Outrage against burgeoning fascism is right and proper. The idea that right-wing Labour would be any better is fantasy
The arrests of several ordinary people for simple acts of protest – and in one case for taking Prince Andrew to task for his alleged sex with an under-age US girl, for which she was paid a huge sum in an out-of-court settlement – have rightly triggered horror and outrage at the UK’s descent into authoritarianism and even fascism. Several, including the man standing up for children against predators, have been charged.
But ‘centrists’ and their fellow-travellers expressing their horror would do well to remember that, less than a year ago, Keir Starmer’s Labour regime deployed armed police in Labour’s conference hall for Starmer’s speech, in a clear attempt intimidate potential protesters and hecklers – a move largely ignored by the so-called ‘mainstream’ media but reported by Skwawkbox.
And, as Starmer lectured the audience and the country to know their place – to spend our childhoods preparing for work and to obey the Establishment’s rules and then spend our adult lives working and obeying the rules – armed officers positioned themselves at the end of rows of seats in a show of force and a clear message to potential dissenters:
Starmer’s conduct is not an aberration for the Labour right, but standard procedure, as those who have seen the abusive manhandling of Holocaust survivor Walter Wolfgang from a party conference under Tony Blair will attest.
The UK’s descent into fascism under the Tories is appalling, horrific and frightening. The idea that Starmer’s regime would be any better is centrist naivety at best and probably in many cases deliberately misleading.
(A big hat-tip to @Agitate4Change for pointing out the issue.)
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