Imagine this scenario… Once upon a time in a land not too far away a leader of a political party was elected by the biggest majority in the parties history and their election to the leadership attracted over 350,000 people to join that political party making it the biggest political in Europe. The reason this new leader was so incredibly popular was because he believed in policies that helped the many not the few.
But the rich nobles and their friends amongst the Grandees of this political party didn’t like the idea of these policies that were going to benefit the many not the few because they were ‘the few’ and they wanted policies that would benefit them.
So the party Grandees and most of their servants in the party bureaucracy turned against this most popular of new leaders and embarked on a 2 year campaign to publicly undermine and humiliate the incredibly popular new leader.
Previous leaders of the party, previous government ministers, sitting MP’s, party officials all publicly ridiculed the new leader and made jokes about his clothes and his beard. Some of these party Grandees even told the voters that the best way to support the values of the party was not to vote for the new leader because they said he was so completely useless.
Some of the 350,000 new members complained that the party Grandees were being disloyal by openly attacking the incredibly popular new leader but the Grandees were not used to being criticised by ordinary people and insisted that their servants in the party throw the complaining new members out of the party.
Then, taking their cue from the party Grandees, all the media folk in this land started to think that this incredibly popular new leader must in fact be incompetent because so many of the parties Grandees were saying so and saying so so often.
It also turned out that some of the rich nobles who gave the jobs to all the media folk were friends of the party Grandees so they encouraged all the media folk to attack the incredibly popular new leader and rewarded them when they did so.
So all the media folk openly attacked the new leader and shamelessly ridiculed him even though some have them had a legal duty to be impartial. They said that the problem was that all the people who voted for the incredibly popular new leader and the 350,000 who joined the party once he was elected, must be stupid because they could not see what the rich nobles and all the party Grandees could see.
This went on for nearly 2 years and all the voters of this land watching all this everyday started to think there ‘cannot be smoke without fire’ and that the new leader must indeed be incompetent because all the rich nobles, the party Grandees and their servants in the party and even all the media folk kept saying so and saying so so often.
Strangely it turned out that the voters actually agreed with most of the policies the incredibly popular new leader put forward but the 2 years of all the party Grandees and all the media folk saying over and over again that the new leader was useless meant that the voters wouldn’t vote for the new leader even though they agreed with the things he wanted to do.
As a result when the election came along the new leader wasn’t incredibly popular anymore and not many of the voters voted for the new leader and he lost the election.
The party Grandees and their servants and all the media folk then said ‘see we told you the new leader was useless’ and all the 350,000 new members were expelled from the party for being something called ‘Trots’.
Thank goodness its just a dystopian fantasy eh!