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Harry Leslie Smith [Image: Andy Stenning/Daily Mirror].

Harry Leslie Smith [Image: Andy Stenning/Daily Mirror].

I sympathise very strongly with Harry Leslie Smith. His generation should never have seen the return of days like these; mine should never have seen them at all.

Unlike Mr Smith, though, I saw it coming.

As long ago as January 2012 – just two weeks after I founded Vox Political, I was writing about Conservatives demonising the sick and disabled as “scroungers” – and take note that this was a variation on a strategy they had used 20 years previously, to attack single mothers.

It is known as ‘Othering’ – labelling a man or a woman as someone who belongs to a subordinate social category defined as the Other. The Nazis used it, yes, and we are seeing Donald Trump use it now… but the Conservatives have been using it for decades.

The world hasn’t suddenly become a dangerous place.

Right-wing agitators have been transforming it into a dangerous place for decades.

They simply haven’t bothered to reveal its true, ugly face until now – which indicates that they are becoming more confident, doesn’t it?

I was born in 1923, so I know all too well that if you live long enough history will repeat itself.

What I never expected to see were the economic and social conditions that gave rise to Hitler and Nazism return not only to continental Europe but also to America and Great Britain.

The world has suddenly become a very dangerous place because the US elected a new president who spent the last 18 months telling his fellow citizens a wall must be built across their southern border to stop droves of Mexican rapists and drug dealers from swarming into their nation.

Now words like that don’t remind me of Lincoln, Kennedy or even Nixon – but of Adolf Hitler.

Source: I never expected to see the conditions that gave rise to Hitler and Nazism come to America and UK – Harry Leslie Smith – Mirror Online

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