I didn’t believe this Breitbart story when I first read it.
The legacy parties’ monopoly of power for so long, guaranteed by the PC consensus that unites them, has meant that, year on year, their shared delusions have become ever more divorced from reality. This week we had a dramatic illustration of this when the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Vauxhall in south London, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett (his actual name, not a keyboard malfunction) announced he had deliberately become infected with HIV in an attempt to commit suicide.
What??? A Lib Dem candidate has infected himself with HIV? What kind of lunatic would do that? And why the hell is he standing for parliament? And is that his real name?
Unbelievably, it all turns out to be quite true!
For once I feel rather sorry for Nick Clegg. Is he going to ask the guy to stand down? A paragraph further down offers a clue.
On the same day, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, declared it would be “hugely unjust” if people with depression were prevented from working as airline pilots. I’m sure we all see his point: the risk that a pilot suffering from depression might deliberately crash his plane, killing 150 people on board, weighs very lightly in the balance against the need to make a sanctimonious statement that will win applause from mental health lobbyists.
I see. It’s okay to make millions of smokers stand outside, but we can’t allow depressed people on medication to be kept off airline flight decks. No, sir. We have to keep things in proportion here!
Clegg, however, may have worries all of his own:
Nick Clegg in real danger of losing Sheffield Hallam seat: Labour’s plan to ‘decapitate’ Lib Dems is working.
Labour is leading the Liberal Democrats by two points in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Sheffield Hallam constituency, according to the latest polling from Lord Ashcroft.
I must confess that the Hyyrylainen-Trett story is the sort of thing that gives me a powerful shove in the direction of something like ultra-traditional conservatism. How I long for the days when parliamentary candidates were married men called Smith with families and jobs and stamp collections and dogs called Rover. I have a growing revulsion for anything ‘progressive’ or, in fact, the teeniest bit unusual even.
The main thrust of the Breitbart article (and in fact its title) is that Our Political Class Is Insane. And unfortunately, I think that it’s quite true. They may not all be as insane as Hyyrylainen-Trett, but they are all pretty loopy. Clegg. Cameron. Miliband. The lot. Well, except Nigel.
The political class now inhabits a different planet from the rest of Britain. It has no interest or understanding of the needs and opinions of real people. Amid a battery of PR consultants brandishing spreadsheets recording the drivellings of focus groups, it is now incapable of communicating with the British people.
That’s not going to stop most people voting the way they always do.