Cultural historians might well look back on 2016 as the worst year in history for tragic and untimely deaths.
True, in George Michael, David Bowie, Prince and, lest we forget, Harambe, we lost some of our brightest stars.
But 2016 hasn’t been all bad. For it was also, undeniably, the liberal left’s annus horribilis – the year when world-view, driven by identity politics, went toes-up on the cobbles.
And that’s something to raise a glass of something delicious to.
This madness started on New Year’s Eve 2015, with the Cologne sex attacks on 1,300 Western women.
— VICE News (@vicenews) December 25, 2016
Few on the centre-right were surprised when Angela Merkel’s multi-cultural dream turned into a nightmare, after she opened her country’s doors to 1.1million refugees of unknown origin.
Yet, for two straight weeks, a curious silence consumed the liberal Left. Frozen in the headlights of their own world-view, they weren’t able to even mention the fact the attacks had been carried out by men of “Arab or north African origin” – the new euphemism for “Muslim”.
Not that anybody on the left even dared mention the M-word.
No: the Left weren’t even allowed to call out rapists, for fear of appearing Islamophobic. At that moment, their house of cards began to topple.
When the liberal left’s op-ed writers gathered their thoughts, they turned not on the attacker’s religion, nor ethnicity, but their gender.
“It wasn’t Muslim men, it was all men!” they cried.
This same blanket condemnation was administered to all those who opposed the immediate importation to Britain of the poor souls who inhabited the Calais Jungle.
Soon, a who’s who of humanity’s greatest irritants queued up to condemn the rest of us as small-minded xenophobes.
But a wave of liberal tears – delivered at carefully orchestrated media calls by Nicola Sturgeon, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Jude Law, Benedict Cumberbatch, George Clooney, Bob Geldof and the omnipresent Lily Allen – was no match for the tsunami of Brexit.
The tide had turned, and Brexit’s ripples swelled towards the USA and mainland Europe, where once again, complacent leaders didn’t heed the warnings.
Lo and behold, Hillary Clinton’s default position that everybody who disagrees with her is a misogynist meant 52% of men hold a “very unfavourable” view of her.
Trump – kryptonite to the liberal left but pure gold to those who despise the system he railed against – filled the void.
Then in November, Trump tweeted “Fidel Castro is dead!” and the despot’s demise once again tied the liberals and socialists in ideological knots, exposing them for the frauds they are.
The liberals displayed a total inability to condemn Fidel Castro as a murderous tyrant who tortured gays, because to socialists like Jeremy Corbyn and Justin Trudeau, he was a great social justice warrior – just like them.
Saddened about the passing of Sauron who, while heavy-handed, did advocate for open borders and usher in industrial era. #trudeaueulogies
— Elana Fric Shamji (@ElanaFricShamji) November 26, 2016
Never has a ruling class, nor the mainstream media and the academia that supports it, been so out of touch – and out of trust – with the public.
Every single leader who stood by the multicultural dream – and denounced the rest of us for disagreeing with them – was trounced at the polling booths.
In 2016, David Cameron, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, France’s Francois Hollande, Italy’s Matteo Renzi – and their identity politics – were on the wrong side of history.
UK- David Cameron
USA – Barack Obama
France – François Hollande
Italy – Matteo Renzi
Angela Merkel is left standing pic.twitter.com/OYz56mulld
— Miguel Chang (@MiguelChang1984) December 5, 2016
Angela Merkel will surely be next on the hit list.
Frau Merkel – the integrationist’s Mother Teresa – started 2016 as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, their writers eulogising her “fairy tale” life. But after the Berlin truck attack, her fairy tale had a Grimm ending.
So it was a fitting footnote to a topsy-turvy year when Donald Trump – of Mexican walls, “extreme vetting” and banning Muslims from entering the USA – ended 2016 as Time’s new Person Of The Year.
In 12 turbulent months, we’d come full circle: liberalism was replaced by a globally resurgent nationalism.
So let’s raise a glass to that. Things can’t get any more absurd in 2017.