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“STATE of you!”, “State of him!”, “State of her!”
This is a phrase I encounter a lot on social media, especially the first, I notice, as I get older and balder.
And whenever I do, 99 times out of 100 I can be sure of one thing: That the person speaking is one of those sensitive, enlightened, progressive types who claim to hate “personal abuse” and to believe in a “kinder, gentler politics”. Just like their hero Jeremy Corbyn.
The key thing about this insult is it doesn’t advance any kind of intelligent argument. Like the T-shirt that apparently sells like hot cakes at Corbyn rallies, the one that quotes Nye Bevan saying Tories are “lower than vermin”, their purpose is to dismiss people you disagree with as being such hateful scum they don’t even count as humans.
You could detect exactly this ugly mix of preening superiority and poisonous disdain in the comment posted on social media this week by aspiring “artist” Hetty Douglas. Douglas’s photograph, taken in McDonald’s, featured three scaffolders queuing and was captioned: “These guys look like they got 1 GCSE”.
Ha bloody ha. Isn’t she clever?
As it turned out, this wasn’t true. One of the lads had an NVQ Level Two equivalent to five GCSEs, another an NVQ Level Three equivalent to two A-levels, another had four GCSEs.
But even if they hadn’t any, what was the clever point that Douglas was trying to make to her clever friends?
That people without academic qualifications are inferior? That their supposed stupidity is something she and her doubtless equally tedious chums, the educated people, should have a good giggle over? Really?
I couldn't put it more eloquently than James. These dreadful sneering liberal elite that are nothing of the kind are poisoning our society.