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Shocked by the rise of the right? Then you weren’t paying attention
This is not some new virus; it’s a susceptibility to a chronic illness that has crippled us for years. Ethnic and racial plurality and migration as a lived experience are older than any nation state, but equality is a relatively new idea, and some don’t like it. People forget how recently African Americans couldn’t vote, and that Winston Churchill told his cabinet “Keep England White” was a good campaign slogan.

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Racism was the wedge the enemies of cosmopolitanism and plurality used to prise open a broader cleavage that is dividing us all.

It’s not clear this lesson has been learned. Most, but by no means all, remain devotees I have encountered are far more fluent in the language of race accusation (pointing out the bigotry of the Brexiters) than in the anti-racist activism that would put a racially diverse and plural Britain at the heart of their worldview. Some would be happy if we went back to the way we were before we voted to leave. But that would mean returning to a place where two-thirds of ethnic minority people faced racial abuse. No wonder these second referendum marches are so white.

These rivers run deep – winding through empire, imperialism, caste, settlement, colonialism, white supremacy and beyond. That’s not all these countries are. Wherever there is bigotry you will find an impressive tradition opposing it and a potential audience willing to be weaned off it.

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Attempts to triangulate with weasel words about the “legitimate concerns” of “traditional voters” are dishonest. Concerns about high class sizes and over-stretched welfare services are obviously legitimate; blaming ethnic minorities for them is obviously not. Facilitating a conflation of the two and hoping no one will notice is spineless. It also doesn’t work. Those who dedicate their lives to racism are better at it, and will never be satisfied. Pandering does not steal their thunder – it gives them legitimacy.

There is precious little value in pointing out, once every four or five years, that racism is a problem if you are not advocating an agenda in the intervening time that posits anti-racism as a solution. In the words of the great white hope of Conservative electoral strategy, Australian Lynton Crosby: “You can’t fatten the pig on market day.” You can’t go around producing anti-immigration mugs, pathologising Muslims and demonising asylum seekers for a decade and then expect a warm a reception for open borders in the few months before a referendum.
by:GaryYounge  from:CommentIsFree  Brexit  NigelFarage  BorisJohnson  DonaldTrump  Narendra  Modi  immigration  racism  nationalism  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:UnitedStates  geo:Europe  geo:India  LyntonCrosby  islamophobia  xenophobia  fascism 
11 weeks ago by owenblacker
Dan Kaszeta on Twitter: "OK. Regarding this milkshake stuff. Some context on where and how I'm qualified to comment. I spent 6 years in the US Secret Service as one of its senior CBRN specialists."
But here's the thing. Underlying this whole effort was the planning assumption, borne out by considerable technical and legal discussions, that 99% of these scenarios were protest, not violence.

Nearly all of the time an egg is an egg, and a milkshake is a milkshake. We, in the USSS, on President Bush, in the post 9/11 era didn't consider that stuff to be "political violence" in the absence of evidence of intent to cause actual harm.

We had eggs thrown. We had powder thrown. We had drinks thrown. I had a frappucino thrown at us in a motorcade. Mostly, this stuff never made the press George Bush had a valet with a spare suit and a good attitude.

FFS, Nigel, Carl, Stephen. You got a whole posse of handlers and factotums. Keep a change of clothes handy and man up.
by:DanKaszeta  from:Twitter  fascism  antifascism  protest  geo:UnitedKingdom  NigelFarage 
12 weeks ago by owenblacker
We can’t wait for a people’s vote: make the case against Brexit right now
The 10th-century court of Æthelstan was a cosmopolitan magnet to scholars from all over the continent. And need we mention that the Anglo-Saxons were themselves migrants from northern Europe? The Faragiste tendency, which imagines a British past pure and unsullied by the taint of Europe, imagines a past that did not exist.

So there should be no apologies for clanging the church bells and crying havoc at the prospect of Brexit on 29 March. Viewed one way, that date became a tad less scary this week, thanks to Jeremy Corbyn, whose letter to Theresa May, offering Labour approval for an exit path out of the EU via a permanent customs union, makes a no-deal crash-out less likely. For inching us away from that catastrophe, Corbyn deserves credit. On the other hand, for inching us closer to Brexit happening at all, and with Labour’s blessing, he deserves blame.
by:JonathanFreedland  from:CommentIsFree  Brexit  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  NigelFarage  TheresaMay  JeremyCorbyn  history  Æthelstan 
february 2019 by owenblacker
Brexit is a class betrayal. So why is Labour colluding in it?
This much we know: whatever the stories of the millions of people who ended up backing it, Brexit originated in the failure of successive Conservative leaders to adequately deal with a tribe of uncontrollable Tory ideologues, and in the ingrained tendency of post-Thatcher Conservatives to play fast and loose with the livelihoods and security of the rest of us. In an awful instance of irony, the misery and resentment sown by the deindustralisation the Tories accelerated in the 1980s and the austerity they pushed on the country 30 years later were big reasons why so many people decided to vote leave. What also helped was a surreal campaign of lies and disinformation, both during and after the referendum campaign, waged by entitled people with their eyes only on the main chance.

These things are part of a vast charge sheet not only against the modern Conservative party, but an alliance of old and new money that has set the basic terms of British politics for the past 40 years. Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson were educated at the same exclusive school as the prime minister whose idiotic decision to hold a referendum gave them their opportunity. Nigel Farage and Arron Banks are archetypal examples of the kind of spivs who were given licence to do as they pleased in the 80s. For all their absurd bleating about “elites”, we all know what these people represent: the two faces of the modern English ruling class, who have long combined to be nothing but trouble.

Which brings us to the question that, for all my lingering ambivalence, I cannot shake off: if the Labour party leadership is so radical, and allied with the best leftwing traditions, where is its anger about what these people have done?
by:JohnHarris  from:CommentIsFree  Brexit  austerity  class  Labour  geo:UnitedKingdom  ArronBanks  NigelFarage  BorisJohnson  DavidCameron  JacobReesMogg 
november 2018 by owenblacker
Fascists are like vampires. Let them in at your peril
What we used to do really well was rules. Fascists are like vampires – the important thing is not to invite them into your house, or on to your radio talkshow. Even if they have brought apple martinis or a really novel and interesting way of making a racist point, even if they’re wearing skinny jeans and have bleached their hair and it’s a real thrill to hear a person dressed like that opine that women should attire themselves more modestly, still don’t invite them into your house. First, it is not enjoyable to have them in your house, and second, if it gets to hand-to-hand combat with a vampire, they’re much better at it than you.

In the sub-category of anti-vampire measures, the garlic-and-crucifix market, there are artefacts that decent people carry: a taboo against certain words, not because they are overtly racist or demeaning, but precisely because they are deliberately opaque and plausibly deniable. So a thoughtful person doesn’t say “swarm” or “flood” or “cheat” or “bogus” when talking about large groups of human beings, and avoid them because they are dehumanising. You can’t flirt with a little, light dehumanisation enough to keep the centre undisturbed and the alt-right hopeful. It’s either there or it isn’t; more like garlic, in this respect, than a crucifix.
by:ZoeWilliams  from:CommentIsFree  fascism  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  NigelFarage 
october 2018 by owenblacker
Look to Hungary if you want to know what you're fighting against
Liberals in Britain, no matter where they are on the political spectrum, should look very carefully at what is happening in Hungary. It is not enough to say, as Brits often do, that it could not happen here. Many things are currently happening here that we previously insisted never would. Every constituent part of the Orban programme exists here: the anti-semitism, the focus on Soros, the relentless fear-mongering about immigrants, the demonisation of the EU and its institutions, the attacks on Islam, the undermining of an independent judiciary, and, most of all, the widespread conspiracy-squint - the idea, popular on left and right, on almost all matters of political consequence, that shadowy and powerful forces are undermining the people's will.

This is not an attempt to link Orban with Brexiters. Most Brexiters in this country would be appalled by his rhetoric. The more respectable parts of the Brexit programme, such as the ministers in government who campaigned for Vote Leave, would never repeat his slurs and nor would they think them privately.

But let's not pretend that it is just a fringe issue either. Much as the Tory ministers pushing through Brexit would love to disassociate themselves from Farage-orientated Leave.EU, they could not have won the referendum without its support. The demand that we return to an era of borders, the relentless focus on immigration as a social ill and the chiseling away at support for international institutions were all vital to success and a core part of the Leave.EU armoury.
by:IanDunt  from:Politics.co.uk  ViktorOrbán  fascism  Brexit  antisemitism  geo:Hungary  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:EuropeanUnion  NigelFarage 
april 2018 by owenblacker
Nigel Farage: "They Will Always Hate Me" | ZEIT ONLINE
Farage: When I was elected in 1999, borders and immigrants weren't even mentioned. Not once in my literature. Why? Because it wasn’t relevant.

ZEIT ONLINE: Yet Brexit could result in there being a new border in Europe.

Farage: You are away with the fairies. You must be mad. I have never heard anything so immature in all my life. Because of Brexit I will lose my option to travel to Hamburg? You should be on a comedy show, not be a journalist.
by:SteffenDobbert  from:DieZeit  NigelFarage  Brexit  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:EuropeanUnion  politics 
may 2017 by owenblacker
Immigration will remain a toxic issue until Britain faces up to its colonial past
No one who voted for Macron in the second round after supporting the brazenly Islamophobic François Fillon in the first, for example, could possibly be described as an anti-racist. And if Macron strengthens big business at the expense of the working and middle class, then the forms of alienation that help to fuel the far right are certain to increase.

There is, however, one reason for optimism about the Macron presidency: his honesty about France’s imperial past. The chauvinistic nature of French patriotism, and the pervasiveness of Islamophobia in particular, cannot be fully explained without reference to the resentment caused by defeat in the Algerian war of independence, and by the mythology of French colonialism more broadly. When Macron accurately described French rule in Algeria as “barbaric” and “a crime against humanity”, he was directly challenging a nationalistic narrative that has long poisoned French politics and nourished the Front National. It is an admission of which British politicians should take heed.
by:DavidWearing  from:CommentIsFree  imperialism  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:France  geo:Kenya  geo:Algeria  EmmanuelMacron  FrançoisFillon  NigelFarage  BorisJohnson  KatieHopkins  genocide  race 
may 2017 by owenblacker
Why do so many right-wingers hate Britain so much?
On the unpatriotic hate of the far right.

Nevertheless, if you wanted to increase the likelihood of muslim radicalisation, however, you’d do your best to make the British people think every muslim in Britain posed a mortal threat to the safety and security of the realm. You’d do your best to sow division and discord and panic and fear. …

As for London, far from being the multicultural dystopia right-wing declinists fear is, by any reasonable estimation, an extraordinary success. It might dominate British life more than is altogether healthy but to the extent there is a problem at all it is that the rest of Britain is not more like London rather than the opposite. It is not one of the dark places of the world but, actually, a shining example of how humanity in all its guises, colours, and faiths can rub along happily together. The city sets you free, allowing you to be whoever and whatever you want. There is a place for almost everybody.

That evidently terrifies some tiny-minded people for whom the world is a fallen place and, worse than that, a betrayed one too. There must be someone to blame, some stab in the back theory that explains everything.
by:AlexMassie  from:TheSpectator  geo:London  immigration  terrorism  Daesh  NigelFarage  KatieHopkins  politics 
march 2017 by owenblacker
Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media
“That requires organisation and money. And if you use enough of them, of bots and people, and cleverly link them together, you are what’s legitimate. You are creating truth.”

You can take an existing trending topic, such as fake news, and then weaponise it. You can turn it against the very media that uncovered it. Viewed in a certain light, fake news is a suicide bomb at the heart of our information system. Strapped to the live body of us – the mainstream media.

One of the things that concerns Howard most is the hundreds of thousands of “sleeper” bots they’ve found. Twitter accounts that have tweeted only once or twice and are now sitting quietly waiting for a trigger: some sort of crisis where they will rise up and come together to drown out all other sources of information.

Like zombies?

“Like zombies.”
by:CaroleCadwalladr  from:TheGuardian  politics  bigdata  media  psychology  propaganda  journalism  DonaldTrump  Brexit  NigelFarage  SteveBannon  RobertMercer  Facebook  Twitter  botnet 
february 2017 by owenblacker
Brexit and Trump have exposed the left’s crucial flaw: playing by the rules
Join me in a little thought experiment. Imagine, if you would, that the Brexit referendum had gone the other way, 48% voting to leave and 52% to remain. What do you think Nigel Farage would have said? Would he have nodded ruefully and declared: “The British people have spoken and this issue is now settled. Our side lost and we have to get over it. It’s time to move on.”

Or would he have said: “We’ve given the establishment the fright of their lives! Despite everything they threw at us, they could only win by the skin of their teeth. It’s clear now that British support for the European project is dead: nearly half the people of this country want rid of it. Our fight goes on.”

I know which I’d bet on. Next, imagine what would have happened if, as a result of that narrow win for remain, a gaping hole in the public finances had opened up as the economy reeled, and even leading remainers admitted the machinery of state could barely cope. Farage and the rest would have denounced the chaos, boasting that this proved they had been right all along, that the voters had been misled and therefore must be given another say.
by:JonathanFreedland  from:CommentIsFree  politics  Brexit  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:UnitedStates  USElection2016  BarackObama  JamesComey  DonaldTrump  NigelFarage  democracy 
november 2016 by owenblacker
A warning to Gove and Johnson - we won’t forget what you did
This week’s antics of Gove and Johnson are a useful reminder. For the way one has treated the other is the way both have treated the country. Some may be tempted to turn Johnson into an object of sympathy – poor Boris, knifed by his pal – but he deserves none. In seven days he has been exposed as an egomaniac whose vanity and ambition was so great he was prepared to lead his country on a path he knew led to disaster, so long as it fed his own appetite for status.

He didn’t believe a word of his own rhetoric, we know that now. His face last Friday morning, ashen with the terror of victory, proved it. That hot mess of a column he served up on Monday confirmed it again: he was trying to back out of the very decision he’d persuaded the country to make.
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Just look at what this act of vandalism has wrought. There has been a 500% increase in the number of hate crimes reported, as migrants are taunted on the street, told to pack their bags and get out – as if 23 June were a permission slip to every racist and bigot in the land. And for what? So Boris could get a job and so Gove, Hannan and the rest could make Britain more closely resemble the pristine constitutional models of the nation-state found in 17th-century tracts of political philosophy, rather than one that might fit into the interdependent, complex 21st-century world and our blood-drenched European corner of it.
by:JonathanFreedland  from:TheGuardian  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:Europe  Brexit  BorisJohnson  MichaelGove  NigelFarage  propaganda  race 
july 2016 by owenblacker
A national catastrophe, and a vacuum in leadership. This is what Britain voted for
An important role was played by our wretched right-wing, lying, anti-Europe, anti-immigrant right-wing newspapers, owned by an Australian-American billionaire who has always used his papers for his own political and economic agenda; a weak tax-dodging billionaire aristo at the Mail (Rothermere) controlled by a strong and sociopathic editor (Dacre); Channel Island tax avoiders at the Telegraph; a pornographer at the Express and Star, which with the Daily Dacre have fanned the anti-immigrant flames more than anyone. These are national and cultural leaders too, and they are disgusting in the extreme, not least the effortlessness with which they glide from stirring the hate to condemning its consequences.
by:AlastairCampbell  Brexit  journalism  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  NigelFarage  BorisJohnson  DavidCameron  GeorgeOsborne 
july 2016 by owenblacker
Brexit Offers Lesson in the Danger of Protest Votes
The Brexit referendum became a proxy for anger at the Tory government and at wider economic inequality, with blame being displaced onto Brussels and the refugees and immigrants who have become inextricably associated with free movement across Europe's borders. The small number of leftists who jumped on board only aided that, handing the far-right a (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime victory.

The same will happen with Trump in the United States if we do not stop sleepwalking, and if liberals and leftists cannot at least temporarily suspend their internecine squabbling to combat a greater threat. Part of what they must do is combat the sense of inertia many feel from so many elections where votes didn't seem to matter.
by:KatherineCross  from:RollingStone  Brexit  democracy  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:UnitedStates  DonaldTrump  protest  NigelFarage  AlternativFürDeutschland  altright  JoCox  GeertWilders  BernieSanders  GeorgeGalloway  USElection2016  race 
june 2016 by owenblacker
Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru: ‘Normally you just shout at the TV. It was an opportunity I couldn’t miss’
When she reflects on Farage’s remarks [on HIV and immigrants] now, she seems to relish the chance they gave her to nail her colours to the mast. “Like many people, you hear things that he and others with those kind of politics come out with, and normally you just have to shout at the television or the radio”, she says. “So to be in the position to be able to directly challenge that kind of debate, I felt like it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss really, and I’m very glad that I took it and that there was somebody there to call him out on such a prejudicial position.”
LeanneWood  PlaidCymru  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:Cymru  politics  GeneralElection  NIgelFarage  UKIP 
april 2015 by owenblacker
HIV: are 60% of those diagnosed not British nationals?
Both the number and proportion given are inaccurate, and the data available records country of birth, not nationality. ¶ The number of people newly being diagnosed with HIV in Britain was 6,000 in 2013. It hasn’t been as high as 7,000 since 2008 and it has been steadily declining since a high point of 7,900 in 2005, according to figures from Public Health England.
HIV/AIDS  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  UKIP  NigelFarage  lies  statistics  from:FullFact  GeneralElection 
april 2015 by owenblacker
Nigel Farage is a coward, yet Cameron and Miliband are too gutless to attack
If you cannot call Ukip a far-right party, you can at least say that it is an alliance of the septic and the geriatric: a movement of the empty-headed led by the foul-minded. ¶ It tells you everything about the absence of principle in the mainstream parties that they don’t even try to beat Farage. ¶¶ Cameron’s capitulation carries a warning. He won’t fight Ukip not only because he is frightened of Farage but because he is a prisoner of his party’s right. If he wins the next election, we now know that he will keep capitulating because he is a leader without honour or inner strength, whose own cynicism defeats him. ¶ Not that Ed Miliband is any better. Cameron has tried and failed to pull the political insiders’ “triangulation” trick … A friend should have told him that astounding condescension lay at the heart of his “35% strategy”. Labour assumed that its “core” supporters would not listen to anyone else; that, even at a time of economic distress and political disintegration, Labour “owned” them.
by:NickCohen  UKIP  immigration  politics  geo:EuropeanUnion  geo:UnitedKingdom  NigelFarage  DavidCameron  EdMiliband  race 
march 2015 by owenblacker
Nigel Farage, road rage and the ‘Top Gear’ political wing
The true self Mr Farage was showing was not some crypto-fascist or closet Nazi. He was showing that he is, in essence, an angry man in a car. He and his party are road rage manifested in the political system. They are seething drivers stuck in the slow lane, complaining about crumbling infrastructure, useless governments and bloody foreigners. Ukip is the political wing of Top Gear — and Mr Farage is the unthinking man’s Jeremy Clarkson. (Or is it the thinking man’s; I can never decide.)
from:FinancialTimes  UKIP  NigelFarage  immigration  transport 
december 2014 by owenblacker

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