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Why are the mainstream media ignoring the brazen extreme-right takeover of the Tory party?

After Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in 2015 the party membership swelled with hundreds of thousands of new members, mainly traditional Labour folk enthused by the party’s first democratic socialist leader in decades.

The mainstream media were horrified by this surge of support for a guy who threatens the hard-right neoliberal orthodoxy that has served people like them so well for the last four decades, at the expense of millions of the rest of us, so the attacks on these new Labour Party members have been pretty much constant ever since.

The Labour membership surge

Ever since the Labour membership surge mainstream media hacks and opponents of democratic socialism have worked tirelessly to discredit it.

Aside from all of the abuse (“trots”, “dogs”, “rabble”, “thugs”, “Nazi stormtroopers”) two themes have constantly stood out, the idea that left-wing people joining Labour are “entryists”, and that Corbyn supporters are a “cult”.

Anyone who is familiar with the history of the Labour Party would surely put up a counter-argument that the likes of centre-right pro-privatisation Thatcherites like Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson, John McTernan, Margaret Hodge, and Alistair Campbell were the “entryists” who took over the party, and that the post-Corbyn membership surge is the mass home-coming of those who were driven away from the party by the right-wing pro-privatisation pro-austerity Tory lite agenda between 1997 and 2015.

But still the mainstream media persists in portraying the hundreds of thousands who joined Labour since 2015 as “entryists” and “cultists” rather than just ordinary people enthused by an actual alternative to the hard-right Thatcherite consensus of the last four decades.

Ukipification of the Tories

Ever since the 2016 EU referendum it’s become increasingly obvious that the Tory party is being usurped by the small hard-right anti-EU faction (the crackpot element John Major used to refer to as “the bastards”).

Theresa May called her vanity election in 2017 because she believed that having unified the traditional Tory vote with the extreme-right ultranationalist Blue-kip demographic, a landslide majority would be inevitable. But she didn’t count on Jeremy Corbyn or the energised Labour membership orchestrating the biggest turnaround in British politics since universal suffrage.

Since the 2017 general election we’ve all seen how Theresa May dances to the tune of the ERG Brextremists, knowing that Jacob Rees-Mogg and his ERG mob easily have the parliamentary numbers to trigger a leadership election if she refuses to obey their instructions.

And now we’ve even got the spectacle of Nigel Farage’s extreme-right anti-immigrant Leave.EU campaign openly bragging that they’ve infiltrated the Tory party membership with 10,000 Brextremists in order to ensure that the next leader of the Tory party is a hard-right Brexiteer.

They’re so confident of their success that they’ve actually announced what they’re up to on Twitter!

The mainstream media silence on this ongoing Brextremist takeover of the Tory party is staggering given the absolute brazenness of it, and the enormous fuss they made over the Labour membership surge.

The Orwellian state of the British media

On the one hand you have hundreds of thousands of left-leaning people finally coming home to the Labour Party after years in exile due to the right-wing pro-privatisation, pro-austerity gruel being offered by the orthodox neoliberal leadership.

And on the other hand you’ve got an extreme-right Brexit campaign group openly and publicly bragging about the way they’ve infiltrated the Tory party in order to interfere in the party’s leadership election.

But somehow the former is the grave concern worthy of hundreds of columns and TV segments ranging from patronising faux outrage to outright abuse of ordinary people, and the latter barely gets a single mention.

If anyone in British politics is an “entryist” surely it’s got to be a follower of Nigel Farage and Arron Banks tearing up their UKIP membership in order to join the Tory party and influence the next leadership election in favour of the most extreme Brexiteer in the running?

If anyone in British politics is a “cultist” surely it’s people who continue to glibly dismiss every single piece of evidence that a “no deal” flounce out of the EU would be a social and economic catastrophe as “Project Fear”.

Yet somehow left-wing Labour supporters are still continually derided as “entryists” and “cultists” by the mainstream media, while the Brexit cultists who are openly and brazenly usurping the Tory party in front of our eyes are just left in peace to get on with it!

The only conclusion that can be drawn out of this extraordinary contrast in mainstream media coverage is that the vast majority of the coddled mainstream media class are way more comfortable with extreme-right, anti-immigrant, Brextremists brazenly taking over the ruling Tory party in front of our eyes than they are with the Labour opposition returning to its democratic socialist roots!

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for neoliberals, the democratic party being asked to shift even an inch to the left is too much. their fight against the left has always been about stopping legislation and policies that would ensure things like single-payer healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and ending corporate donations. neoliberals would rather embrace fascism than anything that’s even associated with socialism.

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Where is the mainstream media condemnation of this extreme-right “ambush”?

On Saturday August 4th 2018 a group of around a dozen masked extreme-right thugs “ambushed” the socialist bookshop Bookmarks on Bloomsbury Street in London, where they trashed book displays, chanted anti-Muslim slogans, slandered staff as “paedophiles” and reportedly intimidated staff with threats to return and “show what they can do”.

The bookshop raiders had clearly just come from a protest in support of Alex Jones’ extreme-right conspiracy channel InfoWars, and they’re so damned stupid they even uploaded videos of themselves plotting their “ambush” and then carrying it out.

The mainstream media silence on this self-described “ambush” has been deafening, especially given the numerous potential avenues to explore.

Pretty much everyone is familiar with the book-burning events in Nazi Germany (especially if they’ve seen Indiana Jones), so the book-hating fascists are back angle pretty much writes itself when a bunch of extreme-right idiots raid a bookshop, ridicule books based solely on the covers, and shout about how they hope the shop gets burned down.

Another angle that pretty much writes itself is the contrast between extreme-right fanatics endlessly posing as champions of free speech, and this extreme-right raid on a shop because of their ideological hatred of books they have no intention of even reading!

Yet another easy angle to write is the extraordinary level of immunity to cognitive dissonance it must take to go from a “free speech” protest against YouTube’s sanctions against a handful of InforWars videos (for breaking their community standards) straight to barging into a left-wing bookshop to set about trashing the place and intimidating the staff for spreading the wrong kind of information!

Given that these angles are so obvious, and so easy to write, it’s incredible that pretty much the entire mainstream media has ignored this story.

The Guardian has covered it, as have the Independent, and while they’re far more neoliberalism-lite outlets than socialist ones, they at least deserve a bit of credit for covering what most of the rest of the heavily right-wing skewed mainstream media have ignored.

What’s the betting that if it is covered in the right-wing propaganda rags, the coverage will be sympathetic to the ambushers, and damning about “lefty snowflakes” for daring to object to it?

Now let’s just consider how the mainstream media would have reacted if the roles were reversed. Imagine it was a group of lefties protesting against a conservative bookshop. Let’s even say that these hypothetical lefties didn’t even wear masks, enter the premises, rudely intimidate staff, or call slander them as “paedophile” with no possible justification.

Let’s say they just stood outside protesting and dissuading customers from entering, rather than “ambushing” the place and yelling abuse at the workers.

We know that this kind of thing would chime with the extreme-right victim complex narrative that their freedom of speech is being repressed, so even if the event was entirely non-violent, right-wing leaning hacks would no doubt exaggerate it into some kind of intimidating riot.
 

There is plenty of precedent for this kind of media exaggeration too.

In 2015 the disgraced former Tory minister Priti Patel’s complaints about a gang of “threatening thugs” intimidating her at her office were widely reported in the right-wing press … but just contrast her claims of thuggery and intimidation with an actual photo of the protest.

Then there was the Jacob Rees-Mogg protest that was whipped up into headline news by the mainstream media as “violent left-wing thugs kicking off”, when it was soon revealed that although noisy and unruly, the lefty protest only turned violent when a white-shirted Rees-Mogg supporter (who likes to dress up as a Nazi in his spare time) waded into the heated discussion to start shoving and hitting people.

When lefties protest against the right, the mainstream media instantly go into hysterical and wildly inaccurate shrieking mode, but when right-wing thugs actually “ambush” a lefty bookshop, throw books around, chant abuse, intimidate staff and reportedly threaten to return to “show what they can do”, the mainstream media silence couldn’t be more deafening.

This staggering lack of journalistic balance paints a frightening picture of a catastrophically failing mainstream media. Ever willing to talk up, exaggerate, and even lie about the misdeeds left-wingers when they non-violently protest against the right. And equally willing just bury the story when right-wing extremists actually resort to “ambushes”, intimidation, and grotesque abuse.

Is it any wonder the extreme-right is on the rise in Britain under such circumstances?

Buy a book?

If you identify as any kind of lefty-liberal (democratic socialist, progressive, social liberal, anarchist, syndicalist, green anarchist, social democrat, left-libertarian) why not show your solidarity with Bookmarks by picking a book to order from their online catalogue.

If enough people order a book from them, this would certainly demonstrate the power of the Streisand Effect to the neo-fascist book-hating thugs wouldn’t it?

Order a book here

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In 2016 Jeremy Corbyn spoke emotionally of his…

Jeremy Corbyn – Remembering Cable Street

In 2016 Jeremy Corbyn spoke emotionally of his mother’s role in an
anti-fascist street fight as hundreds of people marched through the
streets of east London to mark its 80th anniversary.

The Labour leader told how he had learned all about the 1936
Battle of Cable Street from Naomi Corbyn, who had been present when
left-wing demonstrators fought police guarding a planned march by
British fascists through a heavily Jewish neighbourhood.

He said: “One woman stood there along with many others and she told me all about it. That woman was my mother. She stood here with so many others because
she wanted to live in a world, as we all do, that is free from
xenophobia and free from hate.”

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