One of the 14 warning signs of fascism is the identification of enemies as a unifying cause.
It’s third on the list in this article, if you need to refresh your memory.
Now watch the first minute or so of Boris Johnson’s “People’s PMQs”:
“There’s a terrible kind of collaboration as it were going on between people who think they can block Brexit in Parliament and our European friends, and our European friends are not moving.
“We need our European friends to compromise and the more they think that there’s a chance that Brexit can be blocked in Parliament, the more adamant they are in sticking to their position.”
He was falsely claiming that his viewers – you and I – are on his side and MPs who want to prevent a “no deal” Brexit have teamed up with “our European friends” (as he calls them) against us.
That’s the identification of enemies as a unifying cause, right there.
One of the “people who think they can block Brexit in Parliament” – if it’s Mr Johnson’s “no-deal” Brexit – would be Philip Hammond.
He said, earlier, that BoJob was setting the “bar” for negotiations too high by demanding that the so-called Northern Irish border backstop be dropped from the UK’s withdrawal agreement with the EU.
He said it was “effectively a wrecking tactic and the people behind this know that that means there will be no-deal”.
Such a move would be “just as much of a betrayal as not leaving at all”.
The Mirror quoted a “government source” who claimed Mr Hammond had done “everything he could to block preparations for leaving and undermined negotiations” when Chancellor.
“We are leaving on October 31 and we will be ready to do so despite the former chancellor’s best efforts to the contrary.”
That’s the identification of enemies as a unifying cause.
One person who has yet to be identified as an enemy by the Johnson camp is Commons Speaker John Bercow – although how long that continues is a matter for speculation.
Mr Bercow has made it clear that he will resist efforts by BoJob to prorogue Parliament in order to ensure it is not sitting prior to Brexit – thus ensuring that the UK leaves with no deal.
He told the Edinburgh Festival fringe he “strongly” believes the Commons “must have its way”.
“If there is an attempt to circumvent, to bypass or – God forbid – to close down Parliament, that is anathema to me,” he said.
“I will fight with every breath in my body to stop that happening. We cannot have a situation in which parliament is shut down — we are a democratic society.”
So Mr Bercow is drawing lines too – between democracy and Boris Johnson.
I’m not saying BoJob is a fascist. But he’s showing a lot of the warning signs.
How many more will we see?
Source: Johnson accuses MPs and EU of ‘terrible collaboration’ over Brexit | Politics | The Guardian
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What I see are M.P., such as Mr. Hammond, who are doing the E.U.s negotiating for them. What Mr. Hammond believes and what is fact are not, necessarily, the same thing. Mr. Johnson has said that he wants to leave with a deal and that the Irish Backstop should be dealt with in the next part, regarding our future relationship with the E.U., where he believes it should be. Saying that Mr. Johnson’s demands are making no deal inevitable; that’s fir the E.U. to decide, not him.
People are quick to say that the U.S.A. will play hardball in negotiations but fail to see that that’s exactly what the E.U. is doing and more importantly, what we should be doing and should have done. If we are fighting each other, especially publicly, it gives the E.U. absolutely no reason to do anything. If there is no prospect of us leaving without a deal, there is absolutely no reason for the E.U. to do anything and certainly not to offer any concessions that are not in the interest of the E.U., not us. Why can people not see that? What do our M.P.s expect?
Theresa May’s deal is the only deal that the E.U. will contemplate, unless they can be forced to reconsider. Blocking no deal won’t change that so, what do those M.P.s propose? Parliament could stop us leaving without a deal very easily and does not involve lawyers, votes of confidence, or any other means that may be perceived the be underhand; they simply have to vote for Theresa May’s deal. No deal would be dead in the water, we’d be leaving, the E.U. would be happy. Simply blocking no deal will achieve nothing but prolong the uncertainty which has already done so much damage and see us stuck in the E.U., against the wish of the electorate as expressed in the Referendum, for who knows how long? This is not good.
Parliament voted to invoke Article 50, thus making no deal a possibility. We had 2 years to come to an agreement, after which we would leave, deal, or no deal, except by the gift of an extension, from the E.U. When we reach the 31st of October, the situation will be the same; we will be leaving, deal, or no deal, or else asking for a further extension, with whatever conditions the E.U. decides to attach, assuming that an extension is granted.
Well, the proto-fascism, as you know Mike (and as you have so consistently reported on), started in 2010 onwards when, for the first time, the ill/unemployed/vulnerable were maid the ‘enemy within’, remember the phraseology:
Doing the right thing
Those with their blinds drawn
Those that get up in the morning
Skivers and strivers
This after an economic downturn due entirely to a bloated financial sector that the very people who uttered these vile phrase were plugged into.
The scapegoat era is with us and it is all designed to avert attention from the real causes. That’s another sign of fascism: create decoy arguments so the financial interests of the wealth extractors are not focused on.
Oh, that little scamp Bojob – you never know what mischief he will get up to next.
Stay tuned for more hysterical antics from the Circus at No10 Clowning Street.
What else can we do but ride the wave? – better to laugh than cry….
There is no need for Bojob, or Donald Trump, to be actual, self-aware , fascists. To them, probably, fascists are slightly comical figures from the past, no doubt dressed in Nazi uniform and sounding like characters from “Allo! Allo!”
But, like plenty of conservative politicians in pre-war Germany and Italy, they are happy to spread the same kind of politics of hate and national victimhood. We should never forget that Hitler came to power, ONLY because the German Christian Democrats went into coalition with them, and let Hitler take the Chancellor’s position as the leader of the biggest coalition Party . The rest is history!
But, to this day, German conservatives will insist that they, of course, weren’t Nazis.
Collaboration with foreign governments to the detriment of your own used to known as treachery expounded by traitors, now it is seen as wonderful by fbpe and other pro Eu bodies.
You seem almost as fascist as Boris Johnson. Please try to understand that there is no alliance between anti-“no deal” MPs and the EU.
Call Bojo a clown a fascist if you want but the fact is many in parliament are more loyal to Brussels than London. They could have voted May’s deal through a weak Brexit but the EU collaborated with remainers to try and reverse Brexit. But in the end they will regret it as constitutionally nothing can stop Boris sitting on his hands past 31st of October except maybe the Queen extraordinarily dismissing him. The commons rulebook does not envisage how a sitting PM can be made to hand over number 10 to a caretaker government since if he falls and fails the 14 day no confidence rule he simply calls an election. Parliament ceases and the executive continues as it is until a new parliament is chosen. Boris could step down but he does not have to and nothing save the Queen can force that. The remainers have screwed themselves finally.