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John McDonnell gets it: UK risks shift to fascism without radical change soon

John McDonnell: he’s right to fear a far-right ascendancy if current Labour leader Keir Starmer fails to restore faith in UK politics.

Public disillusionment and disconnection with politics could lay the UK wide open to an invasion of far-right populists and fascists.

The onus will be on the Labour Party – if it wins the next election – to re-establish trust in politics and restore belief that politicians work for the people, rather than leech off of them.

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That’s what former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell believes, as he has written in The Guardian:

“People will be patient as they fully realise how broken Britain is, but the foundations of credible and radical change will have to be seen to be being laid early in the life of the incoming Labour government,” he writes, calling for a “real strategy” to restore the value of wages and incomes.

There had also been a retreat on key core policy commitments, he said, such as the level of investment needed for Labour’s green new deal.

“If Labour fails to set out early upon a path of radical change to secure the all-round wellbeing and security of our people, then inevitably disillusionment will set in,” McDonnell said. “The risk then is the potential for a significant shift in our politics to the right, with the return of a Conservative party completely shorn of any traditional one nation Tories and under the dominance of the populist right both within the party and beyond.”

That is This Writer’s fear – as I have laid out in previous articles like this.

The best way to avoid a Tory resurgence of any kind at all, and particularly a growth of the far right, would be to change the general election system to a form of proportional representation – but Keir Starmer opposes this.

Without it, the UK risks falling into fascism. The only promises Starmer has made suggest five years of sub-Tory stasis with no economic improvement and huge harm to our health after the NHS is fully turned over to private-sector asset-strippers.

That would feed exactly the disillusion that John McDonnell fears.

Starmer has been warned – and all the signs suggest he is ignoring the warning. You must decide for yourself why he would do such a thing.

Source: Britain risks shift to far right if Labour fails to enact ‘radical change’, says John McDonnell | Labour | The Guardian


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Politicians are hell-bent on pushing us to fascism. Let Gary explain how to stop it.

After a six month hiatus, Gary Stevenson is back with a video clip discussing what has happened in the UK during that period. And it isn’t good.

Inflation is down. He explains why the Tories should take no credit for it.

Interest rates will start to fall, following inflation.

House prices, after rising during the Covid crisis, have not come down again – and Gary explains that this is because the rich have accumulated an enormous amount of money over the period since early 2020. They have used it to buy houses without mortgages, which is why prices have not fallen. And with high interest rates, their savings accounts are growing massively.

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As interest rates fall, rich people will invest their savings in buying houses, and this means prices will rise again.

Living standards have fallen with the rapid rise of inequality that came with the transfer of huge amounts of cash to the rich. Rents, the price of goods and the price of holidays will also increase. Young people will be very strongly harmed by these developments.

With living standards falling, and no political party in the UK serious about reducing inequality, people will be dissatisfied – whichever party is in office. People will want an alternative, and the populist far right is poised to promise them anything they want. This is why it is so terrifying that the Tory with the safest seat is Kemi Badenoch.

This risk is increased by the fact that the economy is failing – no matter what Rishi Sunak and his spokespeople say.

An accelerated shift towards fascism is inevitable unless a positive alternative can be presented.

Increasing equality will improve living standards and stave off the fall into fascism.

The challenge for us now is to encourage public opinion to support such measures.


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Rishi Sunak’s ‘minimum service’ law is a headlong rush to fascism

Rishi Sunak: like Mussolini, he wants the trains to run on time.

UK prime minister Rishi Sunak is inviting comparisons with Italian fascist dictator Mussolini, by rushing through a law to keep the trains running (although possibly not on time):

Rishi Sunak today vowed to stop militant trade unions de-railing Christmas as he announced new laws to ensure trains continue to run during strikes.

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The Prime Minister is bringing forward legislation to enable rail operators to run the equivalent of 40 per cent of their normal timetable when staff walkouts occur.

Under the new laws, there will also be requirements for ambulance workers and border security staff to provide a minimum level of service during industrial action.

Source: Rishi Sunak acts to stop militant trade unions de-railing Christmas: PM brings forward new laws to ensure at least four in 10 trains are running during strike days – while border staff and ambulance crews are also issued with ‘minimum service’ requirements


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Braverman’s justification of the Public Order Act is fascism in action

Victims of Braverman’s law: Extinction Rebellion demonstrators who once blocked Lambeth Bridge. They were making an important point in the only way they believed was available to them because the government was refusing to listen. Now, they have been criminalised for trying to save the same government from its own stupidity.

The King has signed into law the Public Order Act that allows the Tories to inflict swingeing punishments on anybody daring to complain about their despotic government and the results of its ridiculous policies.

And Home Secretary Suella Braverman can’t wait to start inflicting.

She has recorded a video clip in which she describes the powers conferred on her by the Act in the most acceptable terms possible. She refers to people who disrupt “our way of life” by going to such extreme lengths as gluing themselves to roadways.

She doesn’t talk about their reasons for going that far.

If she was drawn into discussing them, she would have to accept that her government has refused to discuss the issues protesters are raising in any reasonable way, that they feel forced into more extreme methods of protest simply to raise awareness, and that the punishments she is now able to dish out are disproportionate due to her own intransigence.

No wonder “CremantCommunarde” delivers the verdict we see below:

And so it is.

From the famous “14 signs of fascism” we see that, by criminalising people who are protesting against the destruction of our ecosystem, the government is protecting corporate power (sign nine), identifying enemies as a unifying cause (sign three) and displaying an obsession with crime and punishment (sign 12).

Braverman and the Tories have deliberately pushed decent people into a corner in order to demonise them; make them enemies of “our way of life”. They aren’t your enemy; she is.

If you don’t believe me now, wait until you’ve seen how Braverman and her government put their new powers into practice.


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‘Get ready for Fascism!’ satire show declares. This Site has been doing that for years

Warning signs of fascism: the UK’s government displays every one of these.

Schrodinger’s commentator: This Writer feels both heartened and disheartened by Late Night Mash‘s segment, ‘Get ready for Fascism!’

The reason?

I’ve been doing that – and warning about it for years. Since 2013, according to my files, although this piece is from 2020, after Boris Johnson’s government started accelerating the process towards turning full-fascist.

And Mash is only on Dave, a TV channel with only a small audience. It’s good that the segment has been broadcast, but only a few people will have seen it, and fewer still will accept that it is a comment on what is actually happening – despite the factual information it contains.

This Site also has a small audience. But we might be able to expand the number of people seeing this – if those of you who do read this would actually share it (or at least the video clip) with your own friends and followers.

Will you?

Here it is:

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Economist explains why Truss’s early choices have all been bad

Liz Truss: bad choices already mean we have another rotten prime minister.

This Site has a lot of time for Richard Murphy. As an economist, he seems to be on the side of the people, rather than selfish commercial interests, and he also seems to know the right way to run an economy.

That’s why I was very interested to read his thoughts on the early decisions of Liz Truss as Tory leader and prime minister.

He’s horrified:

That’s a prediction, right there: Truss will seek to dismantle the state.

So: Truss intends to bring in more pollution as part of a policy of climate change denial.

So: Truss is determined to worsen your money woes, not ease them.

This is fascism, by the way.

To survive, we have to do better than this. He’s saying that if Truss sees through her agenda, we won’t.

Mr Murphy also had this to say about Truss’s immediate spending plans with regard to the current cost of living crisis:

So now you know.

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Is Rishi Sunak saying if he becomes PM, he will jail you for criticising him?

Sunak: if he replaces the man directly behind him on the left, he’ll sink the UK into a mire of extremist fascism – while pretending he’s fighting extremism.

He says he won’t target people who criticise his extremist government with this new plan.

But who would be stupid enough to believe him?

I refer, of course, to Rishi Sunak, who has said those who speak extreme hatred toward the UK will be treated as extremists and referred to the government’s deradicalisation programme Prevent, if he becomes prime minister:

People who display hatred through speech or writing would be referred to Prevent programme, Mr Sunak pledged.

The former Chancellor’s team clarified that the changes would not include criticism of the government or any government policy, and was not legally binding.

Extremism is defined in the 2011 Prevent strategy as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”, as well as calls for the death of armed forces personnel.

Sunak’s team vowed to broaden that out to include “vilification of the UK” to ensure “those with an extreme hatred of our country that leads them to pose a risk to national security can be identified and diverted away from a destructive path”.

Sharp minds have already taken a look at that idea – and found it wanting:

So in fact, it seems Sunak is planning to breed far-right political extremism in the UK by targeting – as extremists – people who disagree with his plan for far-right Tory government.

He’ll use it to Prevent (capital letter intended) people from demanding independence for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

And he’ll use it to steamroller opposition to the imminent bonfire of your human and working rights.

And that’s probably just for starters.

If you’re not up in arms about this, you’re asleep and need to wake up.

Some are happy to protest passively:

Others are making the point more forcefully – that this is yet another example of the fascism that has underscored Tory politics for more than a decade now:

This Site has been calling the Conservative government out over its fascism for years – and been vilified for it.

Are you all ready to accept, now, that I might have a point?

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Michael Gove appoints apparent racist to advise on ‘levelling-up’ plan

Paul Collier: does his appointment make Michael Gove’s ‘Levelling Up’ project racist?

Is this an admission that Boris Johnson’s Tory government intends to treat non-white citizens as second-class (or worse)?

It seems so.

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up (as if that title means anything), has appointed Paul Collier to advise him on his plan for the nation.

The development economist at Oxford University is infamous for having claimed that immigration has made indigenous British people a “minority” in London.

He also said nobody born in the UK but with even one parent who was an immigrant should consider themselves indigenous, and that people born of immigrants who had been here longer may only call themselves indigenous if they have integrated into society.

And this is the man Gove wants to advise on the 12 points of his “Levelling Up” plan, including schemes to improve everything from pay, jobs, research and development spending and transport connectivity in struggling areas, to “restoring local pride”.

Does this mean the only people who’ll receive “Levelling Up” help are those who can trace their ancestry back to Alfred the Great? I think even the Queen might have a problem with that.

It certainly seems geared to exclude large numbers of the population on the basis of race.

And this would fit with the Johnson government’s fascism, as it would identify ethnic minorities as enemies who may deprive areas of “Levelling Up” funding, in a bid to unify Collier’s “indigenous” people against them.

Source: Professor who suggested non-white Britons not ‘indigenous’ to advise Gove on levelling-up plan

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Fascism looms as Raab threatens to ‘correct’ court judgments

One rule for him: remember, Dominic Raab is the Tory minister who couldn’t be bothered to return to work from holiday when Kabul fell. He breaks government rules habitually yet presumes to lecture us on the law.

Remember: this is what the UK voted for:

It is fascism: “Disdain for human rights.”

Dominic Raab has decided that if human rights judges in the UK make decisions that he doesn’t like, he will override them in blatant disregard of the rule of law.

This is what the UK voted for.

In a blatant rhetorical reversal of what actually happens, he has said that he would stop “judicial legislation” – that is, judges making UK law. But they don’t; they never have. They simply apply the law of the land to individual cases. Stopping this would be breaking the law.

You see, so-called “case law” – legal precedents set by judges – are only examples of the way the law should be interpreted when applied to particular situations, to be followed if such situations arise again in order to avoid contradiction and confusion. They are not situations in which judges take legislative power for themselves and Raab is lying by suggesting that.

But this is what the UK voted for.

He said he wanted to stop the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from dictating law to the UK, but…

But his plan is what the UK voted for.

Human rights lawyer Jessica Simor QC said that Raab’s plan would have an effect opposite to what he was suggesting, because it would mean

more complaints going to Strasbourg and more rulings against the UK, unless the government intended to pull Britain out of the European Convention on Human Rights altogether, which would be “a step into a dark place for this country and the world”

But if that happened, it’s what the UK voted for.

The former head of the government’s legal service, Jonathan Jones, said:

As parliament is already able to legislate to correct flaws in the law, it appeared Mr Raab was trying to use a new mechanism to allow ministers to take this step without obtaining MPs’ approval.

In other words: dictatorship.

It’s what the UK voted for.

Cambridge professor of public law Mark Elliott pointed to a recent Supreme Court ruling, saying that allowing a minister to overrule a decision of the judiciary simply because he did not agree with it would cut across “principles that are fundamental components of the rule of law”.

It’s what the UK voted for.

“If that is what is in contemplation, then that is profoundly problematic,” said Prof Elliott. “Indeed it turns constitutional principle on its head.

“Ministerial power to do this would itself be deeply troubling. It would reassign a basic judicial role – interpreting the law – to ministers.

“Ultimately, this all strikes me as part of a project to enhance executive supremacy by treating courts, whether foreign or domestic, as unwelcome interlopers.

“And yet all of this masquerades as an attempt to protect parliament. The reality of this executive power project, as we might call it, is that it will be the executive that is the principal beneficiary of such changes, and the loser will be basic standards of good governance.”

It’s what the UK voted for.

But he is what the UK voted for.

Did anybody know? This Writer made clear what was going to happen in articles published before the 2019 election but I don’t have the reach of the mass media organisations who were screaming at everyone to vote Tory or else face a future of horrific Communism under Jeremy Corbyn.

It seems that, faced with such an onslaught, many people voted without thinking.

And isn’t that exactly how the Hitlers and Mussolinis of the 20th century took power?

Source: Raab threat to ‘correct’ court judgments is ‘deeply troubling’, warn legal experts | The Independent

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Tory fascism at work: weren’t they supposed to be AGAINST attacking statues?

Yes: the attack on a statue by police fulfils at least two of the 14 signs of fascism: protection of corporate power, and disdain for intellectuals and the arts.

It seems attacking statues is only bad if it represents something the Conservatives support – like slavery.

A statue that was adopted by Extinction Rebellion in the campaign group’s protest and blockading of printing plants owned by Rupert Murdoch’s media organisations last Autumn is fair game, it seems –

– even when it is displayed as part of an arts charity’s competition.

The police were called in – and more than 40 personnel broke into the building where the statue had been installed.

Here’s artist Damien Meade with the story:

And how about this?

All this happened at the beginning of the month but This Writer didn’t hear about it until today.

It remains well worth reporting because of the Tory hypocrisy evident in the raid, and the suggestion that both the police and the Conservative government were acting for a media corporation rather than upholding any law.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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