The hysteria of the Boris-bashers

The ‘people of talent’ storm suggests Boris’s critics have gone mad.

Brendan O'Neill

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A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting its boots on. How much truer that is in the era of social media. Consider the mad ‘people of talent’ storm. At a campaign rally yesterday, Boris Johnson said he is happy for ‘people of talent’ to migrate to the UK so long as the immigration question is subjected to democratic debate and control. But Channel 4 subtitled him as saying ‘people of colour’ and the internet exploded. Almost literally. Boris-haters everywhere were slamming the PM for wanting to restrict the movement of non-white people. This was proof, at last, from the fascist PM’s own mouth, that he is a racist and virtually a British Hitler, yada yada.

The lie spread like wildfire. Commentators, politicians and – hilariously – self-styled warriors against fake news were propagating the myth that Boris said ‘people of colour’. Labour MP turned Change UK MP turned Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna clung for dear life to the nonsense claim that Boris said ‘people of colour’. He said he ‘listened to the clip several’ times and heard ‘people of colour’ every time. Which suggests his hearing is as crap as his ability to stay in a political party.

Anyone who listens to the clip – try this version – will hear Boris say ‘people of talent’ very, very clearly. It makes perfect sense, too: Boris often talks about his preference for talented foreigners to come to the UK. And yet, remarkably, there are still some people-of-colour truthers out there. With astonishing speed they have become a new breed of conspiracy theorist. ‘He did say “people of colour” and the mainstream media should stop covering that up’, they say, insanely, coming off like leftish versions of Obama birth truthers.

Why is this happening? Because the anti-Boris brigade has gone mad. It’s been brewing for a couple of weeks and now it has exploded into public life. The ‘people of colour’ conspiracy theory confirms how unhinged the Corbynista wing of politics in particular has become. The more polls suggest that the Tories will do well next Thursday, and that Labour could be on for a pretty historic drubbing in its working-class heartlands in particular, the more desperate they become. They dredge up every old daft article Boris has written, claim the Tories will cause the deaths of loads of disabled and poor people, and now hear the PM saying things he literally did not say. They have no idea how ridiculous they sound to normal people.

The colour / talent controversy reveals something else, too: how today’s virtual leftists now see racism everywhere, even where it doesn’t exist. They’re convinced all Tories are racist, that all Tory voters are a little bit racist, that Brexit is racist. The great irony to their spying of racism in every opinion they disagree with, and in every community they view as too pro-Tory or too pro-Brexit, is that they are exposing their own prejudices. Indeed, this hysterical and phoney ‘anti-racism’ that spots racial hatred in every nook and cranny of mass society is the key prejudice of our times: it views voters and tabloid newspaper-readers and old people as the dim imbibers of hatred and stupidity who must be re-educated by young woke graduates. The middle-class left’s feverish obsession with racism is its own kind of hatred.

It gets worse. These people see racism where it doesn’t exist, but not where it does. So the leaking yesterday of the Jewish Labour Movement’s devastating submission to the EHRC’s investigation into Labour Party anti-Semitism was either ignored or pooh-poohed by these self-styled woke warriors against racism. They don’t want to know about anti-Jewish racism. They ignore it or deflect attention from it. ‘Look, Boris insulted people of colour!’, they lie, while encouraging us to ignore the now systemic hatred for Jewish people in sections of the Labour Party. Despicable. These people don’t challenge hatred – they facilitate it.

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

nick hunt

9th December 2019 at 12:43 pm

Like sexism and ageism, racism is a form of bigotry, and bigotry can only arise after categorising and dividing people into those like us (good) and those unlike us (bad). Aside from religious zealots dividing people into believers and infidels, which group today most obsessively labels and sorts other groups into race, religion, politics and gender, and then creates a social heirarchy in which conservative white men are the untouchables? I suspect today’s leftist hysteria and insanity arises in part because divisive labelling so totally contradicts the old goal of spreading more equality and tolerance (as the joke goes, if Trump cured cancer, leftists would accuse him oif destroying the medical profession). But a related reason is that superior leftists always need inferior non-leftists in order to preach equality and pursue their calling. This deeply-suppressed elitism must also be driving the mental breakdown and hate now tragically gripping so many well-intentioned people.

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8th December 2019 at 5:33 pm

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John Welsh

8th December 2019 at 3:07 pm

My own favourite Boris derangement was Aaronovitch comparing him to lord Lucan after he had a row with his girlfriend. Classic..

Steve James

8th December 2019 at 12:02 pm

I used to watch C4 news every day after work and watched it transition into an hysterical fake news outlet. Both C4 and the BBC are at it all the time. As an example, the BBC are always refering to Brexiteers and Eurosceptics as anti-European instead of anti-EU. Unfortunately, as the article says, the truth doesn’t seem to matter to these activist journalists.

antoni orgill

7th December 2019 at 4:32 pm

Well, the main thrust is vital, isn’t it? Such is the desperation now (CP @ 42%; LP @ 27%) that victory is no longer the point for the left. It’s just damage limitation. That’s easier to do (in your dreams) if there’s an easy insurance policy _ Boris the Clown fits the bill. Substantial thought on racism is a bit unlikely in this GE. The issue has clearly gone beyond the ability of official party political discourse to say or do anything serious. Who _ aside from the pundits, platitude-mongers, etc _ thinks this GE will provide a government fit to rule?

Mike Ellwood

7th December 2019 at 8:01 pm

Don’t know where you got your numbers from, but don’t agree with anything in “Britain elects”:

https://britainelects.newstatesman.com/who-leads-in-our-poll-tracker/

Tories still ahead, but only by 6% in the best poll for Labour – Comres GB/UK 5 Dec 2019
C 42 Lab 36

Frankly, I don’t think anyone knows at this point whether the Tories will get an overall majority. I think a hung parliament is the most likely result (unfortunately).

Marvin Jones

10th December 2019 at 11:34 am

I am a half breed born in India the year after the British Raj ended. Just in case of any misunderstanding. Sometime between now and 20 years hence, the coloured population will have so much power due to numbers, Parliament will be unbelievable different.

Mark Bretherton

7th December 2019 at 12:09 pm

Can someone clear something up for me? As I understand it the ‘coloured people/people of colour’ debate is as follows:
We are not allowed to use the term ‘coloured people’ as apparently it was applied by racists in America’s southern states, South Africa, Rhodesia etc to non-whites. ‘people of colour’ was apparently chosen/first used by non-whites to describe themselves, therefore that is the correct, non-racist term to use.
IF this is the case, then how on earth is Boris saying he wants ‘people of colour to come here’ in any way, shape or form racist? He is literally saying, in the approved form of words to describe non-whites from all of the world, that he WANTS THEM TO COME HERE! Yet he is being described as a racist!?

L Strange

7th December 2019 at 4:22 pm

It’s not the phrase “people of colour” that’s causing the faux outrage. The point of supposed offence is that they’re saying Boris wants any decided limits on immigration numbers to be determined by race/skin colour. The lie is that he implied that whilst some non-white people would be welcome, he doesn’t want too many.

What he actually said was that whilst people of talent are welcome, some kind of democratic debate should decide the numbers .

Mark Bretherton

7th December 2019 at 10:12 pm

So what they’re mad about is their own hysteria? Got it.

Marvin Jones

10th December 2019 at 11:44 am

Here again the ignoramus elite are thinking and deciding from the wrong end. The educated and talented will always have an advantage and will prosper, the people we need most are the low paid fruit and vegetable pickers, and I don’t mean vindaloo curry chefs from the East, even I could cook a vindaloo. BUT! this is where they go wrong. If the big companies or farmers etc, need these people so badly, let them cater for ALL the needs of their employees, in other words, their accommodation, health insurance and a decent wage, so they are NEVER a burden on our benefits system.

In Negative

7th December 2019 at 10:34 am

So here’s a thing. I don’t think Boris is a racist, I never have. However, no matter how many times I listen to that clip, I cannot hear “Talent”. No matter what I do, no matter how much I move my head into different positions, even through earphones, I can only hear “Colour”!

Maybe it’s a bit like that dress where men saw it as one colour and women another? Maybe if you’re of a Leftish persuasion, you hear “colour” and if you are rightish you hear “talent”. It’s a mystery.

cliff resnick

7th December 2019 at 11:54 am

To use the words “people of colour” in this context at this moment in time would be a stupidity not before seen in the annals of poitical debate by a leading politician in any liberal democracy world wide. It’s a fiction just like the rest of the mad “tower of Babel” jibberish that goes around for shock/fact in the “echo chambers” of on-line jiggery pokery!

Mike Ellwood

7th December 2019 at 8:09 pm

It doesn’t sound like Johnson’s sort of language, to be honest.
Unless it was a Freudian slip.

Even if he did say it, it’s a storm in a teacup, although sadly typical for pre-election periods.

Paul Robson

7th December 2019 at 6:45 pm

Find the BBC version. On the C4 subtitled clip it is not clear what he’s saying. It could be either. On the BBC one it is clearer and it is obviously “Talent”.

NEIL DATSON

6th December 2019 at 8:58 pm

What is probably most disturbing about this incident is that the Channel 4 explanation – that the subtitle was due to somebody mishearing Johnson’s words – cannot be accepted at face value.

Obviously, anybody can make a mistake, and so let us allow that a journalist did hear ‘talent’ as ‘colour’. He or she should surely have immediately reasoned that ‘people of colour’ was such an improbable thing for Johnson to say that it needed to be checked; and extremely carefully. Which was obviously not done, such was the enthusiasm to broadcast.

Given the Channel 4’s editorial stance it is at least possible that what actually happened was that somebody made a deliberate attempt to smear Johnson. For that senior management should be held responsible

Jeremy Bonington-Jagworth

8th December 2019 at 7:25 pm

It’s not just Channel 4’s editorial stance.

When the head of Channel 4 “News”, Dorothy Byrne, has publicly branded Boris Johnson a ‘known liar’ and likened him to Putin it’s hardly surprising he declines their invitation to THEIR “debates”.

And as Chanel 4’s opinion of Farage is far lower you can hardly blame him for being a no-show.

Apart from that, why would anyone want to join in the schoolyard squabbles of these TV “debates”, which only show up the “debaters”?!

Michael Lynch

6th December 2019 at 8:24 pm

Are Danny Rees and Jonnie Henley a double act?

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 10:05 pm

It’s terrible. Why on Earth are people with dissenting opinions allowed to post on Spiked? This must be stopped immediately!

H McLean

7th December 2019 at 2:20 am

NPC clones.

Jonnie Henly

7th December 2019 at 4:49 pm

It’s ironic how some people’s default response to anyone disagreeing with them is to repeat “NPC” over and over…..like some automated drone…

Jerry Owen

7th December 2019 at 9:50 am

Danny Rees and Little Jonnie are one and the same.
Neither have any useful input and both disappear once they are questioned with any scrutiny.

Jonnie Henly

7th December 2019 at 4:42 pm

Jerry of course can always be counted on to provide meaningless responses when someone writes comments he disapproves of. When he speaks of “useful input” he means “input that agrees with my worldview”. And of course, Jerry is projecting when he speaks of disappearing when scrutinised.

Jonnie Henly

7th December 2019 at 4:50 pm

Hey Jerry, if you’re not too busy with your grocery store, could you point out any occasion when I’ve disappeared from scrutiny?

I’ll happily set the record straight for you. Wouldn’t want to leave Jerry without an answer, he gets all upset.

Jerry Owen

9th December 2019 at 8:56 am

Little Jonnie
I will ask you for the fifth time .
I informed you that I run two businesses about a month ago (you have disappeared since) , you responded by saying that it confirmed your view that I was narrow minded. How so ?

Jerry Owen

9th December 2019 at 12:28 pm

Little Jonnie
I do not run a grocery store, why have you got that fixation in your little head?
Further even if I did what is wrong with running a grocery store?
Pray do tell ?

Jonnie Henly

9th December 2019 at 8:02 pm

Oh no Jerry, its not you running businesses that confirms you’re narrow minded, it’s your multitude of narrow minded comments on here that do so.

You’re comments are consistent with a narrow minded person who’s never ventured more than 5 miles from where they were born.

Hence your incessant sneering at anyone seeking to better themselves by undergoing a university education.

David Webb

6th December 2019 at 7:58 pm

The question is whether we want rival identity groups to set up in our country. I mean, the Tibetans don’t want more Chinese streaming in. We will lose the entire country if we carry on the way we’re going, and even more quickly if we follow Spiked’s advice.

Mark Collings

6th December 2019 at 5:44 pm

Boris bashing! Hysteria! There’s quite a lot of hysteria here and the cliches are never avoided. Spiked is now somewhere in between Living Marxism, Viz and The Daily Express. I used to know Brendan when he was sharp. Now, not only are they the poor relation of the Farage clan – who have humiliated various members of old – but even the words are downgraded to the base. What happened, Brendan? When and why did you become a patsy for the public school mob?

christopher barnard

6th December 2019 at 5:39 pm

For many of the middle class left in their petty positions of authority in the pubic sector an accusation of racism, sexism etc is enough to guarantee silence and obedience from others.

Many of them are too insular and dim to realise this strategy doesn’t work in the wider world and that debating skills are required.

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 7:34 pm

It’s also true that in the wider world you can’t simply shut your opponents up by repeating lazy “middle class left” stereotypes.

Neil McCaughan

6th December 2019 at 8:16 pm

True. Some will keep clucking, even though they never have anything to say.

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 10:03 pm

Indeed Neil, thanks for giving us all such a perfect example.

Jerry Owen

7th December 2019 at 9:52 am

So little Jonnie what is your opinion on this misrepresentation of what Boris didn’t say?

Jonnie Henly

7th December 2019 at 4:47 pm

Well Jerry, I’d say it’s a rather needless sideshow which is largely irrelevant from the issues at hand.

Kind of like the whole fiasco over Corbyn pronouncing Jeffrey Epstein’s name the “wrong way”.

Does it bother you Jerry? Do you have anything to say Jerry?

Probably not.

Jerry Owen

9th December 2019 at 12:25 pm

Little Jonnie
How is your imaginary friend Danny Rees ?

Jonnie Henly

9th December 2019 at 7:59 pm

Jerry, I don’t have an imaginary friend called Danny Rees, why have you got that fixation in your little head?

Pray do tell?

James Knight

6th December 2019 at 4:28 pm

This post-fact, post-truth phenomena also explains Global Warming cultist. They see exactly what they want to see.

M Blando

8th December 2019 at 5:35 pm

You know, yours is the *the* comment for me, as I read so much of the ‘stuff’ posted here and elsewhere. It’s difficult to equate any of it with sensible human beings. There appears to be little logical thought involved, minimal observation and zero deduction. Is the internet revealling the surrealism inside peoples heads; how completely detached from reality people generally are? I sinscerely hope it’s simply the audiance for the channel. I expect too much of online personas.

So I look to myself – I’m here too afterall – and ask: how do I know I’m not in the same Nemo pod? I hope it’s the Pareto Principle of 80/20 and I hope I’m in the 20. I often feel like an observer.

My fear is genuine for our future… we seem incapable of grasping reality any longer – having reached the top of The Hierarchy of Needs? We have also lost the ability to debate it appears and in that there was some hope. *This* is where evolution has brought us to? Like Eloi we await the Morlocks… HGWells was indeed a visionary man.

Ven Oods

6th December 2019 at 4:25 pm

Regarding who said/wrote what and when, there’s a hugely amusing video clip that I followed from the Guido Fawkes site.
In it, a young feller goes out to ask some placard-carrying Corbynistas what they think of a bunch of quotations (including anti-Semitic examples) that he attributes to Boris, and asks ‘is this person fit to hold office?’ When they’ve all agreed that he shouldn’t, the interviewer tells them the quotations were all from Jezza. Some are nonplussed, some squirm a bit, and some resort to making anti-Semitic comments (one while holding a placard condemning racism).
I’m just glad I wasn’t eating or drinking when I watched it.

https://www.facebook.com/israeladvocacymovement/videos/739016943262028/

Willie Penwright

7th December 2019 at 2:42 pm

I watched that clip and dinn’t hear what you heard. I think you are stretching truth to fit your agenda.

Danny Rees

6th December 2019 at 3:42 pm

To sum up.

.Brendan is deflecting away from Tory racism by pointing to Labour antisemitism.

.Brendan is saying “it’s not the Tories who are the racist it’s Labour.

.Tory racism is just fabricated and invented by leftists who see racism everywhere where it does not exist but Labour racism is real and is ignored by leftists who either don’t care about it or facilitate it.

James Knight

6th December 2019 at 4:10 pm

There is a big blind spot for racism on the left while they constantly proclaim the moral high ground and superiority. That is the whole shtick of Corbyn the “nice Grandpa” and the people who say he is “decent”.

Corbyn famously signed a motion in 2003 which said “. humans represent the most obscene, perverted, cruel, uncivilised and lethal species ever to inhabit the planet and looks forward to the day when the inevitable asteroid slams into the earth and wipes them out thus giving nature the opportunity to start again”

If that is not an “agenda of hate”, I don’t know what is. The fact it is equal opportunity hatred is hardly a mitigation.

Danny Rees

6th December 2019 at 4:41 pm

That’s not racism. That’s anti humanism and misanthropy.

Neil McCaughan

6th December 2019 at 8:18 pm

Danny says that racism is fine when Labour does it.
Thanks for clarifying that for us, Danny.

Major Bonkers

6th December 2019 at 9:13 pm

Jerry Owen

7th December 2019 at 9:54 am

So Danny Rees / Little Jonnie what do you think about the misrepresentation of what Boris didn’t say?

In Negative

7th December 2019 at 10:29 am

@Neil
I think what Danny was suggesting is that Brendan cares far more about rebranding Labour the party of racism than he does racism itself. I think Danny feels that Brendan cares about the political image-making business slightly more than he does the truth.

I’m not close enough to Labour personally to know how true it is that antisemitism is an existential problem for the Jewish community. I don’t have much of an eye for anti-semitism neither. Seems to me like you need to take some kind of course in it before you can speak about Israel publically.

I reckon most of what gets visualised as antisemitism on the Left is mis-speaking and ignorance more than it is genuine racism. The right are just exploiting that. I don’t think most of those that criticise the antisemitism of the left care much about the Jews one way or the other. Mostly feels like a pass time of professionalised right-wing parrots.

I worry as much about the drubbing of Lefty mis-speaking “racists” as I do the political homelessness of those guys that were represented by Alf Garnett in In Sickness and in Health. Legitimate angers coming out without eloquence or schooling finding themselves politically excluded.

But hey hum, politics eh? What can you do?

Jim Lawrie

6th December 2019 at 3:33 pm

” … the leaking yesterday of the Jewish Labour Movement’s devastating submission to the EHRC’s investigation … ” One thousand allegations do not equal a shred of evidence. That is why they leaked their accusations, in the hope that sympathisers would oblige with biased embellishment such as “devastating”. The very thing you criticise in this article.
Nameless allegations against anonymous people not subject to any challenge whatsoever.

Then, Mr O, emboldened by your own bellow, you ladle on more invective “the now systemic hatred for Jewish people in sections of the Labour Party.” When did you decide that is was “now systemic”? Can you show us the evidence for your conclusion? Name these anti-Semites?

It is jarring to see such non sequitur innuendo piggy backed onto an article about fake news.

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 3:22 pm

“They have no idea how ridiculous they sound to normal people.”

Hmmm, pot/kettle springs to mind here Brendan.

How’s your revolt against the tyranny of Love Actually coming along?

Neil McCaughan

6th December 2019 at 8:21 pm

Considering you have nothing to say, you do seem to post a lot. I suppose that clucking is another demonstration of nominative determinism.

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 10:01 pm

“Considering you have nothing to say, you do seem to post a lot.”

Pot…kettle situation again. Are you Brendan in disguise?

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 3:14 pm

“while encouraging us to ignore the now systemic hatred for Jewish people in sections of the Labour Party.”

Kind if like how Brendan has been dismissive of any reports of widespread Islamopohbia in the Tory party. He wants to ignore it all. If possible, he’ll try and dismiss any such evidence as being part of the “anti Boris” conspiracy from the “woke brigade” blah blah blah.

And yet he preaches about ignoring racism….more hypocrisy.

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 3:11 pm

“while encouraging us to ignore the now systemic hatred for Jewish people in sections of the Labour Party.”

Oh god, Brendan’s hypocrisy gets worse. “Systemic hatred” is such a blatant lie, and of course it enables him to portray all Labour voters and supporters as being a bit racist themselves…..They very same attitude that he slams the “woke brigade” for having towards Tort voters.

“Phoney anti racism is elitist and wrong……except when it comes from people I agree with”

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 3:05 pm

“They dredge up every old daft article Boris has written,”

That’s hilariously ironic given the right’s main arguments against Corbyn consist of screeching about him having meet with “terrorist/ radical/ xyz So and so” 30 years ago.

eli Bastenbury

6th December 2019 at 3:40 pm

It’s not 30 years ago that Mr C met with terrorists and called them his friends.

Ven Oods

6th December 2019 at 4:08 pm

“the right’s main arguments against Corbyn consist of …”

I rather thought the point was that Jezza seemed to stick to his principles for several decades (until just recently, in fact) whereas most people seem to have concluded that BoJo doesn’t have any to which to stick. When BJ wrote all that stuff, he was forging a journalistic persona for himself, rather than stating any deep thoughts.
Of the two, JC’s invertebrate wavering seems the more disappointing.

Danny Rees

6th December 2019 at 4:42 pm

LOL like Brendan dragged up Corbyn signing a motion against a Progidy song

Jerry Owen

7th December 2019 at 11:57 am

Little Jonnie
‘Screeching’ … Don’t be such a hysterical little child.

Jonnie Henly

7th December 2019 at 4:44 pm

Screeching is a perfectly apt description for the tone of most Corbyn bashing.
Including many of your comments. No wonder you object to me using the word.

Jeremy Bonington-Jagworth

8th December 2019 at 6:56 pm

The left dredge up out of context “quotes” from satirical parliamentary sketch type columns (which are hyperbolic lampooning verbal cartoons) by Boris!

Which is completely different from providing evidence that Jezza has been a terrorism supporter enabler and apologist for decades!!!

Jonnie Henly

9th December 2019 at 7:57 pm

Maybe, but the right has provided no such evidence.
And whilst they screetch about Corbyn having tea with someone, they overlook Boris’ support for Saudi Arabia, and hence his enabling of terrorism.

We all know of course that the “it was satire” defence would not wash if Corbyn had made those comments.

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 3:03 pm

“it views voters and tabloid newspaper-readers and old people as the dim imbibers of hatred and stupidity”

Hmm, that sounds exactly like what Boris himself thinks of working class people. But Brrendan doesn’t want to talk about that.

We all know, of course, that if a left leaning politician had wrote such a thing, no matter how long ago, Brendan would’ve written at least 3 articles condemning such comments as proof of the left’s disdain for ordinary people.

But of course, Brendan is a hypocrite, so when it comes to Boris we get radio silence.

Danny Rees

6th December 2019 at 3:47 pm

Of course Brendan has overlooked Boris’ comments about working class people because it does not fit into his “muh leftists hate muh working classes” narrative.

James Knight

6th December 2019 at 4:02 pm

Policy is more important than tone or language. It is more important that Johnson said women have the right to wear “letter boxes” than he used the word “letter box”.

And Johnson is at least making an effort to respect what millions of working class people vote for.

Corbyn is spitting at them in the face.

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 4:36 pm

“Policy is more important than tone or language.”

Indeed. Someone really should tell Brendan this.

Jonnie Henly

6th December 2019 at 7:31 pm

Brendan will size upon anything said by a left winger, and twist it out of all context, to try an further his “left hate the working class” narrative.
But when a leading right wing politician openly displays disdain for the working class….Brendan says nothing.

It perfectly sums up his hypocritical, empty, worthless worldview. But we should except nothing less from Brendan, as he’s a paid up member of the media class, with no job and no life besides writing meaningless punditry and sprouting meaningless platitudes on TV.

Chris Hilton

6th December 2019 at 8:35 pm

John le Carre made a decent comment on Brexit in his otherwise not very good latest novel:

“The British public is being marched over a cliff by a bunch of rich elitist carpet-baggers posing as men of the people.”

Jeremy Bonington-Jagworth

8th December 2019 at 6:48 pm

You do realise that Brendan O’Neill is a Communist and Spiked is the reincarnation of LM magazine?!

Which was the rebranding of Living Marxism!!!

nick hunt

9th December 2019 at 1:05 pm

And yet it’s hard to name a better UK critic of communism and leftist ideoology and insanity today. Maybe James Dellingpole of the Spectator and Brietbart London, who is often funnier

B Fullerton

6th December 2019 at 2:51 pm

Get woke… go broke (in the head)

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