Monday 26 September 2016

O'Doherty: We're now living in our own dystopian movie

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

Apocalypse now: Riot police in Kos, Greece force Syrian refugees into an orderly queue
Apocalypse now: Riot police in Kos, Greece force Syrian refugees into an orderly queue
A Je Suis Charlie protest in Nice, France last January

Despite my sunny ­demeanour, I've always been rather obsessive about dystopian movies, particularly those that feature fictional news broadcasts in the background which offer a bigger-­picture glimpse of the disaster that is unfolding.

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I doubt that I'm the only person who watched the increasing chaos from Kos, Calais and the Mediterranean without thinking of Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men.

We may not have reached the central conceit of the movie (based on the brilliant book of the same name by PD James), which is that women have stopped having babies and the human race is now dying, one by one.

But the chaotic scenes we have witnessed at migrant centres on the news every day could easily have been taken from that bleak, depressing film. That's where we are now, folks - living in a world where real life newscasts are indistinguishable from apocalyptic Hollywood plot devices.

What is remarkable is not that hundreds of thousands of migrants are trying to get into Europe (the reasons are many and easily understood). No, what is truly jaw dropping is that so many Europeans seem to think that we should, or could, fix the problem without utterly shattering the identity of Europe as we know it.

Put simply, there are more people in Africa than there are in Europe and the continent is 'enjoying' a population explosion which will only make this problem worse with each successive generation.

Contrary to popular opinion, you can't blame everything on Bush and Blair and when it comes to Africa, the West can merely alleviate or exacerbate its problems - it's ultimately up to Africans themselves to fix their own broken states.

That ain't gonna happen any time soon, so we're stuck with a problem which needs to be answered now, before it becomes a generational one. Despite these self evident facts, the chin strokers and blame-the-West brigade are out in force to say that this is all our fault and when they can't win with logic - and they really, really can't - they use juvenile, emotive language that plucks the heart strings of the easily swayed.

A prime example of this Utopian idiocy is the growing belief that, somehow, borders are the problem and therefore, a world with no borders would be a super fun, happy place where everyone would be nice and kind to each other.

They were out in force at a recent demonstration in support of Afghan asylum seeker Walli Ullah Safi. Standing outside the Department of Justice, they held placards with such fatuous sentiments as 'No Borders!' and 'Migration Is Not A Crime.'

This is the kind of thinking you'd expect from a dopey teenager trying to impress his girlfriend, not supposedly rational adults. It's not just the usual cranks and activists, either. Commentators who should know better have been so busy climbing over themselves to parade their tolerance that they seem to have left their brains behind.

So, let's give them the conch, as it were. Let's do it their way.

Let's abolish all borders. Let's abandon the entire concept of the nation state, while we're at it. We're all part of the same human race so let's hop on the no-borders bandwagon and see where the journey takes us.

Let's proclaim that everyone is entitled to the same benefits, education and healthcare, regardless of where they come from. Let's watch as more ghettoes metastasise across Ireland and Europe and the continent collapses into schism. Let's give ourselves a pat on the back as we commit demographic suicide.

Better that than to be seen as racist, eh?


The ironing, as they say, is delicious. Clothing giant TK Maxx have been forced to remove a range of T-shirts from their shelves following complaints from a customer.

Some genius called Tom Young was offended when he saw the clothing with the slogan 'Je Suis... Over It' and he harrumphed that: "Even if this message did not intend to cause upset in relation to this tragic event, I am adamant that it should be taken down from stores immediately."

Never let the facts get in the way of your feelings, eh? The T-shirt was around before the Charlie Hebdo massacre (which was an atrocity, not a 'tragedy') but this simpleton is 'adamant' that it be removed - as, depressingly, it was.

Did any of his friends, presuming he actually has any, point out that wanting to ban a slogan synonymous with free expression is rather missing the point?

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