The exchange set in motion a predictable chain of events: Fox began a tour of Britain’s TV and podcast studios, making a series of increasingly reactionary and attention-seeking statements. Across left-leaning social media, meanwhile, Fox was mocked with a mix of amusement, disdain and pity.And that was noted. What was also noted was that the man on the Clapham Omnibus...wasn't mocking. He was agreeing.
But the Left think that's something they can brush off, to stay cocooned in their little bubble. Ellie, however, is aware of the pitfalls of this approach:
But focusing on the shallowness of Fox’s opinions elides the most important element of the Question Time spectacle: the fact that a significant chunk of the audience groaned as soon as the phrase “white privilege” was uttered. Fox was not the only person in that studio who was weary of contemporary antiracist discourse, and he wasn’t the only person willing to show it.The fact that she describes this as 'more people willing to show it' is the key: the Left is losing its power to scold and silence.
They can't say they weren't warned - call everything you don't like 'racist' and pretty soon, people stop reflexively cringing at that word.
...the idea that ordinary people are being driven into the arms of authoritarianism because of an excitable article they read on the internet is facile – and any progressives adopting it should ask themselves why they are parroting arguments that are largely advanced by the far right.Ah, yes, the progressives see the hand of the 'far right' behind everything. But it's not 'far right' to think that the constant denigration of the majority population is not helping discourse, is it?
Progressives need to wise up to the fact that they are losing this argument and decide what they are going to do in response.I think they have decided, Ellie; it's 'double down and keep on sneering'.