James Delingpole tells his new Telegram followers…
“Feeling at the moment a bit like one of those millennial cults where the appointed hour has come and gone and the earth has not been consumed by fire while the faithful are raised to heaven in their giant spaceship. And I’m waiting for a cult leader to tell me: No, it’s OK. We got the date wrong. The Great Awakening is actually going to happen on…”
It might surprise readers to learn that James Delingpole, who boasts that he is right about everything, has been on a Coronavirus journey. At the start of the pandemic, far from denying reality and writing continually about a “fake pandemic“, he was justifiably concerned, writing that “it’s serious“. By March he was wavering between worry and scepticism. When the summer came it was all “face nappies” and “bedwetters” in public on his Twitter feed. In private he had stocked up on masks…
Far from his recent antivaxx tendencies, Delingpole’s kids have revealed on social media that back in early February he was busy booking pneumococcal vaccinations for them.
Back when the Government was advising people to not purchase masks, the Delingpoles wisely bought multiple masks for the family, along with cleaning products. Now the Government is advising mask wearing, Delingpole has of course become fervently anti-mask.
At the end of January he was even writing about the lengths to which he went to avoid catching the deadly airborne virus:
“I remember waiting for the lift and a whole group of [Chinese tourists] emerged. Fearing they might be infected, I waited till they’d gone (obviously I didn’t want to be rude), then I took a gulp of air, dashed inside the lift and held my breath for the entire journey until I got out at my floor, hoping I hadn’t inhaled any of their viral miasma. At the time, I did feel a bit of an idiot. Now I wonder whether I was cautious enough.”
Delingpole’s change of heart came around March, after becoming convinced he had the disease already. In his own words “it feels bloody great… – yay! – you have a degree of immunity to this plague that is infecting and terrifying everybody else around you.” Was it the selfish belief that he had survived Covid and become immune that changed his perspective?
There is a noticeable overlap between people who believe that Covid is some kind of hoax and is really only a flu-like virus, that Biden “stole” the US election, and those loudly rejecting covid vaccination. What drives that belief system is distrust of government and authority. Naturally a lot of people on the libertarian right are instinctively distrustful of government and resent the loss of liberty we are suffering around the world as a result of the pandemic. In Britain, some on the libertarian right are now making common cause with the likes of David Icke and Piers Corbyn.
At the epicentre of this worldview in Britain is the Breitbart columnist James Delingpole, who today is publicly urging his 86 year-old father to reject being vaccinated. James tweets all day that Trump is going to win the presidency in a couple of weeks because he has a surprise up his sleeve, rants against vaccinations and a globalist conspiracy – supposedly centred around the World Economic Forum based in Davos and the Trilateral Commission. Bill Gates features heavily in the conspiracy because his philanthropy funds global vaccination efforts.
Some of Guido’s below-the-line commenters think Delingpole is right. Their beliefs are reinforced by their social media filter bubble, frenzied sharing of dubious charts that support their case, cherry picked research and even photos of allegedly empty NHS staff car parks. They are, according to polling, a very small minority of the public and they need to be won over to the reality of the situation and de-radicalised.
That won’t be done by criminalising their dissent as Keir Starmer advocates, it won’t be done by insulting them, it will be done by convincing them that our liberties will be returned to us in a matter of months when this pandemic is defeated. It will be done by the evidence of their own eyes convincing them that the vaccine safely immunises people. In the meantime let’s hope that Delingpole senior stays safe…
Is it time for someone to stage an intervention with James Delingpole? Guido and Delingpole are nodding acquaintances and we generally have a laugh when our paths cross at parties. He’s done heroic work exposing the green movement’s fakery and corruption over the years. Of late Guido senses that the demise of Trump has triggered him somewhat. He goes far beyond the “we wuz robbed” stance that many Trumpians take, he says that and then some. James writes this morning that President Trump is on the verge of his second term:
This is why I still have faith that Donald Trump is going to win his rightful second term as president (and I mean now, not 2024). It’s not that I underestimate the vastness of the forces arrayed against him. Rather it’s that I believe there are enough people out there – from those 74 million Trump voters to the Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to the tenacious, fearless, 5-D-chess-playing President himself – who understand that this attempted election theft poses an existential threat to the Republic and, by extension, to the Free World. They will not let this crime happen because they are fully aware that the costs of nipping this globalist coup in the bud now will be as nothing to the costs of dealing with it should these evil-doers be allowed to prevail.
My suspicion is that Trump has known this for years, that he has been preparing for it all along, and that he and his most trusted advisers are simply biding their time before they strike.
5-D-chess-playing Trump? Spooks planning to block the constitutional process? A globalist coup? A secret Trump Team plan to strike back? Delingpole’s long-term podcast partner Toby Young has tried gently broaching the subject with James, to no avail. Reality apparently is for “cucks”, not 5-dimensional-chess-playing Trumpians…
Do the new COVID restrictions point to another lockdown? Or is the government overreacting?
Can Boris Johnson urge people to obey the law when his own government seems prepared to break it over Brexit?
Should the furlough scheme be extended? Or would that just be delaying the inevitable?
And could Donald Trump win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Join host Mark Littlewood tonight for a whirlwind 90 minutes of discussion and debate with author and journalist James Delingpole, former CEO of Vote Leave and the TaxPayers’ Alliance Matthew Elliott, Conservative commentator Alex Deane, Terry Kibbe from the Washington-based Free the People and DUP MP Sammy Wilson.
Also taking part will be journalist and commentator Benedict Spence, founder of The Democracy Institute Patrick Basham and author Kristian Niemietz, the IEA’s Head of Political Economy.
Be sure to join in the debate – LIVE at 6 – here or on YouTube.
Everyone seems to have a take on the politics of Star Wars, was it a Cold War allegory, with the Empire as the Soviet Union? Now that death star has been destroyed the Empire is being re-cast by some as the European Union – after all Princess Padmé Amidala (played by Natalie Portman) in Revenge of the Sith is engaged in a trade treaty dispute at the Galactic Parliament. Her people of Naboo, a small constitutional monarchy, could perhaps be the British, which makes Nick Clegg a political Jar Jar Binks.
James Delingpole makes some sound points about the Star Wars fight for freedom, Tyler Durden too over at Zero Hedge makes a case for Star Wars being an example of libertarian myth-making. The New Statesman’s Stephen Bush seems to accept that the heroes are counter-revolutionary freedom fighters against an oppressive galactic state. He even calls the Jedis “Tories”…
One thing is for sure, these are not the Jedis you are looking for:
YouGov have asked the British public which Star Wars character political leaders identify with:
— YouGov (@YouGov) December 17, 2015
Clearly they think politicians are baddies…