Apparently my time will come when all the real Brits, the ones with bald or nearly bald heads and pink, gammony cheeks will rise up, their sweaty little heads glistening in the sunlight and hang me in the street. How gleefully they’ll chant as they winch me aloft and watch me writhing and choking for daring to disagree with them, the self-styled guardians of free speech who want to kill anyone who dares to say things they don’t want to hear. Snowflakes!
If you’re angry at the way working people have been treated by this callous government and its wealthy supporters – So am I. I hate how my society has been torn apart in the interests of corporate profit and the rich. If you want things to change for the better – so do I.
But if you want to scapegoat the innocent Muslims and immigrants who live around the corner just because the Gammon-wranglers, the bastard bankers, corrupt cabinet ministers and multinational company directors are out of your reach then I will oppose you and your stupid, shiny-headed, gammony hatred in every way that I can.
A little over a week ago the Brexit party came to my home town. I was lucky enough to watch them make fools of themselves on video. Of course, that video has been passed around quite a bit and is actually one of the most successful I’ve ever made, despite the rubbish camera work and impromptu interview questions.
All involved gave consent – they even consented on camera. Still they complained to YouTube and had the video taken down as a ‘breach of privacy’.
But the Brexit Party will not shut me up quite so easily. They gave their consent… it’s there for all to see and I kept my word, including honouring their request for me not to cut anything. They really should be careful what they wish for.
My response, as soon as I heard of the complaint was to move many of my videos to Vimeo and to begin this blog. Vimeo is less precious than YouTube so the chances are they won’t be able to get the video removed from there. I also made another video in which I interview the elderly victim of John Stanyer, one of the Brexiteers in question. He punched this elderly man unconscious during the referendum campaign in 2016. They won’t get that video removed either.
Last weekend the Brexit Party came to my hometown. It was a complete car crash. They made complete fools of themselves and I was lucky enough to capture the proceedings on video. Quite apart from being politically clueless, they even argued amongst themselves on camera before one spat the dummy and literally packed up the stall while the other refused to answer any more of my questions.
One of the interviewees, John Stanyer, the Brexit Party’s county-wide organiser, made a great show of his opposition to violence, including political violence. I was surprised to learn that during the referendum campaign, whilst manning a stall for UKIP, Stanyer had punched a 78 year old remainer unconscious.
Today I interviewed the victim and his wife, a lovely couple, both of whom have a degree of intelligence that would put Stanyer to shame. You can see the interview with Geoff and Jill below.
The Brexit party was in Workington, Cumbria this weekend. Sorry about the poor video quality. That’s what happens when you try to interview people and do everything yourself. Oh well.
The ‘Brexiteers’ amateurism was a joy to behold. The candidate could hardly get a word in because of his volunteer helper whose attempts at political discourse were simply laughable. When the candidate finally intervened they had a little spat on camera before the volunteer spat his dummy and packed up the stall in a fit of sulky pique more suited to a teenage girl who’s just been told she can’t have her ears pierced. And this was only lunchtime – I’m sure they’d planned to stay much longer.
Perhaps I scared them away. Five minutes later they’d vanished without trace. What they did say before they scarpered, especially the candidate was revealing though and it really should give us all reason to wonder just who these upstarts think they are.
How dare they risk our economy and the lives and peace of the people of Northern Ireland on a pipe dream of former glory and Empire? How dare they?
Some British citizens, those who hate Muslims and want to see them evicted from our shores try to justify their opinions by claiming that this is a Christian country. But is that really true? Even if the UK was a Christian country – those who shout so loudly about it hardly follow Christian doctrine themselves. The far right claim to Christianity is nothing but hypocrisy.
This week, for the first time in over 3 years I caught a glimpse of hope. This week I realised that there’s a chance that the rest of my life will not be lived against the backdrop of decades of economic disaster. This week gave me a reason to be optimistic again.
Nigel Farage really does know better than this. His assertions about the views of democratic socialists in Britain and of young people in particular is deceitful, patronising and really bloody obvious.
He’s using the most extreme arguments he can to demonise socialism whilst painting his beloved capitalism in a way that makes it almost unrecognisable.
The version of capitalism he describes has nothing at all to do with the unregulated, free-market system that he himself clearly longs for. He talks about using income tax to fund public services and yet ‘our Nige’ has gone on record calling for the dismantling of the NHS. He even tried to avoid paying tax himself by hiding his own money in a tax haven until he was found out and had to bring it all back to save face.
Farage’s hypocrisy is never more obvious than when he’s spewing forth such exaggerated lies as he does in this video.
I learned about my working class heritage from my grandfather. I’m part of a long line of working people. Their struggle for equality, universal suffrage, working peoples’ rights and the rest of those things we take for granted so easily cost many of them their lives.
We owe it to our predecessors not to allow the good things they fought for to disappear under a tidal wave of neoliberalism.