The centre and left are mostly clueless about the power of propaganda. Their leaders tend to believe that we must work with voters' preexisting options. The right used a massive fascist propaganda campaign to make people blame the EU for their problems.
The centre and left tend to have a naively economistic view of politics. The left believe political views should reflect economic inequalities, the centre believes that they should reflect economic success or failure. The hard right know this is not true.
Some on the centre and left have grasped the the old economistic models of politics don't work, but now they take the prejudices prevalent in current politics as givens, whereas the right see them as raw materials to be moulded into the desired shape by propaganda.
Relentless argument and persuasion has significantly shifted social attitudes to more liberal positions on matters such as divorce, homosexuality and race. So why do so many opposition politicians treat Brexit nationalist attitudes as immovable?

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7 Apr
1/ If the Tories win the next election they will so distort our political system that opposition parties won't be able to win power. Brexit was just the first step in the dismantling of British democracy. That's why we must have a Progressive Alliance.
2/ I am not saying the Tories are plotting to destroy democracy. It's rather that the Tory elite has no care for democracy. It serves only itself and its super-rich paymasters. Whenever democracy or the law become a nuisance it naturally acts to weaken them.
3/ The process of dismantling democracy has already got to the point where the Labour leadership is pretty much cowering under the table out of fear of a media dominated by offshore billionaires, and a Tory BBC. That's the behaviour of a party in a Putinist managed democracy.
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5 Apr
EU Freedom of Movement must be restored in the UK as soon as possible. Please retweet if you agree.
EU Freedom of Movement is a basic right, a birthright for many. It was removed almost entirely without debate because most of our wretched cowed and cowardly opposition politicians dared not challenge the fascist hate politics of the Brexit right.
We have had five years when most of our wretched opposition politicians have sought to appease the fascist hate politics of the Brexit right. You cannot appease fascism and racism. You have to fight them unflinchingly with all your force. Always.
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We've spent a lot of time pointing out the Tory elite's Russian connections. But we should note that Corbyn and Milne as well as Johnson and Bruges Group members Redwood, Bone and Jenkin were recycling Kremlin propaganda blaming Putin's aggression against Ukraine on the West.
And here is Milne shaking hands with Putin, the de facto leader of European fascism, just months after Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The so-called antiwar Left, in which Corbyn was involved, is almost always very quiet about Putin's wars.
And some of Corbyn's hard-left supporters on Twitter, now supporting NIP, are eager disseminators of pro-Kremlin propaganda. Here's one with 31k followers. The Kremlin has its claws deep in both the Brexit right and left.
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3 Apr
1/ Deindustrialisation has led to the collapse of the working and middle classes as coherent political forces. A fragmented society leaves many people open to the bogus solidarity of dogmatic nationalism, and so to manipulation by a ruthless kleptocratic elite.
2/ But this manipulation of a fragmented and disorientated mass by a small kleptocratic elite creates an opening for left and centre parties. They must seek to drive a wedge between the manipulative elite and the people they are manipulating.
3/ The Brexit Right used the technique of othering the 'liberal metropolitan elite'. The opposition must do the same to the kleptocratic elite. They must be portrayed as not belonging to the people, as a kind of foreign body that has colonised the nation.
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1/ Some 'Corbynists' are Kremlin tools.

This 'leftist accused #FBPE of being a cult. So I did a bit of checking. The account is a peddler of pro-Kremlin tweets. I do this kind of checking now and again. Very roughly about 10% of the Corbynist accounts I check are pro-Kremlin.
2/ Here's another 'Corbynist' who replied to me by attacking Starmer and Blairites. It is account that is an eager defender of Putin's Russia. I have no idea why these accounts are pro-Kremlin, but it is clear Russia has significant influence within the hard-left.
3/ Here's another 'Corbynist' account that is all too eager to leap to the defence of Russia and its allies. This account has a lot of followers, and is therefore a significant promoter of Kremlin influence.
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1/ I'm seeing a lot of Corbynists repeating the lie that Remainers sabotaged Labour. Yes we opposed Corbyn's collusion in Brexit, but most of us campaigned fanatically for tactical voting in 2017 and 2019 which hugely benefitted Labour. But they cynically forget that.
2/ And this same hard left faction claims that backing a people's vote harmed Labour, conveniently forgetting that Labour's vote was set to plunge below 20% before it switched stance, and equally forgetting that Corbyn was the main reason people didn't vote Labour
3/ Furthermore this same Corbynist faction ignores the fact that in spite of Corbyn and woefully bad Labour and LibDem campaigns, 2nd referendum parties gained a clear majority of the vote in 2019.
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