Brexiters often say we hate Britain. No! It is they who hate Britain. They hate our open, tolerant, diverse and European Britain. They want to destroy all that and return us the 1950s. And they support a politics of hate, lies, corruption and law-breaking to get their way.
Nationalism when it rears its malign head in established nations doesn't reflect love of the nation, but hatred of it. In order to maintain their pretence of loving the nation the nationalist places everything they hate in the box labelled 'foreign', 'alien' and 'traitor'.
Nationalism of this kind therefore relies not on a disagreement of ideas, but on the division of people into the 'real people' - the 'quiet people of middle England' and the others - the foreigners, the chattering classes, the liberal metropolitan elite...
And by dividing society into the 'real people' and their enemies this kind of nationalism undermines democracy which relies on the idea that we all belong to a single bickering democratic community sharing the same rights and duties.
For the dogmatic nationalist, those who are enemies of, or simply outside the people, are denied the rights of the people. Lies, abuse, hate, cheating, crime and violence can all be legitimately used against them. Hence the tolerance of Tory lies and Brexit law-breaking.

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10 Apr
1/ The Tories were once a democratic party serving millions of middle class people and hundreds of thousands of British businesses. Now the Tory elite serves only itself and its super-rich backers - neither of these groups cares for democracy.
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2/ Like the Republican elite, the Tory elite and their kleptocratic media allies and paymasters have learnt that they can manipulate poorly educated voters through crude appeals to their fears and prejudices. The 2019 election results clearly reveal this.
3/ This politics of manipulation means the Tory elite and their kleptocratic paymasters no longer have to worry about actually benefiting the people who vote for them. All that is required is an endless supply of crude, emotive theatrics and slogans.
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Please retweet if you want the opposition parties to cooperate in the next General Election in order to get the Tories out.

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The political system and media are already hugely biased towards the Tories. If they win another election they will so distort our political system that the UK will in effect become a one party state. That's why a #ProgressiveAlliance is so necessary.
A #ProgressiveAlliance will not fall into our laps. Labour requires a rule change to make it possible, and Labour's byzantine decision-making process and powerful vested interests, I'm sure including Len McCluskey, will make getting agreement to a PA a massive struggle.
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9 Apr
1/ My bet is that on June 23rd 2016 not a single person in the UK had an in-depth understanding of the full ramifications of voting for Brexit. Only a few hundred at the most properly understood the trade issues.
2/ Highly complex issues such as Brexit must always be handled via representative democracy, and to be done properly that would have meant MPs engaging in months of reading, lectures, seminars and debates to ensure they were able to make an informed decision.
3/ We have a representative democracy so that MPs can use their knowledge and judgement on our behalf. But if they are ignorant on major issues then the system is broken. We need to find some way of bringing Parliament up to proper professional standards.
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9 Apr
Never forget that Brexit was won by a coordinated fascist hate campaign against immigrants in the tax-dodging Brexit billionaire press. It was not journalism or fair comment. It was a successful fascist and racist attempt to incite hate. Those responsible should be jailed.
And never forget that after the referendum political and media opposition to Brexit was largely suppressed by a successful populist campaign of intimidation based on the fascist mantra of the "Will of the People" as outlined Goebbels after a Nazi referendum victory.
And never forget that the fascist Brexit hate campaign in the media led to the murder of an MP and death threats to many other people targeted as enemies of Brexit; threats which actually altered some MPs' votes in the Commons. That was terrorism and it was incited by the press.
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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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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.
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