Here is Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) over at Politics.Co.UK:
[Brexit Party] rallies were treated like some kind of spontaneous spasm of British Leave desire. Farage was handled like a political savant. If you interviewed him, it gave him what he wanted. If you asked him tough questions, it allowed him to play the victim. If you threw milkshake at him, you turned him into a martyr. No matter what you did, he won. Even the party’s logo, an ugly sideways house that doubled for an arrow on the ballot paper, was treated like a stroke of unrivalled genius.
Let’s analyse this one step at a time.
[Brexit Party] rallies were treated like some kind of spontaneous spasm of British Leave desire.
The desire to leave among a substantial part of the citizenry is long-standing. But the rallies were treated as spontaneous because they were spontaneous—in the sense that Brexit Party had only been created a few weeks prior.
Farage was handled like a political savant.
Dunt means Farage’s success could not be denied, although the Remain-media wanted to do just that and they would have done just that had Farage’s party not had a first place showing by a wide margin. Farage was handled like a political savant because he is a political savant—by any fair measure.
If you interviewed him, it gave him what he wanted.
All politicians want to be interviewed, especially after a success. Dunt means only that the media could not have avoided interviewing Farage, although that is precisely what they had wished to do.
If you asked him tough questions, it allowed him to play the victim.
Dunt means only that the old, tired dirty tricks and deflection no longer work.
If you threw milkshake at him, you turned him into a martyr.
Here, Dunt means only that the new dirty tricks did not work. And notice how he fails to suggest that it is wrong to assault politicians (including, if not especially, those you disagree with). He only rues that such assaults fail to work as intended by the assailants involved. Is not he on the side of the assailants? If you don’t believe me, see <https://twitter.com/IanDunt/status/1130466736178958341> (Ian Dunt: “This should not need saying but apparently it does. Throwing a milkshake at someone is a non-violent act.”). Pure Orwelling newspeak—no introspection and no shame.
No matter what you did, he won.
Which just proves that Farage is a savant, and notice that Dunt does not say that Farage cheated or lied. Dunt just rues that Farage had a comprehensible political goal shared by a substantial part of the electorate. IE: Leave. For Dunt, the problem is little things: voters, democracy, reality, etc. In other words, as hard as the media tried to put forward road blocks, and doing so is their real job, Farage continued to succeed.
Even the party’s logo, an ugly sideways house that doubled for an arrow on the ballot paper, was treated like a stroke of unrivalled genius.
It is like Dunt ran out of complaints, but just had to go on doing so anyway, and won’t he or somebody else please tell I’m-With-Her Hillary!
Seth Barrett Tillman, The Media Is Complaining That Their Tired Old Tricks No Longer Work!—So Much Winning!, New Reform Club (May 29, 2019, 4:55 AM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-media-is-complaining-that-their.html>.
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