Fascism is on the march!

Across Europe, right-wing parties are gaining ground. In America, a loose cannon President is trying to overturn democracy. In Britain, democracy has already been overturned (graphic BBC, November 2019). 1/12
In August 2019, Boris Johnson unlawfully shut down Parliament.

Think about that.

In September 2020, not one Tory voted against a bill which broke international law.

Think about that. 2/12
Fascism is a spectrum & our ruling elites are on that spectrum. Look at Trump’s call to arms of the Proud Boys. Look at how peaceful protest in the UK is violently broken up by police dressed as storm troopers and prosecuted in the courts. Look at last year’s election… 3/12
Like him or not, popular opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn fell victim to a concerted, slanderous mainstream media campaign lasting years which undermined his electoral chances, enabling the Tory government to continue. 4/12
Multiple, academic studies have proven this media bias, and yet this anti-democratic influence is ignored, despite the MSM being owned by just 5 billionaires who literally have back door access to Downing Street. 5/12 lboro.ac.uk/news-events/ne…
Terms like ‘hard-left’ and ‘centrist’ are used routinely to demonise social policy & to normalise the right-wing. This is a concerted, undemocratic conspiracy using language to brainwash the electorate. 6/12
When combined with legislation empowering the state to monitor the masses, infiltrate protest movements, shutdown peaceful demonstrations, terrorise the voices of dissent, criminalise the poor & demonise the vulnerable we have to ask:

Is Britain becoming a fascist state? 7/12
Perhaps we are not there yet. But fascism will not announce its arrival; it will insinuate itself with an insidious creep; will slide through gaps to infect institutions; it will rely on the lazy appeal of offensive, dog whistle politics. Like Trump. And Boris. And Farage. 8/12
How dangerous is this threat?

In America, Trump is attempting to overturn democracy as we speak. In Britain, arguably, democracy was overturned a year ago. What does that actually mean? 9/12
It means that a government which would have put front & centre policies to alleviate climate catastrophe, to narrow the gap between rich & poor, to protect the vulnerable, to nurture institutions such as the NHS, to normalise concepts such as care & community… 10/12
…was prevented from having a fair opportunity to govern. It means that opportunity is gone for a generation, perhaps forever. It means the ‘left-wing’ electoral option has moved to the ‘centre’ (read ‘right’), making it ‘electable’ again (in the view of the elites). 11/12
It means, democracy is dead & fascism is on the march.

80 odd years ago, whole generations of your own kin gave their lives to stop that march, for us to roll over & let it in a couple of generations later.

We shame those heroes. 12/12

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