A Negative Tribalism

Gary Younge perfectly sums up my feelings about why I hate Tories:
I don’t have a phobia about Tories. That would suggest an irrational response. I hate them for a reason. For lots of reasons, actually. For the miners, apartheid, Bobby Sands, Greenham Common, selling council houses, Section 28, lining the pockets of the rich and hammering the poor – to name but a few. I hate them because they hate people I care about. As a young man Cameron looked out on the social carnage of pit closures and mass unemployment, looked at Margaret Thatcher’s government and thought, these are my people. When all the debating is done, that is really all I need to know.
Unfortunately, the Labour Party of today is not the Labour Party that Gary and I grew up with. Nu Labour is now the Labour pot calling the Tory kettle black. I suppose it’s inevitable that Cameron will be the next Prime Minister come the end of the week, but I could almost pray for a miracle, damn my atheistic soul… Give the Lib Dems a chance. They couldn’t be any worse than Nu Labour or the Tories, could they?
 

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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