Some more words for Boris Johnson

It’s the Tory Party conference this week and the full horror of our potential future is beginning to take form as Boris Johnson further manoeuvres himself towards the position of Tory leader, and Prime Minister.

As Johnson cosies up to fascists and extremists while pushing populist rhetoric which in normal times would be dismissed, but we’re no longer in normal times, we’re on the verge of something very, very awful. With a media that’s built Johnson up as some sort of jolly buffoon rather than a callous sociopath only interested in himself and his vision for the UK which is ripped from the sort of imperial nonsense that would have been rejected from boys comics of the 1920s.

In fact there’s another figure of the 20s and 30s we can draw a comparison with.

But Johnson didn’t appear on the scene spouting racism (well, sort of) and playing the populist ethnic nationalist. It has taken a long, long time for Johnson to get to this stage where I think we’re seeing what he is exposed for all to see and you either are repulsed by it, or his cries to a Britain that never was draws you in.

And this brings me to this Alan Moore quote from V For Vendetta.

“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.”

Johnson terrifies me. He’s surrounded by zealots who unthinkingly drag us ever closer to that dark place that in a way, is the logical end for the British Empire and the idea of British exceptionalism as it finally gives into full fledged fascism. And we walked into it.

There’s only a few months left to even try to stop this. Petition your MP, MSP, AM or whatever your local elected representative is and make sure you do what you can to stop what’s coming. Don’t be guilty of giving it away because we know where that leads.

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A quick word about Boris Johnson

If you think Boris Johnson wasn’t making a carefully staged comment in regards the burka to appeal to a certain demographic then I have a bridge to sell you. Boris Johnson was making a very well prepared comment to act as a dogwhistle not just for out and out racists (as Johnson enjoys a support there already) but from people who are ordinary voters.They may not be EDL, or Stephen Yaxley-Lennon worshipping mouthbreathers but people like old women sitting in a waiting room or just people like the one’s you and I live and work with.

Ever since Michael Howard’s Conservatives were rightly trounced after their horribly racist campaign in 2005, mainstream politicians from the right, and the left, have struggled with how to deal with immigration or just be plain outright in their beliefs, or just jumped on board the UKIPisation of UK (or to be specific, English) politics.

Brexit was always an opportunity for the hard right as well as the far right,to enable themselves and beliefs openly among as large a number of people that they’ve ever had access to in the UK, and people lapped up the racist bullshit. At the head of that campaign were a number of people but Johnson was one of the leaders pushing for Brexit at that point for his own goal which is to become Prime Minister. He still clearly wants that job, but now we’re two years down the line from the EU referendum there’s a lot that was once considered abhorrent becoming normalised as specifically England is gripped by a anti-immigrant hatred, though thanks mainly to Ruth Davidson and her Tories, we’ve got our own issues here in Scotland.

Johnson is positioning himself to be the strong maverick Trump-like leader who’ll do the job Theresa May can’t, and if you think that won’t get votes may I point out polls that show the issues Johnson is dogwhistling about have some support, and that’s from people willing to admit their bigotry. Right now there’s just a few steps away from the UK being run by the likes of Johnson with a far right support in the shape of Steve Bannon backed of course by Putin who has a thing for puppets like Johnson.

I said over two years ago Johnson was out to become a real life Adam Susan. I think by next spring we’ll see Johnson as PM, or at least on the cusp of becoming PM and he knows exactly what he needs to do to get there. So when you think he ‘mispoke’ think again. He wants power and he doesn’t care if that means turning the UK into a dystopia to get it, and worse, stay in power.  This is why Brexit needs to be opposed because once that happens the gloves are off…

The ongoing farce of Theresa May

It was the final day of the Tory Party conference in Manchester today, and Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech was without doubt the most memorable political speech of the year. Sadly for May it was for all the wrong reasons First of all comedian Simon Brodkin handed her a fake P45 in a speech which by this point was going down as well as calling a snap general election and losing your majority.

Coupled with May’s cough due to her cold, and the fact nobody in that hall believed a word being said it really couldn’t get worse? It could. This happened.

If you wrote a political comedy and included that moment the script editor would say something like ‘mate, that’s just taking it a wee bit too far‘. Even Armando Ianucci didn’t go that far.

On a human level one has to feel sympathy for May, except I’m not going to feel a fucking yoctogram for her as she had no sympathy for the people her policies have hurt, even killed since her government came to power in 2010. I could not care less for those commentators mumbling about feeling sorry for someone who is taking us off the edge of a cliff thanks to Brexit and has encouraged all the racists in the UK in her time in government.

This isn’t to say the alternative is appetising, it isn’t. But May’s speech summed up not just the state of British politics but the UK as a whole. Holding itself together for seconds before falling apart and becoming the laughing stock of anyone caring to pay attention. Still, if we’re all going to be fucked at least we’re still able to laugh right?

Boris Johnson drinks Mugwump jism

That was the first thought when I heard the Tories prime fuckwit Boris Johnson call Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a ‘mugwump’ this morning and no, this wasn’t a word make famous in usage by J.K Rowling. That belongs to William Borroughs who used it in The Naked Lunch which was eventually made into a fine film by David Cronenberg which in turn spawn a quite wonderful tune from Bomb the Bass.

So next time you think of Boris Johnson, imagine him supping on a glass of Mugwump jism…

Brexit Breakdown-This Vicious Cabaret

Michael Gove made his seemingly never-ending speech launching his bid to become Tory Party leader, and be default, our next Prime Minister. That’s Michael Gove. This man.

 

After Boris Johnson shitting himself and running away bravely, we’re left with a realistic choice between Michael Gove (a rampant Unionist who is utterly inept) and Teresa May (a rampant Unionist, who is sociopath and utterly inept) as next Tory leader and by default, the next UK Prime Minister. Except you and I won’t get a choice, only Tory MP’s and the Tory membership get a choice. See when Gove said ‘he’d stop unelected elites gaining control’? Yeah, he was lying because neither of the main two candidates intend holding a general election so we don’t get a say as to the new direction of the government til 2020.

But they got elected last year’ you may, correctly and also stupidly say. Both Gove and May in their opening campaign declarations make it clear they’re both veering to the far right of the Tory Party. Both are scary people for some of the same and different reasons, but here we are now. The established political class of the Tory Party are about to fight over who gets handed the job to negotiate the UK’s exit from the EU, and oh, both May and Gove suggest the rights of EU nationals can be used as an negotiating tool with the EU. Let that sink in for a second. This isn’t fantasy but a real possible thing that may happen. People we all know and love may be used as pawns to get what Gove and May want from the EU. It should sicken anyone but in post Brexit Britain anything now seems possible, even if it’s near fascism.

100 years ago the Battle of the Somme started. Lives were lost, and wasted as a bloated British establishment fought with whomever to cement their place in the world and a century later a bloated British establishment fights with whomever to cement their place in the world. All the lessons learnt and battles won over 100 years are going unless we fight for it because there’s nothing much left for us to do.

So when politicians use the slaughter of a century ago to build the myth of post Brexit Britain, remember the truth. I leave you with the words of the writer Pat Mills (lifted from his Facebook page), the man who wrote the peerless Charley’s War. They’re worth remembering as we enter a dangerous new phase for us all.

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Thanks to everyone for your thoughts on Charley’s War. It still means so much to me, so much so that I don’t trust myself to think about it too much. Because it is SUCH an emotional subject.
Today is a tragic anniversary when the ‘Best of British’ were murdered by the British ruling class. Because it was Britain that started WW1 -for which there is overwhelming and documented evidence (E.D. Morel and others). Not Germany and all that lying Balance of Power tripe they told us at school. That’s about as truthful as Tony Blair’s reasons for invading Iraq.
It’s heartbreaking to see the murder of a generation still remembered as ‘heroic sacrifice’ by the descendants of that same ruling class.
Any voice of dissent is still – with shameful calculation – removed. For example, the words of Harry Patch, the Last Tommy of WW1, who, unfortunately for the establishment, was a pacifist.
It’s worsened in recent years with the Battle of the Somme now being described as a victory, and General Haig as a hero. Shame on the historians and the establishment for lying about our noble forefathers. They deserve better.

Brexit Breakdown-This Bastard’s Carnival

Boris Johnson is not going to stand for Tory leader and by default, the next Prime Minister of the UK. All of the mess in regards Brexit was because Johnson wanted the PM’s job and shat David Cameron up so much he got forced into an alley and had to call a referendum, and now rather than be part of cleaning up the mess he’s caused he’s decided to slink off into the background to become the most hated man in the UK which must make Gary Glitter breathe a sigh of relief for a while.

Of course Johnson would have fucked things up but if you break it, you fix it, now we have realistically either Teresa May or Michael Gove as next Tory leader and Prime Minister because neither will call an election although both will take the Tories on a new direction that makes what we’ve seen under Cameron seem like a breeze. As someone who was so recently crapping themselves working out what type of cancer they had I can only say this feels exactly like that. Actually, it’s worse because I may be cleared of cancer but either of this pair will fuck us over with no hope of recovery. We have a succession of Tories fighting to become their Adam Susan.

There will be no general election, so all you lefty types that voted to leave hoping that would happen I hope you’re happy. We’ve got a choice between a Tory that wants rid of human rights, has introduced the Snooper’s Charter and gave us the racist van or a Tory that’s backed by Paul Dacre and Rupert Murdoch who is such a hardcore Unionist he’d risk the Good Friday Agreement.

The fallout of the Brexit vote is enormous. Imagine now a UK being rewritten in the image of Michael Gove and Teresa May. Don’t be black, poor, Muslim, gay, Scottish,Irish, Welsh, working class, disabled, or anything that won’t conform to their vision of a ‘proud’ ‘one-nation’ Britain where the Tories have everything under control and the masturbating imp of UKIP sit on their shoulder pushing them evermore over to the far right.

But today belongs to Boris Johnson. A coward who broke the country, broke people’s lives and destroyed the future of millions of people alive now and yet to be born, but didn’t want to take responsibility for what he did. Only his constituents now get a say on his future while we all get to pick up the mess that started on the playing fields of Eton decades ago.

So there’s only one song to close this….

Did they expect us to treat them with any respect? The EU Referendum drones on..

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Being off work thanks to illness means at this time I get to see things like this morning’s debate on the EU Referendum on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on the BBC. It managed the what I thought unachievable which it actually made me sympathise with Yvette Cooper who was shouted down by those on the Brexit side, but that’s to be expected. What was telling was the British-Asian chap who was voting to leave complaining about the racist rhetoric coming from many on the Leave side who was also shouted down and sneered at by those around him. In fact whenever the camera switched back to him the looks of disgust he was getting was telling.

Yet this is a result of a campaign that’s been in the sewer for weeks with Cameron’s promises of World War 3 and Armageddon and Johnson and Gove’s often pitifully wistful idea of an imperial England (let’s be blunt, this is a referendum about England’s place in the world with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland being dragged into the slipstream) with Boris Johnson at it’s helm. Yet, like Donald Trump, it should be clear for all that Johnson isn’t fit to govern and should be held in the utmost contempt but some do give him respect and that’s an astonishing thing.

This doesn’t let Cameron off the hook. He’s the man who’s taken us to the brink of leaving the EU because of an internal Tory Party debate that’s been raging since before I was born and I’m approaching my half century. He can make the case for the EU by saying ‘well actually the reason you’ve not got a house or a job is because of UK governments like mine. We’ve fucked you over. Sorry.’ Obviously he won’t, but this is such a disingenuous debate that we face leaving the EU not based on a progressive, leftish argument but because we hate immigrants and foreigners. The example of the chap being jeered on the Victoria Derbyshire show highlighted just where the Brexit campaign now occupies and thanks to Nigel Farage’s increasingly repulsive rhetoric which assumes every immigrant and refugee is a rapist we now stand ready to say to the world ‘we are a vile, racist, closed country that hates the world. Fuck you.‘. Is it any surprise those other countries in the EU and Europe are now looking at the UK with fearful, nearly hateful eyes because they know what a Brexit based upon fear of the Other would unleash across Europe. Before those Brexit supporters say ”it’s about democracy‘ then that line would work if the likes of Johnson or Farage supported abolition of the House of Lords and at the very least, a federal UK, yet neither do. For them it’s a return to England’s heyday at the centre of Empire and for them, the world.

And Cameron knows he’s fucked up. The event today where he’s got Labour, Lib Dem and sadly, The Greens with him to support a Remain vote shows he’s trying to temper his bullshit, but as any student of the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign will tell you, being a so-called progressive politician sharing a platform with Tories is dangerous which is why I’m annoyed at the Greens and glad to see Jeremy Corbyn wisely decided to avoid being seen at the same platform as Cameron. For all of Corbyn’s many flaws, he’s smart enough to realise he’d alienate many of his voters standing next to a man that is accused of putting his penis into a pig.

Yet the positive arguments are there as Scottish First Minster Nicola Sturgeon has Tweeted.

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Yet with just over a fortnight to go making the positive case this late may not get whatever side over the line as it’s been a contemptible vile campaign that has bottled up the very worst of the Independence Referendum, mixed it with the worst of all sides of Toryism, thrown in, a lot of English/British exceptionalism, bullshit, and racism with a side order of xenophobia.

Look, the EU isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination and there’s seriously compelling arguments to leave and to stay but up to now neither side is making them. The Remain side look like they’re starting to drop the apocalyptic tone, but if you’ve got Nigel Farage calling immigrants potential rapists it’s hard to pull back once you’ve went there because you’ve crossed a line and there’s no coming back. Yet here we are, 17 days out from a vote that could see us pull out of the EU, and by action, that would end the UK as we know it too.

There are good factual reasons to stay and I’ve pointed people in that direction before, and as someone who wants to remain but realises the democratic deficit of the EU, I also realise there’s a good argument to leave but I’ve not heard it. I’m not going to vote to leave thus empowering Johnson, Gove and Farage with all the mouthbreathers that will come out of the woodwork once the rhetoric on immigrants and refugees step up a gear after a Brexit. Both campaigns are contemptuous but this is really about voting for the lesser evil and I’m not handing the far right, iimperialistic Tories control of the UK because this is what this has become. A vote about what Tories are going to fuck us the least in the future, not democracy, not self determination.