The Labour MP David Lammy appears not to have grasped that the Nazis killed 6 million, or more, innocents – brutally murdered them in gas chambers, by all accounts.
In likening a faction in the Tory party to the Nazis Mr Lammy reflects the total collapse of values in British politics. Like so much in the vacuity which passes nowadays for public discourse these days we see events of real seriousness devalued.
Another contemporary example is the way the word ‘slavery’ is bandied about to mean people in unhappy domestic situations. This use of the word ‘slavery’ devalues the seriousness of the actual slave trade – a ghastly business in which millions were stolen from their homeland, shipped across the world and brutally exploited – and in which millions died.
All this reflects the way that the modern political class in the UK embody the vacuous values of the “Uni” student – someone nurtured on circle-time in schools, overburdened with a massive sense of their own self-importance, ready to take umbrage at the slightest offence, unable to tolerate differences of opinion let alone values, and devoid of any sense of history.
Here is another example from today’s Guardian. Labour MP Jess Phillips pontificates and lays down the law on ‘rape’ and Julian Assange. She doesn’t even appear to have grasped the legal facts of the case; but it doesn’t matter because, as we all know, feelings are the new reality. If you feel outraged then you have been. Even when you claim to feel outraged on behalf of others. Assange is not charged and never has been but was (is no longer) wanted for questioning in Sweden in connection with complaints by two women (though only one actively pursues the matter) relating to sexual misconduct. The claims are quite questionable – for example the main complainant partied with the Assange after the alleged assault and also set him up with her friend; but this point aside, it is worth focussing on the context here. Iraq: 100,000 unnecessary deaths. Sweden: Assange is alleged to have committed various sexual improprieties on two women. Ms Phillips’ ‘wrath’ about these allegations of sexual assault doesn’t even sound sincere (to this writer). Perhaps Ms Phillips is just seeing this as an opportunity to create some PR for herself and further her career – riding the recently revived womens’ rights bandwagon. (If you can bear to read this kind of entirely empty discourse notice how the author, an MP, uses baby talk about “the big important people” to refer to Government Ministers – such is the level of discourse we are now at. Presumably this is meant to make it sound like she is on the side of the public: as with all members of the political class trying to get that popular touch she inadvertently implies that the public are stupid and can only understand when spoken to like little children).