Another of those intensely depressing moments – The Guardian asks 60 people living in Britain to write their personal message to George Bush .
Of course it worth remembering this poll reported by the paper that the majority of Labour voters actually welcome Bush’s visit.
Much of it is depressing reading then and perhaps saddest of all is reading the words of 12-year-old Mickey, a little kid who has learnt to spout the SWP line:
I would just like to say how much I hate you. You have done nothing positive in your whole time as president. You are the reason for the poverty in the Middle East. You have no idea what you are doing. You’re killing loads of people, and that is not excluding your own nation too. There are still lots of very poor people in America, and they are getting poorer.
You keep making excuses about Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, but all you were in Iraq for was the oil. Saddam had been there for 30 years, so why is it only now you decided to act? You keep talking about September 11 when all you do is bomb other countries and give Israel lots of money. It is a very bad idea that you have come over here.
I don’t want to grow up in a country which is so influenced by you and your policies.
He’s a 12-year-old lad.
So please don’t tell me anymore about how the nihilists are just a tiny minority not worthy of attention. Please don’t tell me that Harold Pinter, Tariq Ali and John Pilger are isolated individuals. They are poisoning young people and destroying what little moral credibility remained on the radical left.
I despise them and I despise that their pals in the media present them as the ‘left’ and leave the field open to the Tories to present themselves as the voice of reason.
But we can’t leave the left to these people.
Note: The Guardian has since put the rest of the letters online which makes my earlier criticism unfair so I’ve edited the post to reflect that. I’ll try and comment on some of the other letters later on.
(PS: If all this is too depressing, check out Burchill’s little wind-up in the 60 contributions and also the poll results showing that the attitudes of Labour voters to Iraq, the US and other issues, are in stark contrast to the psuedo-left’s position).