Smugness at dawn

Ian Buruma is glad to see the back of the Tory government, but he is already grinding his teeth at the sanctimonious nonsense being spouted by his bien pensant friends

By Ian Buruma   20

There were times, in the days following the Labour victory, when I felt like the man in the Charles Adams cartoon: the man grinning in a cinema showing a deeply sad film, while all the people around him are in tears. Except that in my case, it was the reverse: all my bien pensant, Labour-voting, or at least anti-Tory friends were jumping with joy, while I felt faintly down. This was not because I was sorry to see the Tories go, or because I believe that a Labour government means disaster is at hand. I was as happy as the…

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