I really liked Priti Patel, she was straightforward, seemed to be one of the few surviving real conservatives in that party, spoke plain sense, backed British patriotism and Israel, and perhaps most importantly was easy on the eye (don’t ever accuse me of misogyny, I admire any female politician who is fit and value them all the more for how rare they are).
So to see her now spouting bollocks about social distancing going on for ever and society having to radically change and never being the same again is even more disappointing in some ways than Boris thinking the government can pay for everything for eight months or more and that’s all fine.
Let’s be honest here.
The only reason a society ever radically changes is because radicals want it to. It’s not inevitable. It’s not inescapable. Societies evolve. Sudden and irrevocable change is not evolution, it’s a form of revolution. It’s also a choice. You can choose to try to get back to normality or you can choose to abandon normality and go to something completely different. And this choice seems to be being forced upon us, much like mass immigration was.
I don’t want a ‘new normal’ that uses this virus as an excuse for more of the same kind of social changes that made us vulnerable to the coronavirus in the first place. It seems that a real agenda is gearing up around the exploitation of this virus to effect permanent change. And it doesn’t seem like ‘conservatives’ object to that.
Only Stephen Barclay has talked passionately about restoring our liberties as quickly as possible. None have voiced serious concern about the explosion of the size and reach of the State. Yet isn’t small government a core conservative value? It certainly was when I was proud to call myself a Tory, many years ago.
I don’t think the coronavirus was a planned event, a scamdemic. But it sure as hell is becoming an exploited opportunity to fast-forward to the kind of socially atomised, bureaucratically dominated society that passes for a leftist’s wet dream. Some of the changes this Brave New Future envisages are perhaps trivial. More cycling, for instance, would not be that terrible a thing. It’s hardly the same as a sharp uptick in concrete detention centres where dedicated officials pull your teeth out, which is how dystopias are more commonly depicted.
But why exactly is any permanent change required, and required without our conscious choice?