Perhaps the Whole System of UK Democracy has been Subverted.

On the morning of June 24th 2016, when Brexit had been sold to UK citizens, very few thought that reasonable discussion and argument about the future of the United Kingdom would also be closed down from the same moment. Not listened to, not acknowledged that there may be a better way forward, simply silenced.
This didn’t sound like democracy perhaps it wasn’t. How many of Britt’s 14 characteristics of fascism fit Conservative United Kingdom in post Brexit 2021?

Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, wrote an article about fascism, which appeared in Free Inquiry magazine—a journal of humanist thought.

What is Fascism?
14 characteristics of fascism

Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14 things in common, and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. Dr. Britt’s article is titled “Fascism Anyone?” and appears in Free Inquiry’s Spring 2003 issue on page 20.

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Led by Donkeys – Thank You

Led by Donkeys write :
Hi everyone
We’d love to be wishing you a happy new year under more hopeful circumstances, but we know for lots of people it’s been a difficult time. The pandemic has caused so much pain, with more challenging months still to come. And today the UK finally, properly, turns its back on the most successful project for peace and prosperity of our lifetimes.
We know nothing we’ve done can undo those things, but as we leave 2020 we thought you may like to be reminded of some of the interventions your extremely generous donations have made possible this year.
When Britain formally left the EU on January 31st we set out to do something to challenge the triumphalism of Farage and his friends and make a stand for decency – one that would give a different impression to the world than images of the Brexit Party’s flag-waving plastic patriots. So we interviewed two heroic veterans of World War Two – men who had risked their lives for their country – asking them to address a message to Europe. When we projected their testimony onto the White Cliffs of Dover their words of deep and profound regret at the UK’s departure from the EU spoke for so many of us. The film was watched six million times online and ran on news programmes across the world (in France the main evening news ran it in full that evening).

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Taxpayers Funded ERG Brexit

This is the story of how a fringe Conservative party pressure group was transformed into a highly disciplined, secretive party within a party that changed the course of British politics – and how taxpayer money, anonymous private donations and a hidebound parliamentary system helped them do it.
In an extract from his new book, Peter Geoghegan shows how the European Research Group became a tightly organised ‘party within a party’ that set the UK on course for a no-deal Brexit.

At  a point in History where Germany is arresting far-right activists from within its pool of police officers, the UK finds itself having been over-run from within and a small but well funded section of the public is cheering.

Democracy For Sale

A corruption of Conservatism’: how a cartel of Tory MPs broke British politics

Peter Geoghegan is investigations editor of openDemocracy’s main site and author of ‘Democracy for Sale’. He can be found on Twitter @PeterKGeoghegan.

 

German TV London Reporter : Shocked

Annette Dittert @annettedittert : Senior Correspondent and Bureau Chief ARD German TV London • Foreign Correspondent with ARD since 2000. Warsaw/New York/London files live report of “An absolute bomb dropping” as Johnson threatens to inflict absolute no-deal chaos on “The Island”.
https://twitter.com/i/status/1302931904778457093

North East Hampshire Voted Remain

The UK parliament is made up of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Members of the Commons are elected using the First Past the Post voting system. Members of the Lords are unelected.

How long before there are UK disappearances?

Belarus: Opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova detained by masked men

A prominent opponent of President Alexander Lukashenko has allegedly been seized from the streets of Minsk by masked men in black and taken away in a van. Belarus has been rocked by protests since August 9.