The state of the UK after the vote to leave the EU is desperate. This week Gary Lineker was vilified by the right wing media for speaking up in support of refugees and immigrants the week after Lily Allen was also attacked. On top of that this week’s Question Time was horrendous for this:
As bad as that was, when Tracy Brabin won the Batley by-election after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, this happened.
The Tories, Lib Dems and Greens had said they’d step aside for this by-election as a mark of respect for Jo Cox, but the far right parties didn’t. They used the excuse of ‘democracy’ to try to capitalise on this by-election to gain support for their parties, and views. They were all thoroughly rejected and all of them lost their deposits but the damage is done. They’ve got the platform they wanted and feel empowered because that by-election only happened because Cox was allegedly murdered by supporter of the far-right.
On top of all this, the UK government is clueless in regards what they intend to do with Brexit apart from favouring a hard Brexit, essentially the worst possible option which will leave parts of the UK ruined not just for a few years, but decades. Add into that the lack of tolerance and compassion from Brexiters, the more authoritarian tone of Theresa May and I think we can safely say we’re on the verge of something quite horrible not to mention unseen on this scale in the UK. I’d go as far as saying we’re in the early days of a form of fascism which when mixed with ethnic nationalism (which is what Brexit is all about) is a dangerous mix.
There’s a reason we learn from history and that’s so we don’t repeat it. Fascism doesn’t start with concentration camps and armies, it starts with saying people not born in the country are second class human beings. It starts with closing down dissent. It starts with attacking ‘liberals’. It starts with lists of people.
Even though thanks to cancer and a stroke I’m pretty much fucked, I’m willing to hit the streets to protest this, even fight if it comes to that. I did that back in the 1990’s when the National Front crawled out the sewer, and I’m willing to do that again. If we don’t fight, if we just shrug while Tweeting hastags, and yes, writing blogs like this we’re not going to stop this and right now, there’s still a chance of stopping the path we’re on.
So where do you stand? With the racists, xenophobes and people that sneer at people just because they weren’t born here, or against them?