THE REAL GLOBAL WARMING CONSENSUS (or 'Why Intellectuals Hate Capitalism')

 

On the television news they set up their annual ‘Climate Camp’ in London.  The militant global warmers plant their tents on Blackheath and prepare to march on the City of London, to smash up some banks and moan about free trade and industrial capitalism.  The protesters, interviewed on TV, are all very middle class and nicely spoken.  This is commented upon again in the newspapers.  

At this anti-capitalist ‘climate’ jamboree, where are the heroic, muscle-bound proletarians?  The brick-layers, lorry drivers, factory workers and dockers?  And come to think of it, where are the taxi drivers, shop-keepers and plumbers?  Where are the wide-boy estate agents and small-businessmen from Essex?    Ordinary working class folk, and members of the materialistic commercial middle class are nowhere to be seen.  They are either sceptical about ‘climate change’, or else couldn’t give a fig, and have no gripe with modern consumer society. 

THE 'SOLUTION' TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS IS ALWAYS MORE STATE FUNDING AND MORE STATE CONTROL.

The protesters are drawn from that section of the middle-class which, in Europe, they call the intelligentsia.  In America and Britain we don’t like the thought of an intelligentsia.  It gives us the creeps (for very good reason, as we shall see).  

The question is why does the middle class intelligentsia hate capitalism so much?   The brilliant Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises asked this very question in 1956, in a great little book, The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality.   He concluded that intellectuals do not like the market because the market does not like them.

There is nothing mysterious about ‘the market’.  If you need a plumber you hire a plumber.  If there aren’t enough plumbers about, the cost of hiring one goes up, providing an incentive for more people to become plumbers.  Too many plumbers and the price goes down, encouraging the less popular plumbers to find some other occupation. 

Now consider the intellectual.  He has graduated, proudly, with a degree in French literature, or a PhD in the breeding habits of butterflies.  He regards himself as socially superior to a plumber but, to his horror, when he tries to enter the labour market, he discovers there is little or no demand for experts in Baudelaire, or for lepidopterists.  Perhaps he tries to obtain a poorly paid position at a university, to continue his ‘work’.  Even if he lands such as position he struggles to maintain a middle class lifestyle on the paltry wages.   Does he retrain as a plumber (since demand for plumbers is high)?   God forbid.  The very thought! 

Ludwig von Mises says of the intellectual, ‘As a “worker by brain” he looks arrogantly down upon the manual worker whose hands are calloused and soiled.  It makes him furious to notice that so many of these manual workers get higher pay and are more respected than he himself.  What a shame he thinks, that capitalism fondles the simple drudgery of the “uneducated” and does not appraise his “intellectual” work according to its “true” value.’ 

Does our impoverished intellectual consider a job as an estate agent or selling life insurance?  Does he decide to set up a double-glazing business, or a taxi firm, or a road haulage company?   No.  The intellectual is repelled by life in the commercial middle class.  Commerce is vulgar and tawdry.  Again, it would represent a loss of status.   Intellectuals look down on the entrepreneur.  As the economic historian Nicholas Stacey observes, ‘the educated layers of British society have no wish to be entrepreneurial.’  The entrepreneurs, he says, are ‘less respectable’ than academics, and administrators.  He reminds us that since the beginnings of capitalism, ‘the early entrepreneurs were largely working class.’ 

As a direct result of their snobbery, intellectuals in capitalist society are, in the words of Joseph Schumpeter, ‘unsatisfactorily employed or unemployable.’  Those unable to obtain a poorly paid university post must seek some other job which is deemed to have a trace of intellectual respectability.  A small number of them will manage to prostitute themselves in the oversubscribed, dumbed-down ‘culture industry’.  (In television they constantly complain about the ‘tyranny’ of ratings, which forces them to pander to the tastes of the people who actually watch television).  Many more join the massed ranks of failed intellectuals in public administration.  In other words, they seek refuge in the arms of the State. 

The intellectuals believe there is a nobility in public service which is not to be found in the vulgar market place.  Happily for them, with the expansion of the State in the 20th Century the number of these State-funded jobs has swollen enormously.  J.K Galbraith (among others) called this burgeoning State-sponsored intelligentsia the ‘New Class’.

In his book The Affluent Society, (which depicts with horror the new consumer society created by the post war economic boom), Galbraith says, ‘Some of the attractiveness of membership of the New Class, to be sure, derives from a vicarious feeling of superiority.’  He says, ‘No aristocrat ever contemplated the loss of feudal privileges with more sorrow than a member of this class would regard his decent into ordinary labor where the reward was only the pay.  From time to time, grade school teachers leave their posts for substantially higher paid factory work.  The action makes the headlines because it represents such an unprecedented desertion of an occupation which is assumed to confer the dignity of the New Class.  The college professor, who is more securely a member of the New Class than the school teacher, could never contemplate such a change even as an exercise in eccentricity and no matter how inadequate he might consider his income.’

It is snobbery that prevents the intellectual middle class from sullying themselves in the marketplace.  They are offended by the idea that they should shape their education or working lives according to the needs of the market.  Galbraith argues that it is the hallmark of the intelligentsia that it rises above the sordid needs of the market.  He says, ‘it would be barbarous to suggest that the only claim to be made on behalf of education is the increased production of goods.  It has its independent and, one must suppose, higher justification.’

Full to bursting with ‘higher justification’ our French poetry expert or lepidopterist finds it tough to earn a crust.  The spurned market has had its revenge.   The intellectual has status (at least in the eyes of other members of the caste), but he does not have money. The State has saved the intellectual from having to enter the market (he shudders at the thought of selling insurance), but it has not rewarded him with riches.  And this leaves him bitter.  The poorly paid intellectual, says Mises, ‘must swallow down his mortification and divert his wrath toward a vicarious target.  He indicts society’s economic organisation, the nefarious system of capitalism.  But for this unfair regime his abilities and talents, his zeal and his achievements would have brought him the rich reward they deserve.’    Of the intelligentsia, he says, ‘They sublimate their hatred into philosophy, the philosophy of anti-capitalism, in order to render inaudible the inner voice that tells them their failure is entirely their own fault.’   Schumpeter too describes the ‘hostility of the intellectual group – amounting to moral disapproval of the capitalist order.’ 

The intellectual is bitter because the relationship between the classes has changed.  Under capitalism, the workers have grown richer and richer.  As Mises says, ‘The characteristic feature of modern capitalism is mass production of goods destined for consumption of the masses.  The result is a tendency towards a continuous improvement in the average standard of living, a progressing enrichment of the many.  Capitalism deproletarianizes the “common man” and elevates him to the rank of the bourgeois.’  

The market has brought social mobility, upwards and downwards.  The rising fortunes of the ordinary man stands in stark contrast with the declining fortunes of the gentry, from whose ranks the intellectuals were historically drawn and to whose lifestyle they still aspire.  At the start of the 20th Century, professors and senior civil servants lived in grand houses and had servants.  But it is telling that the number of domestic servants fell by half during the First World War, and did not recover.  As the great historian AJP Taylor notes, “The number of private domestic servants did not increase even during the Depression” and he adds, “The cynical observer will not forget this fact when he reads lamentations from the comfortable classes about the decline of civilization.” 

Mises has no sympathy for these down-at-heel snobs.  ‘To the grumbler who complains about the unfairness of the market system only one piece of advice can be given: if you want to acquire wealth, then try to satisfy the public by offering them something that is cheaper or which they like better … But if you prefer, to the riches you may perhaps acquire in the garment trade or professional boxing, the satisfaction you may derive from writing poetry or philosophy, you are free to do so.  Then of course you will not make as much money as those who serve the majority.’

The intellectuals spit at the ‘freedom’ which capitalism has brought.  As the philosopher Herbert Marcuse, complained, ‘If the individual were no longer compelled to prove himself on the market as a free economic subject, the disappearance of this kind of freedom would be one of the greatest achievements of civilization.’  Marcuse understandably did not want to submit himself to this test.  He would not sell nearly enough copies of his dreary One Dimensional Man to keep himself in the lifestyle he felt he deserved.  The workers (whom he pretended to champion) should be forced to support him.

The market is based on merit.  Success is determined by how highly people value what you have to sell.  The intellectuals, whose talents are not highly valued, yearn for a society based on status.  This is why the Green intelligentsia fetishise hierarchical pre-capitalist society.  This kind of society, they assert, was more ‘natural’ and ‘ordered’ and ‘harmonious’.

Today, the bulk of intellectuals in the ‘New Class’ work directly or indirectly for the State.  They are paid out of taxes levied on the productive economy.  In other words, the plumbers (and bricklayers and lorry drivers and estate agents) are forced to pay for them.  No wonder the plumbers do not turn up at Green demonstrations to demand higher taxes and more state control. 

The intellectuals are not grateful to the rest of us.  They are parasitic on industrial capitalism and yet they despise it.  They reach for more State spending like a flower gropes for the Sun.  They call for more regulation and planning, because they are the regulators and planners.  Having been found wanting by the market, they nonetheless believe they should be in charge.  They say the ‘anarchy’ of the market needs to be contained and directed (by them).

In America and Britain where the ideology of capitalism (liberalism, properly understood) holds more sway, the notion of an intelligentsia is mildly offensive. The idea that a section of society should somehow do the thinking for the rest of us, that they should be paid to do it, and worse still, that that they should be entrusted to look over us and direct us.  All this sticks in the craw. And so it should. 

No wonder the ‘New Class’ takes to Global Warming like a duck to water.  The ‘solution’ to the climate crisis is always more state funding and more state control.  Global warming is a stick to beat the ‘cruel, blind’ market.  For the sake of ‘the climate’ the productive economy must be even further taxed and regulated … by them.  This is the real basis for the ‘consensus’ on global warming.

Comments (47)

The hopeful article,though

The hopeful article,though welfare state of today created the State-sponsored corner for anti-capitalist rebels,including intellectuals and they creates the anti-capitalist structure, the most dangerous of their activity is the leftist education of the country`s youth.This educations threads with the new Obamas in power.

then why aren't you out

then why aren't you out laying bricks instead of writing this theory piece?
smacks of hypocrisy, if you asked me, just as arrogant as you criticise your subject of being.

A lovely fallacious argument belittling the pursuit of science that does not have readily apparent commercial use. This article is an invitation to step back into the dark ages. Then again, I'm not sure why I would expect anything different from someone who denies climate change.

If you were an intellectual,

If you were an intellectual, you would be aware that this whole article can be dismissed as a psycho-genetic fallacy: 1) Psycho-dissect the intellectual (ad hoc give an explanation as to why he doesn't like democracy, whether or not that is the actual case) 2) Therefore capitalism is good.

"The market is based on

"The market is based on merit." ....Hm... maybe go read some Chomsky.

I do believe that you've hit

I do believe that you've hit the nail on the head. Great article.

There is a hierarchical

There is a hierarchical nature to capitalism and not all of the peasants or "servant-class" are on an equal level with intellectuals. The snobbery is well-deserved as intellectuals are of a higher caliber in intellect if they so can prove it. If a person worked a 9-5 shift for the rest of his life and never dabbled in music, the arts, or literature then they aren't really much of a person.

I am an intellectual. I have

I am an intellectual. I have spent 15 years modelling capitalist economies and developing software which tracks and maps money in real time. I hate capitalism because it is a Ponzi scheme which exponentially creates debt and which necessitates poverty. Any profit must create new debt and so violence. Capitalism is not simple benign bartar or trade, as most capitalists think it is.

Sorry,you are the weak

Sorry,you are the weak scientist as you think as the daddy Marx that capitalism means only "money".Money are not the independent and imperative part of capitalism. The human brain in innovation of any kind create the capitalism, and U.Buffet has money because he helped the successive enterprises and neglected the fail ones.

You can only become better by

You can only become better by competition. Lets take you for example. Your dad beat all the other douche bags to the punch, so he got to plant his seed in your mom. That's capitalism 101 for you. Have a great day.

Putting things in quotation

Putting things in quotation marks does not make you intelligent or correct. And we do give a fig (note the lack of quotation marks, asshole).

I guess we should let

I guess we should let mediocrity reign.

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Atlas Shrugged? Excellent piece.

Ha ha GRC: Ian Woollely - you

Ha ha GRC: Ian Woollely - you didn't quite understand. The argument is not that people shouldn't provide their thoughts on how to run things. It's just that the market clearing price for these thoughts is barely above zero.
"A penny for your thoughts" so to speak.
I loved this article, and will be lurking, reading and posting my thoughts as they come to mind.

The broader support for

The broader support for capitalism is underlined by the fact that without there are no people campaigning who do the typically 'working class' jobs such as <a href="http://aarubbishclearance.co.uk/rubbish-clearance-north-london/">rubbish clearance</a> or childcare as these people do not have the time to consider the pros and cons of the system (and it is the system no matter what anyone says) as they are unpaid and must concentrate on the here and now.

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Excellent post! Along with

Excellent post! Along with others, my experience at university brought this snobbery and unrecognized personal fear clear to me. I graduated with a degree in geology in a department where an "Economic Geology" course and professor were somehow plebian and not "real" geology courses. And then the professor left for work in the marketplace! How low-brow was that! When I graduated I was informed that "real" geologists stayed on at the university or got work with the government geological surveys. I knew clearly that going and working for an oil and gas company (fossil fuel was disgraceful; mining geology at least made you bang rocks and stay poor in lousy mining towns) was prostituting myself. I might as well never return to a university reunion.

Which I did, and found the professors uncomfortable with the practical successes of their students! We drilled and discovered things based on our geology! We put out careers out there and risked all and then succeeded, while they filled their papers with caveats and conditionals. When was the last paper you read that used the words "will", "does" or "shall", instead of "may", "might" or "could"?

I like to call these Greens the "illuminati" as a sarcastic reference to those 19th century fools, self-agrandizing nationalist racists who had "truth" at their fingertips, in contrast to what everyone else had.

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As many of the previous

As many of the previous comments have stated, a really well thought out article.
Perhaps we should all forma new political party to try and get Britain - great again, for people of all races/ colours who beleive in common sense and act for the benefit of working people, ( The masses) and not special interest groups.
First stop get rid of the bias BBC
If we mobolise liked minded people we can win
cheers
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you can and they are called

you can and they are called UKIP

An essay to think on. Thank

An essay to think on. Thank you.

Absolutely brilliant piece!

Absolutely brilliant piece! Marxist/communist/progressive philosophy is based in jealousy. Those that can't do, teach. It is absolutely correct that freedom and capitalism allow the masses to rise above their station. Something the self appointed 'intellectuals' will always despise as it reveals their incompetence at life. Common sense and hard work will trump educated navel gazing any time freedom allows it.

I dislike the label of

I dislike the label of intelligenstia because there are intelligent people in the private sector. The label New Class is preferable but of course still includes the nitwits from Oxbridge and the dimwit children of the upper and monied classes.
What is often forgotten is how corrosive an effect these inefficient sloths have on society.
1 The cost of employing them is disproportionate to their abilities.
2 Their policies and initiatives are expensive and worthless in outcome.
3 The outcome for consumers and business is further costs to be borne by increases in products, services and the implementation of the various schemes.
One good example of where these parasites reside is the BBC?

As an American Ph.D. who fled

As an American Ph.D. who fled academia as soon as I graduated to actually earn a living, I can attest to the brilliance of Durkin's insights. Universities are left wing brainwashing centers rather than eductional institutions. Anyone who questions the Party Line is viewed with alarm and contempt. They defend their Party Line with all kinds of twisted logic and highly selective "science" that often does not reflect reality. I became sickened by it. My professors were aghast that I would to "waste" my Ph.D. by not joining their elite, and mostly useless, ranks on the public dole to venture out into the real world and grub around for a living on the open market. I've been very successsful and it was the best decision I ever made. Maybe someday the public will wake up and start holding academicians from elementary schools through graduate schools accountable for their substituting brainwashing for education. Our whole "educational" system has become a disgrace that does not serve the consumer, i.e., the student, well. We could start by eliminating tenure, which is just a racket for those who quash freedom of thought and expression rather than encouraging and respecting all view points, from "conservative" to "liberal".

Excellent post

Excellent post

Another excellent piece by my

Another excellent piece by my favourite documentary maker.

I can see Martin's blog racing to the top spot if he continues with such a high standard of output.

An excellent post. Followed a

An excellent post.

Followed a link to get here and liked what I found.

Ian Woollely - you didn't quite understand. The argument is not that people shouldn't provide their thoughts on how to run things. It's just that the market clearing price for these thoughts is barely above zero. Which is the same price you paid for reading this webpage. The intellegentsia firmly believe the productive people should pay them to sit around and tell the productive people what to do.

Harpo : the positioning of an 'ETS' or 'Cap and Trade' is simply using the language of the market to position wealth collection as somehow of the right 'type', in order to get it past a populace weary of new taxes and charges. There is nothing free about a market in which you are forced to participate, or face jail time or fines. There is nothing free about a market with both supply and demand regulated by the government (credits and permits) and one that has a built in, indexed price floor.

No, the various 'market' claptrap surrounding ETS solutions are just using classic sales techniques to sell you something by associating it with something you already agree with. Markets are good, yes, we understand that. Therefore why not sell a tax as a market based solution?

In a free market you are free to enter and leave at any time, and the price can go to infinity or zero whenever it likes. None of these conditions are present in any type of 'carbon trading' market. The truth is, there already is a free market for 'carbon abatement' or 'carbon credits'. The price isn't zero, as some people voluntarily buy offsets for flights and car use, but it's not far off it. Which brings us neatly back around to the original proposition of why the intelligentsia does't like markets, because in their mind they don't price things correctly.

Nice post.

Nice post.

I second the

I second the brilliant...

However, just to expand on your theme it should be noted that the intelligentsia study in areas where most things are subjective and dependent upon the favour of those of higher ranked within their caste.

In order to succeed in their chosen study they must pander to the beliefs of their professors. This process trains fully fledged sycophants.

This is ultimately the source of the "concensus".

LOL - I just noted that your "CAPTCHA" is a math question. Is this to weed out some of the intelligentsia?

"Galbraith argues that it is

"Galbraith argues that it is the hallmark of the intelligentsia that it rises above the sordid needs of the market. He says, ‘it would be barbarous to suggest that the only claim to be made on behalf of education is the increased production of goods. It has its independent and, one must suppose, higher justification.’"

As far as I understand it, researchers in the social sciences have for a while now, had to demonstrate the value of their work to secure funding -- it's 'relevance'. Naturally, then, the more closely the subject of their research resonates with the public agenda, the more likely it is that the researcher will be able to claim that his work will have an 'impact'. We all know the drill -- there's more money available to researchers who can claim that their work will reveal 'the impact of climate change on ...'.

I'm sure Martin will be able to establish the exact moment the relationship between the state and universities was reorganised, but I'm pretty sure it was at the same time that a certain PM said of Hayek and Von Mises "this is what we beleive". Researchers, or 'intellectuals', are not independent of the market, not any more.

It strikes me that if there's any relationship between the 'anti-capitalist intellectual', the market, and the 'climate change consensus', it is that where we expected intellectuals to 'speak truth to power', they're now expected to speak official truth on behalf of official power. In other words, 'intellectuals' are expected to produce a climate change consensus, lest their work look like so much frivolous indulgence; nothing to do with productive society.

I think Mr Durkin may have things back-to-front.

It's the "trust me I'm an

It's the "trust me I'm an expert" and the "there should be a law against it" groups in society. They are invariably the better off and the better educated.

They should have their heads shaved and be forced to wear striped clothing with a board sign saying "BEWARE: I KNOW BETTER THAN YOU" hanging around their necks!

I agree with a lot of what

I agree with a lot of what you say. We do need people (intellectuals) to analyse society though, don't we? I mean, aren't you making an intellectual argument yourself here? That is, you haven't exactly come round to fix my toilet with this very interesting essay.

Send me the location of the

Send me the location of the book burning and I'll be right there.

I heard you speak at the

I heard you speak at the Rally Against Debt event and was in fact one of the stewards. On this basis this blog will become a must read.

Very briefly if you look at the rise of anti capitalism from the UK's industrialisation in the 18th century, the 1848 Communist Manifesto, to the two world wars of the 20th when, especially in WW2, nearly all means of production were controlled by central government, these people may have had a role to play. During the cold war the ongoing battle between capitalism and communism was finally won my Thatcher and Regan. The central planning of economies is now largely gone. These people need a job.

Global warming is one outlet, as they can't control the economy they now want to control our bodies. Most of the anti smoking and anti drinking, anti obesity lobbies wish to tell us how to live our lives. Known as "fake charities" on the basis they are state funded (to lobby the government) and I know with Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) &lt;5% comes from public donations. The rest from central government and other charities who intriguingly are financed in part by pharmaceutical companies.

It appears the authoritarian left has become a hydra.

Excellent article Martin and

Excellent article Martin and Spot on.

Keep up the good work.

This is a very good article.

This is a very good article. I enjoyed your tv programme very much. It is good to have a main stream journalist providing rationality in respect of the climate change hysteria.
As I have said before the only thing worse than a hypocrite is a sanctimonious hypocrite.
This is my second attempt at posting here.

I like this bit "The market

I like this bit "The market is based on merit. Success is determined by how highly people value what you have to sell."

Perhaps that explains your own success Mr Durkin. Your contribution reassures people and is valued by industry threatened by scientific conclusions.

Absolutely brilliant!

Absolutely brilliant!

I didn't pay more attention

I didn't pay more attention to the “ritual”.The first thing after gettnig up is check in on the internet and write a positive sentence to encourage myself.And then, make tea .Follow the list made in last night begin to read books.I always takes notes about the time arrangements.For example ,I recorded how long I learn english 、have breakfast、surf the net etc.Before going to company to summarize to see what exactly time i fully utilize or waste.(Generally,It's Learning around2.8H,Waste half an hour, exercise 15Minutes, Preparing for work 20minutes)I will learn from Hellen afterwards to do some conscious “ritual” .it's a good idea to make someone more positive and happier.

An essay with an actual

An essay with an actual point! So glad you've decided to blog.

It seems we are now witnessing the Triumph of the Pointless Essay Writers: of those who, in their youth, were set a certain amount of verbiage to crank out by Friday and could best sense what was required in the way of futile puffery. It’s been going on forever; but it’s only now that the Essay Writers are becoming an influential class in public employment, unhampered by the seniority system and other traditional limiters. Those who can spin and fudge and pad-out are no longer marginalised as soft-subject graduates. They are often promoted rapidly, for their dross has been found to contain valuable matter....valuable to collectivist governments. So all those John Donne essays weren't wasted after all!

Australia's threatened "carbon tax" went from "tax" to "price", to "transition to ETS" to "ETS" within weeks. For this, you need a class of intellectual, schooled well into their twenties, for whom modelling equals experience, spin trumps results and process beats outcomes. Enter the modern education system!

But what I don't understand

But what I don't understand is this... the intelligentsia hate "the market" but resort to the market (through Carbon Trading) to solve Climate Change which they claim to be "the greatest market failure of all time".

Not so intelligent.

The intellectuals also

The intellectuals also debased their own coinage. They drove academic (and scientific) standards down so more could "play" on a more levelled field. The hard work of actually discovering and thinking was made easier, softer, more amenable to "administrative adjustment".

Universities became group-think factories instead of centers of skeptical and iconoclastic thought. So there arose a kind of 'pseudo-proletarianism' of the pseudo-intellectual. A pseudo-aristocratic liberalism which glorified imaginary downtrodden swamped the government and media.

For a fascinating look at how this applied and was perpetuated, have a look at "Confessions of a BBC Liberal" : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2240427.ece

You underestimate the number

You underestimate the number of people in UK who <i>do</i> think they should do the thinking for us all. Moreover they think the rest of us are incapable of thinking for ourselves (and don't they wish it were so).

Nice start Martin, Do not

Nice start Martin,
Do not worry..the trolls we be along soon!

In the States they flock to

In the States they flock to the safety of 'Unions'. Originally for the purpose of righting the wrongs of the rich against the poor in industry, now the haven of the state or federal employee to wrong the rights and wallets of poor citizens against the promise of ever less and snippy service to those same citizens who pay their excessive wages and perks. Lord love a revolution. The Ship of State is sinking and we need to bale out the bilges.

Keep pushing. The productive

Keep pushing.

The productive part of society tolerated these goons as long as the free money was available.

Now that economic reality is about to be re-established the more people who understand the part these parasites play the better.

The result, as public awareness develops, will be for voters to support the politicians who talk straight. I don't expect UKIP to gain power but a substantial UKIP lobby or some more traditional tories - supported by significant numbers of voters - will give those who do gain power something to think about.

A nice evisceration of an all

A nice evisceration of an all too common mindset.

Now, how do we go about disempwering them ?

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