Blair's Toxic Legacy

Interesting article on the Blair legacy from Peter Oborne. Good quote...

'What New Labour was doing was encouraging a remarkable social experiment. Traditional marriage has been at the heart of British society since time immemorial, providing stability, security, a bulwark against an overmighty state, and the ideal framework for rearing children. The riots of last week show the devastating consequence of that leap into the dark.'

That leap into the dark is in Brighton today and it is dark no matter how much it is sold as flamboyant and exotic, or indeed supported by the local council and local businesses. All day street drinking today, and a one or two day sudden bout of police amnesia of the local bye-laws enforced for the rest of the year against the homeless drinkers. Why, I wonder, do the police never go into the tents in Preston Park and confiscate the drugs of hedonists there? Why is nobody arrested this weekend for drugs, when for the rest of the year, local homeless addicts are arrested daily for possession of drugs?

Pride, by its nature, is repulsed by the poor
I had my haircut by a young man at a local barbers who said he was excited about Gay Pride. "But," he said, "I'm glad it is all ticket this year at the park, because that means it will keep the 'Chavs' away." Nice, eh? Obviously, the 'gay' identity isn't as all-embracing and all-welcoming as one is led to believe by the propaganda of people like Peter Tatchell. After all, what if those 'Chavs' were gay and just wanted to join in the party and express their 'identity'? 

This was, I hasten to add, before the riots broke out in London and beyond. These kids in hooded tops and the rest, I understand public sentiment against them, but their situation is terribly sad. It has to be said they are very much unwanted. Their dads, by and large, don't want them. Society doesn't want them. Employers don't want them. Their schools probably don't want them and even the gay community, that most persecuted community of people, doesn't want them. The 'equality' movement really is a leap into the dark - it is about unmitigated hedonism and freedom unchecked by any morality. It is no wonder, with these parades, that kids are just doing 'what they want to do'. Not many people in society are saying that there is more to life than merely doing 'what you want to do'.

Adult World

O, O haven’t you heard?
They’re streaming in their hoardes upon the
London Road
And hear O hear how the whistles are blown!
With the women and the men and other men in tow!
They say, “O, haven’t you heard?” (“Haven’t you heard?”)
The bells are even ringing in St Peter’s Church!
They say, “O, haven’t you heard? (“Haven’t you heard?”)
If this is liberation then I’ll be left in the lurch.

“So tell me child, O well what did you learn?”
“I learned that this is an adult world.”
“Oh tell me child, well what did you learn?”
“I learned this is an adult world.”
“Oh tell me child, well what did you learn?”
“I learned this is an adult world.
“O I don’t think I understand
O how are the babies born?
I don’t think I understand
But I’m sure I will in time
For this is an adult world.”

As for me, well I’ve never been the innocent kind,
But I’d rather be up in court and pay a heavy fine
Or maybe a light custodial sentence
A priest would come to listen to my confession
But now O, O, O, those days are gone
Because now apparently nothing is right or wrong
And I don’t think Wilde would be on their side
He knew humility was in avoiding Pride.

“Tell me child, O well what did you learn?”
“O, this is an adult world.”
“Oh tell me child, well what did you learn?”
“I learned this is an adult world.”
“Oh tell me child, well what did you learn?”
“I learned this is an adult world.
I don’t think I understand
O how are the babies born?
I don’t think I understand
But I’m sure I will in time
For this is an adult world.”

O, it’s such a Grand Parade
It’s such a Grand Parade
So full of colour and life
I don’t think I could take a wife
Because this is an adult world

O, it’s such a Grand Parade
It’s such a Grand Parade
So full of colour and life
I don’t think I could take a wife
Because this is an adult world


Comments

Christopher said…
Gay men do actually like a "bit of rough" but it has to be the washed, toned type. Straight louts coming to mock from the local sink estates are not sexy.

Canal Street in Manchester has its rough trade but it tends to be artifical, cultivated rather than the genuine article (unless you want to get stabbed in the neck).

Gay men find heterosexuals who invade an irritation, especially the straight girls who come to boogie together in the clubs knowing they won't be pestered by drunken boys.

By "chavs" I suspect your barber meant the kind of disruptive young criminals we have seen this week.
Gay or straight, deprived, or middle-class chancers they are a menace. There is NO excuse.

There was probably no rioting in Brighton because they are always too drunk or stoned.
George said…
@ Christopher

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