Registered On: April 2, 2014
As DM points out, this isn’t about shutting down discussion. Les would have it that anybody should be able to put forward any kind of view, no matter how outrageous, and have it met with calm and respect.
So, for example, let’s float the idea that black people aren’t disadvantaged or that the holocaust didn’t happen, or slavery wasn’t so bad. Let’s offer up for appraisal websites carrying the most disgusting far-right views on the pretext that they’re coming from a respectable, religious family man.
Les does this because he knows very well this is an effective way to press the buttons of the racists and nationalists and effectively rouse the rabble. It’s how Farage got started. Political populism at its worst.
Instead, let’s have a calm discussion about the way some come on here to manipulate social media and public opinion with multiple screen names, even though the usual pre-occupations of race, nationalism, immigration and religion carry the familiar fingerprints.
And let’s talk about how they use distractions – red herrings – to gain popularity and avoid addressing the real problems people face over health and social care, unemployment, housing, proper investment in the economy and society, and a real will to promote equality of opportunity.
Let’s talk too, about bringing back decent values in politics and government, like honesty, yes, remember that, HONESTY, instead of government which creates a climate in which many think it’s ok to be racist, a government which repeatedly breaks the law, lies to the public and is personally responsible for thousands of avoidable deaths.
Come on Les, try selling this with a straight face to the great bru-ish public instead of clinging to the carcass of Brexit, foreigners, immigration, Catholicism……..