I got up early to clean the front drive/yard again today. It's too packed with parked cars during the week to anything done so Sunday is the best day to do it. There were two car spaces empty I had not cleaned before so I was keen to get on with it. Even so it took me the best part of three hours to clean up two car spaces. The rubbish and debris is so thick on the ground it hides ancient beer cans buried deep within it.
So I was scraping the muck and rubbish up and sweeping it into piles and shifting the piles into refuse bags when a gentleman, dressed in sloanie country kit, walking his tiny pedigree dog stopped to cross examine me. By his manner he obviously felt he had the right. I was bemused but not unhappy about being approached since it gave me an excuse to slack off and catch my breath. We talked about the state of the front yard and why my landlords have not done anything about it. Apparently it impringed on his and his friends' & neighbors' sense of rightness. He and his friends & neighbors, even though they lived at some distance to us, have complained to the council about the poor state of my apartment building's front yard/drive on numerous occaissions. I did wonder why it never occurred to them to approach the residents or the landlords, whose address is plainly posted on the front of the building. I was happy to inform the gentleman of our landlords and of our, the residents, responsibilities.
At some point I described my landlords to him as neoliberal to emphasise their capitalist motives. He was unaware of the term. I informed him that it was an economic philosophy and he suggested I was wrong since he was educated in economics and had never heard of the term. When I suggested it was well known and Margaret Thatcher and General Pinochet were great fans he held up his hand to my face and said "I'm afraid we'll have to part". That's when I realised he was one of the "party faithful". He was a Tory but he also was one of those people that refused to read or listen to anything that suggested that an extreme right wing government was anything but beneficial. I could quite imagine him as a faithful follower of Hitler in 1940's Nazi Germany and terribly confused when he, along with many German citizens, were asked to account at the end of the war.
I don't think some people can be negotiated with until they are aware they've completely lost any chance to advance their ideology.