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Jordan Peterson: "The UK media seems to have a problem understanding Peterson or even approaching him in a way which is halfway decent" (Adam Jacobs CC BY 2.0)



In Portugal for another leg of my latest book tour I sit in a hotel room for two days answering questions from journalists. I am rather fond of Portugal, and Lisbon and Porto in particular are wonderful places to return to. As on all such trips you learn surprising things. When discussing the migrant crisis with Portuguese interviewers there is the oddity that Portugal managed to avoid nearly all of the 2015 crisis. While people poured through Greece and Italy, Spain and Portugal managed to avoid the largest flows.

As a result — and along with its desire to thank Brussels for its economic largesse — the Portuguese government has made something of a stance about its pro-migrant attitudes. It agreed to the Brussels quota system and even recently announced that it wanted to take more than the number of migrants it had originally been asked to accept.

As ever the devil is in the detail. For it appears that not many migrants want to move to Portugal. This is surprising to some of us. The climate is exceptionally warm, as are the locals, and though the economy is still in trouble, jobs can be found. And yet still they do not come. More embarrassingly, many of those relocated to Portugal have ended up moving back to northern Europe. Perhaps Brussels’ next pitch to the Visegrad countries for enforced quotas should be that the migrants won’t stay anyway.

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Something strange is brewing in the culture. For years it has been presumed that the Left had the wind in its sails, that political correctitude would remain the prevailing political backdrop and that those with conservative opinions would continue to whisper them in private yet prove unwilling to uphold them in public. The rise of the grassroots group Momentum in the UK seemed to vindicate this fear. But the times appear to be changing.

One part of that change has been visible in what has rightly become known as the Jordan Peterson phenomenon. But there are other signs of it as well. In May I spent an evening at the London Palladium. The 2,500-seater theatre which is ordinarily used for big West End musical shows or rock concerts was this night hosting a very different act. In huge letters, in lights, all across the front of the theatre was the star name: Rod Liddle.
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June 4th, 2018
9:06 PM
I look forward to a time when Western capitalism and conservative values will no longer be seen as something shameful. Perhaps the interest in Rod Liddle and Jordan Peterson show that some people at least are just beginning to outgrow the socialist/PC delusions that have held us in thrall for decades.

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