Why the Guardian robot was baffled

I blogged earlier about the “Guardian Robot” that was terribly confused by Generation Y embracing conservatism and Thatcherism. Toby Young at the Telegraph helps the poor wee diddums understand.

Harris blames “Thatcherism” for the proletariat’s false consciousness – and the fact that Labour hasn’t been a proper socialist party since Tony Blair ditched Clause IV. The “up-by-your-boot-straps Conservatism of Norman Tebbit and Margaret Thatcher” (yah, boo, sucks) went “largely unchallenged during the New Labour years” and is now accepted by millions of young people as “a simple matter of fact”. Echoes here of red daiper baby Owen Jones, whom Harris singles out (alongside public schoolgirl Laurie Penny) as a beacon of hope amidst all the gloom. Owen thinks “the rightwing media” is to blame for brainwashing the lumpen proles. If only the poor sods read the Guardian or the Independent, then they’d know THE TRUTH which is that the millionaire-Tory-Bullingdon-Boys-ruling-class have a vested interest in keeping them down.

Hmmm. Call me a capitalist running dog, but I can think of another explanation for Generation Y’s lack of enthusiasm for the values of John Harris, Owen Jones and public schoolgirl Laurie Penny.

Maybe – just maybe – the reason 18-34-year-olds aren’t wild about the consequences of Labour’s open-door immigration policy is because they noticed that nine out of ten jobs created under the last government went to foreign-born workers.  

Maybe – just maybe – the young residents of towns like Warrington aren’t in lockstep with John Harris and Owen Jones and public schoolgirl Laurie Penny when it comes to state hand-outs is because they’ve witnessed the appalling, destructive, calamitous impact of welfare dependency with their own eyes.

Maybe – just maybe – the reason more 18-24-year-olds say they’re going to vote Conservative (31 per cent) than Labour (27 per cent) is because they recognise that Britain wasn’t in a great place after 13 years of the other lot in power, that we need to get the deficit under control if we’re to avoid joining Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and (any day now) France in the bankruptcy club and that David Cameron and George Osborne’s plan for digging us out of this hole is just a teensy weensy bit more credible than Ed Miliband and Ed Balls’s.

No, silly me. It’s because they’ve all been brainwashed by The Sun.


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  • NZ Groover

    It’s all beer and skittles when the economy’s good and the money’s flowing in. Now the party’s over and a lot of people have overindulged and they’re waking up with headaches.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Wow. Unlike in NZ, the young are capable of drawing causal connections rather than jumping on lefty bandwagons and rebelling against society ironically by conforming with each other.

  • cows4me

    God I wouldn’t put my hopes in Cameron and Osborne, they’re just puppets for the city’s elite. I would be more impressed if the youth gravitated to the UKIP, Cameron and Osborne, oh please !!!!!!!!!!

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Or better still, Daniel Hannan quits the tories, sets up a libertarian party and they all put their votes into that. That would show those twerps!

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    He must have wondered why they weren’t all like Russell Brand. The answer is simple.