1. Last night, I almost certainly should have had a glass of water and a nice little bowl of beans and nuts to nibble on. Instead, I had hot buttered crumpets and a delicious half of ruby ale. I knew it was bad for me, but if someone had turned up and earnestly pointed out the...
2. cholesterol content and carcinogenic properties of the delicious gloop I had just gobbled up, and then lectured me on the long-term deleterious effects of sugar consumption, I doubt my reaction would have been a polite or grateful one. And this is despite the fact I know full
3. well they're right.
And, friends, I think this is why you keep getting polls that show voters agree with lots of Labour/ Green policies, but consistently vote Tory.
People know that huge economic inequality is damaging our country. They know that addressing adult
4. social care and building affordable, green housing should be our priorities.
But dammit... 'the war against woke' (God that feels good - sock it to those smug, whiny bastards who sniff at our naughty jokes)... 'Secure our borders! Long sentences for criminals!'
(Oooooooh, that hits the spot!)... 'Stand up for Brexit! Stop academics who are doing down Britain and its glorious history' (*swoons in slack-jawed ecstasy*)
And, of course, people hate having it pointed out that they're letting their worst, most selfish instincts get the better of them. That's why you so often get those self-righteous, angry justifications in response ('I've worked hard all my life why should *they* have... etc, etc)
I honestly don't know what to do about this.
But I do know it's not right for the left to try the same tactics. I mean, it's wrong. But also it just doesn't work. We'll never beat the Tories at this particular game.
They *really* know how to tenderly caress that lizard brain. I suppose it's easy when you're completely unhindered by ideological principle.

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