Kate Andrews writes for City AM
Whether it’s Johnson’s comments on the burka, or former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron’s religious convictions, public life is increasingly unable to incorporate those who are simultaneously critical of a behaviour, yet still tolerant of other people’s right to do it.
It’s a sad feature of the current political climate, in which outrage has become a dominant theme.
But there is another angle to this story, a side that is rarely talked about. Virtue-signalling is often seen as a left-wing activity – yet another trait of the “safe space” or “snowflake” generation that puts huge emphasis on expressing their own moral stances, while often trying to shut down (or “no-platform”) the expression of others’ opinions.
But virtue-signalling is not unique to the left. It takes place on the right almost as frequently. We’re just not always so quick to recognise it.
Read the article in full here.
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