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Thread by @cliodiaspora: ".@sundaytimes gave us hipster fascists a week ago. Today it's this disgusting xenophobic piece by Liddle. Shameful at any time. But for it t […]"

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.@sundaytimes gave us hipster fascists a week ago. Today it's this disgusting xenophobic piece by Liddle. Shameful at any time. But for it to be published after last week's discussion of normalising far right views -- that throws a very dark light on the positining of the ST. 1/
Even without reading the full article it is crystal clear what this is about: the worst kind of stereotyping and dog-whistling. 2/
This is followed by reference to "hordes" and "swarms" of Romanians. A language used for express purpose of dehumanisation: it's the trick that makes "us" and "them" distinctions more effective: "the other" does not appear human, so who cares? Context: theconversation.com/mood-around-im… 3/
What comes next is something I really have no words for. None. 4/
Unsurprisingly, we then get all the lies we are already familiar with from Farage et al: migrants are depressing wages, put pressure on housing and hospitals etc. Again, to be clear: these are lies. Where problems exist they are down to other issues, e.g. decades of neglect. 5/
Some other nationalities are referred to, but Romanians are the principle focus, the language again that essentially invoking the same associations as that of the far right. 6/
The piece ends, also unsurprisingly, by stirring some more hate and sowing doubt in the minds of readers -- always the most dangerous in these kinds of pieces. A little bit of doubts can go a very long way. 7/
If you want to read some more on the context, look at @antoni_UK's thread on this -- includes some other aspects I am not looking at here. Also a h/t for him! 8/
.@thesundaytimes as for you: what on earth do you think you are doing here? What is the editorial justification for one Sunday of far right normalisation followed by a Sunday platform for hate that could be, in parts, a copy and paste job from the Daily Stormer? 9/
Now consider all of the above in the context of what I wrote earlier today: 10/
I re-iterate: while those on the far frings of the right, while fascists and the UK hate-stirrers in chief, continue their simple and emotive anti-immigration lines -- the lines the successfully delivered the Leave result -- those on the other side still shy away from making 11/
that progressive, evidence-based case for immigration and the *reciprocal* right of Freedom of Movement. It is incomprehensible to me. On the right the machinery of hate is still on full speed. It needs to be stopped and the *only* way to stop it is by taking away its fuel. 12/
The way to do that is clearly by an open debate. By engaging in the kinds of progressive discussions that were had in Ireland, as I noted in my thread linked above. If that does not happen, it will be *impossible* to beat the hate machinery. 13/
We are at a very dark juncture for the UK. Because there are so few politicians, and even fewer media outlets, who look at immigration in a progressive & factual way, it is likely to get much darker still. I call on the ST to stop help facilitate that darkness further. 14/14
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