right-wing, left-wing

I received an e-mail today from an organisation called 38 Degrees, people, power, change expressing concern about the future of the Independent newspaper.

There is some rhetoric in that e-mail calling someone right-wing. I must say it is this easy classification into right and left-wing that drove me into the arms of the Conservatives because they do not use such phraseology.

It has become a very bad habit of all those calling themselves left, that they call anything, they disapprove of, right-wing, as to warn their followers, that something is bad and has to be avoided.

The e-mail describes their fears of what could happen if someone called Rod Little became editor of the Independent newspaper and then there follows a description of what he has said.

The e-mail warns that Rod Little is notorious of attacking women’s rights. Aha, my mind went into immediate alarm mode, as I am one of the most independent women I know and I do not want to have my freedom of choice to be removed under any circumstances. I then read on to see and I quote from the e-mail, that quote is supposed to be by Rod Little:  “The vast majority of women with very small children are, by their own admissions, useless at their jobs.” (2005).

I thought wait a minute, I actually agree with that statement and I blogged about it before how useless I think the New Labour policy is of inviting women with newborns for job interviews, when there are no jobs and they have the nursing of their small infants to preoccupy their minds with. I don’t think it is right-wing to say that women with small children feel they are useless at their jobs and find that often enough the “left” try to brush away simple medical facts with a warning that because this is right-wing it must be bad.

It is this over-simplified logic that made me feel in the wrong place in any left-centre political environment. I disagree that women must be driven into work and have less and less time for their families and children. But I strongly want to protect the right of women not to want a family and get into a profession instead. But for those who wish to be a housewife, they should have that choice.

Then the e-mail follows on to quote this supposed remark from Rod Little: “The overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London is carried out by young men from the African-Caribbean community. Of course, in return, we have rap music, goat curry and a far more vibrant and diverse understanding of cultures which were once alien to us. For which, many thanks.” (2009).

Well it is a bit cynical in tone but it might be correct statistically and I think it is fair comment. But why call it right-wing and alarming when it is a mere and simple fact.

That is followed by another supposed quote from Rod Little, which reads as this: “Time for a quick update on what the Muslim savages are up to. Here’s a story from today’s Daily Mail, with a cut-out-keep picture, of Somali Muslim savages stoning to a twenty year old woman for the crime of adultery. … Incidentally, many Somalis have come to Britain as immigrants recently, where they are widely admired for their strong work ethic, respect for the law and keen, piercing, intelligence.” (2009)

This I really don’t like that Somalis are depicted as hard-working and that the stoning to death of a 20-year-old young women is not more regretted than it is in this story. There the stoning is almost excused with the fact that those people are hard-working.

After that e-mail I feel I should write to Mr Alexander Lebedev myself to ask whether I could have the job as editor, as I have been a victim of left-wing propaganda myself.

That Rod Little is thought to frequently attack the science of climate change will most likely end up costing the owner of the paper money because it is now a quite established science and worldwide accepted. I do not think that Mr Lebedev wants to lose himself readers by allowing the propagation of unsubstantiated scientific meddling. After all a paper is a business and it needs to sell those copies and I doubt British readers would buy the paper if it published indigestible rubbish.

Generally I am sick and tired of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” mentality, that one only is a proper human if one has got a job. The right and the left have both dangerous allegiances to that.

On one hand the implied attitude (my interpretation, that is how I understand the remark about the Somalians) that hard-working people are excused to stone an adultress to death and on the other the left who want women to deny their motherhood and go to work instead.

In publishing words can be twisted and interpreted in many ways and its often what is said between the lines that gives impressions and makes the reader think in certain directions that is the jest of what has been written. The context of reality can be irresistibly strained.

It doesn’t matter who says something, whether its called left or right it is the content of what’s said that is important to me and unfortunately today, it is very hard to qualify a statement because many do not know where an argument leads to and rather look at who has said it, instead of looking of what has been said.

Both camps seem to be playing a game of good cop, bad cop with us, blaming each other for all ills of this world. But this is not British is it? the British are so world-famous for their laid back attitude, the Americans are equally relaxed in style.

What happened to taking it easy and enjoying ourselves? Maybe I should start a Facebook Group, “we want our hippies back!!!”

The Hippies proved to be good business and started a huge music industry. And surprise, surprise that economic renaissance took place largely under a Conservative government. So lets bring some fun back into life and lets work, rest and play and not just be miserable for another five years under Labour.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Critique Direct
    Feb 16, 2010 @ 23:04:02

    It all sounds good but how is everything related together?


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