Witness the Days of Gammon Rage
This week observers of Donald Trump’s social media activity – such a role exists – were confused as he wailed on Twitter then mysteriously stopped mid-sentence, as if coitus interruptus he had lost his train of thought. The president had sensed the mood turning on the much redacted Mueller Report and his pudgy-digits went into overdrive. As David Corn reports, “there is no exoneration”.
Reports have less impact when they aren’t published it seems.
Whether it’s Trump tweeting through the night, Tommy Sheridan failing to overturn his conviction for perjury, Peter Hitchens and his ilk howling at the moon about the new public understanding of our climate breakdown, or Carl Benjamin paraphrasing ‘Millennial Woes’ and justifying tweeting to Labour MP Jess Phillips – “I wouldn’t even rape you”, this is the cesspit of the internet seeping into public discourse and the despairing cries of a lost generation of men confused and disoriented by the times they themselves have created.
As Nigel Farage talks the language of violence and George Galloway confirming what many have known for a very long time, that is he is an opportunist and a hypocrite and a charlatan. Whenever has been elected he has always represented a constituency of one.
George Galloway (2014): “I’ll be campaigning to remain in the EU as anyone with any brain cells will be doing”
George Galloway (2019): “I will be supporting Nigel Farage in next months elections”
Life comes at you fast. pic.twitter.com/uLeR5tRD2u
— Laurie Macfarlane (@L__Macfarlane) April 18, 2019
Those on the left who have apologised for Galloway’s behaviour for years, on the grounds of rhetoric or fedoras, or some undefinable loyalty should take this moment to have a word with themselves.
The rage takes many forms but at root is the sense of innate assumed privilege being checked and questioned. For many this is intolerable. The reality is the new climate consciousness challenges the very heart of our economic system. Endless growth and consumption is no longer tenable and this is intolerable for many who will find this a challenge to their core worldview.
Adam Boulton couldn’t contain his rage at a young Extinction Rebellion spokesperson on SKY News in an outburst that, in different times would have been a sackable offence:
Adam Boulton and Jayne Secker are no aberration. Establishment media journalists routinely reserve their most visceral questioning & criticism for dissidents & challengers to the status quo. It’s often why/how they land their perches in the first place pic.twitter.com/roYoNoOLpY
— Hicham Yezza (@HichamYezza) April 17, 2019
But as Jordan Peterson and Slavoj Žižek whitter-on in a bubble of self-importance it’s not just the right-wing media that are exposed in their terrifying bewildering rage. Here Andrew Marr, for many the paragon of liberal media goodness, lost the plot in an incredible outburst:
“Waves of migration and globalised culture washed among us, eroding our sense of self… but the self-confidently multi-ethnic, liberal, urban class… barely noticed.”
Not a UKIP broadcast, but the authoritative voice of Andrew Marr. (26/6/16)pic.twitter.com/8YAP05kSYS
— Property Spotter (@PropertySpot) April 20, 2019
None of this should or does come as a surprise, nor is it fair to tar a whole demographic with the same brush. But the sense of self-entitlement is palpable. To complete the set of ageing orange-faced men struggling to re-adjust to life out of the spotlight, Tony Blair joined with Andrew Marr to express the new normal of mainstream racism: “Migrant communities must be compelled to do more to integrate to help combat the rise of “far-right bigotry” in a report by his Institute for Global Change.