Leavephobia – the new racism


Blackleaf
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The two different responses from the Remainers over two Daily Mail front pages...

Leavephobia – the new racism

Hating Brexiteers has become the most acceptable prejudice of our time.



Brendan O'Neill
Editor
Spiked
19th November 2018


The once-Brexit-supporting Daily Mail has been taken over by Remainers

Hold on. I thought that for the Daily Mail to brand people ‘saboteurs’ was a wicked, chilling, borderline fascistic act of tabloid hatred? That’s what we were told when the Mail infamously ran with the front-page headline ‘Crush the saboteurs’, meaning Remoaners, in April last year. You might recall the chattering-class meltdown that occurred following the publication of that front page. Branding people ‘saboteurs’ simply for expressing their political views was ‘nasty and divisive’, ‘chilling’, and either ‘Stalinist’ or ‘fascist’, depending on whether you are on the right or the left. Those are all quotes from politicos and hacks who were horrified by the Mail’s sab-baiting. ‘I try to avoid glib use of [the] F-word’, but this is ‘the language of fascism’, said the Guardian’s Michael White, glibly.

Fast forward 18 months and the Daily Mail is once again condemning ‘saboteurs’ on its front page. And what has been the response this time? Nada, zilch, nothing. Actually, that isn’t true – this time the Mail has been applauded, and by the very same people who a year-and-a-half ago were talking about it as if it were the inky incarnation of Joseph Goebbels. Why the turnaround? Because this time the Mail, now under an eye-swivellingly new editorship, was referring to Brexiteers as saboteurs, rather than Remainers. And you’re allowed to hate Brexiteers. In fact, contempt for Leave people is the great socially sanctioned prejudice of our age; it’s the one hatred you can express at dinner parties, on demonstrations and, we now know, on the front page of tabloid newspapers without experiencing any kind of rebuke. Leavephobia is to today’s political elites what racism was to yesterday’s.

The Mail’s latest attack on ‘saboteurs’ was aimed at the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg and other ‘preening’, ‘shrill’, ‘baying’, ‘low-grade’ people whose opposition to May’s Brexit deal is evidence that they have ‘lost the plot’. They are disgusting and mentally unhinged! Simply for expressing a political view, they apparently deserve to be dragged across the front page of a hugely popular tabloid and shamed as destroyers of the nation. And yet no outrage. No Twitterstorm. No teeth-extendingly dull LBC phone-ins about fascism in Middle England. No handwringing about ‘divisive’ language from John McDonnell. Instead we had gleeful-cum-analytical pieces about whether the Mail’s switching of the word saboteur from Remainers to Brexiteers is proof that the paper has been ‘detoxified’ post-Paul Dacre.





This turnaround tells us a great deal about the political elites of 21st-century Britain. First, it confirms that their authoritarian fear and loathing of the tabloid press has nothing whatsoever to do with tackling supposedly divisive language but rather is about reprimanding these papers for their political views. It wasn’t the heated language of the Mail’s anti-Remoaner front page that horrified our political betters – it was the fact that it was anti-Remoaner. It was the fact that the Mail was insulting today’s dominant bourgeois ideology. The fury against the Mail, the casually authoritarian demand that the PM rap its knuckles, the hints at greater press regulation being the answer to such ‘chilling’ language, was entirely politically motivated. Those who wanted to punish the Mail were driven by the instinct of political censorship, by a tyrannical desire to take down a peg or two newspapers that mock their worldview. And they had the nerve to call the Mail ‘Stalinist’.

The second thing the saboteur about-face reveals is the acceptability of loathing Leavers. It is so striking: we live under a political class that speaks in the language of ‘inclusion’, which considers prejudice to be the great sin of our age, which reprimands everything it judges to be hate speech, and yet when it comes to Leavers all of that starched, censorious politeness goes out the window. You can say anything you like about the dim, teeming millions who voted Leave, and about the evil demagogues who made us do it, because of course we’re so fantastically stupid that we cannot think for ourselves. You can call them ‘low-information’. You can say they think with their ‘lizard brains’, as the New Statesman did. Slimy sub-humans! You can say they emerged from the ‘sewers’ (Nick Cohen) and that they will hopefully die soon (Ian McEwan). You can call them thick, ignorant, racist, deluded, fat (one study says Leave voters were of course higher in areas with high levels of obesity. Corpulent plebs.)

You can say all of this – and that’s just in public; imagine what they say at their soirées – and not only will you not be told off for being prejudiced, but you will be applauded as sane, decent, ‘one of us’. Hence the overnight improvement in the Mail’s standing in the eyes of the chattering classes, because it turned its ‘hate’ from Remainers to Leavers. Very often it is the same people who complain about ‘toxic’ language and its demeaning of Remainers and other groups who will happily green-light toxic language against the Leave masses. From the Observer conspiracy theorist Carole Cadwalladr to left-leaning writers like Owen Jones, those who rail most loudly against the prejudices of the tabloid press think nothing of pushing a poisonous narrative that depicts ordinary voters as moronic dupes (Cadwalladr) or branding as ‘gammon’ any insufficiently educated member of the uncouth lower-middle classes who likes Brexit and dislikes Corbyn (Jones). They are not opposed to the dehumanisation of social groups – they just want their own acts of dehumanisation to take precedence.

Loathing the Leave masses now plays the same role for the political establishment as racism once did. It is the prejudice that allows them to distinguish themselves from the throng, to presume moral and spiritual authority over the bovine public. Like racial minorities in the past, the Leave-backing parts of Britain are looked upon as strange, dangerous zones, full of the ill-educated, the easily led, the animalistic (lizards). Far from being a warrior against prejudice, hatred and exclusion, our supposedly liberal elite is the leading propagator of such toxic worldviews.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show . Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/1...he-new-racism/
 
Hoid
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The remainers are the new n words I guess.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Brexiteers - the new screaming snowflakes.

Blackleaf, you're having a political disagreement. And behaving like a whimpering four-year-old.

Oh, wait. . . that's what you always do.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Brexiteers - the new screaming snowflakes.
Blackleaf, you're having a political disagreement. And behaving like a whimpering four-year-old.
Oh, wait. . . that's what you always do.

Another intelligent contribution, I see.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Another intelligent contribution, I see.

Yup. Accurately identifying you and the author of your silly article as whimpering pussies.

It's politics, boy.
 
Bone357
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Anti Football is better choose outside South America.
 
Bone357
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Do prefer Ice Hockey.
 
Danbones
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Yup. Accurately identifying you and the author of your silly article as whimpering pussies.
It's politics, boy.

LOL, coming from team derangedtrumphater , that is the funniest comment I have read today.




I think that was a well thought out and well written OP, BL.


BTW: Telling your opponent there are rules when there are none to limit him, while technically NOT cheating, just defiles the whole game of enlightenment that an intelligent species has to do if it would like to evolve upwards into the universe.

It's called "crabs in the bucket syndrome" - when one smart crab tries to climb out of the bucket, all the stupid crabs grab him and drag him back in.

So while there are no rules and it's not exactly cheating, it is on beyond Ztupid.
Last edited by Danbones; 3 weeks ago at 06:43 AM..
 
Blackleaf
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RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: So this is what a very British coup looks like - a bid to overturn the will of the British people

By RICHARD LITTLEJOHN FOR THE DAILY MAIL
20 November 2018


A Very British Coup revolved around a conspiracy by the military, the media, big business and MI5 to bring down a Left-wing government



Some of you will recall the novel A Very British Coup, subsequently made into an award-winning television series by Channel 4.

It was written by Labour MP Chris Mullin, published in 1982, and revolved around a conspiracy by the military, the media, big business and MI5 to bring down a Left-wing government.

At the time, the plot was entirely credible, since Britain was riven by strikes and revolution was in the air. I read the book as a young labour and industrial correspondent, and it made sense to me.

The Bennites were in the ascendancy, Margaret Thatcher was horribly unpopular and it looked as if the wizened Hampstead Leftie Michael Foot — Worzel Gummidge, as Private Eye dubbed him — would be our next Prime Minister.

Mullin’s assumptions were based on hard fact. In the Seventies there had been well-founded reports about an Establishment plot to depose Labour’s Harold Wilson.

In some quarters, there were even rumblings of a military coup.

A couple of years ago, when the unreconstructed Bennite Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader, Mullin talked about writing a sequel. He imagined the Funny People orchestrating a putsch to thwart a democratically elected Corbyn government.

Trouble is, history has a habit of not working out as you expect. Although, as Marx said, history does have the capacity to repeat itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. That’s where we are right now. Except tragedy and farce are running in tandem.

We are in the middle of A Very British Coup, but not as Mullin predicted. What we’re seeing is an elaborate, well-financed and co-ordinated plot to overturn not an extreme Left-wing Prime Minister, but the democratically expressed will of the British people.


A couple of years ago, when the unreconstructed Bennite Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader, Mullin talked about writing a sequel

It’s being mounted by the Government of the day, aided and abetted by big business and the Civil Service.

This is A Very British Coup, only written by Lewis Carroll, not Chris Mullin. In our new Looking Glass World, words mean — as Humpty Dumpty declared — whatever they want them to mean.

Thus, the dwindling band of MPs sticking up for the 17.4 million who voted Leave are condemned as plotters and rebels.

Those, including Theresa May, who are doing everything in their power to prevent Britain leaving the EU and becoming once again a proud, sovereign nation are hailed absurdly as true patriots.

As I’ve said often enough, just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. About the only thing upon which I’ve ever agreed with Ken Livingstone — apart from cheap Tube fares — was when he wrote a book called If Voting Changed Anything They’d Abolish It. The Establishment seems hell-bent on proving him right over Brexit.

I told you the day after the referendum that the fix was already in. Now they’re on the final furlongs.

We’re being informed, in no uncertain fashion, that our votes are worthless, that we don’t count. We’re too ignorant, too uneducated, too racist to be taken seriously. Politicians who try to square the circle are vilified.

One minute Dominic Raab, who attempted to make a go of being Brexit Secretary, is a principled, pragmatic operator worthy of the highest praise.


One minute Dominic Raab, who attempted to make a go of being Brexit Secretary, is a principled, pragmatic operator worthy of the highest praise.

The next, when he is forced to resign because Mother Theresa has deliberately undermined his negotiating position and then lied about it, he’s dismissed as a disloyal traitor.

And if I hear anyone else demanding a second ‘People’s Vote’, I’ll scream. All they want to do is reverse the referendum result or give us three options so they can split the Leave vote.

To be honest, I can’t take much more of this patronising guff. The Beeb’s idea of discerning, independent commentators these days seems to extend no further than ‘Baroness’ Shameless Chuckabutty, Potty Toynbee and Mad Alastair Campbell, the author of the dodgy dossier which took us into an illegal war in Iraq.

As I believe I may have observed before, Campbell is the only bloke I know with a certificate to prove he’s sane.

And don’t get me started on the CBI, which throughout my career has been wrong about everything, from joining the euro to the Thatcher reforms. The CBI speaks only for monopolistic, multinational megacorps, not the small-to-medium-sized businesses which are the backbone of our economy and always get the rough end of the pineapple from Brussels — even though they don’t sell so much as a brass washer outside Britain’s borders.

Twenty-five-odd years ago, covering a CBI conference in Glasgow, I watched the chairman of Dunlop take to the stage wearing a kilt and waving a Union Jack, as part of an I’m Backing Britain campaign. The following week, he sold the company to the Japanese.


The next, when he is forced to resign because Mother Theresa has deliberately undermined his negotiating position and then lied about it, he’s dismissed as a disloyal traitor

These are the same people now claiming to have British interests at the heart of their determination to keep us shackled to the anti-democratic EU.

The final straw came when the arrogant Amber Rudd was restored to Government over the weekend and immediately demanded loyalty and unity around Mrs May’s ‘deal’. Her commitment to ‘loyalty’ hasn’t stopped her trashing Cabinet colleagues in the past.

This fanatically pro-EU woman, who oozes an inter-galactic sense of entitlement from every pore, is the sister of the PR spiv Roland Rudd, who is paid a small fortune to run Project Fear on behalf of his well-heeled clients.

Just imagine if one of Boris’s siblings was cashing in on Brexit. The calls from Remainers for the police to investigate would be deafening. By Sunday, I’d had enough and reached the point where I came over all Tom Robinson.

I’ve given up reading the papers. I’ve given up watching TV.

Look, I repeat, for those of you who missed it the first time round, even tungsten-tipped hard Brexiteers like me accept there will have to be some concessions if we’re going to escape from the EU straitjacket.

And I do think the prospect of a Marxist Corbynista government is too horrible to contemplate.

But I also believe it’s 1992 all over again. This is Mother Theresa’s Black Wednesday moment. Whatever happens next, the Tories are shot to pieces. All trust and confidence in them has drained away and we’re looking at a Labour government by default whenever the next election is called.

Most of the 17.4 million who believe they have been betrayed will simply stay at home, or drift back to Labour. Democracy will be the ultimate casualty of this shabby debacle.

The pathetic, defeatist dog’s breakfast of an agreement which Mother Theresa is trying to force down our throats isn’t even worthy of the description ‘deal’.

It is a monstrous capitulation and it will be etched on her political gravestone, even if she does manage to get it, or a version thereof, through Parliament.

Where do we go from here? I haven’t a clue. But at least we now know exactly what A Very British Coup looks like.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/a...ooks-like.html
 

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