It’s not enough to challenge Tory ideology. We also have to dismantle the Orwellian semantic shifts. We have to defeat the Tory propaganda machine that lies, persuades and lulls people with slogans, empty glittering generalities and glib catch-phrases.
You’ve heard those slogans – “less government”, “personal responsibility”, “hard-working families”, “making work pay” and lots of flag waving. These are shorthand messages to the public that are thrift with the truth, codifications for an entire world-view. But ever such a shabby, ruthless and paltry one.
The clue is in the name: the word “Tory” derives from the Middle Irish word tóraidhe, which means outlaw, robber or brigand, from the Irish word tóir, meaning “pursuit”, since outlaws were “pursued men”. It was originally used to refer to an Irish outlaw and later applied to Confederates or Royalists in arms. The term was originally one of abuse.
The Torieslive by plundering. They…
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