Marina Kim

Yes, Zac lost. So isn’t it time to stop bashing him?

It’s easy to see the allure of ongoing Zac bashing. Can there be a pleasure more satisfying for all of us, stuck in our daily work-home, bread-butter routine, than watching a public humiliation of a wealthy tree-hugger, son of a billionaire with ‘a face carved out of caramel by angels’. Let’s kick him while he’s down, and again, and again. What? His brother Ben described him as ‘unstoppable’? Does it mean Zac still wants a career? Let’s kick him so that he never forgets, and never gets back into the public life.

Leading the gang of detractors is a wealthy Guardian journalist: Owen Jones. It remains unclear what exactly drives Owen to be so vicious towards Zac. Could it be Owen’s socialist genes? But Zac is remarkably the opposite of how people of his background normally are… Which invites a new criticism: he is so arrogant that he refuses to be as obnoxious as posh people are meant to be.

In the eyes of this gang, Zac is wrong even when he is right. The honourable deed of keeping his word to resign in the event of Heathrow expansion was seen as as ‘an ego trip’, ‘a tantrum’ and ‘a vanity by-election’. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Only a lonely voice of Toby Young was heard in defence of Zac Goldsmith.

The right has never forgiven him for losing the mayoral election. For the Conservative party, Zac made a perfect scapegoat for everything that went wrong. The party will regret making this mistake of not defending him post-election when Sadiq Khan stands against Theresa May in 2025, and uses the same methods then.

Zac Goldsmith’s mayoral campaign was brutally fought, but racist it was not. You will not be able to provide a single quote of his alleged racism, because there was none.

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