|Will Self on Question Time, with Michael Gove|
- Will Self mentions 'cross-border incursions' by the Kenyan military and says they were the reason for the massacre in Nairobi. Apart from the fact that the Islamist killers didn't murder a single military man or politician, he also fails to tell the audience why the Kenyans have gone into Somalia in the first place. One: as a response to al-Shabaab terrorism and activity inside Kenya. Two: to stop them killing and starving their fellow Somalians.
- Mr Self found it 'physically painful' to hear the panelists' contradictory views. Such bombastic showmanship and such piety.
- He said that 'the only thing that bigs these guys up' is 'more guns' and 'more powers'. So Will Self clearly saw all the Question Time panelists as one solid block of conformity and agreement. Apart from that, none of the panelists had said anything about 'more power' or 'more guns'. Will Self is certainly a master of arguing against straw targets. This is what first-year Trotskyist students usually do.
- He states that his position that there haven't really been being any 'foiled terrorist plots' in the UK a 'heresy'; thereby selling himself as a contrarian. Yet a couple of minutes later he says: 'I don't doubt that some of these plots have been foiled.'
- It's hilarious that Will Self asks the panelists to 'look at the objective reality' on Islamic terrorism. That's strange because the idea of an 'objective reality' has come in for some stick from Will Self himself; as well as from a whole lot of Leftists, post-modernists, 'theorists' and deconstructors/post-structuralists whom he probably admires. (Self is Professor of Contemporary Thought at Brunel University.) Basically, objective reality doesn't exist according to many – or all – these people. Actually, what all this really means is that 'right wing', or 'capitalist', or 'Western', objective reality doesn't exist. That is, the objective realities which Will Self and others disagree with don't exist. However, his very own objective realities - such as on the true nature of Islamic terrorism - do exist. Exactly the same is true of relativists. They are only relativists when it comes to truths which they don't like or they disagree with. And power? Leftists are only against American or 'capitalist' power; not Islamist power, Leftist power, etc.
- He talked about military intervention in Syria - seemingly against the views of the panel. Yet all the panel (except possibly one) was against such intervention. In fact the UKIP candidate, Patrick O'Flynn, tells him this but Will Self ignores and talks over him because he prefers straw targets to real ones.
- He refers to 'big-dick militarists'. This is Will Self is Dave Spart mode. It really was student stuff. Apart form that (as with 'objective reality', truth and power), you'll often find that people like Will Self aren't actually against 'big-dick militarists' at all; they're just against Western or 'capitalist' ones. Such people are often in favour of big-dick militarists if they are the politically-correct ones: such as Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, Che Guevara, Chairman Mao, Lenin, Trotsky, Fidel Castro, the Sandinistas, the IRA, etc.
- He accuses other panelists of 'speaking from the high moral ground' yet that was exactly what he was doing! He was doing far more pontificating and finger-pointing than all the panelists put together. Far more! Yet that's OK because it was the politically-correct 'high moral ground' – not the politically-incorrect or right-wing one.
- Finally, I'm pretty sure he was on cocaine or at least drunk. I suppose that partly explains Will Self's politically inane views and – 'it really pains me' to say this – his melodramatic performance.
|Self's other 'old school' - Exeter College, Oxford University|
|Self's 'old school' - University College School|
It is clear that Will Self has zero political sophistication and that he has even fewer skills of political analysis. However, he's good with fancy words and poetic turns of phrase. So is George Galloway. That partly explains Galloway's political success. Despite that, when you take away Will Self's poeticisms (even if they are delivered in a nauseatingly nasal mockney whine), as well as Galloway's rhetoric, and look at the political content underneath it all - you'll find that there is no political content underneath it all.