160621 Michael Rosen on Fascism

Isn’t this exactly what we’re seeing in the UK – right now – as a by-product of the EU referendum campaign?

“Fascism arrives as your friend.” That’s exactly how UKIP, and representatives of even more extreme organisations, have portrayed themselves.

They say they represent the working people of the country; the real people who have lived here for generations and shaped the society in which we all live.

They say it has taken a wrong turn, and you need to stand up and protect your own from the outsider; the interloper; the unwanted guest who is trying to change our way of life.

They lie through their teeth in the hope that you think they’re smiling.

Professor Michael Rosen is, a British children’s novelist and poet, author of 140 books, and former Children’s Laureate.

The people to whom he is referring would persecute him because he is Jewish.


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