The BBC and Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson, or to give him his actual real name, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is what the media call a ‘controversial figure’ as is there’s an actual controversy as to whether or not he’s a far-right bigot being used by other far right-bigots to attract more people to their cause which is an aggressive ethnic nationalism of the type we see in Russia and sweeping across parts of Eastern Europe.In saner times he’d be someone long forgotten about, but we’re not in normal times; we’re in the age where actual real fascists are given the sort of voice they could only dream of.

Now I’m not talking about censoring people;I’m talking of ensuring we don’t give platforms to people with  criminal background who has a violent past and would happily see blood on the streets. We don’t do that to Islamists so why does Yaxley-Lennon get a pass, especially at the BBC?

The other night Lennon was on the BBC’s Newsnight, giving him the sort of exposure he could only dream of. People complained and the BBC said this:

Seems reasonable? Except it isn’t. The BBC have had issues with their producers pushing a right wing agenda, and on Question Time they’ve excluded pro-EU SNP/Plaid/Green/Labour MEP’s completely over the last five years. Centre-left to left wing views have been excluded deliberately, while fascists and demagogues are given free range to spread lies and hatred often unchallenged.

Fact is the BBC has become an unreliable source of information, even part of the problem in that it’s helped nurture an especially British/English form of ethnic nationalism wrapped in the Union Jack and with an unhealthy fetishisation of the armed forces, not to mention a longing of mythic days that never happened. And the BBC are giving these people a platform in the name of fairness while ignoring the larger picture, or just what these people actually do.

So remember this next time you see a Stephen Yaxley-Lennon of one of his ilk being presented on the BBC as something more than the fascist thug he actually is.

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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.

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 torment of Tommy Robinson

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, AKA ”Tommy Robinson” was imprisoned the other day after attempting to manufacture a race war by photographing people he shouldn’t during a trial. If ‘Robinson’ had done his homework and gave a fuck, he’d know this but he’s both an idiot and a martyr which makes him exceptionally dangerous when people’s critical facilities have been turned into jelly. Part of the reason for this is thanks to a concerted campaign by a mix of ethnic nationalists, neo-Nazis (or the ‘alt-right’ if you want to soft sell them) and other like-minded extremist groups (not to mention political parties aligning themselves with some or all of this in order to keep power) to change the course of Western democracies.

What’s concerning is that Robinson isn’t just someone to mock and sneer at, though having done that I can say it is fun, Robinson isn’t a Nick Griffin figure but actually seems to be the figurehead the hard/far right have been looking for.  Now the narrative of Robinson’s supporters is that poor wee Tommy was exercising his freedom of speech and the evil paedo loving state police arrested him to stop him uncovering a massive Muslamopaedophilijew conspiracy.

In reality Robinson was aware of what he was doing and as this post from The Secret Barrister makes clear, he knew that (having been warned previously) that trying to film the jury/accused. The narrative of the far-right also ignores the fact that groups like the EDL are riddled with paedophiles because for them, they want to carve a story that only Muslims, or people with different colour skin. Search Twitter or if you can stomach it, the far right forums and the idea of a race war is one that these people are positively tumescent about.

The problem is that although it’s easy enough to ignore, even mock Yaxley-Lennon and his followers, what is worrying is how his extreme views bleed into society so we have an openly racist UK government led by Theresa May deporting people because of their place of birth and ethnicity. We’ve got Ruth Davidson here in Scotland getting where she has by courting extremism while Donald Trump and his children cheer on racists and bigots from the safety of a computer screen so we’ve go extremism on the rise and that’s what scum like Robinson is looking to cash in on.

So as Yaxley-Lennon looks to prison to hopefully suffer, it is down to us to not just make it clear why he’s been sent down to counter the lies being spread, but make it clear that we’re not going to let the bastards win.

Nigel Farage is a racist bottom-feeding, slimy, corrupt waste of human skin

I’ve just moved cities in order to spend a few months recuperating from a stroke, slipped disc and continue my fight against cancer, and the idea was to give blogging a wee break until everything was sorted out but after Donald Trump’s election which is enabling all the arsehole fuckwit alt-right fascists you can imagine, there’s a need for more and more voices to be heard in opposition to what is likely to be coming.

However, this is about Nigel Farage; a man who since Trump’s election has wrapped his lips round Trump’s prostate in order to carry on the gravy train he’s been on for decades, though with Trump being so far to the right the cries to make the walking heap of faeces that is Farage a lord is only right. After all, if he’s going to become the 21st century’s Lord Haw Haw he might as well have a peerage. We know Farage has more than dabbled with racism and fascism in the past, and with the far right empowered we have to make to clear that Nigel Farage is not a ‘man of the people’, nor are his actions normal, acceptable or do they speak for the majority of people in the UK.

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But name calling a pompous prick like Farage isn’t going to stop him cheering on Trump deporting Muslims, or demonising LBGT people, or making black people the root of all crime, or making women feel like their control of their bodies are now in the hands of far right lunatics amassing behind Trump. No, it does however really, really annoy the Daily Mail types who masturbate themselves into a creamy frenzy every time they see their Poundshop Oswald Moseley.

I do think liberals are going to have to stop trying to imagine things will be ok, or that supporting Brexit is a good idea because that’s the result of June’s referendum so you give ground to the far right and right now we don’t do that. We don’t give these shits a fucking inch. We’re in a dirty, brutal fist-fight with the forces of fascism however pointing out that Nigel Farage is the human personification of being kicked in the crotch so hard it makes you sick isn’t a bad thing. Mock the man, despise him and what he stands for. Don’t make Farage seem jolly, fun or normal. Make it clear what it is he stands for and we might have some hope of at least annoying bitter far right arseholes in the future.

Farage ally: disability an “epidemic” and the public “should not see the disabled on television”

Anyone thinking that UKIP’s allies aren’t screaming racists, bigots, homophones and just generally dangerous should take note of this.

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(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

UKIP’s new friends in Europe – members of the Polish KNP party – think disability is an “epidemic” and disabled people shouldn’t be seen on television because we should see only “healthy, beautiful, strong and wise people on our screens“.

The leader of the KNP – Janusz Korwin-Mikke – wrote the disturbing views on his blog.

But because his words were in Polish, it got little attention in the UK, even when Nigel Farage decided to ally himself in the EU with the far-right party.

Here’s an article in English with quotes from Korwin-Mikke’s blog:

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Nigel’s allies in Europe have some pretty disgusting views on other things too.

Here are just a few of them:

“Democracy is the stupidest form of government ever conceived.”

“Women are dumber than men and should not be allowed to vote”

“Evolution has ensured that women are not too intelligent”

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A vote for UKIP will drag this country into the dirt

I loved The The when I was younger, and I’ve been finding myself listening to a lot of Matt Johnson’s songs again recently because a lot of them are still astonishingly relevant today. In particular the song Heartland could have easily been written today, and in particular about the rise of UKIP.

After UKIP’s by-elections successes the media are all over UKIP like a drunk is over a bridesmaid at a wedding, while Labour are talking about going even further to the right which would leave people in the centre and of the left in a bit of a lurch. This is not especially going to matter in Scotland where people can vote for the likes of the SNP, but across the rest of the UK the Greens are the only option left.

Sadly UKIP are very successful on providing an avenue for disaffected voters and/or racists to vent and protest. They’ve also gamified politics so it’s not about politics, ethics or even what they believe in, rather than obtaining power at all costs and then clinging onto it. There’s not a shred of social conscience in UKIP but they don’t care about the working classes or those who have been forgotten about as they’re just a means to an end, and that end is to get into power and drag the UK down to it’s level. They effectively want to rip up the last 70 years and start again while making the UK a backward looking country.

This is course is fuel for the fire of campaigners of Scottish Independence who did predict this before the referendum, and it does offer another possible opportunity for another referendum as soon as 2017 if the rest of the UK votes to leave the EU and Scotland decides to stay in the EU. If the rest of the drags itself into UKIP’s snakepit and falls into the grasp of UKIP’s far-right policies which drags us further into austerity then there’s going to be a backlash at some point.See, the one thing UKIP haven’t actually thought about is what to do when they have power, or can influence power. They’ve ran on ‘being different’ even though they aren’t but it has worked. However if they do enter a coalition with the Tories next year and are the party of power as the Lib Dems are, then they don’t have anywhere left to hide. When they fail (and they will fail) then the backlash against them will be enormous.

Until then though UKIP stand to cause a lot of damage with their scorched earth policies. Until then people have to protest against UKIP because UKIP aren’t for anything as this wonderful exchange on LBC shows the thought process of a UKIP supporter. UKIP are easily burst but it involves taking them on, not deciding to outdo them and that isn’t happening with Labour.

Sadly I think we’re in for the dark times predicted in Heartland but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, though this looks to be a very, very long tunnel.