I don’t hate politics but I’ve heard a lot of people use that phrase in response to any mention of the word “politics”. The other phrase I often hear is “I’m not interested in politics” or “I’m apolitical’. So these people have no opinion on anything? Is this what they’re trying to say?
For today’s postmodern politicians, these words are a godsend. Legions of politically disinterested people, who avert their eyes from what’s happening in the world or in their locale, give our imperial masters the space to behave like feudal overlords. Are you happy with that?
More recently, I’ve had people tell me that UKIP is “anti-politics”, which is rather odd for a political party. No? “Yes, but UKIP aren’t like the other parties”, they’ll add with all seriousness. This is a party that’s become a refuge for the extreme right-wing of the Tory Party and bankrolled by millionaire ex-Tories and they’re “not like other parties”? Pull the other one and while you’re at it, pull your head out of your rectum.
If you’re apolitical, the chances are you default to the political right. Don’t have an opinion on the NHS? Well, you probably won’t mind if it’s privatized. You say you don’t really care who runs the railways? Then you probably have the kind of income that allows you to travel frequently on our crumbling rail network at vastly inflated fares. Not bothered by the above-the-rate-of-inflation increases in utility bills? That’s probably because your income is provided by dividends and rents and you can afford to take the hit.
Get real. Everything is political.