Most of my comrades on the hard left usually have a ready answer to the world’s ills.
“Palestinians good/Jews bad, nationalise stuff, troops out now”; the sort of stuff they can rattle off the tops of their heads, no thought required.
Mention Zimbabwe, however, and the reaction is a nervous foot-shuffling and sudden desire to be elsewhere.
This is because Zimbabwe is a bit of a tricky one for the comrades. They can’t blame the Jews, they can’t blame the US or UK governments (although some of them do give it a fair old crack), they can’t even blame the Mainstream Media.
Best to say nothing then, since the alternative might be to analysis the situation in a way free of cliché and rhetoric and we can’t be having that.
The net result is that we have an issue the maddies would normally be slobbering over; a brutal dictator oppressing his people, a crisis that could
Not a demo, not a chant, not an online petition.
Not even a word from that vile Leninist cunt Jeff Sparrow
They just can’t bring themselves to criticise a man who calls himself “Comrade Mugabe”.
Good to see the spirit of aligning yourself with any fuckwit, as long as they spout the right clichés, lives on.
Incidentally, it was George Orwell’s birthday this week (25 June 1903).
I can’t imagine he would have stayed silent.