Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

The Daily Flail and (National) Socialism

The man who hated Britain“; Well, what is the evidence? Let’s take the evidence as supplied by the persecution:

So how did he view this country? As an already politically aware 17-year-old, he wrote in his diary: ‘The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world . . . you sometimes want them almost to lose [the war] to show them how things are. They have the greatest contempt for the Continent. To lose their empire would be the worst possible humiliation.’

To help defeat Hitler, Ralph Miliband volunteered and served three years in the Royal Navy. When Labour, under Clement Attlee, swept to power after the war in 1945, he joyfully described the victory as ‘the country’s capture from its traditional rulers’.

Miliband made plain his disdain for the Establishment which was, to his mind, nothing less than the old boy network.

This included, he wrote: ‘Eton and Harrow, Oxford and Cambridge, the great Clubs, the Times, the Church, the Army, the respectable Sunday papers . . . It also means the values . . . of the ruling orders, keep the workers in their place, strengthen the House of Lords, maintain social hierarchies, God save the Queen, equality is bunk, democracy is dangerous, etc.

‘Also respectability, good taste, don’t rock the boat, there will always be an England, foreigners, Jews, natives etc are all right in their place, and their place is outside . . .’

The bitterness in these words — written not as a 17-year-old but as a mature intellectual aged around 45 — suggests a giant-sized social chip on his shoulder.
The Daily Flail website over the last few days: if you really want a link look it up yourself

The words of someone who hated this country? Obviously “this country” to The Daily Flail is the establishment. Well I don’t particularly like the establishment, its cosiness, its fake elitism, its arrogance (see the Prime Minister at almost any PMQ); does that mean I “hate” this country?

I think though I am reasonably safe from The Daily Flail. I am not involved in the politics of the imminent reining in of our poisonous press. Also I am not involved in a political party that has proposed to intervene in a market that is clearly not working properly.

The Daily Hail seems to think that a Social Democratic intervention to try to make a market work better is evidence of red in tooth and claw Socialism. No, Socialists would nationalise and take control; But The Hail does not understand that.

Perhaps what really gets them is that they think that someone who might be a Socialist but who lacks the prefix “National” in front of that description is by definition unpatriotic.  There is good evidence that in the 1930s the Daily Heil thought that National Socialism was right for this country – that is how much they love my country, our country. They have form when it comes to tarring anyone who does not agree with them with the tag “unpatriotic”.


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