Von Bork laughed. “They are not very hard to deceive,” he remarked. “A more docile, simple folk could not be imagined.”
“I don’t know about that,” said the other thoughtfully. “They have strange limits and one must learn to observe them. It is that surface simplicity of theirs which makes a trap for the stranger. One’s first impression is that they are entirely soft.
Then one comes suddenly upon something very hard, and you know that you have reached the limit and must adapt yourself to the fact.
The Englishman is a patient creature, but at present his temper is a little inflamed, and it would be as well not to try him too far.
On Saturday, there was an incident in our shop – I think it’s written up elsewhere but I can’t find it – and basically, a customer was grumbling about the idiocy which abounds, the PCism, the way “they” can’t get anything right, that those above care nothing for us and so on. I mentioned that the trick is not to vote for any of them at the next elections. He said he wasn’t voting but I said no – go and vote but not for any of the big three – that will stop their little game.
“They’re all as bad as each other,” said someone else and at that point, it was obvious that virtually the whole shop had turned and were tuning into this in cold fury. Not polite interest – cold fury. Now that was significant in my book because 1. there were different political hues in that shop at the time and different ages but they were all of one mind. 2. it’s not usual for a sort of instant group thing to happen in an English shop.
We’ve always grumbled about this and that and yes, we also grumbled about the weather on Saturday. What distinguished this weather talk from the other was that it was close to fighting talk. People are thoroughly fed up and can’t think of any other target but the government – obviously I didn’t go on about Them. I did ask the question whether they thought it was a deliberate attempt to unsettle the people, sheer incompetence or both. Most said it was both.
Now, if that flash event could take place like that in a relatively gentile shop, what must it be doing up and down the country? People have been saying there is going to be an explosion when the people say enough and I’ve not completely bought that until now – we have a history of long-suffering in grumbling semi-silence. After Saturday though, I’m not so sure.
It has to be deliberate, provocative, designed to get the British people’s backs up. They choose things to provoke us, the utilities price hikes while people are being made redundant, the benefits scams, the NHS, the immigrants waltzing in and going straight to benefits – there really is seething anger. What do the PTB have in mind? That we’ll explode and start killing Muslims and other immigrants? That we’ll start raping and killing women?
I bet they don’t think we’ll ever seek them out themselves for the noose.