Is British democracy dead ? Is it possible for a party such as For Britain , or indeed any non mainstream political party to succeed or even hope to succeed in Britain today ? In the last few weeks Anne Marie Waters has appealed for financial donations from members of The For Britain Movement to cover the cost of private security – this in the wake of violence and intimidation suffered by her supporters and others at the Lewisham East by – election hustings where a mob of Stand Up To Racism activists managed to close down the event. Is democracy even possible when elected politicians can no longer speak to their constituency and voters are abused and threatened by far left thugs while the police just stand back and let it happen ?
Just a few days ago For Britain members were escorted by Durham Constabulary – ” for their own protection ” – from a Durham Miners Gala event. Slandered by the press and psychically prevented by far left thugs from holding any form of public meeting it seems it is now simply impossible for For Britain to conduct any form of normal public political activity. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter sensor and even ban so-called ‘ far right ‘ opinion. Youtube demonetize anyone who is seen as favouring ‘alternative’ opinion or who questions the mainstream narrative or simple tell unwanted truths.. Is it possible , can any reasonable person claim that it is possible to engage in normal healthy political debate in a climate such as this ? And without open debate can anyone honestly claim that we are still living in a democratic society ?
I am an older man and a life long liberal who now finds himself living in a Orwellian nightmare – as I write this my radio is on in the background and they are talking about ‘populism’ and the threat of ‘ the far right ‘ here in Ireland and across Europe..- it is endless , this stream of propaganda and misinformation on the air waves. It is literally endless – not a single dissenting voice is to be heard , not a single counter argument or dissenting view is to be heard. And as the Irish ‘ ex journalist ‘ John Waters has stated in his Youtube lecture , Ireland And The End of Debate , it is no longer a matter of someone like you or I being simply wrong in our opinion but rather being seen as morally deficient for holding any such opinions in the first place. Indeed , the tone of moral superiority with which the media declaim their new gospel is reminiscent of some puritan past which has come back to haunt and mock us with its vicious intolerance.
Can any sane tolerant person call this democracy or liberalism ? But that is precisely what these people do claim. They talk of European social democratic liberal values which they claim they are defending against far right fascism and reaction. Trump , Le Pen , Widers , not to mention Anne Marie Waters , are dismissed as rabble- rousers and demagogues who feed off the bigotry and ignorance inherent in the working class and lower orders. Their contempt for the poor or less well-educated is total , undisguised and dangerous. Their heartless abandonment of women and children victims of Muslim rape gangs is spine chilling and terrifying.
Meanwhile , back in the real world , Anne Marie Waters is traveling the length and breath of Britain organising new branches of the For Britain Movement but these meeting must be kept secret – those interested notified by private email hours before the event lest the ever vigilant Stand Up To Racism/ Hope Not Hate get wind of it and intimidate any would- be attendees and shut it down .
And if democracy no longer exists , if it is simply no longer possible to pursue ones political ambitions in a peaceful democratic fashion is it time to consider a new strategy. This is not an academic question , it is a question that many are privately asking themselves …………and it is a reasonable question.