Janan Ganesh’s political adoration of Theresa May, American Writer comments

Headline: Theresa May can now secure her mandate on Europe

Sub-headline: Hopes of a reversal or dilution of last year’s referendum are definitively dashed

‘Seven Weeks to Victory’ should be the headline of this essay, when has Tory Hubris been proven wrong?

Mr. Genesh’s usual bile and gall has been reduced to jejune political aphorism, allied to feline purring, in adoration of the political wisdom/virtue of Teresa May. Her coronation as a legitimized leader of the Tories will be the ‘snap election’ : this strategy the brain child of May and her Rovian adviser Lynton Crosby.

The rhetorical frame of  ‘comparable nuisances’ is the trivializing notion of the political opposition, within her own party, yet the starkest of object lesson of David Cameron is elided from the self-satisfied purring of Mr. Ganesh. The certainty of the victory of May is Ganesh’s central dogma, yet even if May wins this ‘snap election’, by whatever margin, the inexorable political rise of Corbyn, or someone like him, will be ignored by Ganesh: in his celebration of a political ascendancy, that has stalled for want of viable alternative to an utterly sclerotic Thatcherism, whether Tory or New Labour. What does the rise of Corbyn signal to the political establishment, if not that? I forgot! the Party Line here at The Financial Times, The Rebellion Against The Elites.

Even ‘bothersome colleagues’ cannot interfere with the ‘vision’ of May: take this as clue to the authoritarian character of the Ganesh Political Vision. ‘The Strong Man’ needn’t be a man, as the towering political thuggery of Mrs. Thatcher proved beyond doubt.

Ganesh even engages in Hegelian pastiche, that adds a kind comic relief ,to his kowtowing adoration of May.  Note also the underlying tone of the decisionism of Carl Schmitt. Not to speak of the primacy of markets, the Neo-Liberal fiction in a state of collapse.

‘To assume that Mrs May is nearer to the second remains as durable a myth as her supposed indecision. Power might reveal a more thoroughgoing conservative than the markets realise.’






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polemic (n.) 1630s, “controversial argument or discussion,” from French polémique (16c./17c.), noun use of adjective meaning “disputatious, controversial” (see polemic (adj.)).

polemic (adj.) 
1640s, from French polémique (from Middle French polemique) “disputatious, controversial,” or directly from Greek polemikos “of war, warlike, belligerent; skilled in war, fit for service; like an enemy, stirring up hostility,” from polemos “war,” of unknown origin. Related: Polemical (1630s)



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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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