If the left is dominated by puritan preachers who denounce the faults of everyone but themselves the right is dominated by a satirical ‘contrarian culture’ which is now so predictable there’s nothing contrary about it.
Liberals and leftists are humourless hypocrites – the party line runs.
At Oxfam or in Hollywood they satisfy the brute desires they deplore in others.
In the privacy of their Tuscan and Hampstead homes they show every indication of wanting to hoard rather than share their wealth.
Worst of all they are elitists who look down their dainty noses at the masses who voted for Brexit and Trump and damn them as racist fools.
The satirical right dominates the conservative web and newspapers because it delivers the occasional truth about liberal hypocrisy – which you do not have to be a conservative to appreciate.
Satire worked as a counter-culture protest because from the 1990s until 2016 the ‘establishment’ was politically correct and most of us enjoy seeing the pomposity of the powerful punctured.
As the contrarians head to power however outsiders can see the teeth behind the smirk.
The label that has stuck to the demagogues who dominate British and American politics is ‘the alt-right’.
But as Brexit is proving it is as much a ‘bullshit right’.