Saturday, 17 May 2008

Which way will the right-wing blogosphere turn?

Now that the Tories are dead-certs to get their greasy hands on the rudder, it will be interesting to see which way the right-wing blogosphere will turn.

Because although some like Iain Dale will merge indistinguishably into the new establishment, others especially those on the Libertarian Right will face more of a dilemma.

Because right-wing and anti-establishment blogs have flourished under New Labour. The Freedom of Information Act and the daily soap opera that was the Blair vs Brown show have provided them with reams of winning material. They have used this material along with the tools of ridicule, rumour and humour to fight for the the golden pot of Labour destruction at the end of an ever-retreating rainbow.

However, once that pot is finally found, many will look around them and wonder just where in the hell they have got themselves and where in the hell they will go next.

The Dales of this world will revel in the glory of course, and others like Guido will probably continue to milk the Labour cash cow. But those on the right with a bit more nouse and a bit more courage may well try to keep their anti-establishment position and set themselves up as disgruntled righties with a taste for Nu-Con blood. 

And like the unofficial coalitions set up to oust Blair, new coalitions will be forged between left-wing and libertarian blogs as the Tories inevitably reveal themselves in their true Daily Mail colours.

There are already signs that this is in the post. Venomous libertarian righty Devil's Kitchen launched his first sally against the new Tory establishment with this attack on Boris Johnson's tube booze ban:
"(Boris) is now the most powerful Tory in the country and his policies are going to give some indication of what a Tory government might be like.

And Boris's very first act is to implement a policy that is more authoritarian than that of NuLabour's representative. It is a policy that involves more government interference in our daily lives (and if you think that this is the end of such policies then you are even more stupid than I thought)."
Because be in no doubt. A Cameron-led government will be as disappointing to many on the Right as the new Labour government was to those on the left. 

Some morsels on Europe and immigration will be tossed their way of course and a few will welcome the new regime as the glorious saviours they had hoped them to be. However, as time goes on the sheer drab monotony of a Tory government will reveal itself and like restless children, the braying masses of right-wing bloggers will look for a new toy to tinker with.

And with Prime Minister Cameron dangling on a string, there will be plenty of opportunities to play.


Matt Wardman said...

You've beaten me to the draw on that one; I've been ruminating on that - and on how the left will go about rejuvenating itself.

Interesting thoughts.



The Tory Troll said...

It's been on my mind a long time too. Whatever happens, it is certainly going to be a very interesting few years ahead, and strangely enough I suspect that the fortunes of the Left will rise just as their main political representatives are falling. It's not going to be pretty of course, but at least it won't be dull.

asquith said...

I admire Devil's Kitchen. Not only is he really intelligent (far more so than the majority of "libertarians"), he also has the courage of his convictions, as you've shown, and even calls his own commentators cunts (which they invariably are).

It's a shame that someone like that is so ideologically driven and wastes his talents defending a completely bollocks point of view.

I think you've got everything right. But what you should note is that Dale, while he's going along with Cameron, is far more right-wing than he lets on. For example, he's completely against all forms of protection for the environment, as are a lot of Tories. So we have cause to dread a Camoron government, however much he claims to be liberal, because of the fucking total cunts that make up the majority of the Tory Party.

The Tory Troll said...

I'm not sure how firm Dale's beliefs will be in the face of free bolly and chips from the Tory establishment over the coming years. However, you're right about Cameron and the Tories in general. They will all be on full display if they do in all probability get in next time.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Dale already getting paid by the Conservative party through Ashcroft? Maybe they could just formalise the relationship and give him an office in CCHQ.

asquith said...

There are also people who go along with the libertarians for some of the ride (smashing the welfare state is a particular enthusiasm of theirs) but are basically Mail readers at heart. BoJo is their hero.

Also, the fashion among Tories is to call themselves "socially liberal". By which they mean "I'm liberal, because I don't hate gays" or "I'm liberal because I hate gays, but not as much as Edward Leigh does". Someone should tell the cunts to stop abusing words, because not one in ten of the Tories is genuinely liberal, and they're in the wrong party.

Many times before we've seen the Tories steal the shadow of a progressive idea and ditch its substance. Camoron is the incarnation of that tendency.

Mike said...

Devil's Kitchen is not a Tory and would attack Labour and Conservative governments alike.

Guido is also not a Tory, although it's clear that they seem closer to his view of life than Labour are, but still he wouldn't hesitate to attack them.

Iain Dale is a Tory and, I think, would deserve any rewards bestowed to him by a Tory government as he's been a great supporter for many years and many ways. You might say that he'd become part of the establishment (no more so than Alex Hilton of Recess Monkey fame has done so under New Labour), but I think even if he did take up any post, etc, that he'd be damn good value for money compared to the likes of Tom Watson and others involved in this slime-filled government. I hope he does become part of that "establishment" as I can think of nobody who would work for the people within such "establishment" as much as Iain would.