This is an odd time to be a left-leaning member of the commentariat, because almost everything said will be of no importance or relevance at all. You’d think, given the situation, that if not a working understanding of the global financial crisis, then at least an acceptance that it’s happening, would be a prerequisite to be paid to post your opinions, but no.
That’s why we get useless platitudes like demands for ‘jobs’ and ‘growth’, which reveal a frightening lack undertanding of how the world works. There aren’t more jobs, why don’t we create some more! This is pretty much on the same level as a child saying “why don’t you buy some more money” after being told his parents can’t afford the latest toy.
It’s difficult to say because it’s whether they’re too thick to understand - more likely, it’s a pig-headed refusal to stare facts in the face. Perhaps it’s common to all journalists - whether football, music, or politics - to have a burning desire to live in the late 90s, but picking points over Ed Miliband’s speeches and doing the “ha! evil tories!” routine while we have an economic system that can only possibly be pointed in the extreme “reduce wages, cut safety standers, increase working hours, reduce services” direction… well, it seems like dereliction of duty, somewhat.
And Hundal is the most useless of all of these, and a man who does not understand. His blog is called ‘Liberal Conspiracy’, yet focuses on UK politics, a world where ‘liberal’ and ‘left-wing’ do not mean the same thing and are commonly opposed. Hundal either does not know or does not care. When a petition to bring back the death sentence was launched, Hundal motivated his supporters to start a counter-petition, that the ban on capital punishment should be upheld. The net result of which would be… to have it discussed in parliament, the same as the first petition. He isn’t even effective at the minor, inconsequential tasks he sets for himself.
But the really odd thing about Hundal is that among his calls for unity among ‘lefties’ (a word that’s a sure sign of indicating who’s in need of an ice-pick), there is no right-wing position he will not support. Dan Hodges does this, but Dan Hodges works for the Telegraph. It’s his schtick. Hundal appears pathologically compelled to do the same in an attempt to ‘win the fight.’ Rational debates over abortion and homophobic adverts, supporting corporal punishment of children, supporting road privatisation, repeating any media story whatsoever about ‘Al-Qaeda’… it’s all here.
Lately, much like his counterparts on the right and every boring cunt in the whole country, Hundal’s taken to ignoring everything that’s happening on his own doorstep to repeatedly tweet “my take” on the US Presidential debates. As if all that wasn’t offensive enough, he’s one of the worst offenders for manual RTing, and even infests the timeline in the wee hours with his RTing of day-old clips from The Poke. None of this makes him unique by any stretch of the imagination, but all together, he perfectly encapsulates the uselessness of political discussion in Britain. The same people who think nothing is above or below ‘rational debate’ are the ones least equipped but highest-paid to partake in it.
“So far I’ve managed to turn two Republicans in Colorado into undecideds. ‘Mitt Romney the flip-flopper’ works well as a pitch. #winning”
“Sunny Hundal: reporting for duty #waronRepublicans http://instagr.am/p/QqJiRJqCKt/ “
“The other trailer in the conference hall, ‘Labour Values are Britain’s Values’ was much better IMO, but Ed needs one focusing on himself too”