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The Conservative Party are now the enemy of the people

Gary Barker Cartoons, Illustrations
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The Conservative Party are now the enemy of the people.

Never being much a of fan of the Conservative Party, it will come as no surprise to those who know me to hear such claims from me. I have always stood firmly against putting self-interest before that of our country and that selfishness runs through the Tory party like type 2 diabetes runs through a stick of rock. In fact their entire reason for being: is to validate people's selfishness and salve any feelings of guilt by telling them they're doing what's best for the country, when of course the opposite is true and any good that comes from their actions is purely coincidental.

But post-Referendum that have mutated into a new far more virulent and aggressive form, they have metamorphosed into something far darker. Empowered by the Leave vote this selfishness has been coupled with a totalitarian grab for absolute power by the new unelected Prime Minister, reflected in her populist speech to conference which was gleefully compared to Enoch Powell in the Telegraph. Such is her determination to hold on to her new job she threw all caution to the wind and declared to conference that ensuring Brexit will go ahead even if the economy tanks. Now think about this, the leader of the party that the media would have us believe represesents the steady trusted hand of economic competence openly stated that ideology is more important than the well-being of this country.

But Theresa May is not the only one and in fact it was personal self-interest that led David Cameron to call the referendum on the EU in the first place. It wasn't anything to do with allowing the people to decide, it was all about silencing critics from within his own party and so suring up his own premiership. Well that worked out well, eh Dave?

Then there's everybody's favourite clown - Boris Johnson, he's a one isn't he? Recent revelations show he had 'reservations' too about leaving the EU i.e. he knew siding with the Leave campaign could work out very well for him, but he admitted leaving the EU would be bad for the country. So again, another senior member of this government admits he put personal self-interest before country. Not very patriotic that, from someone who loves to wave the flag around all the time.

But I hear you say, there is no alternative - Labour are a mess and Corbyn is unelectable. OK let's examine this too: why is Corbyn unelectable? Has he brought crisis on the country's beloved NHS so that senior advisors warn it is about to collapse? Has he handed control of UK nuclear assets to Chinese Communists in tawdry dash for cash? Has doubled the national debt in 6 years? Has he trebled university tuition fees, caused a boom in zero hours contracts and food banks, or anti-democratically forced fracking on people who have stated they don't want it? And yet we are collectively happy to trot out the media fed lie that he is unelectable.. Perhaps it's me, perhaps him having a beard and not wearing the right suit is more important to you than the well-being of your country. Because I can see no other logical reason to claim there is no alternative and to go along with the ridiculous and unfounded criticism against the man simply because he's bit of an old style lefty. If you think I am the one being ridiculous ask yourself this - if a Corbyn or any Labour leader had done all the things the Tories have done in the last 6 years do you think the media would supported them through all of that?

Again those who know me well, know I am neither a Labour nor a Conservative voter, so you may ask why I defend Corbyn if I don't ever intend voting for him? My answer is this: politics in a free and open modern democracy should never be about one party holding all the cards. But that is exactly what the Conservative Party have had increasingly over the last four decades (with a brief interlude of New Labour which in effect was more right wing than Heath's 1970's Conservative government). Today there is not on national newspaper that does not support the Conservative Party, by default, through their constant smearing and often fabricated lies about the Labour leader (with the possible exception of the Independent, which told it's readers to vote Tory in the 2015 General Election). TV news and political programming is the same and The BBC has totally lost it's way in this matter too and I don't even think they know what impartiality is anymore. We even have two well known Tory backing, banking brothers not only running a national daily, but now also backing fracking. We have multinationals supporting the Conservatives and croneyism is rife and in return they receive huge tax breaks that see the demise of many small UK businesses who cannot compete when they themselves must pay their taxes.

You may have heard the now popular expression 'you can't change anything without being in power', but if they were still with us I would like to hear those people try telling that to Rosa Parks or Nelson Mandela. Politics is not about supporting a party like you would a football team. It's not about winning at all costs, it's not about changing tactics week by week as the wind of public opinion shifts, it's about doing the right thing for the right reason and what could be more important that the well-being of our country? So we see the dawn of the new order, the Nu Britain, the Britain of Corporate Fascism and self-interest before our country and until people wake up and start opening their eyes to the truth instead of allowing themselves to be led, things will only get worse for all the ordinary people of the UK.

The Corporate Road to Fascism in the UK

Gary Barker Cartoons, Illustrations
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Tags: FascismUKCorporateConservativesTheresaMay

The Corporate Road to Fascism in the UK

Most people associate Fascism with jackboots, secret police and concentration camps, but I would argue there is another more insidious and potentially far more damaging (in the long term) form of Fascism that we are seeing fast developing in the UK.
All Fascist states run and are dependent on the co-operation and willing participation of big business. But I would argue that instead of the traditional Fascist eugenic ideology of the past the driving force behind this new form or totalitarianism is the absolute Corporate State.

In his study: Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism, Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined fascist and found 14 defining characteristics common to each

I used this list to compare where we currently stand in UK:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
The flag may not have been flown everywhere in the run up to the EU referendum but politicians on the Leave side never missed an opportunity to wave it. And it would now seem all many politicians have to do is wave the flag to make people side with everything they say. From Boris Johnson’s ridiculous zip wire stunt to incorporating the union flag into a reworked Conservative Party logo, there are few opportunities missed to associate the Conservative Party with the national flag and the rhetoric to match. I would add that I have no problem with the display of the nation’s flag wherever people choose to fly it, but it is the cynical exploitation of it by Conservative politicians that I see as the problem.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
This is self-evident as Theresa May has long stated that she wanted to scap the 1998 Human Rights Act and will do so shortly. In her recent speech to conference she made reference to stopping ‘left wing human rights lawyers’.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; socialists, etc.
Again, self-evident the government uses the media to scapegoat immigrants, the EU, ‘lefties’. It has got to the point where any voices of opposition to this government are painted almost as an enemies of the state by the media. We even had the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson directing the people of the UK to demonstrate outside the Russian Embassy this week – something I’m sure British Embassy staff in Moscow welcomed with shrieks of ‘delight’.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
Apart from the fact that UK defence spending is disproportionate, I feel this is one of the few points where the UK doesn’t fit the traditional Fascist model. But I would argue that in the corporate form of Fascism there is less need for a regime to impose its will on the people through physical means as the control comes via other means i.e. the media, personalised domestic debt and consumerism.
5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
Again a point I feel is not particularly true in the UK when compared to other developed nations. In fact I would suggest that the previous government used the legalisation of same sex marriage as a liberal façade to allow them to bring in far more hard right policies such as Workfare.  In fact one could argue the Corporate Fascist State would welcome the ‘Pink Pound’. The right have long made use of the word family and how they are the ones who will represent their interests and also tried to dictate what a family should be. I am not denying there are problems with sexism, homophobia etc. just that it is not particularly a national identifier, internationally.
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
For me this is the most telling and important tranche of Corporate Fascism, where all control of the masses emanates from -  if you control the message, you control the people. There is now no popular national daily that does not side, by default, with the government against the official opposition, with the possible exception of The Independent, which since the 2015 General Election (where it told it’s readership to vote Conservative) has remained fairly impartial. UK national newspapers are almost entirely owned by five men and one corporation, all of whom have close connections with the Conservative Party. The national broadcaster, the BBC, which we are all forced to pay for, is staffed to hilt with Conservative supporting front men and even Channel 4 News is now  losing its way by introducing Daily Telegraph columnists as presenters.  
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
Another self-evident point – we hear from government all the time about the potential threat we face in our everyday lives. From international terrorism to the need for Trident, the government uses fear to force its will on us.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
We may not immediately see the connection here, but how often do you hear a Conservative leader talk about the party being ‘a broad church’, not necessarily making a direct religious link, but certainly suggesting their party is the party of the ‘decent’ church going public. And how often have we heard the expression to describe the Church of England as ‘the Conservative Party at prayer’?
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
There is absolutely no denying that this government and previous ones have been and are guilty of this, always putting business interests ahead of the people of this country. From the cutting of ‘red tape’ i.e. axing the regulations that protect us, to big business being allowed to pay almost no tax in this country. 37 years of anti-society / pro-business government have delivered an economy for the rich and powerful at the expense of the average person and their families.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
Over the past 37 years the UK has seen the systematic dismantling of all union power by successive right wing regimes that convinced the public that unionised workers were the enemy. Even now with unions having virtually no power the media still speak of union barons dictating to business. And even the BMA, the union representing the most trusted workers in the country, has been painted as extremists by Jeremy Hunt and the media.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked. With prominent hard right politicians like Michael Gove spinning the line that 'people in this country have had enough of experts,” and the truth being portrayed as some kind of moveable feast, anti-itellictualism is rife in the UK.
In her speech to conference Theresa May described the people who oppose the UK leaving the EU as ‘the liberal elite’ sneering at those who voted for Brexit. So the Prime Minister of this country condemns  48% of the country, just because they don’t agree with her stance. But surely as someone who purportedly supported the Remain campaign – then surely she is also part of the ‘liberal elite’ she herself sneered at. How often do we hear right wing politicians attack arts education and demand we only teach economically useful subjects such as sciences and engineering.  In the news this morning further attacks on the teaching of the arts in school have been reported with the removal of many arts based A levels from our schools.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
I will avoid all the usual accusations of the government using the police as their bully boys to quell protests and instead point out how many police are able to turn out to anti-fracking demonstrations. There is never any physical trouble reported at these events and yet the police, we all pay for, turn out often in larger numbers than protestors, to side with private businesses against the people who actually pay their taxes that go in some part to pay for the police force.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
Yet another self-evident point this government is guilty of, there are far too many examples to choose from, but one current example would be the Government anti-democratically forcing the people of Lancashire to accept fracking. George Osborne, as Chancellor demanded fracking in the UK be ‘fast tracked’. Osborne’s father in law, Lord Howell is a highly paid fracking lobbyist.
14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
This government has recently gerrymandered boundary changes meaning that up to 85% of Labour seats could be affected.

I therefore feel, using these parameters, the case is made: the UK is a Corporate Fascist State and I welcome reasoned comment.

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