Jeremy Clarkson, Nigel Farage and Steve Bell have ensured it’s been a good week for bigots, racists and idiots.

If you’re a racist, bigot or generally think that black people need putting in their place, or the Scots are chippy tossers, or calling someone an ‘Irish cunt’ is something that’s just a bit of laugh then this has been the week for you.

The week started with Steve Bell suggesting that the SNP would support incest for a chance of power, not to mention that because Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are Scottish they’d look hilarious if they were doing Scottish dancing and talked like they came out of Brigadoon.

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Buy hey, casual racism is fine when it comes to Scots, or indeed, anything perceived as working class in the media. Had this been the Welsh they’d be portrayed carrying leeks and worrying sheep (though the media would have to discover Wales in the first place) or Liverpool would have chirpy Scousers with Souness moustaches, and so on. Know your place. Eat your cereal.

Then came along Jeremy Clarkson, beloved of middle aged men and people that think The Lad Bible is funny. He’s been suspended from the BBC for a ‘fracas’ that his mates think wasn’t a big deal but the gossip site Popbitch (normally a good source for this sort of thing) report this…

It’s not just physical abuse
Clarkson doled out. The words used
are said to be something along the
lines of “Where’s our hot food, you
lazy fucking Irish cunt?”

So all those people signing petitions (one now outnumbers that against female genital mutilation) are supporting not only someone that resorts to violence as they don’t have people jumping at their whims, but uses the nationality of someone as a pejorative.

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Mike Small of the site Bella Caledonia wrote a fantastic article on Bell and Clarkson in the context of the abuse Scotland and Scots (of all descriptions) have taken this week, but I don’t think anyone could predict the week would come to an end with Nigel Farage trying to yet again drag the UK back to the 1950’s in possibly the most open display of UKIP’s petty beige racism that’s they’ve done yet, and this is saying quite a bit. Farage’s idea to get rid of equality and race discrimination law which is shocking enough but hidden in there is the real reason which is to allow employers to hire and fire whomever they like. Black and the best person for the job? Nah, fuck it, racist bosses can ignore you? Female and off work to have a kid? Sorry, you’ve lost your job.

Following Farage’s bizarre logic is that this legislation isn’t needed because people should be free to do what they want because people can be racist if they want to be. It’s simply pandering to this idea that the majority of people are imposed upon because they’re white, middle class and English so that the minorities in this country should somehow put up with a little bit of casual racism as UKIP are ‘colour blind’.

This is all part of the same thing in that racism, bigotry and the sort of imperialist attitudes that diminish Scots and Irish to scare figures of those of the abused is the mainstream view and not that of a group that’s kept quiet. Clarkson’s casual bigotry and violence is seen to be something that’s just ‘bants’ and no big deal, yet he smacked someone and called them an ‘Irish cunt’ because they didn’t bring him something to eat? Is that really the actions of an ordinary person? Bell abused Scots for the crime of being Scottish yet this week we’ve seen anti-Scottish rhetoric hit new heights and there’s still weeks to go before the election so it’s just building up a head of steam. And Farage, well, Farage just made it clear he’s not even attempting to pretend UKIP are an inclusive party of the 21st century. All of this isn’t helped by the majority of the media engaging in a narrative where these people are given time and space to air their views unopposed most of the time, yet the likes of Clarkson and Farage pretend they’re not given an inordinate amount of space to speak freely in the media.

It seems that all the work people did from the 1950’s onwards is slowly being unraveled and not just by Tory tossers like Clarkson or far right demagogues like Farage, but supposed champions of the left like Bell as the idea of equality and egalitarianism is dumped for identity politics or tribalism. It’s simply repulsive  that society is being reshaped to be harder, more brutal and ultimately callous as the establishment realises that the jig is up so they’re making one last stand as people from all sides of the establishment combine to purge what they see as threats and to shape a new UK that’s not going to be a nice place to live.

So when you laugh at a Bell cartoon mocking Scots, or think Farage has a point, or that Clarkson’s just having some fun as he smacked someone and called them an Irish cunt, look at yourself and wonder where your fucking humanity has gone. It’s been a dreadful week and the thing is, there’s worse to come before the election. At least now we realise that the gloves are off and anything goes.

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An open letter to Steve Bell of the Guardian, defender of the establishment.

Hi Steve

You don’t know me but I once said I admire your work when I met you at a comics exhibition in London in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s. I used to have copies of your books and I loved If... especially during the 80’s in the era of Thatcher through to Major and then Blair.  Yes, you haven’t been as good as Martin Rowson over the last decade but you’ve been one of the few reasons to read The Guardian; a paper that’s been in serious decline thanks to the ham-fisted editorship of Alan  Rusbridger. A few souls made it a decent paper compared to the others out there, but really yourself and Rowson made the clickbait, crap bloggers filling in for real journalism and dumbed down crap/London-centric nonsense almost bearable.

Then the Scottish independence referendum arrived and you told Scotland and it’s people to fuck themselves which wasn’t you having a pop at the Tories, but the people of Scotland for supporting independence. Throughout the referendum you pumped out some appalling stuff that alienated people of the left in Scotland that saw Labour leave them but you joined the establishment in protecting the Union so that Scotland stays part of a United Kingdom that said how much it loved the people and country of Scotland and how it should play a greater part in the UK.Yet as the SNP surged after the referendum defeat you called Nicola Sturgeon a ‘Nazi’, and frankly, you dropped a bollock then but today you crossed a line when The Guardian published this work by you.

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It’s not the reliance upon the tired old vaguely racist Scottish stereotypes, but the suggestion that Sturgeon supports or encourages incest along with Alex Salmond, or at least, I assume that’s the line you’re using because you’re not sticking your head above the parapet and neither is your editor. Sure someone at The Guardian made a statement to the Huffington Post,..

A spokeswoman for Guardian News & Media told HuffPost UK: “Steve Bell is recognised by his peers – and Guardian readers – as a raw, controversial and talented cartoonist, and his work is often in a pugnacious style.

“The cartoon in question is a commentary on the old joke or saying ‘You should try anything once, except incest and Scottish country dancing’ and is intended to be viewed in light of this.

“The readers’ editor is aware of complaints and will be responding individually.”

 

But as Mike Small outlines in this piece in Bella Caledonia, this is just part of the relentless anti-Scottish rhetoric that’s infected public debate for the last four or five years that’s resulted in you, Steve Bell, suggesting the SNP support incest. You’re part of the media that’s making attacking Scots using similar rhetoric to that when people attacked the Irish normal. You may not be racist, but your bigotry is showing and although you’re not as bad as say, Jeremy Clarkson, for you to do this means you’ve drawn a line in the sand between the old Labour dinosaurs like yourself that attack a movement of the left because it’s not your gang.

The fact neither you or your editor have made statements to even defend this, let alone explain it, is telling. Yes, Rusbridger has his clickbait but it’s not just The Guardian that’s lost here Steve, it’s you. You doing the graft of the establishment is really something you wonder if the Steve Bell I admired when I was a fanboy would sneer at and attack, rather as you have done which is become part of the establishment. As a Scot living in England I know the English are not evil people, but you Steve are giving ammunition to those that are.

So defend your work. Realise though that you’ve drawn a line in the sand. I may be attending the Wonderlands event in Sunderland in May, and if so, I’d like to ask you face-to-face about this and have an informed discussion about it. If I don’t go, I’m betting people are going to ask you regardless so Steve, here’s the question you need to answer, ”what exactly is your problem with the people of Scotland?’.

I don’t expect a reply but Steve, you’ve fucked up. I only hope you realise how badly some day.

Why does Steve Bell hate Scotland and Scots so much?

Today in the Guardian, there was this cartoon from Steve Bell.

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That’s right. Steve Bell is suggesting Nicola Sturgeon is a Nazi in the last panel, or at least is suggesting the Independence movement/SNP are National Socialists. Now Bell was very firmly against the SNP during the Scottish referendum to a degree where he at times was just borderline prejudiced against Scotland, but that was the Guardian line during the referendum. This isn’t even satire. It’s just pushing a line used by Labour mainly, that the SNP are ‘fascist’ or of the right when in fact, that’s a load of nonsense as anyone who bothered to actually follow the referendum could see. I

Of course Bell is old Labour and this is about attacking the enemy. It’s tribal politics of the old kind splashed out against the new politics growing out of the referendum that many based in the closeted London media are missing out on. Now there are juicy things Bell could go for, like say Jim Murphy of  Labour bringing up their opposition to the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 in order to pander to the Orange Order and Green Brigade.

It’s sad to see a cartoonist I loved resort to calling a party full now of former Labour supporters fed up with a right wing Labour party pretending to be of the left, not to mention supporting the policies of austerity as bunch of Nazis like some spotty onanist trolling internet forums.  Ah well, it’s a shame when your heroes show their true side…