Rather belatedly, I’ve discovered the great Councillor Terry Kelly, ‘possibly the most stupid person in the blogosphere’ (Tom Paine).
I thought Cllr Kelly was an elaborate hoax dreamed up by folks like Devil’s Kitchen, Mr Eugenides, and Right For Scotland, but, no, he apparently does really exist. He’s a Labour councillor in Paisley who writes a blog comprising
The view from Left field, politics, entertainment, argument and insight into my world. For Socialism, peace and justice, against racism, sexism, sectarianism, nationalism and discrimination. Avanti Poplo [sic]!
It’s not so much Cllr Kelly’s politics that are the problem as his utter, boneheaded stupidity. He’s not so much an example of the old joke about ‘they’d elect a monkey around here if it was wearing the right rosette’ as an example of how, in some places, they’ve not even bothered with the monkey and have just elected the rosette instead. In most places, the rosette thus elected at least has the sense to keep a low profile, quietly enjoying the perks of public office, voting the way he’s told by his more intelligent and able colleagues and not embarrassing the party too much (I hale from a Labour one-party city, so I know how these things are done).
Not so Cllr Kelly; he’s got himself one of those blog things and he shares his views, in semi-literate prose, with the rest of the world. If he were an American in the appropriate part of the USA he’d doubtless be trying to ban the teaching of evolution without any clear idea of why, other than that it’s an atheistic idea and not the sort of thing we want in Kansas, but, since he’s a Scot in a part of Scotland where Labour are the natural party of government, he’s Labour; or, rather, he reproduces what he takes to be left-wing attitudes without apparently having any clear idea of why anyone might hold them and — which is what made me think he must be a spoof — with no conception of how to argue for them other than by being abusive with his interlocutors. (more…)