We had another of the excellent boxing evening at the city hall, good variety of a line up in age, size and skill. Niki won, which was good, Chris lost and I was surprised he didn’t use his considerable, fast, accurate jab (he was injured), while Ross and Kyle had a belter of a fight, which Ross won much to Kyle’s dismay, great dismay. This may have been Kyle’s first loss, and he said afterwards he gave it his all in the first round and by the third he was conked, hinting there was a sense of overwhelm by panic in his strategy, whereas Ross, 10 years his senior, said he’d maxed out on fitness – and it paid off. HE even stunned Kyle halfway through the third, while in the second there was a tense point where Kyle was told off for holding, but as Clive ordered them to break, Ross chinned him.
The night before I was in London and ran into a friend who follows me online, loves what I do re campaigning. He’s always more than welcome to join in. Why don’t more them do so? I do it in part to lead from the front. What does it take to follow? It’s fun. It’s a release. It shows you care enough to join in. This is how democracy dies, it’s assaulted from without but collapses due to the rot of negligence and apathy from within. It’s not like I even do that much … remember Peter’s apathy, Stacey’s disdain, Ravi and Duncan’s enthusiasm but not much more, Jerry not even knowing the subplots.
On that point, Carole CAdwalladr is now up for a Pulitzer prize. In another time the prize would be linked to how her work stopped this travesty and even brought down a government. now it’s a sideshow for devotees of truth, whereas the post-truth bandwagon driven by the far-right only gathers momentum.
There was a lovely moment in SODEm the week before when a chap came up and saw my sticker and said ‘we had a people’s vote, who do you think it was that voted?’ to which Y just said, ‘ok don’t worry, you won, be happy!’, baffling him enough to make him leave without another word. It was very funny, but showed the paucity of our side in sloganing, because he was right. We’re put on the back foot by our own fucking slogans. ‘leave means leave’, ‘enemies of democracy’, ‘take back control’, these are the slogans of the other side, ‘we survived WWII’, and they are very effective, sometimes for their stupidity. but they work!
Camping in Edinburgh, feeling like a brefugee. Bloody Jesus did I need to get out of the city.
I’ve cleared out to Edinburgh, ended up in a Wetherspoons, against my wont as I don’t like to frequent Nazi beerhalls, but didn’t bring any EU merch! Silly me.
As the HoC is in recess, so is SODEm. We’ve got six months, which Tusk advises, ‘don’t waste the time,’ so of course they all go on holiday for two weeks, then it’s summer holidays, then conference season, with the local elections and European elections in the meantime. As has been pointed out there is no way on Earth may can arrange her deal to get through. we’ve now also got Peter Oborne and Nick Ferrari coming out and saying this is just bollocks, we should stop it. Corbyn’s meanwhile in on some retreat for teenagers. Zanadue Rees mogg has emerged as another candidate for the God awful Brexit party, because she’s not part of the elite apparently, as a stockbroker who’s the sister of Rees mogg and lives in Blenheim Palace, she’s … furious about Brexit and the betrayal of the 17.4 m and al this stoke, stoke, stoke stuff. utter shit that’s going to get someone killed.
The 17.4 m with which we’re all being bludgeoned. Democracy means to these people ‘you agree with us, whatever the fuck that is.’ And they’ve conflated that with patriotism. Whereas previously a call to regard the national interest might have been a unifying move, this lot have cornered it and anyone who disagrees with them now is an ‘enemy’. This is the very hideous noise with which these utter bastards are going to fill the silence of the recess. It was said that this pause is a mistake and I can see why. And this is in part what’s behind Lammy going on marr to back up his comparison between the ERG and the Nazis. He boldly, emphatically, refused to back down and indeed made his case, against JRm, Johnson, the lot of them. Farage has got the front-page of the Express in the most explicitly cultish patriotic front cover, while Batten, who he’s disowned (although there’s a theory it’s just a front), has been on marr as well – the BBC doing a great job giving a platform the far-right at every opportunity – describing a tweet by one of his new UKIP candidates, Sordon of Akkad (?) saying ‘I wouldn’t rape you’ to Jess Philips, as satire.
There is an incredible resource about the alt-right, Rational Wiki, and this is a vast, dark world I’ve never plumbed. There’s so much about the UK that Brexit has unveiled, as well as the EU, and the world, from this global alt-right stuff, to the Orange order sectarianism in Scotland, to the seething evil of the new Tories, to these guys, Akkad (sp!) and the other guy Count Dankula, who is really … boring. a bit of a nob, taught his dog to do the Hitler salute when told ‘gas the jews’ – really? Is that funny? Then spent 2 years fretting about going to prison – true, if the case had to be brought to court it should have been done much sooner – and so he becomes a free speech advocate (always these guys who are so into free speech seek to abuse it such!) and joins UKIP! While claiming not to have a right-wing bone in his body. Is he a liar or just naïve?
The problem is not just that these guys could become MEPs , but … as youtubers with milliions of devotees, …. the 2016 referendum, Leave’s master stroke that blindsided everyone was its armies of bots, trolls, the data mining, targeted ads on social Media, the memes. This time we have millions of young Gamergate types brought as a weapon to the UKIP party by these guys, angry at the EU for this copyright bill that they’ve conflated copyright protection with censorship, and are capable as bots, trolls, hackers and by doxxing, of causing serious harassment. And because they’re angry they’ll do it for free, and they’ll be vile, and it’ll be untraceable by moey and so on. suppression by intimidation. A lot of decent people could be in a lot of trouble.
And on the ground … JS went to a ‘town hall’ meet in Bishop Awks, ‘a shitshow’, a setup by the Brexit chair, no Labour, a room full of gammon demanding No Deal and claiming that’s what they all voted for, shouting down the Lib Dem, ‘ no experts’, asserting WTO is fine, that it doesn’t matter to them if not because their business doesn’t export (so what’s the fucking point, why do they care at all?). I on the other hand am frazzled and have bene banned from FB for 30 days for caling a gammon a cunt, as he told Pedro to hgo back to Portugal. And my Tommeh profile’s been closed down completely.
These are unhappy, scary times. very scary times. a nice thing was James got a card and £40 to fix the graffiti on his van, saying he had courage doing what he’s doing with his EU flag et al. and as I’ve said, the service we do on the stalls is when people come to us with glee to do the Brexitometers and the petition because they have a voice at last, we’re there to listen to them.
We’re in a climate of fear. we have been for a long, long time, and Farage is firing it all up all over again, now with the backing of Tice, the BBC<all these other bastards.
Mid April, 35 days fro the EU elections. A letter to EU citizens reminding them they can vote was eschewed by a Tory who thinks it weird they should be reminded of this. as if reminding people of their rights is undemocratic. Fuck this place to Hell.
Nerves are jangling. Today I thought for the times that I think, ‘don’t just stand there, get one up!’ and even say it, often to people who are pleased and impressed as it were with what’s going on but don’t do owt themselves. Now I feel like the chap holding the cup of tea. The bombs are falling. Brexit Party is in the ascendant, people aboard like JRm’s fucking sister (who the hell??) with her gobbing about ‘I’m appalled because democracy has been betrayed’. This is supposedly a reason (on Twitter) that people are going to vote for the Brexit Party even if they don’t agree with it, this is how mad it has got. The most corrupted vote of decades … fetishized.
Farage said of a second referendum, ‘what if this happened in Africa? They’d send in the UN!’ Lammy was on it, in Kenya the vote was corrupted, by Cambridge Analytica, and they reran the election because of it after scores had died. He is a dude. I sent him a postcard.
Got new boots and two new jackets (Oxfam new, new to me). the Brexit Party is top of the polls while the Remain lot squabble among themselves – the greens are supposedly the stopping point for compromise, as they have only got far in the EU elections unlike elsewhere due to the EU’s PR system – ironically this is why UKIP ever did well compared with Westminster and FPTP because the EU’s actually more democratic … however. This BP lead is based on YouGov’s own signed up punters and by that those who’ve previously voted, which they did in 2015 quite strongly UKIP, so it’s inherently biased, while the other parties haven’t started their campaigns yet, so it’s not what it seems. This had to be told to a lovely woman I met today at the E vigil, who was despondent, as was I. I think it’s as much a rerun of the downtie at Christmas recess when a lot of people went mad amid the inactivity, meanwhile we have these EU elections coming … which, now BP is leading, is being billed by them as another referendum by proxy and ‘how much do the PV lot not like a 2nd ref when they’re behind?’ which is disingenuous. It’s not a PV!
A very nice group though, the E vigil lot, and we got a lot of a good vibe off people we gave stickers to, telling htem to register to vote. I told aGreek woman she still had time to register, she thought it was too late, I said that was for the local elections, … why don’t these people know this? on that there was some MP complaining that EU citz were being reminded to vote and there was a second step to take to register. Some people don’t like democracy ….
A chap in a Norway top came up and said Norway was happy. I asked if he wanted EFTA, he said yes. then I said the Norway model and he said he wanted No Deal was in the 2016 ref, I said it wasn’t, but Norway was, but then he asked why the EU was so good, I said FoM, he said we were overrun, too small an island, see it compared with Africa (that’s a non comparison) then he pointed down Prince’s St at the crowds of tourists on Easter Holiday and said ‘do you want it all like this?’ I said this was simply not going to happen, me blindsided by this torrent of odd stuff, unable to point out that EFTA has FoM as part of it, but he was gone by then, happy with Norway and No Deal.
WTF. Ah. George Galloway tweeted he is going to support the BP because the EPLP is full of Europhiles and they’re the Blairite worst while the PLP is also full of fifth columnists, so the best thing is (he is very pro the result of the referendum, no revoke Art 50 or PV) get the BP in, we leave the EU and get Brexit, and then that’ll kill off the fifth-columnists and deliver the Brexit the working class demanded and the Brexit that Corbyn wants, because Corbyn is great. At the same time O Jones tells remainers to vote Labour in the EU elections because (Corbyn is a Brexiter) not voting Labour will simply allow Farage to dominate. Galloway wants Farage to win and so this hard-left man is prepared to back the far-right in order to help elect them to a Mickey Mouse parliament in order to better expunge his own party – oh shit no sorry it’s not even his own party anymore and he doesn’t want to rejoin – of centrists. This is pure Stalinism, making a pact with the Devil. It’s the Pact of Steel. Stalin made a pact with Hitler, upshot being first lots of dead Poles, an empowered Nazi lot that took over Europe, then they attacked the Soviets. Fancy that!
What does George think the far-right will do when so further empowered? What does he think they want out of Brexit?
Is George so cynical he’s actually naive?
Is George just bitter towards Blair, like Farage is to the Tories, like Martin is towards his old teacher?
OF course the real divide in the country isn’t LEave and REmain, this shows it’s LEave that’s split into pathologically opposed camps. So what happens when they get ‘their’ Brexit but find there’s this whole other gang determined to make it THEIR Brexit, and a terrible one at that?
Meanwhile, in the real world, Channel 4 news reports on Banks’ dirty dealings. God help us if this doesn’t make a difference. Again, Brexit PArty soars while the truth gets ever darker.