Boris Johnson is swiping whole chapters from the Goebbels playbook with his new Conservative Party membership drive.
Just take a gander at the following nonsense, from a genuine recruitment campaign started in Johnson’s name on Tuesday (September 15):
“Last night I voted to protect the United Kingdom, as any prime minister would do.” Any PM ought to vote to protect the UK; this is true. Boris Johnson did not. He voted to support his Internal Market Bill which endangers the union by undermining the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland, and shatters the UK’s standing among other countries by breaking international law. It also threatens NI, Scotland’s and Wales’s continued memberships of the union by stealing devolved powers away from their governments.
Parts of the Bill, if passed into law, would overrule a binding treaty that Johnson himself signed. He was authorised to do so by the votes of his MPs – the same MPs who have now, sheep-like, authorised him to contradict himself.
“Unfortunately, I was not joined by a single Labour or SNP MP.” Of course not. The Labour Party, and the Scottish National Party, abide by the law.
“Instead Labour and the SNP chose to side with the EU and their outrageous threats to carve up our union.” The EU has made no such threat. This is a lie.
“Making it clear we’re the only party willing to stand up for the United Kingdom.” This is deceitful in several ways. Firstly, as already discussed, breaking international law, jeopardising peace in Northern Ireland and taking powers from NI, Scotland and Wales is not standing up for the UK but an attempt to shatter the union. Secondly, lying about a made-up threat is not standing up for the UK. Thirdly, it is wrong to say the Tories are the only party willing to stand up for the UK just because the other parties stood up for the rule of law. Would you like me to continue?
“Last year in good faith I signed the Withdrawal Agreement, believing the EU would stand by their word to be reasonable.” We have only Boris Johnson’s word that this is his reason for signing the Withdrawal Agreement – and he is a habitual liar.
“But regretfully, as Labour know, in recent months the EU have suggested they would go to extreme and unreasonable lengths.” This is a lie. If Johnson is using that as his justification for reneging on an international treaty, then his recruitment drive is an act of fraud.
“Threatening to put up blockades across our own country, divide our own land and change the very economic geography of our own union.” This is a lie. The person who threatened to put up barriers, divide the UK and change its economic geography is Boris Johnson. The possibility of tariffs being imposed for “at risk” goods was in his withdrawal agreement, that he pushed through Parliament. He is simply denying responsibility for his own action and pushing it onto somebody else.
But there is another issue here – that of the EU stopping food products from entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain. Johnson has made it explicitly clear that he includes this in his claim about blockades, division and economic geography. But it is not mentioned in the Internal Market Bill, so he should not be using it in a party recruitment campaign based on Monday’s vote.
(The EU would have to grant “third-country approval” to the UK’s regulatory regime to allow food into NI because Northern Ireland will remain in the single market and continue to use EU standards for its goods after December 31, 2020. It has been unable to grant this approval because officials reckon the UK has not provided sufficient details of the so-called sanitary and phytosanitary regime for animal and plant products post-Brexit – possibly because of the free trade agreement Johnson wants to do with the United States, that would bring diseased, chlorinated chicken into the UK for us to eat? Johnson’s government says it has provided ample information for the EU to grant approval but Johnson lies.)
Put it all together and this is a Nazi strategy.
Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was very keen on what he called “The Big Lie” – an idea he claimed to have taken from the British. The idea is that if you repeat a blatant lie often enough, eventually the majority of people will believe it is the truth.
Johnson’s recruitment drive is riddled with lies, and lies supporting those lies. It is not information. It is propaganda. And that puts him on a level with the Nazis.
You’d have to be a fool to believe him, too. These people weren’t:
Is telling deliberate lies to extort money from someone not fraud? Surely this letter if read by a susceptible person is raising money by deceit
— Bill K Golden (@williamkgolden) September 16, 2020
Propaganda worthy of the third Reich. We’ve crossed the Rubicon now.
— Rosemarie and Owen Kelly (@rosemarie_kelly) September 16, 2020
what sort of brain dead moron ..or evil forelock tugger would you need to be to fall for that BS ?
— stewart m (@stewartnextday) September 16, 2020
What sort indeed. If you have a Tory-supporting friend, why not show it to them, explain why it is full of lies, and see how they react?
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