The strange passions of ex-leftists

There is a breed of ex-leftists who can’t stand the left more than anyone. They have the zealousness of the convert and the bitterness of ex-lovers. Cohen is one; another is Bloodworth, who he describes as a “genuine leftist rather than a poseur”, who has gone from being a member of the Trotskyist Alliance of Workers Liberty to writing pieces attacking “the left” as though it’s a homogenous bloc, and in support of grammar schools, privatisation and anti-immigration rhetoric in less than a year. Along with the likes of Dan Hodges, they delight the right, because they apparently confirm all the worst things they say about the left – but with more credibility because it’s “the left” saying it about their own.

– Owen Jones

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