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Monday 8 February 2021

New Red Scare - McCarthyism Now Official

Not even Combover Crybaby Donald Trump, that greatest of narcissists, could have known just how much worldwide mileage would be extracted from his bigoted and wrong observation that there were “Very fine people on both sides” after the far-right just happened to kill an opponent at Charlottesville. Now the Trumpian equivalence has arrived in the UK, along with the useful idiots willing to run with it.

Are you now, or have you ever been, not a member of the Tory Party?

So it is that the Government of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has decided to go after political activists on the left, using the false “both sides” equivalence and excusing the new red scare by claiming that they are also investigating the far right. That far right extremism is well known, and needs no further investigation to highlight the bleeding obvious, is not allowed to enter.

Behold the new witchfinder general ...

This latest sham has, predictably, been revealed exclusively in the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph, where deputy political editor Lucy Fisher has told “Attempts by far-left activists to ‘hijack’ movements including Black Lives Matter & Extinction Rebellion are being investigated in a review ordered by Govt … Lord Walney is leading the new probe on violence & disruption on the hard left and far right”. Both sides, remember.

... and his far from disinterested mentor

And there is more. “Lord Walney warns … that the UK must heed the growth of the far right in US, following storming of Capitol … But he also cautions against a ‘blind spot’ in Britain over ‘progressive extremism’ in the name of fighting climate change & racial injustice”. The new soundbite, remember it well, is “Progressive Extremism”. Do go on.

He is also examining entryism: ‘the way anti-democracy, anti-capitalist far left fringe groups in Britain, like the Socialist Workers Party, tend to have much more success hijacking important causes & mainstream cultural activity than the far right, & the harm that may do’”. Bogeyman alert! It’s the SWP wot done it! Reds under the bed!

It does not take long for John Woodcock (for it is he) to let the cat out of the bag. This is not about far-right extremism: as Diane Abbott has pointed out, the security services already know all about that, and it does not need the newly-ennobled Woodcock to tell Bozo and his pals what they could find out from the nearest security briefing.

And as the Guardian has reminded us, in its take on the Woodcock initiative, the naming of groups like Extinction Rebellion comes on the heels of Priti Patel, inexplicably appointed Home Secretary, who “has previously claimed Extinction Rebellion activists are ‘so-called eco-crusaders turned criminals’ who threaten key planks of national life”. There was more.

In a speech to the annual conference of the Police Superintendents’ Association last September, Patel said XR was ‘attempting to thwart the media’s right to publish without fear nor [sic] favour’, and claimed their campaign of civil disobedience was ‘a shameful attack on our way of life, our economy and the livelihoods of the hard-working majority’”.

UAF has reminded us just where the actual threat comes from. "The extreme right have killed an MP in recent years & have been involved in much violence...there is a world apart between them & [Black Lives Matter / ExtinctionRebellion]”. Got it in one.

What price a Lords commission on Un-British activities? You can feel the paranoia.

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Anonymous said...

Bojo is just following Big Loser Trump. Hopefully, his reign will also end in an equally disgraceful way.

Jeff Pickthall said...

Now Woodcock is in bed with the Spectator, I don't hold much hope for objectivity.

Steve Woods said...

There's so much repulsive flag-shagging going on at present, I'd be proud to be classed as un-British.

AndyC said...

Patel said '... a shameful attack on our way of life, our economy and the livelihoods of the hard-working majority’.

Are we sure she wasn't talking about something else? Because that's Brexit in a nutshell.

Anonymous said...

Way too much emphasis on Antifa without actually going there, which is pathetic and to be expected. The fact that they're comparing a mostly peaceful anti-fascist and anti-racist left-wing political movement to a Trump supporting fascist and racist extreme-right terrorist movement is really fucking insulting though, even though it's also pathetic and to be expected.

Fuck it, I'm on the first shuttle to Mars. It can't be any more toxic than this hellhole.

Anonymous said...

"Hard left" extremism - Blocking a few roads for an hour or so to make a point that the planet is chocking to death.

Far Right extremism - killing people for the colour of their skin.

Weird how the two things are being pitted against each other.

RodJ said...

There are at least 74 million American voters who think Trump is the victim of a colossal fraud. There is probably a similar proportion of the UK electorate (especially in England) who think BloJob is a Good Thing and a Strong Leader. I would like to believe that BloJob will find himself in the dock facing a long sentence for corruption and misconduct in public office (sadly being a colossal bell-end is not a criminal offence) but I fear too many people would support him.

Anonymous said...

Woodcock has always been a far right gobshite.

Which is why he's employed by the Spewtator

The only surprise is it didn't happen earlier. After all, he's part of the UK one party state.

Anonymous said...

Well I am still looking under my bed every night!

There are 74 millions who weren't wrong


remember the ends justifies the means - so long it isn't done to us!

Jonathan said...

If it's our ol' mate John 'Progress' Woodcock, who was a senior member of the Blairite pressure group who was known in Barrow as the MP for BAE, as BAE Systems dominates the town ...

Woodcock is out for revenge like his old pal John Mann, on Socialists who rejected him and his corporate friendly Blairite ideology.

Johnspartacusanonymous said...

Except you'd likely be keeping company with the likes of Elon Musk and his Bedmate Grimes plus the resident Alien Peter Thiel.
Let alone Murdoch toddling around in his Davros from Doctor Who contraption