Sunday, November 26, 2006

Free Born John has written an extremely fine post about Polly Toynbee (may rats nibble her lips) and social opportunity.
One thing, and one thing only, keeps people trapped in the kind of poverty of mind where they don't feed their children properly even when they could, and shit in their own stairwells. It's a lack of ownership; a lack of self-reliance. It's a lack of the very concept of self-reliance. It's an idea that the mere thought that they should be self-reliant is immoral, evil, callous and cruel. And though this idea is gibbered out by halfwits like Norman the carpet, it actually derives from Polly Toynbee.

There are hundreds of people in the blogosphere who think Polly is not simply a fucking moron, but actively evil. Which she is.

But Spam seems to like her so that's OK then...

6 comments:

Mr Eugenides said...

You should turn that into an official suffix; "Polly Toynbee (mrnhl)". In a year's time, everyone's going to be doing it, but no one will know why.

Anonymous said...

BJ's article points out both sides of the argument.
In every generation in every society there are the have's and the have not's.
In a ideal world we'd have libertarianism at it's finest coupled with strong social issues. Our poor are poor because of the British culture and traditions, not just the lack of self-reliance.

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james higham said...

Now it had never actually struck me that she might be evil. Still, if the tip comes from the Devil's Kitchen, then who are we to argue?

Chuck Unsworth said...

Toynbee is, supposedly, an intelligent woman. Why does she not get off her arse and take a close look at what she's prattling on about? That's probably far too much like real work.

It's difficult to assess whether La Toynbee spouts this drivel out of conviction or sheer laziness. Either way, we should pay no attention to her crass mouthings.

The Nameless One said...

See, I would call Toynbee a hypocritical, two faced, ignorant fucktard with the face and general attitude of a flatulent badger's arsehole but I would stop short of calling her evil. Just.