The bottom line is this: we’re bored. Bored of mainstream media. Bored of traditional left-versus-right modes of thought. Especially bored of Labour and Conservative party politics (indifferent to the Lib Dems). Our roots and instincts are probably (just about) within the Labour Party but the incumbent government is often an animal that we do not recognise as the one we so eagerly supported in 1997. Perhaps we’ve changed. Who knows? The point is, ideology is dead and political labels are increasingly meaningless. We live in a country where a centre-left government frequently acts with dictatorial impunity on social affairs while managing the economy with Hayekian monetarist glee. Meanwhile, over the pond, a right wing, Christian conservative has, by removing the vile regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, greatly advanced the causes of global secularism and democracy while, at home, running up the kind of deficits and government spending not seen in the US since the 1970s.
Oh yes, we live in crazy, contradictory times. The old labels just no longer apply.
We’re also tired of the proliferation of boring, ill-informed blogs that fill the web. The internet is awash with the mind-vomit of millions of stump-headed troglodytes with absolutely nothing valuable to say. As if this were not bad enough, people think it is acceptable to publish their insipid twaddle littered with grammatical and spelling errors. No wit. No panache. No effort. No point. This is unforgivable in our eyes. Snobbery? No. Well, maybe a little bit. We prefer to think of it as having high standards.
Which leads us to here – The Liberal Elite . The name is meant ironically – we do not consider ourselves to be “liberal” (another increasingly meaningless label) or “elite”. We chose the name because we know there are a lot of people out there that would stick our opinions in that basket. Also because it just made us laugh. Our intention is to amuse, provoke, inflame, unite and destroy. In that order.
Our slogan is “Because you’re wrong.” Why? Because you are.