Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This Is Why British Left-Wingers Scare the Living Crap Out of Me
VICE TV is slowly gaining prominence amongst online news agencies that it's even come to the attention of CNN.
Though based out of Brooklyn, NY, VICE also offered some tremendously entertaining coverage of the British election.
In one of the videos, VICE reminds me, personally, of why the British far left scares the living crap out of me, even more than the Canadian far left.
It isn't to be said that there's nothing to be liked about the British far left at all. As a matter of fact, the "they're all a bunch of cunts" chorus following the mock announcement of a David Cameron execution is actually kind of hilarious, in its own way.
The execution-in-effigy of British politicians is not. Nor is the frightening level of naivete of the young British Communists interviewed for the purpose of this video.
Even some of the British Nationalist Party activists presented are a little disconcerting.
It may have something to do with the popular conception of British political culture as being polite, deferential, and maybe even a bit stuffy, making the outrageous behaviour of British extremists seem exponentially more shocking.
There's likely intended method behind this madness -- from a country whose tea-and-crumpets stereotype is so stark in the minds of many -- certainly the most radical expression is that which is so clearly over the top.
The problem, in the end, is that such methods don't carry a message very well. One very much gets the impression that these folks are out to disturb some shit, but one very rarely quite gets why.
In the absence of any discernable message, goal or grievance, British extremists simply seem like lunatics, and only partially by intent.