It Those who are not cognizant with the latest trend in dining at the cafes that they frequent. Look at this anecdote From Scott Bridges
Three generations of bogans walk into the cafe: bogan mum, bogan daughter and bogan grandma. They peruse the food options on display in the cabinet such as chicken focaccias and lamb rolls. These options include such “gourmet” ingredients as pesto and semi-dried tomatoes. I answer their questions about ingredients and note the bogan look of bemusement on their faces.
“What’s that?” Asks bogan mum, pointing.
“Falafel,” I answer.
“What’s falafel?” Whines bogan mum. Bogan grandma actually looks frightened. Bogan daughter looks vacant.
“It’s a chickpea and spice mix that’s been deep fried.”
“Errr,” bogan mum purrs. “We just like plain food. Do ya do sandwidges?”
“Of course,” I attempt to remain polite.
“Whaddaya want?” She nudges bogan daughter back to life who shifts her vacant stare from the wall to the display. Turning to bogan grandma “Mum?”
Bogan grandma shakes her head vigorously. I think she has wet her pants. Bogan daughter manages to drawl an order.
“Can I have chicken and lettuce?”
“Sure,” I reply. “We have a salad mix of lettuce, is that okay?”
“Do ya have normal lettuce?”
I think for a moment. What is normal? She’s either asking a deep philosophical question or looking for iceberg lettuce.
“No I’m sorry,” guessing that it’s the latter. “Do you want anything else?”
“Do you want white or rye bread?”
Bogan mum cuts in.
“What’s rye bread?”
The contempt that Scott shows to the common people is almost palpable in this little tale from his time working in a cafe, but as you read through the archive of his blog you will see this theme repeated time and again for some one with a leftist tinge to his politics he has no understanding, or sympathy for the people of the suburbs. No empathy for those who do the menial jobs that are so necessary to make our society function the people who work in cinemas are just “plebs” and ordinary people without his intellectual pretensions are commonly referred to as “bogans“. As I suggested in my earlier piece “Silvertails, can they ever understand “doing it tough“many of the Latte Left talk the talk on equality and fraternity but they are mere dilettantes when it comes to advocating for the poor and down trodden . What do these dilettantes care about any group of people who are not fashionable to advocate for?
Oh we will hear all sorts of noises from them about the dispossession of the indigenous people, or the “mistreatment” of our Muslim immigrants, but what are they really doing to fix the “evils” that they cite so often and with such fervour? Well beyond mouthing off not much. Sadly too many of these dilettantes, after failing to do any thing of substance with their lives go into teaching. This seems to be the direction our friend Scott is taking. I am really concerned for the children of this country when we have people of Scott’s calibre entering the teaching profession.
Like many of his ilk pedantry is his stock in trade. He has made frequent comments here and elsewhere snidely pointing out that my spelling is sometimes far from perfect. this is something of a” cause ” for our Scott he has written about this sort of thing before at his own blog. He has certainly been a tireless advocate here for the use of proper “English” English metaphorically taking up the cudgels to do battle against any example of Americanized spelling. But in a globalised world can such a position be sustained? The English language is a wonderful dynamic creature that has be come the lingua franca of the world .and where ever it is spoken it has absorbed words and idioms that have added to its richness. So in this global age we have to accept that some words will have different spellings depending on where the writer draws their lexicon . Ultimately though the Latte Left have a deep seated hatred for all things American. However they are more than happy to use the fruits of that countries dynamic culture of innovation. I bet that even Scott’s computer has an Intel processor and uses Microsoft software. Likewise When Scott went on a trip to London he would have ridden in a Jumbo from Boeing.
Some how I tend to think that the reason that he has such a dislike for me and made my blogging such a whipping boy at his own blog it that he sees me an example of a “bogan” who has risen above his station and who refuses to mouth the usual leftist platitudes and slogans; How dare I not believe in abortion on demand? How dare I suggest that Homosexuals should not be able to marry? How dare I express scepticism about the green agenda or global warming? In his eyes I should meekly fall into line and accept the leftist orthodoxy on all of these issues. And that is the problem with so much of the inner urban left they have no real idea about the poor and down trodden, and while they may gleefully try to use Orwell’s visions of dystopia to attack the world’s conservatives the book that comes to mind here is not 1984 or Animal Farm but “Down and out in Paris and London “ and the contrast with the Scott Bridges of the world is startling Here is the account of some one who was the product of, England’s most esteemed public school who walked the walk; living and working with the most put upon at the very bottom of the social hierarchy and what comes across is not the contempt and disdain that permeates ”Grods corp.” but a real feeling of shared humanity and affection for the people he met.
Scott may have spent time doing Menial work washing dishes but he has never developed the understanding or affection for the ordinary people as a result of that practice, he has only used the experience to reinforce his elitist prejudices. Maybe one day he will realise that there is nothing wrong with being unsophisticated or preferring simple foods served with out pretensions.
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