From Tel Aviv to the Thames, It’s the Age of Neo-Tribalism

“Conservatism,” thundered the headline in The Guardian, “has gone rogue and lost touch with the rest of us.” It was published on May 2, five days before the Conservatives emerged to hand Labour its worst defeat in nearly three decades.

The author of this unfortunate observation was Will Hutton, a columnist for the paper and the principal of the same Oxford college that forged John Donne, Thomas Hobbes, and Jonathan Swift. It is tempting to forgive the don his embarrassment: Even the most astute observers, after all, sometimes get it wrong, and there’s nothing quite so petty as reveling in an opponent’s poor prognostication from the syrupy safety of hindsight. But Hutton’s mistake wasn’t his alone; it was endemic to an entire class of educated people who, glancing at their Facebook feed and finding there nothing but Milifans, opined that the end of David Cameron was nigh. This vast obliviousness wasn’t limited to Britain’s swells: Warsaw was similarly shocked this week when the conservative Andrzej Duda won the first round of the country’s presidential elections, their disbelief echoing that of the intelligentsia sprawled in Tel Aviv’s cafés in the aftermath of Netanyahu’s most recent victory.


On a similar note from the Spectator…

Memo to David Aaronovitch: we’re not all metrosexual now


“…The excellent Suzanne Moore, writing in The Grauniad, seems as perplexed by the left’s response to the election as most normal, non-leftie liberal, people were.”

h/t Waffle

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The same thing happened in last yea’s congressional election. The Democrats were going to hold off Republicans from taking the Senate and expanding their hold on the House. It shows how news organizations have been becoming irrelevant in deciding elections. Now the media are trying to prop up Hillary. While the election is still a year and a half away, I doubt if she will be able to coast to victory based on media bias and spin alone.

    • Always be careful with how the media report polls. Many journalists make the mistake of treating subsets of whole data as having the same margin of error as the poll itself.

      i.e. a poll on voting intentions may be parsed into “undecided voters who will definitely vote on election day.” the margin of error in such a subset can be wild – as in 15% as opposed to the overall polls margin of error.

  • El Martyachi

    Does this mean that I get to go around putting heads on pikes yet?

    • Petey

      Just the gays. Allahu Akbar!

      • El Martyachi

        Sorry but that’s far too restrictive. Better to be the piker than pikee I always say…

  • J. C.

    Dear God!

    I made the mistake of reading some of the comments on the Suzanne Moore article… Leftists are f*cking insane!

    From one commenter – “…why on earth you would want to earn anything more after say I don’t know £100,000 a year. Why do we allow people to earn this amount?”

    Because if the government is going to take all your earnings above amount ‘X’, then nobody’s going to work any harder than they absolutely have to… Then everything falls into ruin, dumbass!

    The Marxists have won, I’m afraid… It’s only a matter of time before the End consumes us. 🙁

  • The_Infidel_01

    They don’t quite get it yet, the reason people will not vote for them is because they are vulgar, violent, law breakers, murderers and destroyers. Pretty simple really, oh and they are really bad winners and worse losers.