Of course I would like to see Livingstone go. He's a fool. His comments about the Tienanmen Square massacre are typical of him. There is no leftist or islamist abomination for which he is not prepared to be an apologist. He is the archetypal useful idiot for the enemies of the open society.
But he's popular. The real question to be addressed by right-wing thinkers is "why?" Why do Londoners love Livingstone? Why do millions of British voters love Blair and Brown? To this extent, David Cameron's political instincts are right. The right-wing in Britain have railed against these promoters of clapped out leftist ideology for a decade, to no positive effect. Voters are not interested enough in history, economics or political philosophy to engage in a debate.
Hence the people keep voting for these idiots, even as they make £8 billion pound gestures with the peoples' money to prove that they are "kind" and "caring" individuals. Telling the people the truth; that some of the £8 billion will go towards the purchase of arms to oppress Africans and most will top up the Swiss bank accounts of dictators, does not seem to do any good. Pointing to the £6 billion a year stolen from Britons' pension funds by stealth taxes and suggesting a connection with the waste in foreign "aid" or the NHS is just seen somehow as "heartless". For some reason, the voters don't want to hear. They would happily descend into poverty in their old age in return for these "feel good" moments today. They will happily accept the moral equivalence of a poll tax riot to a massacre, as long as cuddly Ken keeps being a caring cheeky chappie who rides the Tube.
To say we should analyse this is no counsel of despair. That's where Cameron and I differ. He's prepared to be a political tart; to adopt the insane and destructive policies the people have voted for without asking why. I don't see the point in that. How is it better to do wrong yourself than to watch others do it?
We need to understand voters' motivations for doing wrong to see if we can harness them to do right. To do that, we have to look beyond politics and engage in the black arts of psychology and sociology. Labour has been pushing the British people's buttons for a decade until they make it look easy. The Conservatives don't even know where those buttons are. Sadly, until the IMF once more sends in the bailiffs' men, none of those buttons will be labelled "economics".
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