The Left are already calling out Boris as an illegitimate PM. They have absolutely nothing left.

  24. NuThink

    Hugh grant net worth is US$80 million. Another oxymoronic rich socialist. Would he have been prepared to share his money around or better still let Corbyn share it around?
    Another reporter reported that despite the poor showing of Labour they had more women in parliamint that the conservatives. That was more important was it? – maybe Theresa May had something to do with that. How many female Labour PMs have there been in Britain? I have been unable to find any. Cons have had two that I know of. One good, one not so good.

    Apparently Hugh Grant posted his mugshot of 20 years ago with his co accused in the USA to blunt attacks from trolls.

    Is it possible that Russia placed a sleeper in the UK to infiltrate the Conservatives? Pretty reasonable idea with a name like Boris.

    But believe it or not, I think that the reason Boris won was that more people voted for him and his dog – that sometimes happens not only in democracies, but also in pseudo democracies.

    Talking about dogs, recall that the London underground had notices saying that “dogs must be carried”. The question that was posed by many was where does one get those dogs that must be carried?

  25. Mak Siccar

    Love it!

    https://www.spectator.com.au/2019/12/a-christmas-comedy-special-the-dunderhead-democracy-deniers/

    Through work commitments I missed a lot of the ‘pass the popcorn’ moments of Trump’s 2016 election, more’s the pity. Not this time [ Boris’s election.]. I have staked places in front of the computer and on the lounge in front of the TV. I’m determined not to miss one delicious moment.

    As they say in the woke classics. Karma’s a bitch.

  26. candy

    But believe it or not, I think that the reason Boris won was that more people voted for him and his dog

    I tend to agree with that, NuThink.
    The English love their dogs. And holding and cuddling your pooch is an indicator of good mental health and behaviour. There’s nothing wrong with thinking that may be an important quality in a leader/PM.

  27. Bruce

    @ Vlad:

    “Once upon a time if the crops failed you blamed witches, Jews or Jewish witches.

    Now if you’re on the left you blame Murdoch.”

    AND Jews.

  28. Scott Osmond

    I hope they continue not to listen. The left has had 70 years to show what they stand for. Mass graves at worst and stagnation and poverty at best. Now if the right would actually fight we might get that interstellar spanning civilisation that is our birthright.

  29. The Battle of Britain has been fought and won a second time.

  30. I thought you were only allowed to print ‘your two bobs worth’ once! As my partner said, Corbyn was too scary a prospect for many, (and she is a socialist).

  31. mh

    Foppish cad Hugh Grant was inside the Twitter bubble and the London bubble.

    That is double bubble.

  32. John Bayley

    “They think we are stupid and as good as told us so”.

    “If they don’t like our policies, they don’t have to vote for us.”

    They do think we’re stupid, indeed.
    Alas, they have been correct depressingly often.
    And it’s not likely to get better.

  33. TBH

    Brendan is right of course. Lefties just don’t seem to get why many people find their ideas so repellent. You can only talk at people with that hectoring tone for so long before they switch off and vote for someone else. The fact that working class people in Britain, the US and here in Australia have turned their backs on the left parties ought to tell those parties where their priorities currently lie.

    What really makes me mad is how lefties accuse people of being stupid when we don’t vote for them. Those totalitarian shit heads would cancel democracy at the earlier moment possible if we gave them a chance to do so.

  34. 2dogs

    Now if you’re on the left you blame Murdoch.

    That’s not right. The Corbynistas still blame the Jews.

  35. notafan

    Those progressives.

    It’s always sheeple herded by Murdoch.

    Always.

    What will they do without him?

    They will never admit the sheeple are simply rejecting their awful anti human policies.

  36. An honest analysis of the Labour failure (shades of Australia?):

  37. Eyrie

    “Now if the right would actually fight we might get that interstellar spanning civilisation that is our birthright.”
    Either there are other minds out there or there are not. If not, it is our job to bring mind to the universe. If so, it is our job to contact them and ask what they make of it all. Either way I can live with it. It is a GOOD mission.

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