Andy Ngo and the violence of political correctness

Those antifa agitators are the militant wing of the cultural elite.

Brendan O'Neill
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The most striking thing about the ‘antifa’ mob gathering in Portland at which the journalist Andy Ngo was violently assaulted at the weekend is that it described itself as ‘milkshake-themed’. There was a milkshake truck handing out fruity beverages to the antifa agitators. They hurled these milkshakes at alt-right protesters and at cops, too. And of course when Ngo was rounded on and punched and kicked for the crime of having criticised antifa’s behaviour, he was ‘milkshaked’. Masked protesters pelted him with milkshake as a kind of final humiliation. After all, that’s how you indicate that someone is an unperson these days, right? You throw milkshake at them.

The reason this is striking is that it is so clearly influenced by events in the UK, where during the Euro elections it became positively fashionable to pelt supposedly ‘far right’ people with milkshakes. Tommy Robinson, Nigel Farage and Carl Benjamin were all assaulted in this way as they campaigned for votes. And the chattering classes lapped it up. They celebrated the milkshakers. Scribes from the bourgeois press and even some mainstream politicians gave their nod of approval to the milkshaking of these allegedly evil people. And now antifa in the US has giddily embraced the same tactic. There could be no clearer proof that antifa is not the rebellious, revolutionary outfit it fantasises about being, but rather is the armed wing of the cultural elite; the militant front of the bruised establishment; the attack dogs of a political class still reeling from Trump and Brexit and consumed by disgust for ordinary voters whom they increasingly view as a dumb, far-right throng.

The attack on Ngo was deeply disturbing. He writes primarily for Quillette and has in recent months focused on the impunity of antifa mobs in Portland, the Jussie Smollett case and the fashion for making up hate crimes, and issues surrounding Islam, especially on the censorious trend for branding anyone who criticises Islam as ‘Islamophobic’. For doing these things, for expressing these opinions, he has of course been denounced as racist, Islamophobic, and a facilitator of white supremacy. (They can’t actually call him a white supremacist, given he is of Vietnamese descent.) At the weekend, in Portland, antifa visited extrajudicial corporal punishment upon Ngo for his various speechcrimes. A mob of middle-class white people beating up an Asian man in the name of challenging white supremacy – you couldn’t make it up.

Yet while the assault on Ngo was clearly vicious, an act of extreme intolerance, a form of violent censure, it would be wrong to view the antifa people who carried it out as eccentric outliers, as crazed, masked members of a dangerous fringe movement. The demand from supporters of Ngo that antifa be designated a terrorist movement or branded as fascists rather than anti-fascists is a mistake. The terrorist label would have authoritarian implications, potentially criminalising the antifa movement more broadly, including those who merely subscribe to its outlook and never take part in its actions. And to insist that we call antifa ‘fascists’ only plays into antifa’s own infantile game of seeing fascism everywhere. We can say antifa is censorious, authoritarian and intolerant without having to call them fascists.

But the main problem with singling out antifa idiots for particular opprobrium is that it overlooks the utterly mainstream role antifa plays these days. These people are best seen as the violent enforcers of political orthodoxy, the masked footsoldiers of an elite wounded and dizzied by the votes for Trump and Brexit. It is not remotely coincidental that antifa in its modern incarnation came into its own in the aftermath of these two electoral earthquakes – it is because it embodies, in bovine, agitated form, the fury of a bourgeoisie that has found itself rejected by voters. Its milkshake-themed gathering and milkshake-themed acts of violence over the weekend confirm the extent to which it is really just a Guardian editorial made flesh, the Twitterati in physical form, the children of the old establishment raging against those idiot voters who dared to defy that old establishment.

The milkshaking phenomenon speaks to the searing intolerance of today’s cultural elites. That some people think it is entirely acceptable to pelt certain politicians and journalists with milkshakes makes perverse sense. First, they have openly been told that it’s acceptable, by everyone from broadsheet columnists to Burger King. Some even referred to the milkshakings of the Euro elections as a ‘Milkshake Spring’, as if angry anti-democrats hurling milkshakes at politicians they don’t like – and metaphorically at the millions of idiots who vote for those politicians – are in any way comparable to the democratic warriors of the Prague Spring or of the more recent Arab Spring (RIP). A columnist for the Guardian – the bible of the chattering classes – said milkshaking is ‘not political violence at all’; it is an attempt to ‘reduce men of pomp to figures of ridicule’ and to teach a lesson to ‘purveyors of hate’.

Perhaps the milkshakes and fists and feet that rained down on Ngo weren’t political violence, either. Perhaps this was also a good, justified attempt to reduce a ‘purveyor of hate’ to a ‘figure of ridicule’. That is exactly what antifa will say: that Ngo, with his criticisms of the left, his questioning of hate-crime statistics and his defence of people’s right to mock Islam, was a ‘purveyor of hate’. And that is what numerous mainstream commentators and politicians say about voters more broadly. That if you voted for Brexit, you are a purveyor of hate, or at least an unwitting facilitator of hate. That if you voted for Trump you are very likely a ‘deplorable’, in Hillary Clinton’s words, who is ‘racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it’. That is, a purveyor of hate. And that if you are a big fan of Brexit, you are worse than the Nazis, as Labour MP David Lammy has argued. Lammy recently said he would ‘pour whatever I can get my hands on’ over a white supremacist, speaking to the hysteria, instability and temptation to violence that have gripped the anti-Brexit, anti-Trump elites.

This is the thing: in the eyes of the anti-populist elites, everyone who disagrees with them is a purveyor of hate. Or a white supremacist. Or an Islamophobe, xenophobe, Europhobe, transphobe. Or alt-right. Or a fascist. Or worse than a fascist. One of the most successful acts of the political and cultural establishment in recent decades has been its rebranding of certain political and moral worldviews as ‘hate’, and therefore deserving of censorship or punishment. This relentless demonisation of certain views and certain people has nurtured a climate of extreme intolerance and now even violence. If you do not subscribe to their worldview, they will hound you off campus, try to make you lose your job, get you banned from the airwaves, pelt you with milkshake, and now even violently assault you on a protest. Perhaps this is all, in the Guardian’s words, not violence at all, but just comeuppance for the ‘purveyors of hate’ – which is basically everyone who disagrees with the Guardian.

The violent attack on Andy Ngo wasn’t just a handful of extremist idiots assaulting a journalist. It was worse than that. It was proof that the era of PC intolerance is entering a new phase, one in which you can now be actually assaulted for having the wrong views, with the approval of an elite who will say: ‘That isn’t violence – it’s just what you deserve.’

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Comments

Ron Sutton

6th July 2019 at 2:48 am

“These people are best seen as the violent enforcers of political orthodoxy”

I completely agree. The progressive far-left promised to “fundamentally transform” America any way they can. But if you lose at the ballot box, and your stranglehold on most of the mainstream media is no longer effective, and your tired intellectually bankrupt message no longer resonates, what do you do?

Like all police states, you resort to violence and intimidation to hold on to power.

Jerry Owen

4th July 2019 at 6:52 pm

Can Spiked do something about moderating posts as a number of mine just stay under ‘moderating’ and don’t move from there ?

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 2:07 am

Yet more hypocritical sniping at tne guardian…Dude, here is only marginally better.

Such an ignorant and ill-informed load of prattlimg…you’d do the guardian proud.

How can you defend people that resort to violence as their only means? There aren’t any there “merely subscribing without taking part”. They attend rallies and wear “heavy” gloves; that is, gloves manufactured with lead stitched into the knuckle-area. That’s how Ngo ended up with the huge welt under his eye.

And their whole platform is to support diversity-communism. Are you down with that?

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 4:53 am

If l know that they’re wearing heavy gloves, then surely you do to.

Would it have upset ur narrative too much to have mentioned that?

And if you really are as ignorant and ill-informed as you seem re antifa, would it have altered your perception of them to know that they wear heavy gloves?

I sure hope so.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 9:20 am

I actually don’t mean what l said. The guardian is so bad it’s hilarious, and here is nothing like that, in that it actually….does an excellent job at presenting things in way that you do. I don’t agree with much of it, and that’s ok. But there isn’t any way to depict antifa as anything but out-and-out fascists.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 3:54 pm

Here’s Eric Weinstein talking to Mr Ngo.

https://youtu.be/aC4u1zo6OpQ

Christopher James

2nd July 2019 at 4:19 pm

The problem is really with these “conservatives” who think the internet is a place to offend, upset and insult anyone you want, without the people they’re insulting, being able to do anything about it.

Well, they just need to get some common sense. If you spend years insulting entire groups of people, those people are going to probably give you a slap at the first opportunity they get. And you’ll derserve it.

But this breed of pathetic, gamer-gating, world of warcraft playing online bigots and trolls, just aren’t physically capable of handling the concequences of their own bad behaviour

Andrew Leonard

3rd July 2019 at 2:49 am

Posts like these tell us a lot about the left-wing mentality.

This is a mindset that does not vehemently disagree with their political opposition – rather they do not recognise that alternative political ideas even exist. To the left-winger, the right is just insults and offensiveness – there is no intellectual content to speak of. The left cannot even *conceive* of opposition to their perfect ideas, let alone recognise what this opposition consists of.
This is why there are constant references to racism and ‘islamaphobia’ (which I refuse to capitalise) – the leftist cannot entertain the notion that the right could be criticising the left, because the left is perfect and the right is just emotion, so the right must just be scumbags who attack “entire groups”, to obtain a perverse pleasure.

No Christopher, you’re wrong. There is no hate, but is there is genuine intellectual disagreement. You left-wingers are not the saints and angels you think you are.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 5:05 am

I enjoy insulting dude’s that stick their dicks up other dudes digestive tracts.

I actually think that it’s important to insult all perverts, and if they take offence, then all the better.

Isn’t just common-sense to be protecting our children from the propagation of perversion?

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 5:08 am

*Isn’t it..

John Sedago

3rd July 2019 at 6:11 am

Christopher, you aren’t rebellious by any measure since you are an elitist’s dream, as the article relates to these people in one form or another. THEY are the racists. YOU are a racist. YOU are the intolerant one. YOU are the insult to decency. Did you ever think that maybe these people you try to intimidate might not want to get arrested? If their aggression is dismissed as much as yours, YOU will be the one getting punched. YOU will be the one facing consequences. It seems you have made yourself judge and jury against people you don’t even know. If you haven’t faced consequences of your own, you will soon enough.

Robin Dreeke

5th July 2019 at 10:17 pm

Your problem is that when people get tired of your black masked buddies they will just open fire and kill the lot of you.

Ron Sutton

6th July 2019 at 3:40 am

That was the most pathetic apology for a bunch of common thugs that I’ve ever read. So, according to your tortured reasoning anyone who disagrees, criticizes, or rejects your totalitarian far-left ideology deserves to be mindlessly attacked, yeah?

Has it ever occurred to you that you may have become the violent, fascist moron you once railed against?

Christopher James

2nd July 2019 at 4:16 pm

If you went into a bar, and started insulting people, and being racist, and insulting women, and trolling people, then you’d probably get punched.

Andy has been doing the online equivalent of that for years, and he thinks it gives him immunity from the laws of decent society. But it obviously doesn’t

And you’re exactly the same Brendan. You say things online, that you’d never say to someone’s face, because you think the purpose of the internet is to give bigots and cowards the freedom to do anything they want, without concequences. Well there are concequences

Jerry Owen

2nd July 2019 at 5:02 pm

A pair of cretinous posts ! It is of course the unhinged leftists that troll the internet looking for people to attack and reasons to be faux outraged. The milkshaking is of the left . It is the left that do violence on the streets . You know it and i know it.

Jonnie Henly

2nd July 2019 at 5:07 pm

It is of course nothing of the sort, as evidenced by your litany of pathetic posts on this site.

Jerry Owen

2nd July 2019 at 5:37 pm

Little Jonnie
Who does the milkshaking ?

Jonnie Henly

2nd July 2019 at 6:51 pm

Since when was milkshaking carried out on the internet Jerry?

Your nonsense is getting worse.

Jerry Owen

2nd July 2019 at 10:20 pm

Little Jonnie
We are talking about where the violence comes from… You lot do yo cover your face with a black balaclava like a true fascist ?
I doubt you have the courage on second thoughts !

Jonnie Henly

2nd July 2019 at 11:07 pm

Are you now equating “faux outrage” to violence?

Even by your standards that’s pathetically sensitive. Grow up!

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 2:17 am

Christopher James.

The laws of decent society actually do protect you from being assaulted, and to assault someone with “heavy” glovrs, that is, gloves with lead stitched into the knuckle-area, will generally bring a fairly stiff jail term.

Ive never actually been in a bar where someone came in and started being ‘racist’ and ‘trolling’ people, and I’ve no doubt that you haven’t either. Mr Ngo expressed some views, and had a crowd of cowards attack him.

The time is fast approaching where diversity-communists are gonna have to be rounded up.

Robin Dreeke

5th July 2019 at 10:20 pm

Chris, why don’t you black masked little puzzles leave your blue cities and try that stuff where the population is not disarmed. I will gladly blow your brains out for your buddies to film and post on Twitter.

Hana Jinks

6th July 2019 at 12:42 pm

Robin.

Blue states need to secede.

Ron Sutton

6th July 2019 at 4:01 am

Yeah, sure Christopher, like everyday Brendan just mindlessly spouts insults at the deified members of identity politics, and is thus receiving some sort of well deserved cosmic justice.

Ever wondered why all of the biggest mass murderers of the 20th century – Hitler, Mao, and Stalin – had the word Socialist in their party names? Maybe it’s so guys like you wouldn’t notice what cold blooded monsters they were.

Hana Jinks

6th July 2019 at 12:46 pm

National SOCIALISTS

United Soviet SOCIALISTS.

This is actually a socialist rag, and with many socialists commenting btl.

It boggles the mind.

Frank Suttom

2nd July 2019 at 2:10 pm

Why milkshakes? looks like the Antifa twats are (among their many failings) helpless followers of fashion, ready to pay silly prices to snap up the on-trend projectile of choice. Sheep!

Jonnie Henly

3rd July 2019 at 10:23 pm

Of all the desperate criticisms of Antifa, this one takes the cake.

Jerry Owen

4th July 2019 at 7:35 am

You can’t even get a phrase correct .. it’s biscuit.

gershwin gentile

2nd July 2019 at 12:20 pm

And the article on a certain league of people throwing bricks at children? Or is it only journos like yerself that deserve coverage?

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 2:26 am

It’s like how you can’t mention Gavin McInnes on a story about the splc.

It sure would’ve been good to witness the hand-wringing behind the rationale to not go with the Oldham story.

Amelia Cantor

2nd July 2019 at 10:17 am

While O’Neill and the rest of the drones POSTURE about being opposed to antisemitism, antifa actually ARE opposed to antisemitism, and are prepared to put their bodies on the line in defence of the Jewish community. This is from an Israeli newspaper engaging issues around Ngo and his fascism-adjacency and fascism-apologism:

On America’s Streets, Antifa’s Militant Anti-fascism Isn’t Terrorism – It’s Self-defense.

After an anti-fascist punched a right-wing journalist in Portland, militant anti-fascists and Antifa – who counter far right violence – have been branded as ‘violent gangs,’ even ‘terrorists.’ Those definitions are completely wrong

The Jewish community know where hate and intolerance lead. Fascism and “free speech” aren’t a game for them: they’re a matter of life-and-death. “Free speech” = fascism = death. Fascism must be fought by any means necessary. And that doesn’t just mean physically confronting fascists: it means physically confronting those who enable fascism or seek to pretend that it isn’t what it very clearly is.

Jerry Owen

2nd July 2019 at 5:08 pm

Amelia Cantor, Antifa gangs punch someone in a public space and you then whinge when they are called violent gangs .. do you not see a kind of blinkered irony in your post ?
Probably not !
Let me tell you a little known fact Amelia, if you attack someone physically on the streets in a politically motivated way it makes you …. pretty much a fascist.
BTW you accused Trump of being racist on another thread and ran away without backing up your assertion, do so here if you can ?

Jerry Owen

2nd July 2019 at 10:24 pm

Amelia Cantor
People putting their bodies on the line..spare us your patronizing inflated ego.
The irony of you supporting physical violence against those you dislike is the very definition of fascistic tendencies.
Look in the mirror sometime.

Amelia Cantor

3rd July 2019 at 9:28 am

” The irony of you supporting physical violence against those you dislike is the very definition of fascistic tendencies.”

Hey, there’s a surprise (I don’t think): you make this about me rather than the Jewish community. Could that possibly be because you don’t want to face a very clear reality: that antifa are fighting for the Jewish community with the support of the Jewish community? Is the contributor to that Israeli newspaper “fascistic” too? Even you aren’t stupid enough to claim that.

And antifa are fighting for other vulnerable communities too, of course. Again, with the support of those vulnerable communities. The only “irony” here is that of Ngo’s extremely misguided self-alignment with forces that hate and seek to destroy those like him. He’s LGBTQ+ and a member of a community of colour. He made a very bad choice and he’s paid a very small price. Stephen Lawrence paid an infinitely bigger price. Antifa want no more Stephen Lawrences and no more Auschwitzes. That’s how “fascistic” they are.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 2:48 am

Amelia.

Fascist-adjacent? Is that anything like being imbecile-adjacent?

Wtff?

Because it just makes so much sense for you to be protecting us in this way! The self-appointed guardians of righteousness.

How dare you to be presuming anything about speech, fascism and anti-semitism.

Jerry Owen

4th July 2019 at 5:59 pm

A Cantor
Your arrogance is breath taking . You say that Ngo is misguided in his views because he is of colour and homosexual. You have this perverse idea that peoples political views should conform to their colour or sexuality , breath taking stupidity, this is the whole problem of identity politics.
Does it not occur to you that black people can be right wing or anti Jewish as ditto white people as ditto yellow people, Muslims can be anti Sikh or anti Jewish or Jews can be anti Muslim or anti black ? Does it not occur to you that many conservative / right wing people are gay ? Martin Webster NF leader one time was homosexual. Nick Griffin BNP .. Bi Sexual.
The Jews biggest problem is the Muslims not the ‘far right’, many Jews themselves are pretty conservative themselves.
You are simply not very bright if you believe peoples views should conform to the colour codes and identities you put on them. Your opinion of Ngo’s views is that he is a let down for you as his skin colour doesn’t form views that you think his skin colour should.
Perhaps you think he needs re educating eh?

Jerry Owen

4th July 2019 at 6:48 pm

A Cantor
No surprise I’m not addressing the Jewish community is there really ? They aren’t posting you are .
It is obviously of great distress to you the Ngo has a skin colour that doesn’t match the political views you would like to ascribe to him eh ?
Has it ever occured to you that Jewish people can be racist / far right ?
Anyone can be racist.
Antifa are not defending the Jewish community they are communists and socialists attacking people of a different ideology regardless of skin colour.
Did you see Antifa trying to attack a black UKIP prospective candidate in London .. he was denounced as a supremacist and a racist.. bonkers eh?
Perhaps you would like to see Ngo .. re educated so his views match his skin colour so that people like you can feel so self satisfied ?
Has it occured to you that peoples political views are formulated by life’s experiences and not looking in the mirror at themselves ?
Has it occured to you that it is people like you that are obsessed with colour and race ?
BTW the BNP in its heyday had 12 Jewish councilors .. how does that square with you ?

Jerry Owen

4th July 2019 at 6:50 pm

A Cantor
I have duplicated a post as it was awaiting moderation then disappeared then came back awaiting moderation as my second one is.

Ron Sutton

6th July 2019 at 4:19 am

I seriously doubt any mainstream Jewish organization would want to be associated with such a bunch of lowbrow neanderthals like Antifa, let alone cheer on their mindless violence. Most Jewish folks have made the startling realization that the anti-Semitic scum of Oswald Mosely’s Black Shirts no longer resides in the dark crevices of the Conservative party, but is alive and well in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party.

Peter Dale

1st July 2019 at 7:40 pm

This violence will surprise no one familiar with the history of the Weimar Republic. Unless the authorities begin to enforce the provisions of the law against incitement to riot and assault, we shall witness the rise of other groups who will also use violence. And we know where this will lead. History is, alas, repeating itself.

James Knight

1st July 2019 at 6:30 pm

This is the Western version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. An infantile emotional spasm green-lighted by mainstream cheer leaders.

christopher barnard

1st July 2019 at 5:56 pm

Violence like this is best viewed as desperation by a class of people who are losing their grip on power and influence as demonstrated by Trump, Brexit and the rejection of their selfish ideologies in many democracies.

Jonnie Henly

1st July 2019 at 6:02 pm

Which “selfish ideologies” are these.

It’s easy to argue when you don’t have to back up your meaningless buzzwords isn’t it?

Jerry Owen

3rd July 2019 at 2:38 pm

Little Jonnie
You alluded to a lie in the DM please do expand.

Hana Jinks

6th July 2019 at 12:56 pm

Spot on, Christopher.

Mauritius Mauritania

1st July 2019 at 5:48 pm

Andrew Leonard

1st July 2019 at 4:48 pm

Excellent article Brendan.

Things are starting to get very emotional. How far away is widespread violence? Are we approaching a tipping point? Is Matt Ridley still feeling optimistic?

Here is a hypothetical scenario for people to consider …

Imagine (it’s easy if you try) that the UK were essentially an ethno-state, like it more or less effectively was, 40 years ago.
Now imagine the right-wing of the Conservative party starts promoting the idea of large-scale immigration from Islamic nations, such as Pakistan. The justification being that the country needs an influx of cheap labour, to fill a growing and unmet demand for menial roles, such as domestic servants and other low-paid, service industry roles. If not third-world immigrants, who will serve our coffee and sandwiches? – cry the Tories.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQAdkYmPycM
The Labour Party and political left in general, are completely opposed to the Tory immigration proposal, however. They point to the patriarchal nature of these societies, the oppression of women, gays, and other minorities, and wonder how people from these cultures, especially the men, will ever be able to integrate into British society.
Furthermore, the idea of bringing huge numbers of these people in, for the explicit purpose of providing a cheap and abundant supply of labour to the Capitalist class, is abhorrent to the left, as it amounts to promoting wage-slavery.
Even more alarming, the Conservative MPs pushing the proposal are also suggesting that the issue of cultural incompatibility be dealt with by creating new “hate-speech” laws, which effectively ban any criticism of Islamic culture, beliefs, or even people commenting on anti-social behavioural patterns. In effect the religious right are campaigning for a return of blasphemy laws – the last trace of which was removed from the UK in the mid-70s.
The left strenuously oppose these proposed new laws, based on their proud history of supporting the right of free speech.
The overwhelmingly Anti-Semitic nature of Islamism is also highly controversial. The left are highly critical of this and also suspect a growing Anti-Semitic element within the Conservative right-wing.
Ultimately, the idea of importing large numbers from highly racist societies, into the UK, and then virtually quarantining these people from any sort of publically expressed negativity, is rejected by the public at the polls, given the likelihood that this would breed prejudice and hate, something the British public would rather do without.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 3:00 am

Funny how the Blacks, Sihk’s and Hindu’s didn’t need protection.

Even nominally-conservative Western political parties have been overrun by diversity-communists. A conservative would never be in favour of fascistic hate-speech laws.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 10:26 am

Sinks…

Sikhs

Andrew Leonard

3rd July 2019 at 2:31 pm

My point isn’t about what conservatives (C or c) would or do advocate.
Rather its that if they had advocated what the left do, prior to New Labour, lefties would have probably opposed it, for the reasons I give in the hypothetical.
In other words people support tribes more than policies, but more importantly, they support tribes more than principles.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 4:07 pm

It’s certainly a very interesting post.

Ian Wilson

1st July 2019 at 3:46 pm

Although I agree with the sentiment of the article, just last week Spiked was arguing that Ko Brands comments were just free speech.

I do firmly believe in the phrase I grew up with about sticks and stones, but it’s a very fine line when that type of free sketch is defended, but you then effectively tie these two events together.

I don’t think Spiked is being consistent here…

Willie Penwright

1st July 2019 at 4:31 pm

Long may the contributors to Spiked continue to be “inconsistent”. If all articles echoed an editorial line, Spiked would have sunk to the level of the Guardian.

“…the armed wing of the cultural elite; the militant front of the bruised establishment; the attack dogs of a political class…” Brilliant!

Phil Gale

1st July 2019 at 8:24 pm

Free speech involves considering different points of view. Spiked’s writers don’t all express the same perspective – this isn’t the Guardian.

Jonnie Henly

2nd July 2019 at 5:08 pm

You’ve never read the Guardian.

Jonnie Henly

1st July 2019 at 3:23 pm

“the Twitterati in physical form”

In other words….They’re not actually part of the elite at all, so stop lying Brendan.

Jerry Owen

3rd July 2019 at 7:48 am

‘You’ve never read the Guardian’ another trite pointless piece of generalization from you.

Jonnie Henly

3rd July 2019 at 5:59 pm

The truth hurts doesn’t it Jerry?

Time for you to learn that your stereotypes bear no relation to the real world.

Jonnie Henly

1st July 2019 at 3:21 pm

“And the chattering classes lapped it up. They celebrated the milkshakers. Scribes from the bourgeois press and even some mainstream politicians gave their nod of approval”

No they didn’t. The milkshakes were roundly condemned in the media and by politicians.

Blatantly lying will get you nowhere Brendan.

Jerry Owen

1st July 2019 at 4:04 pm

And up pops little Jonnie with his featherweight jabs.

Jonnie Henly

1st July 2019 at 4:31 pm

And here comes Jerry with his pathetic counter arguments.

Jerry Owen

1st July 2019 at 6:42 pm

No little Jonnie it’s not a counter argument , it’s an observation of your pointless posts void of counter arguments.

Jonnie Henly

1st July 2019 at 11:41 pm

In other words….It’s a pointless stupid comment on your part void of counter arguments.

Oh dear, you’re wrong again.

Jonnie Henly

1st July 2019 at 11:43 pm

There’s nothing pointless in calling out lies.

Unlike you, I prefer not to live in a world of “fake news”.

Jerry Owen

2nd July 2019 at 5:11 pm

Jonnie Henley.
What lies would you be talking about ? Can you be specific ?

Jonnie Henly

2nd July 2019 at 5:25 pm

The lies would be the ones I pointed out in my original comment.

The one you replied to.

I don’t need to be more specific.

Jerry Owen

2nd July 2019 at 5:39 pm

Little Jonnie
In other words you cannot point specifically to a lie .. Oh dear , not good .

Jonnie Henly

2nd July 2019 at 6:06 pm

I did specifically point to a lie in my original comment.

Sticking your head in the sand won’t make that go away.

This will continue to be a lie no matter what you pretend:

“And the chattering classes lapped it up. They celebrated the milkshakers. Scribes from the bourgeois press and even some mainstream politicians gave their nod of approval”

Why do bother?

Thomas Kim

1st July 2019 at 8:28 pm

“No they didn’t. The milkshakes were roundly condemned in the media and by politicians.”

Untrue.

The Guardian celebrated the ‘milkshaking’ of Nigel Farage. So did the Independent.
Johnny Mercer joked about it on Twitter. Even Jeremy Hunt made a gloatingly spiteful remark about it when campaigning in Essex nine days ago.

Jonnie Henly

1st July 2019 at 11:42 pm

The Guardian and Independent don’t represent nearly the whole media though so moot point.

Jerry Owen

1st July 2019 at 2:44 pm

How much is a milkshake these days a couple of quid ? Not exactly small change is it ?
The minute the cup hits the ground it is called littering an offence in it’s own right, and yet they are not charged the proper 80 quid fine.

Jerry Owen

1st July 2019 at 2:32 pm

I believe that Ngo had a small bleed on the brain also. I weary of saying things are going to get much worse, the inevitable end line is killing people, it is the natural progression of the feral unhinged left protected by the establishment.
I read that a quick setting cement shake has been thrown at someone already.
I do believe you were wrong to support Brand when she suggested acid shaking, because the minute that vicious creature suggested it I knew it would happen ( not acid I know but a nasty liquid in a cup nonetheless ).
This is the new norm now and you helped endorse it in the name of freedom of speech.. freedom of speech to endorse and incite violence.
We all know Brand wants this to happen, as do the Guardian and the BBC.
These people collectively known as Antifa are terrorists , they have a specific ideology a specific aim a specific dress code and a specific organised way of attacking their opponents, I fail to see why they are not proscribed as terrorists.
We know only to well that when someone is eventually killed the media will tell us that really it was their own fault for being figures driving hate etcetera.
And so the stakes are raised yet again and in favour of the left, meanwhile the man that put a bacon rasher on a mosque door handle and got imprisoned is still dead.
National Action has been proscribed for little more than simply waving Nazi flags about in their bedrooms.
Antifa needs to be outlawed.

jessica christon

2nd July 2019 at 9:11 am

Good post. Youtube bloggers like Tim Pool are saying that the Ngo milkshakes were laced with cement, but I also took issue with Brendan’s support for Jo Brand’s ‘joke’ because the same would not be tolerated had it come from someone on the opposite end of the political spectrum. If it was only ok because Brand is ‘one of us’ ie one of the cultral elites that Brendan frequently rails against, then Brendan lending support to the idea that it is ok for one group to do it, but not the other. Instead of making a point of supporting Brand, he should have been asking why her ‘joke’ was ok, but not Sargon of Akkad’s.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 3:07 am

“Wading” Pool, and about as shallow as one.

Gerard Barry

1st July 2019 at 2:31 pm

“One of the most successful acts of the political and cultural establishment in recent decades has been its rebranding of certain political and moral worldviews as ‘hate’, and therefore deserving of censorship or punishment.”

This is so accurate. It’s the same in the non-English-speaking world, e.g. here in Germany where any non-PC discussion of immigration is denounced as “Hass!” Such a horrible misuse of language.

Bronk’s Funeral

1st July 2019 at 2:22 pm

The ones who did the punching should be milkshaked. Milkshakes all the way.

Ron Sutton

6th July 2019 at 4:26 am

You mean “milkshakes” with Quikrete, right?

eli Bastenbury

1st July 2019 at 2:17 pm

Plenty of Tommy Robinson articles Hana Jinks.

https://www.spiked-online.com/?s=tommy+robinson

Your English is poor, could you better explain your two penultimate statements.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 3:12 am

My English isn’t nearly as poor as your manners.

Just try and keep up, if you’re able.

Hana Jinks

6th July 2019 at 1:00 pm

My two penultimate statements? Are you out of your mind?

Neil McCaughan

1st July 2019 at 2:12 pm

Democracy and the rights of others are of less importance than the moral rectitude of the modern snowflake. Despite those snowflakes being ignorant, ill-educated and naive. All the charm and wit of the Red Guards, wrapped up in a palpitating package that sees itself as a victim.

Ron Sutton

6th July 2019 at 4:04 am

That about sums it up Neil. Well said, mate.

Aaron Craig

1st July 2019 at 2:12 pm

Article is on the money as usual!

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 1:42 pm

Hi dude.

I kinda got past the point where you were unwilling to disciss where the milkshaking’s came from.

Why is it that you guy’s ars so …not up for discussing Tommy Robinson?

Why do you allow your readers to get to the point where they is be asming the pertinent questions?

We shouldn’t ever answer the questions that we put…how ever so innocently..

Batter yp cocksuckers…it’s the internet

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