15 February 2017
Who said “Ken Loach’s Bafta diatribe shows he is stuck in the past”?
The Poverty Deniers
#TimLoughton #Hippo #KenLoach
Thank you Ed, how-did-you-get-that -job, West of the Spectator
Ed West, your article in the Spectator says more about you, Ed West than Ken Loach and hardly justifies the notion that Ken Loach is "stuck in the past". Really?!
You don't define that "past" precisely, but I assume you are not referring to the "You've never had it so good," Harold Macmillan years because 2017 is a lot worse than that.
Ed West. Get out more? Yes, you should.
I would like to think that you would distance yourself from the bigots who have responded to your article with vitriolic "diatribes" of their own, or on your behalf as published in the Spectator comment pages. Notably, but by no means exclusively, Tim Loughton the Conservative MP who was, he says, invited to the BAFTAS I assume in error, and has used your article to twitter foolishly like a demented over-excited Trump-lite fantasist.
I find your discussion of identity politics interesting and stimulating but don't quote me on that. I also found it inconclusive and ultimately contrary.
The "main stream media" including yourself, if that is not too harsh a compliment, is obsessed with demographics and identity politics. Ken Loach is not a "demographic" of class politics unless you, Ed West choose to make him that. If Ken Loach or anyone else directs your attention to injustice and you and Tim Loughton ignore that injustice and redirect the attention of your readers to would-be poverty deniers, that is of course irresponsible and cruel and ridiculous.
You are peddling pet food for hyenas. How did you get that job?
And why did you bring up "class" anyway? Who exactly do you think you are defending?