Sunday, 26 July 2009


I was just over on the LPUK blog responding to a comment about the faux Tom 2.0 scandal when I had a thought: why, in Britain, is the "solution" often even worse than the problem?

Look at the BNP: even if you discount their racist policies, they are still, at best, knuckle-dragging Labour Party fascists out of the 1970's. But their opponents, and there are many, are just as overbearing and intolerant (and, ironically, also appear to be knuckle-dragging Labour Party fascists out of the 1970's!)

And then we have "Common Purpose", allegedly a shadowy organisation that brainwashes people into being pro-EU and acts as some sort of behind the scenes orchestrator. And their opponents are "Stop Common Purpose", a bunch of lunatic Icke-alikes who have so much instant credibility that I'm happy to just ignore both sides of the debate.

Why is it that people are so obsessed with single issues? Obsessed to the extent that they start frothing at the mouth and become just as bad as the obviously bad thing that they are opposed to?

My guess is that it's the malaise that hits a society that has no real challenges left. People have nothing left to live for, so they become obsessed about things that, in the grand scheme of things, really aren't that important. Ironically, I suspect that in many cases, it leads to the relatively trivial issue becoming important, precisely because so much needless attention is focused on it. A key example of this is the BNP, who I am pretty sure, have picked up at least 50% of their new-found support precisely because everyone is talking about them.

Stop obsessing, you fucking nutters, and get a grip. Go trek in Africa or help starving Bangladeshis or something. Go live. When you come back, having survived attacks from snakes or predators, you will have a much better perspective on things.

In the meantime, do us all a favour and shut the fuck up about your monomania.


Michael Fowke said...

You seemed to be obsessed about other people being obsessed.

Mitch said...

This could well be your single obsession,do your knuckles ever drag?
you make a good point however much brown/cameron et al rant about problems we face none of them are really bad,nothing like the Nazis or a real Flu pandemic.
So problems get inflated so leaders can be seen in a good light (brown in a gigawatt laser maybe).
Damn you may have point.

Obnoxio The Clown said...

You're both a pair of cunts. So, four cunts, then! ;o)

Jake Freivald said...

C.S. Lewis put these words into the devil Screwtape's mouth: ...if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method—by making him a kind of Childe Harold or Werther submerged in self-pity for imaginary distresses—you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes' genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.

Into his pen, actually, since these are words from a letter written from the bureaucrat Screwtape to his nephew, the junior tempter Wormwood. Either way, we are all about the romantic sorrows these days. I keep waiting for the toothache that makes some of us wake up from that.

John Demetriou said...

Excellent article Obo.

haven't heard that from me for a while, he?


Obnoxio The Clown said...

@JD: I fear you have confused me. :o)

SaltedSlug said...

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This post pleases me.

That is all.