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We need a democratic and constitutional revolution

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 4:26pm in

There are any number of ways of seeing the photograph’s issued yesterday of the party Boris Johnson attended on 13 November 2020.

Denis Swayne MP managed to call it a work event yesterday, which was no excuse.

No doubt Grant Shapps will destroy any remaining credibility he has by telling the morning media round some lie or other as to why this was not an illegal gathering when we know it was, since people have been fined for being at it, and that the prime minister was entitled to be there as he was at home, which is not true as his home is in his fiat.

The Met must also gave their reasons for not fining Johnson when they did others at the same event, but I doubt they will.

But, candidly, literally nothing anyone can say will alter the fact that this was very obviously a party. And parties were illegal at the time.

So what really happened? It seems to me that an illegal party was held. The Prime Minister must have endorsed it, because he could have stopped it. He had the power to do so. No one had more power than him. He was therefore responsible for this event. He should have been held responsible for it, and should have been honed, heavily, as a result.

He lied to parliament about this event. He was asked if any party took place on this day. He said none had. He had never corrected the record. The Standards Committee now needs to address this issue.

The Met chose not to penalise him. It is said they have seen this photo. Their action is totally inexplicable.

So what to do? First, conclude that the Met is utterly corrupt. There is no other explanation for their actions. All the senior officers involved need to be disciplined, in my opinion. A total reorganisation is required and its excess powers need to be stripped from it.

Second, there is no point expecting the Met to take further action, and anyway this is all about politics now.

Third, the Standards Committee needs to suspend Johnson for lying to the House. The penalty should be at least ten days. Then there can be a recall petition in Uxbridge. This is the right way to punish this charlatan.

Fourth, we need a government that realises we face a systemic, existential crisis. It must appreciate we have faced fascism. It must be aware fascism has almost won. It must be willing to address that. It has to create unity and real choice. It has to sweep away the systems that let us reach this state. We need a democratic and constitutional revolution. We need all democrats to combine to guarantee the delivery of that now. We need them to name the enemy we face. We need to start this process immediately. We are in deep danger. We are in the biggest political crisis I have ever known. I just hope politicians can rise to it.


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Laugh at Tucker Carlson’s Tanning Testicles Doc All You Want, But the Bulging Muscles and Potent Sperm Imagery is a Fascist Dream

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 6:40am in

Sculpted, sweating, bare torsos doing push-ups, bulging muscles, two scantily-clad men locked in a fight—they,...

Chris Hedges: Jesus, Endless War, and the Rise of American Fascism

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/05/2022 - 4:18am in

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (Scheerpost) — The Democratic Party – which had 50 years to write Roe v Wade into law with Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama in full control of the White House and Congress at the inception of their presidencies – is banking its electoral strategy around the expected Supreme Court decision to lift the judicial prohibition on the ability of states to enact laws restricting or banning abortions.

I doubt it will work.

The Democratic Party’s hypocrisy and duplicity is the fertilizer for Christian fascism. Its exclusive focus on the culture wars and identity politics at the expense of economic, political, and social justice fueled a right-wing backlash and stoked the bigotry, racism, and sexism it sought to curtail. Its opting for image over substance, including its repeated failure to secure the right to abortion, left the Democrats distrusted and reviled.

The Biden administration invited Amazon Labor Union president Christian Smalls and union workers from Starbucks and other organizations to the White House at the same time it re-awarded a $10 billion contract to the union-busting Amazon and the National Security Agency (NSA) for cloud computing. The NSA contract is one of 26 federal cloud computing contracts Amazon has with the U.S. Army and Air Force, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, and the Census Bureau. Withholding the federal contracts until Amazon permitted free and open union organizing would be a powerful stand on behalf of workers, still waiting for the $15 minimum wage Joe Biden promised as a candidate. But behind the walls of the Democratic Party’s Potemkin village stands the billionaire class. Democrats have failed to address the structural injustices that turned America into an oligarchic state, where the obscenely rich squabble like children in a sandbox over multibillion-dollar toys. The longer this game of political theater continues, the worse things will get.

The Christian fascists have coalesced in cult-like fashion around Donald Trump. They are bankrolled by the most retrograde forces of capitalism. The capitalists permit the stupidities of the Christian fascists and their self-destructive social and cultural wars. In exchange, the billionaire class gets corporate monopolies, union busting, privatized state, and municipal services, including public education, revoked government regulations, especially environmental regulation, and can engage in a virtual tax boycott.

The war industry loves the Christian fascists who turn every conflict from Iraq to Ukraine into a holy crusade to crush the latest iteration of Satan. The Christian fascists believe military power, and the “manly” virtues that come with it, are blessed by God, Jesus, and the Virgin Mary. No military budget is too big. No war waged by America is evil.

These Christian fascists make up perhaps 30 percent of the electorate, roughly equivalent to the percentage of Americans who believe abortion is murder. They are organized, committed to a vision, however perverse, and awash in money. John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, mediocre jurists and Federalist Society ideologues who carry the banner of Christian fascism, control the Supreme Court.

Establishment Republicans and Democrats, like George Armstrong Custer on Last Stand Hill, have circled the wagons around the Democratic Party in a desperate bid to prevent Trump, or a Trump mini-me, from returning to the White House. They, and their allies in Silicon Valley, are using algorithms and overt de-platforming to censor critics from the left and the right, foolishly turning figures like Trump, Alex Jones, and Marjorie Taylor Greene into martyrs. This is not a battle over democracy, but the spoils of power waged by billionaires against billionaires. No one intends to dismantle the corporate state.

The ruling class in both parties told lies about NAFTA, trade deals, “reforming” welfare, abolishing financial regulations, austerity, the Iraq war, and neoliberalism that did far more damage to the American public than any lie told by Trump. The reptilian slime oozes out of every pore of these politicians, from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to Biden, who backed the 1976 Hyde Amendment banning federal funding of abortions and in 1982 voted to support a constitutional amendment that would allow states to overturn Roe v Wade. Their hypocrisy is not lost on the public, even with their armies of consultants, pollsters, courtiers in the press, public relations teams and advertising agencies.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is clueless and unhinged. She claims Hillary Clinton was involved in a child mutilation and a pedophilia ring and several high-profile school shootings were staged. But weaponized, like Trump, she is a political cruise missile aimed straight at the heart of the discredited centers of traditional power.

Hate is the fuel of American politics. No one votes for who they want. They vote against those they hate. Black and brown marginal communities have suffered worse assaults than the white working class, but they have been defanged politically with militarized police that function as internal armies of occupation. The erosion of due process, the world’s largest prison system and the stripping away of all rights, including often voting rights because of felony convictions, as well as a loss of access to most social services and jobs, reduced them to a subsistence level on the lowest rung of America’s caste system. They are also the primary targets of Republican-sponsored voter suppression and redistricting.

The glue holding this Christianized fascism together is not prayer, although we will get a lot of that, but war. War is the raison d’être of all systems of totalitarianism. War justifies a constant search for internal enemies. It is used to revoke basic civil liberties and impose censorship. War demonizes those in the Middle East, Russia, or China, who are blamed for the economic and social debacles that inevitably get worse. War diverts the rage engendered by a dysfunctional state towards immigrants, people of color, feminists, liberals, artists, anyone who does not identify as a heterosexual, the press, antifa, Jews, Muslims, Russians, or Asians. Take your pick. It is a bigot’s smorgasbord. Every item on the menu is fair game.

I spent two years with the Christian right reporting and researching my book American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. These Christian fascists have never hidden their agenda or their desire to create a “Christian” nation, any more than Adolf Hitler hid his demented vision for Germany in Mein Kampf. They prey, like all fascists, on the despair of their followers. They paint gruesome portraits of the end times when the longed-for obliteration of non-believers presages the glorious return of Jesus Christ. The battle at Armageddon, they believe, will be launched from the Antichrist’s worldwide headquarters in Babylon once the Jews again have control of Israel. The closer we get to Armageddon, the giddier they become.

These people believe this stuff, as they believe in QAnon or the election fraud that supposedly put Biden in office. They are convinced that a demonic, secular-humanist ideology propagated by the media, the United Nations, elite universities, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, the Trilateral Commission along with the US State Department and major foundations are seeking to destroy them.

Violence is embraced as a cleansing agent, a key component of any fascist movement. The Christian fascists do not fear nuclear war. They welcome it. The insane provocations of Russia by the Biden administration, including the decision to provide $33 billion in assistance to Ukraine, target ten Russian generals for assassination and pass on to Ukraine the intelligence to sink the Moskva, the guided missile cruiser that was the flagship of the Russian Black Sea fleet, supercharges the ideology of the Christian right. The marriage of the war industry, determined to make war forever, with the Christian fascists yearning for the apocalypse is terrifying.  Biden is sleepwalking us into a war with Russia and perhaps China. The Christian fascists will accelerate the bloodlust.

The political deformities we have spawned are not unique. They are the product of a society and government that no longer functions on behalf of the citizenry, one that has been seized by a tiny cabal, in our case corporate, to serve its exclusive interests. The airy promises politicians make, including the announcement by candidate Barack Obama that the first thing he would do in office was sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which during his eight years as president he never got around to doing, are worthless. The scheduled vote next week in the Senate on a bill asserting that abortions are legal in the United States, which is expected to be blocked by the Republican’s use of the filibuster, a Senate procedural rule that requires 60 votes to advance most legislation in the 100-member chamber, is another empty gesture.

We saw the consequences of this dysfunction in Weimar Germany and Yugoslavia, a conflict I covered for The New York Times. Political stagnation and economic misery breeds rage, despair, and cynicism. It gives rise to demagogues, charlatans, and con artists. Hatred drives political discourse. Violence is the primary form of communication. Vengeance is the highest good. War is the chief occupation of the state. It is the vulnerable and weak who pay.

Feature photo | Original illustration by Mr. Fish

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of show The Chris Hedges Report.

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Fascists gain ground in French election despite Macron victory

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 29/04/2022 - 2:31pm in

Emmanuel Macron has beaten the fascist Marine Le Pen to take the French presidency. But Le Pen’s vote of 41.5 per cent was a significant increase on her total in the last run-off election.

As president for the past five years, Macron has provided no protection against the far right. Instead his policies have helped them grow.

His racist “separatism” law in 2021 forced dozens of mosques to close and shut down the Collective Against Islamophobia as well as several Muslim charities.

Macron’s attacks on pensions and workers’ living standards, his repression of the Yellow Vest movement and his backing for killer cops all helped Le Pen.

The fascist vote in elections has continually increased due to the failures of the mainstream parties.

From 15 per cent in the first round in 1995, it reached 18 per cent in 2012, 21 per cent in 2017 and 23 per cent this time. Combined with the vote of the even more virulently Islamophobic Eric Zemmour, the far right vote was 32 per cent.

The election result shows the deep and ongoing political crisis in France. What were until recently the two major parties on the right and the left have both collapsed.

The Republicans on the right received less than 5 per cent of the vote, while the Socialist Party, the equivalent of the Labor Party here, less than 2 per cent.

Left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon received 22 per cent of the vote, coming third overall and topping the poll in many major cities including Paris.

Racism and far right ideas have become shockingly mainstream.

Le Pen supported a complete ban on Muslims wearing the hijab in public, wanted to erode abortion rights, block criminal prosecutions against killer cops by giving them a “presumption of self-defence” and try to break trade union power.

She would also have unleashed her thug supporters, who have already attacked student occupations, to impose her authoritarian fascist project.

Le Pen claimed to be on the side of workers facing a cost of living crisis, winning support by opposing some of Macron’s attacks such as raising the retirement age from 62 to 65.

But Le Pen blamed immigrants for the crisis and wanted to deny them healthcare and housing subsidies, and remove citizenship rights. Her main slogan was “Give the French their country back”.

There has been a consistent failure to recognise the threat that Le Pen’s fascist party poses, and that it is not just another right-wing party.

The mainstream parties have continually sought to win over Le Pen’s voters through embracing her racist policies. This has served only to legitimise her.

Falling behind Macron

Many on the left called for a vote for Macron in the second round, as they did at the 2017 election, in a mistaken effort to stop Le Pen.

This only plays into the fascists’ hands, allowing them to pose as outsiders. It makes it easier for Le Pen to pose as standing up for workers’ living standards when the left is supporting Macron, who is widely seen as ruling for the rich.

In practice the call for a vote for Macron is a political alternative to building a movement on the streets. It demobilises the movement against both Le Pen and Macron.

It is a repeat of the Popular Front strategy of the 1930s that saw the left unite electorally with “moderate” right forces and fail to stop the fascists in Spain.

The past five years have seen powerful strikes and big protests for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality in France.

Students recently organised a surge of university occupations to express their fury at the right-wing presidential election run off.

Anti-racists have protested meetings of Le Pen’s supporters and, on 16 April, nearly 40,000 took part in anti-racist protests in Paris and 150,000 across the country.

Special police units set up by Macron fired tear gas at the anti-racist protesters.

Speaking from the Sorbonne university in Paris, history student Marie told the UK’s Socialist Worker, “We know Le Pen is a fascist. We do not want her as president. But Macron opened the road to her and has assaulted our Muslim sisters and brothers.

“It is a really rotten choice. Democracy is more than the twisted system we are offered. We say neither Macon nor Le Pen and we will protest for our futures.”

Le Pen and her fascist street thugs have had a setback at the ballot box but that won’t stop their bid for power. Building an anti-racist and anti-fascist movement in the streets and workplaces is an urgent task.

By Chris Breen

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Democracy and the credibility of parliament are on trial today

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 19/04/2022 - 4:42pm in

Today will be interesting, politically. It will also, almost certainly, be depressing.

Johnson has to make a statement to the Commons on being fined. It is being widely trailed that he will deny having broken the law and that he thinks he has done anything wrong. This is despite being fined, and in the face of the very strong likelihood that more fines are coming his way.

The reality (for there must be one on a quite simple issue, which this is) is that:

a) There was a gathering, which was legally what were not permitted by Covid regulations;

b) It has been decided by the Met that this was not required for work purposes and was, therefore, a social gathering, and these were banned;

c) Johnson attended. Presumably there is photographic evidence. And in any event, Johnson had not denied it.

As a result Johnson was guilty of an offence.

Johnson will deny this but as a matter of fact that option is not available to him. It was, but it is no more. If he wanted to make that claim he should have refused to pay the fine. He should have challenged the police to pass the file to the Crown Prosecution Service who could then have brought the issue to trial. We know they would have done; they have been involved in the reviews of these cases for that reason.

Accepting the fine is an admission of guilt, but technically avoids a criminal conviction because there is no trial. Maybe it is this that Johnson will play on. He might say he paid to simply push the matter aside. The claim might be the country required that he not be distracted. But that does not avoid three things.

The first is that he has legally accepted the police interpretation of events, and cannot reopen the case.

The second is that this law was massively publicised by him and so widely understood that millions have appropriately judged that he was guilty of an offence, whatever he says.

Third, the greater charge is that Johnson lied to parliament, and by accepting the facts of this case he has confirmed that he has done so. The only wriggle room is that he denied attending a party and the event was legally not a party, which was too hard to define, but a gathering. I really doubt that anyone will take that claim seriously.

So, it is exceptionally likely that Johnson will lie to parliament again today. And it is as likely that under the rules of parliament anyone saying he has done so deliberately, which we know will be the case as his intention is being trailed, will be expelled from the House for telling the truth whilst Johnson will suffer no sanction.

The consequence is that Johnson is doing what he and his faction always intended to do: he will be making a mockery of parliament and will be doing so deliberately and with the active connivance of a supine Speaker, all with the intention of undermining democracy itself.

What will the Opposition do? Unless person after person stands up and says Johnson is a liar and refuses to withdraw they play along with this. They cannot win a vote today. The Tories will all vote for the liar. So the opposition parties can only make clear the Tory lies.

Those in opposition have to tell the truth in other words and keep doing so. And if the Speaker objects they have to tell him he is making democracy and Parliament the subject of ridicule. That is their duty today. Nothing less will do.

Will it happen? If Keir Starmer is expelled we will know. If he isn’t he will either have won a battle with the Speaker or he will not have done his job.

Democracy and the credibility of parliament are on trial today. It needs a strong defence. I just hope it gets it.

The Tories are demanding acquiescence as if it is their right. They risk revolt.

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 18/04/2022 - 7:29pm in

Yesterday the Archbishops of Canterbury and York attacked the government’s plans to deport asylum seekers in the UK to Rwanda. I use the term deport carefully, because these asylum seekers will be forcefully removed from the UK to a country not of their choosing, which is illegal. There is no return ticket.

The reaction has been furious, and hostile. Jacob Rees Mogg said the Archbishops did not understand the spirit of redemption within the scheme. It’s quite reasonably been argued that only a Pharisee could see what he finds in it.

Priti Patel has said the Archbishops offered no alternative. Actually, I think she will find they did. The Christian message has always been of welcome to the stranger, albeit the Church forgot it for long periods.

Tom Hunt MP and other Tories argued that the Church should not be teaching about the gospel of Jesus at Easter, of all times (their choice fo words, not mine).

The media reaction has seen The Times, Mail, Express and Telegraph all run front-page stories criticising the Archbishops for being political. These paper's claim is that is not the role of the Church. Clearly, none of them has read the New Testament. It is a profoundly political text. It was only when it was depoliticised by Constantine, and hidden from many by only being available in Latin for more than a millennia that this was forgotten. Until then the reason why Christians were persecuted was that they profoundly upset the political status quo.

And so they should. Especially now. You do not have to be a Christian to appreciate the radical teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. His instruction was to have bias to the poor, to love your neighbour, to forgive debts, to end the tyranny of the money changers and much more. All of that is deeply radical. Try this from the Magnificat in Luke for a flavour:

My soul magnifies the Lord,

He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;

he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

That is said or sung at evensong every day in the Church of England. This is no peripheral text: this is what is at the core of CoE thinking.

But of course, the Tories and their media supporters do not know that, or want to know that. Let alone do they want to hear it. They want to believe God is on the side of the achiever and that the sacrament of wealth (there isn’t one, just for the record) is the true outward sign of inner grace.

If they can’t have that from the Church then something more sinister happens. They now demand silence. “Who will”, the papers ask, “rid us of these troublesome priests?” (I only misquote a little). The precedent is not encouraging, but relevant. In these demands there is an implicit menace. The threat is that the Church should comply, or be silent. The demand made of it by the Toriues is for endorsement, not questioning, let alone opposition.

I know that the Tories are aware that from many churchgoers acquiescence will be forthcoming. But they will also know that amongst the very early inmates of Dachau concentration camp there were quite a lot of priests whose silence could not be bought.

In that case every priest now has to face the question we all might have to consider at some time, which is whether we have the courage to oppose, come what may?

The Tories need to also consider this question, because their whole modus operandi is now based on intimidation in the expectation of fearful response. Priests, they say, must not teach Christianity. Lawyers must not uphold the law. Opposition politicians must not oppose. Acquiescence is now the demand. And some will give it.

But others won’t. And that number will grow. That is because courage is, at least in part, liberated by the realisation that there is no alternative but to take a stand. Those who will do so on principle are small in number but big in impact.

But they are going to be joined by millions who are pragmatically fearful. They will be those who can no longer pay the bills. Their houses will be unheated. They or their children will be unfed. Their homes will be at risk. They will also have nothing left to lose. Their families are at risk. They too will cross a line.

And their condition is commonplace. It is not one chosen, politically. It is one imposed, actually. So even those inclined to oppose those with principles will recognise themselves and those they know in these people.

There is in this the real danger for the Tories.  And danger for us all, of course. Creating the potential for volatility, which someone as calm as Martin Lewis thinks likely, is an inherently reckless political act. The risk for everyone is that much might go wrong. But the simple fact is that Tory politics is now moving so far into extremism, and appears so fascist in its approach, that many will see no option soon but to oppose a government that is giving them no choice but to oppose, because all other options will have gone.

I wish we did not live in such dangerous times. But it seems that we do. And we have to ask in that case what this demands of us.

Migration: some facts, and the shame

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 14/04/2022 - 10:38pm in

This post is by Andrew, who is a regular commentator to this blog, who has posted two comments to this blog this morning, all of which I share here because I think they are important in the context of what Boris Johnson has had to say today.

Andrew began with this:

Let’s have some basic facts on asylum.

In 2021, there were 48,540 asylum applications in the UK, relating to 56,495 people. That was a 63% increase on 2020, and the highest for years, but it it not a record. It was over 80,000 in 2002. Unsurprisingly, the number of refugees increase in times of civil disturbance and war.

Nearly 10,000 came from Iran, 6,000 from Iraq, 5,000 from Iraq and Albania, and several thousand from Syria, Afghanistan and Sudan. Nearly half were males aged 18 to 29. I wonder if we can think of any reasons why these people may find it easier to leave. But a sixth were children, and over 3,500 unaccompanied.

So that is who we are talking about. Largely young Moslem men from the Middle East, many of whom might speak some English but probably not French.

In 2021, the UK offered protection, in the form of asylum, humanitarian protection, alternative forms of leave and resettlement, to 14,734 people (including dependants). Barely more than 1000 per month.

Around half the people from Iraq and Albania are granted asylum, so there is clearly a problem with people from these countries who are not refugees, but over 80% and for some countries over 95% are granted asylum.

Overall, in 2021, initial decisions on asylum were made in 14,572 cases, so the backlog is getting longer year on year. The number of initial decisions is significantly lower than in 2019 (20,766). And overall 72% were granted asylum or another status allowing them to remain in the UK (which is higher than the usual trend, of about a third).

There were appeals against refusal in 4,035 cases and 49% of appeals were granted.

That left 81,978 cases (relating to 100,564 people) awaiting an initial decision.

These are the sort of of people we might give a one-way ticket to a country in the middle of Africa which has a history of human rights abuses and ethnic violence. That is 90%+ Christian, and English is the third language. Where LGBT rights are problematic. Where the president is a former army officer who has been in office for over 20 years, changed the electoral law to his benefit, banned opposition parties and disqualified potential opponents, and as a result has been elected with over 90% of the vote three times. Either he is more popular than Jesus or … well.

This would not be the first time the UK has set up camps in Africa to hold civilians it didn’t care for.

The prospect of my country treating desperate people in this inhuman manner disgusts me.

He then added this:

I tried to post some basic facts about immigration earlier, but here is another angle.

The UK has a population of around 67 million. There are around 700,000 births and 600,000 deaths each year. So the population is growing by about 100,000 each year just due to births exceeding deaths. But an increasing number of people are aged 70 and over, and the post-war baby boom generations from the 1950s and 1960s (over a million per year) are at or approaching retirement.

Even without the moral argument that we are obliged to give asylum to people who need it – which is most of those who claim it – if we can accommodate hundreds of thousands of new children each year, who will need health and education services for at least 18 years, and a million people per year entering retirement, whose health and welfare needs will only increase, then we can add some more people seeking asylum without too much problem. Most of the migrants are young, fit and healthy (they need to be to get to the UK) and could be working productively for decades. Many are well educated, and will save us the time and cost of primary and secondary schooling. The economic argument in favour of immigration is almost unanswerable.

No, no. Let’s ship them off to Rwanda. It beggars belief.

The delay was all my fault: I realised I intended to post the comment as a post and so delayed moderating it.

I am as appalled as Andrew, and am ashamed that this country can propose something as base and racist as this. That is why I share this.

On Collective Responsibility and “Good” Russians

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/04/2022 - 6:00am in

Despite what I regard as obvious parallels with Nazi Germany, I still find it very hard to break the wall with my international colleagues who urge us Ukrainians to remain open to dialogue and even sympathy with ordinary Russians—the good Russians—who they say are “also victims of Putin’s regime.” ...

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Nadine Dorries is accusing Channel 4 of being a promoter of fascism this morning

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 10/04/2022 - 7:57pm in


fascism, Politics

I have just tweeted this:

Nadine Dorries is actually claiming Channel 4 is promoter of fascism this morning.

Note what I have to say.

We are heading so fast towards fascism now that it really is very frightening.

The Return of the Repressed

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/04/2022 - 10:00pm in


fascism, Europe

Source image: Institute of National Remembrance, Poland. / Wikimedia Commons. Was it only my generation—people born shortly after World War...

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