Doctor’s Ordures

In a media-dictated spirit of pulling myself up by the bootstraps and accepting personal responsibility for a systemic and universal crisis of capitalism, I’m going to try to accentuate the positive on this one.

Amidst general contraction and desolation, one sector flourishing like weeds in a ghost estate is the eccentric Shamrock Rovers-supporting public representative blogging business. That pantheon was already inhabited by Charlie O’Connor (afforded an entire chapter in my personal grimoire by virtue of being both a Dublin Fianna Fáil TD and a political patron of Rovers) and his jaw-droppingly random World Cup blog.

Now, you can also relish the thoughts – no, that’s putting it too strongly, the writings – of my local Fine Gael councillor, Dr. Bill Tormey. Behold (I have retained the doc’s promiscuous capitalisation but cleaned up his line-spacing):

The Labour Parliamentary Party is Old so it is Conservative – night still follows day

‘I never dared be radical when young,” wrote Robert Frost, “for fear it would make me conservative when old.” He was right to worry. The World Values Survey, a study of 136,000 people in 48 countries, has found that the old Marxist idea of false consciousness is alive and well – but that, deliciously, it is self-professed Lefties who do not realise quite how Right-wing they are. These middle-aged socialists may have voted Labour,and marched for CND, but their views on redistribution show that they arekeener on keeping the wealth than sharing it.

To our readers, this should come as little surprise. We have long argued that the facts of life are, as Margaret Thatcher had it, conservative. Or, as the French politician François Guizot put it in the 19th century: “Not to be a republican at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head.”

Which is an interesting perspective for a silver-haired old gent who stood as a Labour Party candidate as recently as 1989, and an Independent Labour candidate in 1992.

So what does that make him, in his own estimation? Incredibly slow on the uptake, or just a political opportunist?


2 Responses to “Doctor’s Ordures”

  1. Hugh Green Says:

    It makes him someone who copies and pastes verbatim from the Daily Telegraph.

  2. Bill Tormey Says:

    At least I make you think. Your insight into your own prejudices is not well developed. The Torygraph sometimes does contain flashes of truth and insight. Actually, Thatcher is wrong. Life is not conservative but rather better when redistributive. You obviously did not cop that. I post some of these things to make interested people think and examine. You are one of those. Thank you for your interest.

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