Wednesday, June 10, 2009
People do really enjoy saying fascism is bad and wearing horrible woolly Tibetan hats with hanging strings. Both make them feel warm inside. One shouldn't really object. Both sides - Nick Griffin of the BNP and the anti-Fascists - were obviously having a whale of a time, made even whalier by the presence of dozens of cameras. Both sides vindicated, they all went home happy to watch the show. 'Ah,' you say, 'but the BNP has had a breakthrough, they're dangerous.' I think they might be dangerous but not because they're likely to get a grip on power. More likely, they will not achieve any kind of grip and, drunk on all this publicity, they'll start doing really nasty stuff to get more attention. That's what fame does to people, especially thick, ugly ones. The silly hats are, therefore, making matters worse. Yet better for themselves, of course, throwing eggs is fun, as is righteous indignation. Being a prig does more for your self-esteem than a gym membership. These things pass the time in the absence of truth, beauty etc..
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 8:32 am