In­tol­er­a­ble cru­elty of the in­tol­er­ant lib­er­als

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - OPINION - With Dar­ragh Clif­ford

PIERS Mor­gan, the con­tro­ver­sial UK jour­nal­ist and broad­caster, is ac­cus­tomed to mak­ing head­lines rather than merely writ­ing them. You get the sense he loves be­ing the story. When he is not writ­ing for the Mail On­line or pre­sent­ing Good Morn­ing Bri­tain on ITV, Mor­gan will more of­ten than not be found on Twit­ter, shoot­ing from the hip on all mat­ter of top­ics.

This bom­bas­tic style is like a red rag to the lib­eral bulls who pop­u­late such a large por­tion of the Twit­ter-sphere. To them, Mor­gan isn’t a ‘love him or hate him’ Mar­mite fig­ure, they just hate him.

Not that Mor­gan is too both­ered by any of this. In fact, you get the feel­ing he loves noth­ing more than pok­ing the bear to get a re­ac­tion. Time and time again, peo­ple to the left take Mor­gan’s bait.

So when Mor­gan ap­peared on a con­ser­va­tive US talk show hosted by Ben Shapiro last week, it came as no sur­prise that lib­er­als came up in con­ver­sa­tion. And Mor­gan be­ing Mor­gan, he didn’t hold back, claim­ing that lib­er­als have be­come so un­bear­able it is they who are at fault for the rise of pop­ulism.

The show lasted an hour, but the brief three-minute clip where Mor­gan cut loose on the ‘snowflake’ gen­er­a­tion turned out to be the money shot. In­evitably, the YouTube clip went vi­ral, gain­ing over 3m views in a cou­ple of days.

‘What’s the point of calling your­self a lib­eral if you don’t al­low any­one else to have a dif­fer­ent view,’ asked Mor­gan. ‘This snowflake cul­ture that we now op­er­ate in, the vic­tim­hood cul­ture, the ev­ery­one has to think in a cer­tain way, be­have a cer­tain way.

‘Ev­ery­one has to have a bleed­ing heart

and tell you 20 things that are wrong with them. I just think it is all com­pletely skewed to an en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery­one is of­fended by ev­ery­thing and no one is al­lowed to say a joke,’ he said.

‘Pop­ulism is ris­ing be­cause peo­ple are fed up with the PC cul­ture,’ Mor­gan said. ‘They’re fed up with snowflak­ery, they’re fed up with peo­ple be­ing of­fended by ev­ery­thing and they’re grav­i­tat­ing to­wards force­ful per­son­al­i­ties who go: ‘this is all non­sense’,’ he added.

Mor­gan has a point here, as much as it pains me to say it. Lib­er­als seem to be mak­ing a habit of be­ing en­tirely in­tol­er­ant to any­one who dares stray from their agenda. Look at the re­cent con­tro­versy in Ire­land over two mem­bers of Young Fine Gael at­tend­ing a con­ser­va­tive youth con­fer­ence in the United States, in­clud­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pres­i­dent, Kil­lian Fo­ley-Walsh.

The hys­ter­i­cal re­ac­tion to this was per­plex­ing and fas­ci­nat­ing in equal mea­sure. Lib­eral key­board war­riors were hav­ing a hissy fit over this young man at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence.

When Ir­ish Times colum­nist Mark Paul sug­gested that this over-re­ac­tion to Fo­leyWalsh at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence was the more in­ter­est­ing an­gle to the story, Paul him­self be­came the tar­get of abuse on­line.

I find this baf­fling. I like to think that I am a lib­eral per­son – I voted Yes in the Same Sex mar­riage and Re­peal the 8th ref­er­en­dums. I wouldn’t be caught dead at that con­ser­va­tive con­fer­ence that Fo­leyWalsh trav­elled to. I be­lieve the rise of pop­ulism, man­i­fest­ing it­self in fig­ures like Don­ald Trump and Boris John­son, to be a real threat to our global so­ci­ety.

But this mob men­tal­ity that seems to be to­tally in­tol­er­ant to other view­points is pa­thetic.

We are hurtling to­wards a so­ci­ety where no one will dare say or write any­thing out of sync with a cer­tain agenda, for fear of be­ing hounded by the mob. If we go down this road, no one will be of­fended, but we will prob­a­bly all die of bore­dom.

Piers Mor­gan.

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