A conspiracy theory regarding the Windrush scandal is being put round Twitter (and I assume other social media) by several leftists today. Those of you who have no idea what this conspiracy theory entails are now using your imaginations to come up with what it might be, I’m sure. But it is so absurd, you would never get there, even if you had ten thousand years to think about it. As such, I wanted to document it as the ne plus ultra of idiotic, conspiracy theory laded, leftist thinking in the Corbyn era.
Amelia Gentleman is the Guardian journalist whose tireless work uncovered the full extent of the Windrush scandal. Without her efforts, this might have all remained subterranean. You would think the Left would unreservedly applaud her for this. You’d be wrong, apparently.
Amelia is married to Jo Johnson, Tory MP and brother to Boris. The conspiracy theory goes like this: Gentleman only uncovered the Windrush scandal in order to make life tough for Theresa May, all so Boris Johnson, Gentleman’s brother-in-law, could become prime minister. This conspiracy theory is so mesmerisingly idiotic it is hard to know where to begin breaking it all down.
I’ll start with this, as it is the most important point: are leftist conspiracy theorists actually saying it would have been better if the Windrush scandal had never been uncovered at all? That is a clear implication from the whole thing. The next most awful thing about it is that it perpetuates the idea that a woman’s career must always be subservient to her husband’s; further, that a woman is defined by what her husband does for a living much more than what she herself does for a living. The notion that the Left would try and further this deeply sexist concept is deeply troubling.
But that’s only really the start of the can of worms this conspiracy theory opens up. Why does the Left suddenly feel defensive towards the careers of either Amber Rudd or Theresa May? That makes no sense whatsoever. Even if every aspect of the conspiracy theory were actually true, why would a Guardian journalist exposing a government scheme that looked to deport several hundred people who had a legal right to be here, thus helping every one of them remain in the country, done with the motivation to bring down May’s premiership and help Boris entertain the fantasy of getting into Number 10 along the way, be a bad thing from a left-wing perspective anyhow?
It has come to the point on the Left where even just identifying who and what they are actually for and against has become so mind boggling to follow, I feel sorry for them all. The doublethink involved in having to be being outraged about a plot to bring down Theresa May doesn’t bear thinking about.