The extent of the Warhammer syndrome has made its way into the leadership of Great Britain. A top Warhammer hobbyist was appointed as the new Home Secretary of the United Kingdom.
The Beauty of the Irony of the New Secretary
Recently, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appointed James Cleverly as the U.K.’s new home secretary. He will be responsible for matters of domestic policy like policing and immigration.
According to the British press, especially Vice, the appointment will satisfy right-wing elements within the government. Cleverly said after his appointment that his goal was ‘to stop the boats from crossing the Channel illegally.’ This was his way of stating his plan to control illegal immigrants.
This is always easier said than done. Nonetheless, this is not the focus of this article, but first, let’s wish him well.
The important thing to note, for our purposes, is that Cleverly loves to paint Warhammer 40K miniatures. Warhammer 40K began as a wargame and has evolved into video games, movies, and a series on Netflix starring Henry Cavill.
A very ironic slant for an anti-immigration hardliner. Let’s review what Warhammer really means (in political language). Note, I am a Warhammer fan to the ends of the Earth.
As portrayed in the novel, humanity is a fascist, genocidal race that devotes all of its energies to serving a zombie emperor and waging a perpetual war against dozens of factions. This novel coined the term grimdark and represents very British views of a possible dystopia in the near future.
It is still fine to have fun. Thumbs up Cleverly.
Cleverly replied to an article in The Spectator.
“I am indeed a fan of Warhammer,” Cleverly wrote. “Like a lot of boys, I painted and played Warhammer and other miniature wargames. When I had boys of my own, we started collecting and painting, and playing together. They grew out of it but I never did. Painting miniatures and listening to politics podcasts is my way of relaxing.”