Friday, January 06, 2017

The threat of Fascism





The above was about Trump and the USA. But closer to home it rings alarm bells. 


(1)  Brexit is an overtly Nationalist proposition which turns its back on internationalism and predicates "Taking back control". The proposal to withdraw from the "European Court of Human Rights" is equally Nationalist as are the planned restrictions on Freedom of Movement and many other plans of the May Government.


(2) See (1)


(3) The European Union as a body and our current) 27 partners along with EU citizens working in Britain are among the many scapegoats of the current Government stance.


(4) The military is given a sentimental gloss , both retrospective and current, way above its real status as a Defence Force.


(5) The  glass ceiling is still in place and the Right has no plans to make significant change to the roles and rewards of women.


(6) Elements of the Mass Media are firmly under control of the Government/Media. The Telegraph, Mail, Sun and Express are under Right Wing control and considerable untrammelled power still exists despite Leveson. Some would argue that the BBC tows the Government line too often.



(7) The genuine threats from terrorism have brought bombastic rhetoric and threats of restrictions to liberty.



(8) The Prime Minister has played the God card more than once and she is clearly of the "We are a Christian country" mind-set. Some on the Right are calling for more social conservatism.



(9) There are continued paeans to capitalism from many on the Right and the Business sectors are being rewarded by the promise of less regulation and  more freedoms.



(10) There is an overt and determined anti-Union rhetoric and action underway.



(11) Intellectuals are condemned by senior Conservatives who decry experts and expertise. The Arts is characterised as "Luvvie" and its public funding is being severely cut.



(12) The swing to harsher prison sentences and punishment rather than helping criminals not to re-offend is the norm.



(13) The Honours Lists and the appointment of cronies to sinecures continue unabated under Theresa May.



(14) No plans to reform a not fit for purpose electoral system exist and the "EU Referendum" is held up as an example of democracy at work - which it certainly was not.




 








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