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Envy: ugly on left and right

Envy: ugly on left and right

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Published by Paul Nižinskyj
ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, BILL BAILEY, CLASS WAR, COALITION, CONSERVATIVE, DAILY MAIL, GEORGE OSBORNE, HAYEK, MAIL ON SUNDAY, PARIS HILTON, SPACED, TORY, ZAC GOLDSMITH
ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, BILL BAILEY, CLASS WAR, COALITION, CONSERVATIVE, DAILY MAIL, GEORGE OSBORNE, HAYEK, MAIL ON SUNDAY, PARIS HILTON, SPACED, TORY, ZAC GOLDSMITH

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Published by: Paul Nižinskyj on Jan 02, 2011
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Envy will always be an ugly emotion, whether it comes from hate mail like Socialist Worker or a populist rag like the Mail on Sunday. Highly irrational, it is also very destructive, being an emotion that very easily leads to another - hatred.As it happens, Socialist Worker have declined to comment on the story Mail editor Peter Wright seems to think worthy of a front page splash - namely that rich people enjoy spending money at Christmas.I know, it's shocking, isn't it? George Osborne has gone skiing in Switzerland,Zac Goldsmith is in an £8k-a-week Barbados villa and prisons minister Crispin Bluntscandalously paid £22 to attend a New Year's Eve party on the Commons terrace, courtesy of Speaker Bercow.As ever with envious, hate-enticing trash journalism, what these people should have been doing is never mentioned but if you read between the lines, it is oftenimplied. The results can be as hilarious as they are irrational.Take, for example, Mr Blunt. The Mail say his presence at Bercow's party was 'anembarrassment in light of the fact that at the same time a riot was brewing atFord Open Prison in Sussex.' Clearly, he ought to have spent New Year's Eve in riot gear quelling the disturbance himself, rather than doing something so outlandish as enjoying himself.The party itself was frequently described as 'lavish' - which is bang out of order on a day like New Year's Eve. Clearly the party ought to have employed a puritan sense of austerity with no music, no dancing and nothing more than stale bread and water served at the bar. Just like the good people of Britain.Of course, that the 'lavish' £22 price tag more than covered the cost of the party,with half the proceeds gong to charity, merited a single line at the bottom ofthe article as part of the MPs' 'defence.'In the case of Osborne and Goldsmith, the only implication I can pry out of thearticle is that they ought not to have spent so much money. Clearly it would bebetter, in the Mail's view, for them to avoid paying so many peoples' wages withtheir custom and simply allow their fortunes to accumulate yet more interest instead. Their real crime, naturally, was not allowing themselves to grow idly richer.This is the real meaning of the term 'we're all in this together.' It was adapted by Cameron and Osborne from very similar words spoken nearly half a century ago by trailblazing monetarists like Friedrich von Hayek and Enoch Powell. It wasperhaps not the best campaign slogan, given how easily it has been twisted intoammunition, but its central principle is sound; that every single person in thiscountry has a stake in its prosperity and everyone contributes.To say I dislike Paris Hilton, for example, is an understatement. I find her incredibly irritating, her influence on young girls frightening and her sheer idleness ingratiating. But frankly, it's none of my business. Her personality is mostlikely the result of bad parenting - something that permeates all class boundaries - and what she does or does not do with her (or her father's) money is up tothem and them alone.Plus, if I think about it rationally, she probably employs quite a lot of peopleand her wastrel lifestyle probably pays the wages of many, many more.One of the most disturbingly fascistic terms I've heard of late is 'socially useless.' It's the sort of thing you'd expect to hear from Mussolini, Mao, Hitler or Stalin, not the head of the Financial Services Authority. That anyone could ev

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