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?
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