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This was an election of two illusions.

The first helped persuade much of the British public to vote last week for the very epitome of an Eton toff, a man who not only has shown utter contempt for most of those who voted for him but has spent a lifetime barely bothering to conceal that contempt. For him, politics is an ego-trip, a game in which others always pay the price and suffer, a job he is entitled to through birth and superior breeding.

The extent to which such illusions now dominate our political life was highlighted two days before the election with a jaw-dropping comment from a Grimsby fish market worker. He said he would vote Tory for the first time because “Boris seems like a normal working class guy.”

Johnson is precisely as working class, and “normal”, as the billionaire-owned Sun and the billionaire-owned Daily Mail. The Sun isn’t produced by a bunch of working-class lads down the pub having a laugh, nor is the Mail produced by conscientious middle managers keen to uphold “British values” and a sense of fair play and decency. Like the rest of the British media, these outlets are machines, owned by globe-spanning corporations that sell us the illusions – carefully packaged and marketed to our sectoral interest – needed to make sure nothing impedes the corporate world’s ability to make enormous profits at our, and the planet’s, expense.

The Sun, Mail, Telegraph, Guardian and BBC have all worked hard to create for themselves “personalities”. They brand themselves as different – as friends we the public might, or might not, choose to invite into our homes – so that they can win the largest share possible of the UK audience, capturing every section of the public as news consumers, while feeding us a distorted, fairytale version of reality that is optimal for business. They are no different to other corporations in that regard.

Media wot won it

British supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury, Lidl and Waitrose similarly brand themselves to appeal to different sections of the public. But all these supermarkets are driven by the same pathological need to make profits at all costs. If Sainsbury’s sells fair trade tea as well as traditionally produced tea, it is not because it cares more than Lidl about the treatment of workers and damage to the environment but because it knows its section of consumers care more about such issues. And as long as it makes the same profits on good and bad tea, why should it not cater to its share of the market in the name of choice and freedom?

The media are different from supermarkets in one way, however. They are not driven simply by profit. In fact, many media outlets struggle to make money. They are better seen as the loss-leader promotion in a supermarket, or as a business write-off against tax.

The media’s job is to serve as the propaganda arm of big business. Even if the Sun makes an economic loss, it has succeeded if it gets the business candidate elected, the candidate who will keep corporation tax, capital gains tax and all the other taxes that affect corporate profits as low as possible without stoking a popular insurrection.

The media are there to support the candidate or candidates who agree to sell off more and more public services for short-term profit, allowing the corporate vultures to pick hungrily at their carcasses. The media’s job is to back the candidate who will prioritise the corporations’ interests over the public’s, quick profits over the future of the NHS, the self-destructive logic of capitalism over the idea – socialist or not – of a public realm, of the common good. The corporations behind the Sun or the Guardian can afford to make a loss as long as their other business interests are prospering.

It’s not the Sun wot won it, it’s the entire corporate media industry.

BBC’s role exposed

The real revelation of this election, however, has been the BBC, the most well concealed of all those illusion-generating machines. The BBC is a state broadcaster that has long used its entertainment division – from costume dramas to wildlife documentaries – to charm us and ensure the vast majority of the public are only too happy to invite it into their homes. The BBC’s lack of adverts, the apparent absence of a grubby, commercial imperative, has been important in persuading us of the myth that the British Broadcasting Corporation is driven by a higher purpose, that it is a national treasure, that it is on our side.

But the BBC always was the propaganda arm of the state, of the British establishment. Once, briefly, in the more politically divided times of my youth, the state’s interests were contested. There were intermittent Labour governments trying to represent workers’ interests and powerful trade unions that the British establishment dared not alienate too strongly. Then, countervailing popular interests could not be discounted entirely. The BBC did its best to look as if it was being even-handed, even if it wasn’t really. It played by the rules for fear of the backlash if it did not.

All that has changed, as this election exposed more starkly than ever before.

The reality is that the corporate class – the 0.001% – has been in control of our political life uninterrupted for 40 years. As in the United States, the corporations captured our political and economic systems so successfully that for most of that time we ended up with a choice between two parties of capital: the Conservative party and New Labour.

Hollowed-out society

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The corporations used that unbroken rule to shore up their power. Public utilities were sold off, the building societies became corporate banks, the financial industries were deregulated to make profit the only measure of value, and the NHS was slowly cannibalised. The BBC too was affected. Successive governments more openly threatened its income from the licence fee. Union representation, as elsewhere, was eroded and layoffs became much easier as new technology was introduced. The BBC’s managers were drawn ever more narrowly from the world of big business. And its news editors were increasingly interchangeable with the news editors of the billionaire-owned print media.

To take one of many current examples, Sarah Sands, editor of the key Radio 4 Today programme, spent her earlier career at the Boris Johnson-cheerleading Mail and Telegraph newspapers.

In this election, the BBC cast off its public-service skin to reveal the corporate Terminator-style automaton below. It was shocking to behold even for a veteran media critic like myself. This restyled BBC, carefully constructed over the past four decades, shows how the patrician British establishment of my youth – bad as it was – has gone.

Now the BBC is a mirror of what our hollowed-out society looks like. It is no longer there to hold together British society, to forge shared values, to find common ground between the business community and the trade unions, to create a sense – even if falsely – of mutual interest between the rich and the workers. No, it is there to ringfence turbo-charged neoliberal capitalism, it is there to cannibalise what’s left of British society, and ultimately, as we may soon find out, it is there to generate civil war.

Shrunken moral horizons

The second illusion was held by the left. We clung to a dream, like a life-raft, that we still had a public space; that, however awful our electoral system was, however biased the red-tops were, we lived in a democracy where real, meaningful change was still possible; that the system wasn’t rigged to stop someone like Jeremy Corbyn from ever reaching power.

That illusion rested on a lot of false assumptions. That the BBC was still the institution of our youth, that it would play reasonably fair when it came to election time, giving Corbyn a level playing field with Johnson for the final few weeks of the campaign. That social media – despite the relentless efforts of these new media corporations to skew their algorithms to trap us in our own little echo chambers – would act as a counterweight to the traditional media.

But most importantly, we turned a blind eye to the social changes that 40 years of an unchallenged corporate-sponsored Thatcherism had wreaked on our imaginations, on our ideological lives, on our capacity for compassion.

As public institutions were broken apart and sold off, the public realm shrank dramatically, as did our moral horizons. We stopped caring about a society that Margaret Thatcher had told us didn’t exist anyway.

Large sections of the older generations profited from the sell-off of the public realm, and policies that flagrantly disregarded the planet’s future. They were persuaded that this model of short-term profit, of slash-and-burn economics from which they had personally benefited, was not only sustainable but that it was the only possible, the only good model.

The younger generations have never known any other reality. The profit motive, instant gratification, consumer indulgence are the only yardsticks they have ever been offered to measure value. A growing number have started to understand this is a sick ideology, that we live in an insane, deeply corrupted society, but they struggle to imagine another world, one they have no experience of.

How can they contemplate what the working class achieved decades ago – how a much poorer society created medical care for all, an NHS that our current one is a pale shadow of – when that history, that story of struggle is rarely told, and when it is it is told only through the distorting prism of the billionaire-owned media?

A rigged political system

We on the left didn’t lose this election. We lost our last illusions. The system is rigged – as it always has been – to benefit those in power. It will never willingly allow a real socialist, or any politician deeply committed to the health of society and the planet, to take power away from the corporate class. That, after all, is the very definition of power. That is what the corporate media is there to uphold.

This is not about being a bad loser, or a case of sour grapes.

In the extraordinary circumstances that Corbyn had overcome all these institutional obstacles, all the smears, and won last night, I was planning to write a different post today – and it would not have been celebratory. It would not have gloated, as Johnson’s supporters and Corbyn’s opponents in the Conservative party, large sections of the Labour parliamentary party, and the rightwing and liberal media are doing now.

No, I’d have been warning that the real battle for power was only just beginning. That however bad the past four years had been, we had seen nothing yet. That those generals who threatened a mutiny as soon as Corbyn was elected Labour leader were still there in the shadows. That the media would not give up on their disinformation, they would intensify it. That the security services that have been trying to portray Corbyn as a Russian spy would move from insinuation into more explicit action.

Future on our side

Nonetheless, we have the future on our side, dark as it may be. The planet isn’t going to heal itself with Johnson, Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro in charge. It’s going to get a lot sicker, a lot quicker. Our economy isn’t going to become more productive, or more stable, after Brexit. Britain’s economic fate is going to be tied even more tightly to the United States’, as resources run out and environmental and climate catastrophes (storms, rising seas levels, flooding, droughts, crop failures, energy shortages) mount. The contradictions between endless growth and a planet with finite resources will become even starker, the crashes of 2008 more familiar.

The corporate party Johnson’s victory has unleashed is going to lead, sooner or later, to a truly terrifying hangover.

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The likelihood is that the Blairites will exploit this defeat to drag Labour back to being a party of neoliberal capital. We will once again be offered a “choice” between the blue and the red Tory parties. If they succeed, Labour’s mass membership will desert the party, and it will become once again an irrelevance, a hollow shell of a workers’ party, as empty ideologically and spiritually as it was until Corbyn sought to reinvent it.

It may be a good thing if this coup happens quickly rather than being dragged out over years, keeping us trapped longer in the illusion that we can fix the system using the tools the corporate class offers us.

We must head to the streets – as we have done before with Occupy, with Extinction Rebellion, with the schools strikes – to reclaim the public space, to reinvent and rediscover it. Society didn’t cease to exist. It wasn’t snuffed out by Thatcher. We just forgot what it looked like, that we are human, not machines. We forgot that we are all part of society, that we are precisely what it is.

Now is the time to put away childish things, and take the future back into our hands.

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His books include “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is www.jonathan-cook.net.

 
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  1. No, man, they’re really good at coming up with illusions.

  2. neutral says:

    This was an election where Brexit was the main issue that most people voted on. Corbyn messed it up because his party was full of remainers and a large number of his traditional voting base were not.

  3. Doom says:

    People just had to read the Labour manifesto to realize that ANY alternative is better than Corbyn.

    • Replies: @Xabir
  4. G. Poulin says:

    Did I miss it, or did the author completely forget to mention immigration?

  5. Muggles says:

    While Mr. Cook’s column smacks of utter cynicism, always a bad sign no matter from where, it is almost impossible for an American to understand the subtleties of UK politics. Especially of the “left” variety. Corbyn seems to have gone full neo commie. In this day and age that means Identity Marxism. Of course Marx in this context is just another old dead Jew who had bad ideas. But some of those bad ideas are still percolating as envy. The rest of the Left is all about what you look like.

    As in the US, “workers” are mostly ignored by new Labour and the American Democrats. And the “mainstream news media” merely parrots what their owners wish to read, not actual discomforting news. So sad when their touted favorites lose badly. Hillary still blames Russians. So sad.

    Well, such a political massacre has cleansing properties. So not all is lost. Boris & Co. will rock the UK boat ever more Trumpian than before. Horrors to the UK elites and EU wise men. But Macron across the Channel has his own taste of this. With change may come new insights. Alas the Old Left ain’t what it used to be, or pretended to be. In the US it is nearly extinct. Free speech? Ha! Well, keep on complaining and cursing. Self righteousness never won an election. And Labour might just learn something from those fishmongers whose ideas aren’t polluted by Bad Ideas, old or new.

  6. Tusk says:

    Why talk as if the working class was exploited into making this decision? Left Parties always talk about representing the working class but the moment they try to get what they want, realpolitik instead of just platitudes and idealism, the Left wants to remove the working class that stood in their way to ‘progress’. For Parties that ‘represent’ the working class, why do they shy away from suppoting them? It was clear that native British people did not want to be in the European Union, a large portion of these being working class who lost out economically from depressed wages, and yet Labour didn’t want to give them what they wanted. Even IF Labour provided Brexit Corbyn and his manifesto still promised the free movement of people. Perfect, get rid of the Polish plumbers the working class are afraid of and instead replace them with the soon to be billions of Africans, Chinese and Indians. How does this make any sense?

    Cook writes:

    The system is rigged – as it always has been – to benefit those in power

    Just like the many Twitter talking heads it is instant betrayal of the base. The election was settled the way it was because people voted to what they thought was the greatest benefit to them. More people thought Tories were going to provide a bigger benefit than Labour. But the Left don’t care what you vote for or what you want, they want you to follow their ideals because they know better than you. You’re upset about neoliberalism depressing wages and increasing real estate costs? That’s okay just open the borders and become socialist and everything will be fixed! Workers of the World Unite! At this point it is clear that upholding left ideals is more important than upholding the will of the people.

    And now I’ll just quote some tweets from Labour voters to demonstrate how quickly they turn on the working class when they no longer serve them as cattle for political power:

    @Tiredof97916054: White POOR people voting Tories?!?! Why are they SOOOOO stupid?!?!
    @Tiredof97916054: You know what?!?! FUCK poor white people! Fuck youuuuuu! It’s YOU that are constantly in and out on hospital because you are on drugs, live on baked beans, no job. Na your own! I’m done with their stupidity!!!

    @yourmatejez: Britain confirming what many knew. Country full of silent racists. Just like Australia, just like the US, you elected a party that thrives on publicly discriminating lower classes and non whites. So many countries taking masssive backward steps in the last 4 years.

    Why would voters in traditionally strong Labour areas vote for a party that publicly discriminates against them? They either have something they want or Labour has something they dislike. Big lesson here for people to understand.

    Hannah ‘Vote Labour’ Louise: When are we going to go back to assassinating state leaders?

    Funny. Labour voting socialist millenials think that executing democratically elected leaders is good when it goes against what they wanted, perhaps shared by Cook who writes “We must head to the streets – as we have done before with Occupy, with Extinction Rebellion, with the schools strikes – to reclaim the public space, to reinvent and rediscover it.” Despite the people deciding on something via election it is time to get out in public and cause a ruckus so they listen to us! We lost but we are going to kick and scream until you placate us!

    • Agree: TKK, Digital Samizdat
  7. El Dato says:

    Okay. So the Deplorable Workington Man has been had AGAIN by brainless toff (well … yeah), and the young ones are confused by the capitalistic society.

    Well, Antifa, Queer Resistance and the Anti-Islamophobia marchers were protesting in London as soon as results were announced. These people must know what’s up. They are the future!

    We must head to the streets – as we have done before with Occupy, with Extinction Rebellion, with the schools strikes – to reclaim the public space, to reinvent and rediscover it.

    So who’s going to do that?

    The above groups are not mentioned, but the ones which are named are not better:

    1) Occupy – Didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t have a plan. Couldn’t deal with managed counter-resistance and the riffraff in their own ranks.

    2) Extinction Rebellion – nobody likes these crazed people giving everyone a hard time. Blocking public transports, will you?

    3) Schools strikes – stupid, what’s that supposed to achieve anyway? Better go to the library and start reading. And I don’t mean Harry Potter or some Mao’s biography.

    There is also Black Lives Matter, which have an antenna in the UK for some weird reason and make a nuisance of themselves invading airport tarmacs because Global Warming is racist.

    Okay. Let’s get to the Anti-Capitalistic Mentality …

    British supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury, Lidl and Waitrose similarly brand themselves to appeal to different sections of the public. But all these supermarkets are driven by the same pathological need to make profits at all costs.

    Well, the “profit motive” is not “pathological”. Profit actually allows one to go out and build new things. Without, everybody would be sitting in a wooden hut, waiting for the veggie salesman’s cart to maybe come today.

    Obligatory mention from a better world: the NHS from yesteryear.
    Obligatory mention of the destroyer of society and everything good: Thatcher.

    So how golden was everything back when the NHS was not clogged, back when there was still shipbuilding on the Clyde and UK engineers were actually still able to build nuclear reactors (which sometimes blew up though)?

    Again:

    We must head to the streets to reclaim the public space, to reinvent and rediscover it. Society didn’t cease to exist. It wasn’t snuffed out by Thatcher. We just forgot what it looked like, that we are human, not machines. We forgot that we are all part of society, that we are precisely what it is. Now is the time to put away childish things, and take the future back into our hands.

    Heartfelt appeal but

    a) So what’s the plan except, you know, blaring into bullhorns and possibly being instrumented by the meedja some more
    b) Who is that we here? This is not a meeting of the local union for concerned white doctors.

    Today’s society is very atomized. Not only along political lines, as well as class lines but also along ethnic lines, a problem that didn’t exists not that long ago. It is also under Orwellian management, as is correctly noted, but not only through media and their Deep State contacts but also through law, NGO and QUANGO.

    There is no “we” there. In fact, the “we” is being actively rubbed out.

    I could see a bit of Italian-style fascism with head bashing breaking out if things get a bit more dicey (and they will!), otherwise there will only be string of aimless 2011 riots that need to be quashed, over and over, as things circle the drain. Also, population dieback.

    I’m not in favor of that, a liberal society with light forays into social democracy sounds good, but that’s unlikely to be a reachable goal in the long run.

    Related: The Real Class War (in the US)

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Miro23
    , @Curmudgeon
  8. El Dato says:
    @G. Poulin

    It’s the man behind the curtain.

  9. I think you have to be highly educated to want England to be a stabby Islamic country ruled from Brussels. Isn’t that what the so called left wants? Isn’t that what the global Capitalists want? If the Brits can escape the E.U. maybe they can then take back London. I wish them well.

    I have been a lefty all my life. And an anti-imperialist. Now I am a Deplorable. A Nationalist. Because now the American left is twisted and evil. I don’t want to see my country succumb to Totalitarianism. Maybe Johnson is an upper class twit. Maybe Trump is a short fingered vulgarian. Yet the former is a Brit and the later is an American. Like me.

    • Agree: davidgmillsatty, Sasha, TKK
    • Replies: @Spanky
  10. TG says:

    I agree with a lot of this, especially that the media is a circus designed to distract us from what’s really going on and protect the elites.

    But. Corbyn was not on the side of the workers either. The single biggest thing affecting wages and profits, is supply and demand. The single most powerful factor driving wages down and rents and profits up, is the government’s policy of forcing population growth every upwards. (Oh, and this forced population growth can and will cancel out all ‘conversation’ efforts, planet be damed when cheap labor is at stake!).

    When ‘leftists’ like Corbyn ally with the oligarchy in pushing a cheap-labor population policy that ultimately leads to the kind of poverty we see in Pakistan and Bangladesh, they are not the hope of the working class, they are just another flavor of enemy.

  11. It’s always interesting to me when Americans mention the British people being inclined towards communism, as is so often the case. The level of corporate welfare in the US is truly eye-watering while an actual prison-gulag system worthy of the former USSR functions for profit right under their noses.

  12. Sasha says:

    I hear George Galloway’s started a new Party (Worker’s Party of Britain), and it’s what Labour used to be at one time. George despises identity politics and equally despises NATO, so I love it already. But I’m Canadian so am only able to offer best wishes. It’s the only venue for those who are sick of the promotion of sexual deviancy, feminism, regime-change, the worship of migrants and black “culture”, and all the other sickness that the other parties trip over themselves to pay homage to.

    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat
    , @sb
  13. MBlanc46 says:

    Couldn’t have been the Brexit that the British people voted for. Oh, no. Couldn’t have been the resurrected Labour policies of the 1970s. Oh, no. It was the EVIL MEDIA!!!

    • Agree: Anatman
    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Poco
  14. Miro23 says:
    @El Dato

    Today’s society is very atomized. Not only along political lines, as well as class lines but also along ethnic lines, a problem that didn’t exists not that long ago. It is also under Orwellian management, as is correctly noted, but not only through media and their Deep State contacts but also through law, NGO and QUANGO.

    In other words, society’s ability to unify is minimal, and it can offer no resistance – which is the elite aim. Totalitarianism specializes in rooting out/destroying any sign of dissent.

    All good for the elite, but they still preside over failed societies – and failed societies get weaker until they collapse. For instance SJW/Zio-Glob Western society is competing against China, and it’s no secret which society is winning. Continue the process long enough and the West goes down the tubes (there are various ways this can happen – for example economic collapse or defeat in war).

  15. Stogumber says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    Well, the British people are not so much inclined towards economical “communism”. But they are definitely inclined towards Bolshevism. Britain is the only country I know where the government has a central register of “racists” and where even five year old kids are listed in this register – and where the greater part of the population thinks that this is a normal state of affairs.

    Orwell understood that the middle classes in Britain would be perfect subjects to a Bolshevist government. I’m not sure about the British proles: Orwell thought that they would remain happily unaffected, and indeed, if British proles are not revolutionary, they are not “politically correct” either. (Not even in the Jonathan-Cook-sense of “politically correct”!)

  16. At first I sympathized with Jonathan Cook’s outrage. As so often with the left, some of what he criticizes strikes home: the corporate news media plus the BBC have stomped on real discussion and debate. Corporations and their political puppets are enemies of a legitimately conceived public sector that should exist outside commerce.

    But. The supposed champions of “the people” (including the BBC) have a narrow view of who they support, and how. They may occasionally pay lip service to the working class but they propagandize for immigrants who drive down wages and drive up housing prices for the working class. The left hates British national traditions that still mean something to their supposed beneficiaries in the working class, hates the nuclear family, hates white people. It favors homosexuals and transsexuals over normal people. Aside perhaps from parliamentary politics, the left already rules: the government and private bureaucracy in charge of just about everything, in a country where the State is supreme, favors every minority, especially Muslims, over the working class.

    Cook’s cri de coeur rings hollow.

    • Agree: Tusk, Julian of Norwich
  17. Is my hazy impression accurate that certain people have a long and various history of acting as spoilers on the left dating back into the 19th century in England, France, Germany, Russia & elsewhere in Europe and in America in the 20th century? How come is that, I wonder?

  18. We live in a time of extremes and polarization, along with growing radicalization of left and right.

    It’s hard to hold to the center at this point.

    Tension builds all over the West; when it snaps, there will be temporary short-lived relief before the reality washes over the mess.

  19. Mr Cook has not a clue. Corbyn was not popular. His popularity rating was minus fifty per cent. To put that into context, that of Prince Andrew is minus sixty-nine per cent.

  20. Anon[515] • Disclaimer says:

    Labour tried to be remain and leave.

    Labour deserve it.

    Labour opened the flood gates to the rapists under Blair and Barbara Roche.

    Labour councillors covered up the mass rape of their base in Rotherham.

    Labour forced out the Labour MP who spoke out about the mass rape.

    Labour are the party of Muslims getting welfare and LGBTQ child grooming and mental illness, and trannie pronouns and infantilising and mind destroying anti speech laws.

    One half of Labour wanted to throw the other half of a tower being homosexual. How’s that supposed to work?

    Labour sold out their people to invading immigrants, and celebrated their replacement.

    The programs like NHS can’t withstand floods of brown welfare recipients and rapists with rickets and no net tax provision. Labour don’t get that their diversity creates a sickly and feeble population in the first place.

    And why no mention of Corbyns anti semitism? When they say establishment they mean Jews. Corbyn got framed as the next Hitler by Jews. Labour are totally cowed by it. They have no one who will speak truth.

    Labour trying to pretend everything is economic in a world of identity politics is another reason they got destroyed. It’s pathetic. Total idiots.

    When the Scots go independent Labour are finished. Good riddance.

    The Tories aren’t much better but they’re honestly better then Labour. Imagine a vision of a country that looks like a Polish shipyard full of Muslims raping and on welfare, mentally ill sexual perverts on welfare, and useless government bureaucrats thinking up new ways to infantilise and regulate the thoughts of the populace.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  21. On the one hand, the article is a good example of Far Left delusions, ignoring Brexit and immigration. Or the travesty of the Dead Parliament. It also shows zero understanding of Boris.

    On the other hand, yes the establishment media certainly was hostile to Corbyn. They want a Blair-type Globalist neo-liberal running things. They find Boris worryingly patriotic despite his liberalism on immigration; they fear he might actually do what he says he’ll do. But they hate Corbyn for stealing their party from them, and for depriving them of a real Globalist champion to back. Warmed-over Trotskyism doesn’t count.

    • Agree: fatmanscoop
  22. No, Brexit was the main issue. The reason Brexit was the main issue, was because half of the population wanted out of that bureaucracy.

    Corbyn, believing and needing Brexit, went against his beliefs. He created a difference in position between him and the Tories, and gave Labour voters reason to switch. He was between a rock and a hard place due to the Lib Dems, but going Brexit means Brexit would have killed the Brexit party, so he would have done better imo.

    In addition – he put forward a manifesto of a communistic bureaucracy – at a time when the British public is fed up with bureaucracy of any kind!

    He basically said – ‘we won’t try and free you from that bureaucracy, instead, here, have some more bureaucracy from us also!!’

    His heart is in the right place, but his head lacks an understanding of strategy, and is stuck in mid 20th century statist socialism.

    It is unfortunate that the masses see the anarcho side of socialism as ‘kids in black hoodies throwing molotovs’, because a denial of the wonderfulness of bureaucracy is really what the public wanted to see from the left, and those ideas are not completely absent on the left. They are just abscent from the left’s political class.

  23. Antares says:

    The election was won by Israel. That was the only thing that the election was about. It is a foreign power grab. Forget al those smartheads who KNOW what the elections were about. Only clowns and jokers believe that this will end mass-immigration and Make Britain Great Again. Not the EU but Israel is the root cause of mass-immigration including all those terrible wars. Boris Johnson is their man and it will only get worse.

    To them everything is minor compared to their interests. Why would they NOT lie about everything else if they don’t give a **** about it? Why would Israel care about the NHS, British wages, democrazy and culture?

    To them it is the most convenient thing to do: lie, befool and win. It works all the time. Nobody even knows whether the outcome was fair.

    Britain lost its last control and has become a colony. The have beaten a world power into a vassal state and the slaves are still celebrating their ‘earned victory’ over ‘a commie’.

    Do you want to know what the future looks like? Just look at those Palestinians where no one ever stood up for. Follow one week of Electronic Intifada or Aletho News and you will never think the same about Israel again.

    • LOL: TKK
    • Replies: @Walsh
  24. Anatman says:

    The only British politician still worth a damn would be Nigel Farage.

  25. @Sasha

    George despises identity politic …

    Strangely enough, he seems to love Islamic identity politics just fine.

  26. sb says:
    @Sasha

    Plenty of people say that Galloway is a Muslim

  27. “Corbyn’s Defeat Has Slain the Left’s Last Illusion”

    Would it were true.

    I have no doubt that a new and better illusion is in the works.

  28. Anonymous[576] • Disclaimer says:

    In a fiscal sense Britain is now the most right wing country in the Western world, socialism has more support even in the US than it does in Britain. Britain is now a de facto one party state, I can’t see Labour ever winning again. There is just zero support for any state intervention here in a fiscal sense, I suspect the NHS will be dismantled before long.

    However, in a social sense Britain is one of the most liberal countries. Boris was fully supportive of legalising gay marriage and in the past has declared himself as the most pro-immigration politician in Britain so his right wing politics are exclusively in a fiscal sense.

    • Replies: @Sultan Touma
  29. Xabir says:
    @neutral

    That does not make sense when you consider Boris was against Brexit in the beginning. He just jumped on the bandwagon when he realised how racist and stupid our population was.

    • Replies: @Anatman
    , @Flubber
  30. Xabir says:
    @Doom

    What exactly was so bad about it? Genuine question.

    • Troll: Anatman
  31. Extinction rebellion ???
    “Extinction Rebellion’s war on the working class “ spiked.online.com
    “is George Soros funding Extinction Rebellion ?” lotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress
    “The elite machine running the Greta Thunberg climate show “ sott.net :
    “Behind Greta Thunberg is a major machine , one that is controlled by major international actors and backed by major funds …Greta is merely a pawn . She is controlled by big money and powerful people to achieve a specific agenda …Greta Thunberg is programmed to make you very afraid while big business makes a killing off it “

  32. Biff says:
    @MBlanc46

    Couldn’t have been the Brexit that the British people voted for. Oh, no. Couldn’t have been the resurrected Labour policies of the 1970s. Oh, no. It was the EVIL MEDIA!!!

    EVIL MEDIA flying right over your head – both wings at that.

  33. Cook, like all of his leftist friends, is a fool and a traitor, his mind stuffed full of Marxist nonsense. Corbyn belongs in the Tower of London. There is nothing like seeing these self-righteous bastards handed their collective asses. I am well aware of the faults of the British Establishment but they pale beside the moral, intellectual, social, economic and political dung of the “Left”.

    • Agree: fatmanscoop, TKK, Anatman
  34. @Anon

    Trouble is there are perhaps not one but three Labours.

    Old Labour – the voters who voted Tory in Durham, Bolsover etc, patriotic, economically Left, culturally conservative. The people of whom the BNP once said “we are the Labour Party your grandparents voted for“. Archetype is Ernest Bevin or today maybe Frank Field. Couldn’t stomach Corbyn not because of Hamas but the IRA. Not a lot of Jewish influence.

    New Labour (Blair/Kinnock) – globalist, “Invade the world, invite the world, in hock to the world”, economically right, culturally far-left and happy with “radical urban perverts” as Ken Livingstone put it. Couldn’t stomach Corbyn because Hamas/Palestinian sympathy, not IRA. Big Jewish influence eg Lawrence Freedman’s ‘interventionist’ speech for Blair in April 1999, same guy then appointed to the Iraq War Inquiry.
    Archetype – Peter Mandelson, Teresa May (sic).

    Woke Labour – Corbynistas, young, economically very left, if it moves nationalise, culturally pretty far left as well. A fair amount of (more idealistic) Jewish influence, but few of them have writing gigs at the Times, Guardian or BBC.
    Archetype – Owen Jones.

    Woke Labour was hobbled by New Labour with the “second referendum” albatross, which along with the massive, unprecedented media campaign by the pro-Israel lobby and their many media supporters, including New Labour people, was enough to sink them. All of a sudden Labour types who’d like to see the Daily Mail shut down were happily feeding anti-Corbyn stories to them.

  35. Onebornfree says: • Website

    “Corbyn’s Defeat Has Slain the Left’s Last Illusion”

    No, it hasn’t.

    Nor has it slain the exact same illusion held by “the right” .

    Both ‘sides” share the exact same core illusion. To whit:

    governments can solve societies problems.

    Or to expand: a gang of crooks [“left”, “right”, or whatever], can improve societies.

    One of the main reasons that this illusion prevails is that most persons on either “side” have no understanding of the true, core, criminal nature of ALL governments everywhere:

    “Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt  criminal scams which cannot be “reformed”or “improved”,simply because of their innate criminal nature.”   onebornfree

    “Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class.”      Albert J. Nock

    “Everything government touches turns to crap” Ringo Starr

    “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic” H.L.Mencken

    “Government  is a disease masquerading as its own cure”  Robert LeFevere

    Regards,onebornfree

    • Replies: @ben sampson
  36. Anonymous[119] • Disclaimer says:

    Brexit seems to be mainly about getting the City of London and its financial institutions outside of the regulatory framework of the EU, so it can operate with minimal regulations. The City is basically the global HQ of world finance, it makes Wall Street look provincial.

  37. Poco says:
    @MBlanc46

    It was Rooskie invisible mind control rays.

  38. While the critique of capital has some value, ultimately this article is irritating. The British people live on a small island. They do not want to be part of a global Empire legitimized under the rationale that its rulers can stop the climate changing and can ‘end racism’. Leftist atheists are always trying to create hell on earth.

  39. Saggy says: • Website

    Cook gives a politically correct analysis of the problems besetting the UK, i.e. a Marxist analysis, is all about money, corporations, and the ‘elite’. Cook is the problem, not the solution. The first few paragraphs were great, though.

  40. The unsettling part of an opinion like this guy’s is the assumptions he makes. He assumes that the reader is, like him, certain that the great seas are a burbling stew of cancer meat only a toilet flush away from rolling over and emitting the final earth-straddling belch of terminal poison. He assumes that you agree that this state of affairs is solely the result of “Johnson, Trump and Bolsonaro’s” presence on the scene. He assumes your complete understanding that labor unionism is an expression of altruism with never a hint of materialistic selfishness or economic pie-carving. That its members and leaders are always and only concerned with the betterment of all persons, everywhere. And should you NOT share all of these assumptions (although how could that be? How could anyone of good faith not agree with these truths?) then you are a fascist, a corporate shill, a liar, a racist, a denier, a reader of unsound books and probably you support gun rights you heinous forest-denuding thought criminal. You have the temerity to vote as you see fit? Off to the gulag for you. In essence, the guy is mentally sick. He’s a zealot whose entire vision of life is fenced in by a set of dogmatic “truths” from which it is vile apostasy to dissent. I would pity him were he not so obviously a self-deluding fool.

    • Replies: @MojoRisin
  41. @Tsar Nicholas

    Corbyn’s popularity ratings are the result of manipulation.
    Mr. Cook seems to try explaining this manipulation.

    • Replies: @Tsar Nicholas
  42. Gast [AKA "Gast (wieder)"] says:

    This article is as insightful as an article can be which refuses to name the jews and postulates an elusive “corporate class” as rulers. All in all not very insightful. What I found funny is the suggestion by the author that somehow a coup d’etat must have taken place 40 years ago on that cursed island. Please give us details for our amusement. Britain has been ruled by the jews for a very long time and they really have created a monster and a not very fine population of arrogant hypocrites. No surprise that they can never tell the whole truth.

  43. The native Whites of Britain have the genes of slaves; the northmen under William the conqueror came first to be masters, followed by Huns whose blood runs in the veins of the present monarchy and now the new masters are the billionaire oligarchs of various origins… the only way to regain your dignity is to follow in the footsteps of that old puritan: Oliver Cromwell!

  44. @El Dato

    Well, the “profit motive” is not “pathological”. Profit actually allows one to go out and build new things. Without, everybody would be sitting in a wooden hut, waiting for the veggie salesman’s cart to maybe come today.

    Absolute bullshit. The “profit motive” to which Cook refers is the insane “shareholder value” that has taken hold over the last 40+ years, along with the ancient economy killer, usury. “Shareholder value” means cheap labour through immigration, high unemployment to suppress wages, while increasing housing costs, and subsidies to big businesses so they won’t offshore jobs to the lowest wage countries.
    The veggie salesman’s cart was better for the economy than Sainsbury etc. because the money stayed locally, not shipped off to a tax free haven. It’s a system that worked for a thousand years. It is the bankers and their friends who benefit from the current system, no one else.

  45. @TG

    Yonathan and Paddy Cockburn also don’t live around Pakistanis with their alien customs plus talking about immigration curbs is an ‘unpardonable sin’ in their Leftist Valhalla.

  46. @Muggles

    I’ll believe Boris making good on his promises when I see it. Somehow, when it comes to helping the people and turning around the abuses of the Establishment, politicians just never seem come through.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  47. @Curmudgeon

    “The “profit motive” to which Cook refers is the insane “shareholder value” that has taken hold over the last 40+ years …”

    Let’s call things what they really are. Share value is not profit. Profit is the difference between your cost to produce and sell an item, and the amount of money you receive when you sell it. What El Dato says about profit being necessary to any economy holds true: without the chance to make a profit, why would anybody take the trouble to produce anything to sell? There would be no market, and so people would each be scratching out a meager, bare existence of hand to mouth.

    I would agree that the drive to raise share prices at the expense of everything else is a huge problem in today’s casino securities markets, made much worse by the counterfeiting of fiat money by the banks, and the resulting devaluation of people’s savings. But that doesn’t mean that lending and borrowing are by themselves evil, either. The problem is the existence of the central banks, which enables that ongoing counterfeiting.

  48. Anatman says:
    @Xabir

    So racist that they’d like to see unqualified coolies wedge the native population out of employment. So racist they allowed Rotherham to go unhindered. That they care more about virtue signaling than their own children…

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/02/london-victims-usman-khan-learning-together/

    This is exactly why you bugmen get called cuckholds. YOU are the villains in this story.

  49. Malla says:

    The BNP was the only hope for Britain, everything else is nonsense.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  50. The clear winner of this election is Israel. They control the media and with their torrent of accusations of anti-Semitism they overwhelmed Corbyn, who made the tactical mistake of trying to appease them. Of course it is not the end of the fight, but Israel won that skirmish. It looks as though BoJo is going to give them their desired ban on BDS.

  51. 22pp22 says:
    @G. Poulin

    That was the worst article I’ve ever read on Unz.

    • Agree: CanSpeccy
    • Replies: @anonymous1963
  52. Here’s a thought. Real per-capita income in the western countries has increased 30 times, 3,000%, in the last 200 years.

    But why? Capitalism? Social reform? Financialization? Lefty activism? Really, nobody knows.

    • Replies: @dogbumbreath
    , @Bork
  53. Spanky says:
    @WorkingClass

    I have been a lefty all my life. And an anti-imperialist. Now I am a Deplorable. A Nationalist. Because now the American left is twisted and evil. I don’t want to see my country succumb to Totalitarianism.

    We agree…

    But do bear in mind that the modern left is, in large part, a Clinton construct — neoliberalism.

    • Replies: @Hegar
    , @John Johnson
  54. @Anonymous

    Britain is going under and everyone who is attuned in the US sees it.

    London is a cosmopolitan mélange, which is to say it is nothing, and the rest of your country will follow very soon. All your glorious (and that is no disparagement, they were in fact, utterly glorious) spitfire pilots are in the grave or the old age home. Their replacements are welfare recipients who hate you, your country and the very ideas that animated your storied history, which they disparage at every opportunity. The only thing they sing praises for is your openness and your acceptance, which is what every cad praises in a whore.

    You are done. Fortunately people in Placer county CA, country, Blunt county AL and Holmes County FL, among others, see the example of your placating and subservience and will not have their guns….let alone their knives and freedoms taken from them.

    There is an even chance they will lose. They (Americans) have nurtured a single mother culture that basically insures their progeny (most critically boys) will be emotionally driven and prone to dependence on the super state and the most unambiguously aligned ideologies (Marxism and Islamism). I am not sure which is worse. It is worthy of debate. One will win, I am not sure which.

    One thing I am not sure that will win….Western Civilisation which apparently has children that have a cultural death wish.

    • Replies: @Gast
  55. The U.K. power structure is a Jew infested swamp. 0.5% of the population is deeply entrenched in every facet of Power. The head of the Church of England follows the Chief Rabbi around like a lost puppy when he’s not fantasizing about being sodomized by Nigerian migrants.
    Now a Donmeh Jew is going to lead them through Brexit.
    The Jews don’t care what decisions are made it seems. As long as they get to make them, apparently then, and only then, all is well.
    Welcome to Peak Jew U.K.! Feeling the love?
    I eagerly await news of P.M. Johnson’s first betrayal.
    The American’s have already seen Trump, a secret Jew it would seem, betray them over and over again. NO Wall. No Immigration reform.
    He has no competition really, as the Democrat-secret Bolsheviks, are trying to groom everyone’s kids with drag queen-pedophile story hour.
    This script, the so-called impeachment, is the biggest con to get Trump re-elected that I’ve ever seen.
    Americans will think they got their country back when in reality all that will happen is that one group of Jewish oligarchs will get power as another group wanes.
    In a decade, the Deep State will still be in operation-chastened no doubt. Many politicians, corrupt CEO’s and hangers-on will be inprisoned.
    The fundamental structures will have been reformed. No profound change will have occurred.
    People will still pay money to huge corporations owned by Jews. Jews will still call the shots in the U.S.
    The U.K. is now poised to follow the U.S. down a path of alternate Jewish leadership.
    Progress.

  56. Flubber says:
    @Xabir

    “how racist and stupid our population was.”

    That’s such a stupid characterisation. When polled, the no. 1 reason for voting for Brexit was accountability. The ability to vote out the lawmakers, something that is impossible in the EU system, and deliberately so.

  57. Gast [AKA "Gast (wieder)"] says:
    @Sultan Touma

    Yeah, all those “utterly glorious” Spitfire pilots who fought for the jews making the Britain of today you disdain so much nearly inevitable….

    Besides, not that I care much for this stuff: Compared to German fighter pilots they were quite poor if you look at their numbers of downed enemy fighters.

    The British effort in WW2 was not so great. Like always more show than performance. But in a media driven society this is obviously good enough.

  58. Herald says:
    @neutral

    Corbyn messed it up because his party was full of remainers and a large number of his traditional voting base were not.

    To say Corbyn messed up because he couldn’t draw a square circle is ridiculous.

    I largely go along with Cook and also would suggest that it is the English voters, in particular, who have been hoodwinked by the corporate media and the corrupted BBC.

    Those naive souls at the lower end of UK society, who think that Boris Johnson, with or without Brexit, will do anything to improve their lot are living in their own Never-never Land. Major disappointment is hurtling their way.

  59. This lunatic thinks the BBC is the reason Corbyn lost?

  60. Agent76 says:

    Dec 12, 2019 Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and Jo Swinson react to the election results – BBC News

    The prime minister said it would give him a mandate to “get Brexit done” and take the UK out of the EU next month.

    Oct 14, 2019 Queen Elizabeth II on Leaving European Union

    Queen Elizabeth II delivered remarks during the State Opening of British Parliament.

  61. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    But all these supermarkets are driven by the same pathological need to make profits at all costs.

    What’s pathological about the need to make profits? Without profits there is not point in being in business, and indeed no means of staying in business. Thus without profits, no supermarkets, and with no supermarkets people will be without food.

    And as for the idea that a leader has to be a pleb to serve the interests of plebs is idiotic. A pleb is, by definition, a commoner, a person of the masses, i.e., a person of limited educated and experience and without any exceptional accomplishments. So plebs have no choice but to put their faith in a leader of a different class, i.e., a person of broad experience and exceptional talent.

    In Boris Johnson, a large part of the British working class have put their faith in someone they believe will repay their loyalty in accordance with promises made during the election campaign.

  62. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    We clung to a dream,… that, however awful our electoral system was, however biased the red-tops were, we lived in a democracy where real, meaningful change was still possible; that the system wasn’t rigged to stop someone like Jeremy Corbyn from ever reaching power.

    Yes, and meaningful change is what you got. The election was all about Brexit. And Brexit was all about immigration and closing the open border. The globalist scoundrel Blair, the destroyer of Iraq, promoted mass immigration to “rub the noses of the right in multiculturalism.” But many of the immigrants, mostly poor people competing for low end jobs with Britain’s own working class, went to the old industrial cities where housing was cheap, and where they rubbed the noses, not of the right but of Blair’s own working class constituency, in multiculturalism. Hence, Blair’s old constituency, Sedgefield, went Conservative, with a huge majority, especially if you count the Brexit Party vote with the Tory vote.

  63. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    We on the left didn’t lose this election. We lost our last illusions.

    LOL. A complete inversion of the truth.

    The left, that is to say those who consider themselves in the intellectual vanguard, the leaders of the proletariat, the backers of Comissar Corbyn, unquestionably lost the election, which is why they are now completely out in the cold, contemptuously rejected by the Old Labour rank and file.

    But far from losing their illusions some, like this author, with his cretinous Guardianista drivel, remain as deluded as ever.

  64. Hegar says:

    Oh my, Cook is mad that his socialism (his word, eat it) didn’t win. And of course it was DA CAPITALISTS!!! who did it.

    “In this election, the BBC cast off its public-service skin to reveal the corporate Terminator-style automaton below.”

    Uh, no. The government-owned BBC is extreme Left. It has been propping up Labour’s lies for decades. But Cook is angry because they didn’t fawn over Comrade Corbyn as much as he thinks they should have done.

    “We on the left didn’t lose this election. We lost our last illusions. The system is rigged – as it always has been – to benefit those in power.”

    Hilarious. The schools are run by you socialists. The government’s universities are run by socialists. The bureaucracy is run by socialists. The Deep State is run by socialists who helped attack Trump to sabotage his campaign.

    Britain is flooded with mass immigration to help socialists. That is why London is voting completely socialist. Importing new voters was the explicit, written strategy of Labour in the 1980s. They didn’t even bother to hide it.

    But pretend that DA CAPITALISTS!!! are in charge of the media, government, schools, universities! That’s what really lost you the election!

    Sure. Except: Labour voters hated Comrade Corbyn.

    Only 21% of Labourites who turned did so because of Brexit. Twice as many left the party because of Corbyn and his extremist policies.

    Corbyn’s insane spend-spend-spend fantasies were too much even for leftist voters. They knew it was ridiculous. Couldn’t be done.

    Corbyn actually succeeded in making health care the top issue a month before the referendum. Problem: People trusted Johnson more than Corbyn on this issue. 45% to 35%. Corbyn was just so insanely leftist that he couldn’t be trusted even on the issue the Left goes to first to bribe the voters.

    Corbyn only took control of the party by the communists hijacking the internal election in 2015. They swamped the vote, the same strategy they use to take control of student clubs and unions. But most people in Labour are moderates. Not communists.

    It wasn’t just economics. Corbyn was pro-ISIS. He opposed making it criminal to go join ISIS. He opposed banning ISIS killers from coming back to the U.S. He has opposed anti-Islamist laws and promotes “integration” for ISIS killers, which amounts to playing laser tag with your leftist case worker. Corbyn’s knee-jerk reaction is to support any organization that is anti-Western.

    Whether it is his beloved IRA, Hamas (which I support, but not for Corbyn’s reasons), or ISIS.

    Corbyn even gives jobs to IRA bomb makers. Terrorist murderers.

    Hey cook, how about taking responsibility for worshiping a communist? You were one of the very few who did. Most of Labour opposes you.

    Over and over again as candidates talked to the voters, Corbyn was the problem. Even in deep-red areas.

    Corbyn made sure Labour lost an average of 10%-points in heavily pro-Leave areas. AND an average of 8%-points in heavily Remain areas. That’s an amazing feat. Losing the heartland. How about taking some responsibility, Comrade Cook?

  65. Hegar says:
    @Spanky

    But do bear in mind that the modern left is, in large part, a Clinton construct — neoliberalism.

    Ah yes, that’s the ridiculous fantasy made up among U.S. kiddies on the internet. Specifically among the “The Right Stuff” liars on Twitter. Who falsely claim to stand for fascism, when fascist Mussolini was explicitly anti-socialist, and proudly called himself a “reactionary,” the socialists’ slur for the Right. The TRS types are simply socialists who want to live off welfare but don’t want to share the loot with immigrants.

    It is a lie to call the extreme leftism of Clinton “neoliberalism”. The guy who handed out fast-printed money to bribe voters, the same strategy as always. The TRS strategy is to take the word “liberalism” and point out that it originally comes from the Right, so the Democrats with their anti-conservative Cultural Marxism are actually … RIGHT-WING! Clever, isn’t it?

    Except that the post-WWII Left in the U.S. hijacked the word “liberalism,” since Americans were suspicious of socialism after seeing the Soviet Union mass murder people. The TRS types exploit that kids don’t know this.

    And since Facebook, the New York Times and the Hollywood studios are privately owned, that means DA CAPITALISTS are behind the Cultural Marxist agenda. Because everything privately owned is right-wing!

    (They never mention the Cultural Marxism pushed by the government. By their own logic, anything the government does should be leftist, so again, we’re back to the agenda being pushed by the Left. Which the Left is proud over. But FTN types claim that the Koch Brothers are proof that “the rich” are behind this. Never mind that all the leftist ideas come from … the Left. Regardless of how what some traitors on the Right do.)

    “Striker” lives off welfare so he says Whites should do so. “The Blacks do and they seem to be happy with it.” This is just an excuse for his own failure.

    Striker also worships the Soviet Union, which he claims “would have worked if it had been Germans instead of Slavs.” (Ignoring East Germany, of course.)

    Striker’s “proof” that the leftist, Cultural Marxist agenda of immigration is actually from the Right (because “liberal” is a right-wing word!) is that The Rich have seen their income increase, while working-class wages have stagnated. Show the graph! Over and over! This proves it! Except it doesn’t. Because “The Rich” saw their income increase before the 1965 immigration law, at the same pace as now. It didn’t pick up pace just because workers’ wages stagnated. They won nothing from immigration. But seeing this in the graph posted over and over is apparently too difficult.

    To pretend that “the REEEAAAL socialism is actually against immigration,” they make up the ridiculous word “neoliberalism”. Because reeeaaal socialism is actually … nationalism! Because the NSDAP had “socialism” in the name!

    (Added in the 1920s by vote against Hitler’s objections. Their “socialism” amounted to a safety net less than most of today’s Right espouses. They had production quotas and price quotas, which the TRS crowd no doubt want, but these were abolished during the war and recognized as a mistake. Oops. Hitler said they would simply take the word Socialism from the Left: “We will take ‘socialism’ from the socialists.” The NSDAP allied with the Conservatives, most of which joined the NSDAP in 1933, because their agendas were in the same direction. While socialist leaders were imprisoned, not just in Germany but in every country they took. While the nations’ right-wingers were put in charge. But this doesn’t get through the TRS heads.)

    Socialism is of course exactly what the Democrats in the U.S. follow, just like Labour which calls it socialism, and the Socialist Party in France, and every Social Democrat party in Europe. All have the same policies – mass immigration because Whites abandon socialism. Promoting feminism, homosexuals, criminals, to create new groups of voters and ground troops.

    Socialism, invented and promoted by Jews, has always been a method to exploit elections by bribing a large coalition of voters. Hilarious to see the low-IQ types complain when non-Whites are included in that coalition. “But-but there were no immigrants during Marx’ time, so this isn’t REAL socialism!”

    Keep pushing the lie about “reeeaaal socialism!!!” from losers who couldn’t get real jobs, and see how far that leads you. It will just remain a small internet clique of losers and the kids who believe in them, dreaming of free money.

  66. The left only had one illusion left? How about human genetics?

    Is the UK left really this clueless?

    The main problem with the US/EU left is that they cling to blank slate and magic dirt theory. Basically the idea that all people are equally malleable.

    The left wants to bring in millions of third worlders and then inevitably blames White people for any problems that result. No questioning of why the third world exists in the first place. Must be White people’s fault somehow. What is the left’s response to this line of thinking? CENSORSHIP. Genius stuff.

    Cook if you are so confident in the left’s ideology then tell us why the left hasn’t created a Sweden in Africa. Why not turn Kenya into a leftest utopia?

    Why is the left so focused on White countries? Why bother with all those deplorables?

    I doubt you will answer the question because as with most leftists you just want to state your theories and then run from critical questions.

    • Replies: @MojoRisin
  67. Anon[157] • Disclaimer says:

    The English working class rejected him because he went back on his promise to honour the referendum. Some bought into Johnson’s schtick, others just wanted to stick two fingers up to the Establishment.

    And let’s not forget something else, Mr Cook, the only thing that protects Labour from its core voters fully understanding the extent of its historic betrayal of tens of thousands of white working class girls who’ve been gang raped and tortured under the watchful eye of Labour councils IS the media.

  68. Cook needs to go spend his time helping socialists in London file down pointy knives to aid in the great fight against “knife crime” because inanimate objects are clearly the problem.

    https://reason.com/2018/04/24/londoners-embrace-knife-control/

    Or he can help install another 1000 cameras for Big Brother London
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7399467/Britain-faces-Big-Brother-surveillance-society-WORSE-George-Orwells-1984-watchdog-says.html

    What an amazing city the left has created. Total surveillance along with knife control. A true utopia! Why didn’t people outside London vote for these geniuses? Must be the media!

    Go away leftist, your globalist games are coming to an end. Move to Liberia if you really think White people are the problem.

    • Replies: @Sin City Milla
  69. Excellent article, thank you Mr. Cook.

    At the time few appreciated George Orwell’s 1984 was intended for the British subjects, who had unwittingly become the Winston Smiths before WWII.

    It was also a critique on America press, genuinely free media that were anti-war pre-WWII and critical of FDR, including his New Deal and the remedies to the Great Depression, were bought up, absorbed and consolidated during FDR. Transparent Fourth Estate became a myth for export to topple or cripple countries unfriendly to the big oils, but “eliminated” or taken-over in FUKUS, in order to prop up the existing electoral-system with agenda set by the paid media before every election.

    They based it on the Faustian potion concocted by the likes of Edward Bernays, John Dewey to some extent Walter Lippmann, whose combined effort marketed and sold “democracy” but was manufactured consent/issues shaped and controlled by the paid media,like the BBC.

    PM like B. Johnson is the point-man for the elites, rotated every few years as controlled opposition to the agenda of the “government policy”, the paid media played along as the trapeze critics to lampoon or glorify these puppets along the line of the agenda, so that the existing status quo, the charade remain in play.

  70. Mairead says:

    Society didn’t cease to exist. It wasn’t snuffed out by Thatcher. We just forgot what it looked like, that we are human, not machines.

  71. Don’t think the British media was operating from a profit motive during this election. It was more a Zionist one. Secondly the aristocrats don’t hate the working man like the bourgeois do. Labor is definitely the yuppie party of Britain. Finally Labor let the white working man’s daughters be groomed and raped by their diversity pets. Apparently ethnic eateries matter more than girls to Cool Labor. Why is this so hard to understand?

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
    , @John Johnson
  72. Walsh says:
    @Antares

    The election was won by Israel.

    Of course!! Remember:

    “Taking Down” British Officials

    Israel conspires against the Mother of Parliaments

    Philip Giraldi • January 31, 2017

    {Excerpt, emphasis is mine}

    ”A quite incredible story out of England has not received much media coverage in the United States. It concerns how the Israeli Embassy in London connived with government officials to “take down” parliamentarians and government ministers who were considered to be critical of the Jewish State. It was also learned that the Israeli Embassy was secretly subsidizing and advising private groups promoting Israeli interests, including associations of Members of Parliament (MPs). The story is interesting on several levels, particularly given the recent furor in the U.S. over allegations that Russia has been interfering in American politics.

    From:

    https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/taking-down-british-officials/

  73. MojoRisin says:
    @Clam Fritter

    Clam Fritter you are the self deluded fool. To look at the history of British destruction in the world from Australia India Africa to the Americas, its barbaric slave trade and now it’s current barbarism in the Middle East in Palestine Syria Libya Iraq and now Iran and not acknowledge its elites utter depravity is self delusion at it’s height. The British Working Class do not support this deranged mentality it is British elites and fascist tools like you.
    Environmentally anyone that doesn’t see what these monsters are doing in the Pacific and The Amazon is a fucking moron of which you appear to be supportive of. Yes Cook wants to prevent the return of that stench that created this empire that destroyed so much.. You probably also bought into that anti-semitic bullshit that the Zionists at The Sun, Mail, Telegraph, Guardian and BBC engineered. Really Jeremy Corbyn an anti semite!! What BS. His only trangression wanting to treat Palestinians as human beings so this fucking disastrous middle east policy can stop and that the UK doesnt have to look back on its history and say we had one more people that we fucked and dispossessed from their ancestral land like say the Aborigines The Native Americans etc etc etc etc etc.

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  74. @Gast

    Even then, the Empire was failing.
    But they did succeed in dragging Germany down with them.
    When the next decade began, they had lost the mainstay of their empire. But look at what they had done to Germany: all major cities save Heidelberg and Wiesbaden burnt down, 6 million civilians dead from ethnic cleansing, 2 to 3 million women victims of rape, untold more corrupted …

    … and the whole of eastern Europe in Russian hands.

    Glorious indeed.

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  75. MojoRisin says:
    @John Johnson

    Johnson they are focused on white countries because they illegally invade countries kill hundreds of thousands destroy their infrastructure create millions of refugees and then cry like a fucking babies why they’ve got so many brown people on their border. Same classic cowardice in owning up to the disasters of their making. Johnson you are obviously sensitive as to what white folks have historically done in the world…..pretty easy to see thru your sense of guilt over the catastrophe that the empire has wrought. If you cant see that you are a contemptible fool. Have you heard of the Dark Ages when Europe was overrun by rats and disease the same diseases that were transported in blankets to the Americas that wiped out an indigenous people. oh yeah you probably forgot about that!

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  76. @but an humble craftsman

    Corbyn’s popularity ratings are the result of manipulation

    Absolute rubbish! Mr Corbyn’s unpopularity is because he abandoned his pledge to honour the result of the 2016 referendum.

    He gained a seat in a Remain-voting area of London (Putney), and lost 59 others in leave voting areas of the Midlands, North and Wales.

  77. It is said that 5 billionaires own 80% of the British press , if that 80% of the press had been owned by Democratic Socialists Corbyn would be Prime Minister today .
    opendemocracy.net : “…Under the current media ownership structure , how much hope is there of the adoption of genuine progressive agendas …that threaten the interests of the billionaires and companies that own the press?’

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  78. @MojoRisin

    Johnson you are obviously sensitive as to what white folks have historically done in the world…..pretty easy to see thru your sense of guilt over the catastrophe that the empire has wrought

    I asked why leftists haven’t carved their own socialist paradise out of Africa.

    They are obsessed with controlling the US and Europe when there are plenty of African countries where they can implement their ideas.

    Leftists don’t want to answer this question. You didn’t answer it either.

  79. @Onebornfree

    Imore than less said the same thing! I cant find it anywhere…..

  80. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @9/11 Inside job

    It is said that 5 billionaires own 80% of the British press

    What is “said” would be interesting if true. But is it true? Do you have any evidence for such a claim? For if not, then we are none the wiser for your statement.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  81. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @Old and grumpy

    … the aristocrats don’t hate the working man like the bourgeois do.

    This is a vital point. The old, more or less aristocratic money sees the working man as an ally in the struggle to retain its status at the top of the heap: It is a version of king and country versus the commercial classes, although in Britain, today, it is not so much the bourgeoisie or business class that is the threat to the old establishment as the Western equivalent of the Soviet Nomenklatura, namely, the bureaucratic class, the massed ranks of professors, teachers, doctors, nurses, and the Whitehall scribes and mandarins, who vote labor and hate anyone with more money than they are able to gouge from the taxpayer, while they piss on working class people by promoting mass immigration to keep the wages of the proletariat low.

    During the election campaign Boris Johnson played the King and Country game superbly well and will be reelected in several years time provided he makes a reasonable effort to live up to his promises, which means making real progress with the economic renewal of Britain’s rust belt.

  82. Gast says:
    @but an humble craftsman

    Not sure whether your comment is sarcasm. If not, we are entering the realm of psychopathic sadism, and you might reconsider you user name.

    Quite a time ago I came to the conclusion, that psychopathic sadism is deeply ingrained in the English collective soul, which makes the English such a perfect match to their jewish masters. This really is a partnership from hell. And the hellfire in Dresden was a very symbolic fruit from this partnership.

    P.S. Sorry for the changed username. First the PTB at unz didn’t accept my old username (“Gast”), because they said someone else had used it in the past (me!), then they complained that I changed my username without their consent. So I am back with my old cloak.

  83. @CanSpeccy

    educateinspirechange.org : “Great Britain is owned and run by 5 billionaires…these people not only own 80% of the newspapers we read everyday …”
    leftfootforward.org : ” Everyone should know who owns the press-for the sake of our democracy …Almost 78 per cent of our press is owned by a handful of mostly foreign-based billionaires…”
    Recognizing the power of the press to sway and mold public opinion , in 1915 J.P. Morgan purchased all the major newspapers in the US and promptly fired their editors .

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  84. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @9/11 Inside job

    educateinspirechange.org : “Great Britain is owned and run by 5 billionaires…these people not only own 80% of the newspapers we read everyday …”
    leftfootforward.org : ” Everyone should know who owns the press-for the sake of our democracy …Almost 78 per cent of our press is owned by a handful of mostly foreign-based billionaires…”

    So, again, just bald statements, no names, no evidence.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  85. @CanSpeccy

    See : mediareform.org.uk : “New report : Who owns the UK media in 2019 ”

    According to leftforward.org these were the principal owners of British print media in 2013 :
    Lord Rothermere…27.8%
    Rupert Murdoch….27.9%
    Alexander&Evgeny Lebedev…10.1%
    Richard Desmond…9.2%
    David and Frederick Barclay…5.1%

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  86. Tusk says:
    @MojoRisin

    To look at the history of British destruction in the world from Australia India Africa to the Americas

    Well the British turned the desolate and wasted mass of Australia into a First World country in a couple hundred years, one wishes they had been able to do the same to India and Africa.

  87. @Spanky

    But do bear in mind that the modern left is, in large part, a Clinton construct — neoliberalism.

    The modern left is the result of White leftists going off the rails in the 60s.

    They started believing Frankfurt school nonsense about Western society being the root cause of failed revolutions.

    In their minds to serve the working class meant serving the White patriarchy. This led them away from working class politics and towards serving middle class emotional needs.

    The left should have acknowledged that racial differences exist but shouldn’t be the focus of a worker’s party.

    Instead they doubled down on race denial and blaming White people for everything. They were already headed for PC crazyland and Wall St whoring before Clinton showed up.

  88. @Old and grumpy

    Secondly the aristocrats don’t hate the working man like the bourgeois do.

    Not convinced.

    If the aristocrats were really offended by bourgeois meddling then they would fund the opposition.

    The billionaires have looked the other way as middle class egalitarians push important issues like celebrating trannies while deprioritizing the economic interests of workers. Most of the wealthy undoubtedly view these middle class meddlers with skepticism but they aren’t going to lift a finger to help workers restore or create an actual worker’s party.

  89. roonaldo says:

    Mr. Cook seems to consider people automatons complying with media programming, and he displays a Hillaryesque contempt for voters, as if Britain’s descent into EU tyranny and PC madness eluded their notice.

    As U.S. voters (for whom commentarists share a similar contempt) showed in 2008 after the insanity of G.W. Bush and in 2016 after eight years of deceipt by “Braawk I’llbombya,” Britain’s voters were responding to a wisp, a glimmer, a shred of hope.

    It is the shrewd politician’s job to feel that hope, amplify it, then crush it or have it squeezed out of him after taking office. Boris went north right after the election and assured Labour voters who went Conservative that he wouldn’t sell them out. Hmm…Remember, remember the 12th of December, when Boris won by a lot. I fear there’s no reason that after a season his promises won’t be forgot.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  90. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @9/11 Inside job

    According to leftforward.org these were the principal owners of British print media in 2013 :
    Lord Rothermere…27.8%
    Rupert Murdoch….27.9%
    Alexander&Evgeny Lebedev…10.1%
    Richard Desmond…9.2%
    David and Frederick Barclay…5.1%

    That’s rather different from the claim you cited earlier:

    “Great Britain is owned and run by 5 billionaires…these people not only own 80% of the newspapers we read everyday …”

    So it’s not Great Britain, or perhaps you meant the UK, is owned and run by 5 billionaires, but that Britain’s print news media are owned and run by five billionaires. Even that’s wrong, since there is much more to the print media than the publications owned by the individuals you mention. Moreover, those individuals don’t actually run their newspapers, in the sense of writing the editorials or deciding when to “put on more WOBS,” and order that Robert Maxwell was said to have issued in moments of excitement when he owned the Daily Mirror, the latter publication owned, incidentally, by the public company Reach Plc. in which presumably, you could invest a few quid if you were inclined to media ownership.

    And of course the print media are only a small part of the total news distribution system, while owning the news business would leave one owning only a rather small and unprofitable piece of the whole of Great Britain.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  91. @Gast

    One should never be sarcastic when describing the Pirates and their murderous antics.

    I once read an interesting study regarding compliance to the rules of law in the 16th to 18th century, and it seems the Pirates came out last in Europe.

    The author hypothesized that knowing they could always retreat to their island in order to escape retribution may have been a contributing factor.

    Anyway, selling out their erstwhile attack dogs in Asia to their former colony made them lose India.

    Without the resources drained from India, their potential for mischief is somewhat diminished.

    A good thing, if you ask me.

    That the Pirates now vent their unspent hate on their own lower orders (c.f. Rotherham, Telford e.a.) is sadistic indeed.

  92. @Tusk

    You might want to study the economics of British colonialism in India a wee bit more thoroughly.

    Once India was gone, decline in the motherland set in rather swiftly.

    That should give you a hint.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Tusk
  93. @but an humble craftsman

    rules of law = laws of warfare.

    Sorry for that mistake, it makes my comment unintelligible.

  94. @Malla

    “The BNP was the only hope for Britain, everything else is nonsense.”

    At the moment a big chunk of the UK Left is going through outrage at the fact that the Tories are going to change the UK (by implementing the referendum result) with only 43.6% of the vote, forgetting that Blair’s 35% of the vote in 2005 was considered good enough to change the UK by opening the doors to Eastern Europe.

    In the first horror of defeat, it’s all about PR. They want it NOW!

    They forget that with PR, the BNP would still be a major party. Hell, it might not even have been the BNP – the National Front would probably have grabbed and retained the nationalist vote. In FPTP, you vote for the least worst that your vote is likely to elect, which is why the Brexit Party won the European Parliament elections, held under PR, but got no seats at all in the FPTP General Election.

    The idea of an FPTP constituency MP dedicated to the interests of all his constituents is a nice hangover from old Britain, like not having ID cards. It’s a luxury we can’t afford any more. Bring on PR!

    Guardinanista grads are still determined not to have anything to do with Brexit. Ugh! How common!

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/20/labour-embrace-progressive-brexit-tories-interventionist

    Top comment to the economics editor – “Labour must not just accept Brexit but embrace it” is “It’ll be a cold day in hell before I accept that advice, Larry.”

  95. @CanSpeccy

    The bottom line is that the UK just like the US is a plutocracy/oligarchy :” Major study finds the US is an oligarchy .”
    “The US government does not represent the interests of the the majority of the country’s citizens , but is instead ruled by…the rich and powerful , a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded .” businessinsider.com

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  96. Is the UK closer to a monarchy rather than to a plutocracy? : “Forcing MP’s to take an oath of allegiance to the monarchy undermines democracy…abstention from the swearing-in process stops elected MP’s from taking their seats at Westminster .” redpepper.org .uk

  97. Tusk says:
    @but an humble craftsman

    Amazingly you’re totally incorrect. The independence of India from Britain wasn’t the cause of British decline, British decline was why India was able to leave. Why do you think Hitler tried to guarantee both the French and British empire if they accepted peace? He very clearly knew it wasn’t going to last long.

    As for India being so amazing that they single handedly ruined Britain by leaving (a statement that makes no sense considering their dysfunction 70 years later) you should watch this:

  98. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @9/11 Inside job

    “The US government does not represent the interests of the the majority of the country’s citizens , but is instead ruled by…the rich and powerful , a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded .”

    It is amusing to see the folks at Princeton, a school for the sons and daughters of plutocrats, pointing out that America is a plutocracy. But the fact is so obvious that it is scarcely necessary for an academic to marshal proof of the point.

    Yet it is not quite that simple. Remember the election in Britain of 1945, which was won by a democratic socialist party, which went ahead with wide-ranging nationalization of industry and tax rates of up to 97.5 percent: measures that were entirely contrary to the plutocratic interest, and as it turned out, highly damaging also to the British economy and hence to all of the British people both plutocratic and proletarian.

    Moreover, as the recent election in Britain demonstrated, the socialists are still a force to be reckoned with. Corbyn lost, but not as badly, in terms of the popular vote, as Gordon Brown, the last Labour Prime Minister. Moreover, the Tories would almost certainly have lost had they stayed with Theresa May as leader. So the masses did decide something that is probably important: namely, who is competent to lead.

    Johnson is, naturally, hated by the left leadership (mostly people very different from the working class), yet he achieved a huge swing to the right among working class voters.

    So the people trashed the left while backing a self-proclaimed “one-nation” Tory. If Johnson delivers on his promises to the working people of England’s Northern industrial towns, the equivalent of America’s rust belt, he will win again. But he has to keep his part of the bargain with the electorate.

    So while the money power is formidable it is not unchallenged, invincible or free to do what the Hell it likes.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  99. @John Johnson

    As in most African countries, only blacks can become citizens of Liberia. Whites can only visit or invest.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  100. @CanSpeccy

    Is Boris Johnson competent to lead ? The Guardian (UK) :”Was Boris Johnson as successful as Lord Mayor as he claims ?” :
    “…many argue he achieved little in City Hall , while in the process managing to help waste 43 million pounds on a garden bridge that was never built .” Now we have the scandal involving Johnson’s American “special “, girlfriend Jennifer Arcuri -“I’ve kept your secrets , and I’ve been your friend .” Is Johnson suhject to blackmail due to his reckless lifestyle and dubious connections ? See :
    aanirfan .blogspot.com : ” Boris Johnson , Jeffrey Epstein, Evgeny Lebedev , Ghislaine Maxwell…”

  101. dailymail.co.uk : ” American model Jennifer Arcuri told friends she was having a sexual affair with Boris Johnson …PM is dogged by allegations he provided benefits to her company as Mayor ”
    dailymail.co.uk: ” Media tycoon Evgeny Lebedev denies having files of compromising material on Boris Johnson after Prime Minister’s enemies claimed information was gathered at star-studded party in Italy “

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  102. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @9/11 Inside job

    dailymail.co.uk : ” American model Jennifer Arcuri told friends she was having a sexual affair with Boris Johnson …

    Who gives a damn who Boris Johnson screwed?

    PM is dogged by allegations he provided benefits to her company as Mayor

    Pfui.

    If a Prime Minister could be destroyed by allegation dogging there’d be no administration lasting more than five minutes.

  103. nypost .com : “Israel blackmailed Bill Clinton with Monica [Lewinsky] tapes …” If an American President can be blackmailed over his sexual escapades I am sure that a British Prime Minister can also be blackmailed over such behavior .

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  104. CanSpeccy says:
    @9/11 Inside job

    If an American President can be blackmailed over his sexual escapades I am sure that a British Prime Minister can also be blackmailed over such behavior .

    Clinton was not open to blackmail, if indeed he was open to blackmail, and if he was in fact blackmailed (a claim I consider in need of supporting evidence in view of your readiness to accept the truth of allegations unsubstantiated by evidence) because of a sexual escapade, but because of a sexual escapade conducted with a junior White House employee and carried on in the Oval Office. Thus it was not only an exploitive relationship, but one that undermined the dignity of the office of the US President and Commander in Chief.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  105. @Sin City Milla

    As in most African countries, only blacks can become citizens of Liberia. Whites can only visit or invest.

    It was a rhetorical point.

    Yes you have to be Black to be a complete citizen in Liberia. But you can still move there and have permanent residency status.

    But the real point is that leftists are free to move to Black countries where there are only Black people in charge. If they feel that Whites are the cause of their failed programs then they should move to where Black people are completely in charge.

    If Liberia isn’t enough then Zimbabwe should be considered. It was after all the country where leftists cheered when Whites were killed. You see it’s White people that ruin Africa.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/imf-zimbabwe-highest-inflation-rate-world-190927004536305.html

    • Replies: @Sin City Milla
  106. @Christopher Chantrill

    Here’s a thought. Real per-capita income in the western countries has increased 30 times, 3,000%, in the last 200 years.

    But why? Capitalism? Social reform? Financialization? Lefty activism? Really, nobody knows.

    Answer: Theft. Now that all the easy gold mines (countries) have been looted, notice how real pre-capita income is stagnant. If not for QE (MMT), income would have reversed 10 years ago.

  107. @CanSpeccy

    timesofisrael.com : ” Netanyahu said to have offered Lewinsky tapes for Pollard …” an unimpeachable source !

  108. haaretz.com : ” Israeli rabbi : Honey -pot sex is Kosher for female Mossad agents ”
    bellaciao.com ” Israeli sexpionage : The McGreavy , Condit and Clinton affairs “

  109. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    timesofisrael.com : ” Netanyahu said to have offered Lewinsky tapes for Pollard …” an unimpeachable source !

    You think timesofisrael.com is a source? You might as well give Wikipedia as a source or just the Internet.

    If you are going to substantiate a claim by reference to a newspaper article, you have to give a proper reference, i.e., the author, the article title, the date of publication, and the page number. And if you are going to provide a link, you have to link to the article not to the newspaper in which you allege the article to have been published.

    But, in any case, you reference even if it was a proper reference, is irrelevant to the original point; namely, your absurd claim that because some women says Boris Johnson screwed her, he is therefore open to blackmail. Clearly since she has made the claim public, she has no leverage and Johnson is not subject to blackmail. Moreover, the woman had no leverage to begin with since although she has made her claim public neither Johnson nor anyone else gave a damn.

  110. thetimes.co.uk : ” Boris Johnson is a security risk because of his private life say allies of Jeremy Hunt.
    Tory MP’s backing the Foreign Secretary say his rival is vulnerable to blackmail by foreign powers ”
    I seldom agree with Tory MP’s but this time I must agree that Boris Johnson is a security risk and possibly vulnerable to blackmail by foreign powers .

  111. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    Boris Johnson is a security risk because of his private life say allies of Jeremy Hunt.

    LOL. Do you even understand the meaning of the word evidence?

    Jeremy Hunt lost the party leadership contest to Boris Johnson.

    That Hunt’s “allies” were making unsubstantiated bullshit allegations amounting to nothing, merely shows why Hunt lost: he was a weak candidate who resorted to smears and insinuations unsupported by a shred of evidence and which he was too gutless to express directly, but only through “allies.”

  112. theguardian.com opinion : ” For Boris Johnson’s wife , it’s one affair too many . The Tories have long known he is a cheat and a liar whose only loyalty is to himself …”
    Admittedly it’s all circumstantial evidence and hearsay upon hearsay but, as the saying goes , there’s no smoke without fire .
    Let’s agree to disagree about whether or not Boris Johnson is a security risk due to his reckless lifestyle and the company that he keeps , perhaps we can agree that pre-planted explosives demolished the Twin Towers and building #7 on on 9/11 ?

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  113. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @9/11 Inside job

    the guardian.com opinion

    LOL

    That Johnson, as Prime Minister, shares his Downing St home with a woman barely older than his oldest daughter while he remains married to another woman (his divorce from his second wife is not complete) confirms that he is not blackmailable on account of his adulterous proclivities. He clearly doesn’t care who knows and, furthermore, no one beside the twits at the Gruaniard, cares either.

    Yes, 9/11 was an inside job, but mere assertion does not make it so, and the claim is often vitiated by a poor analysis of the evidence, which enables those who maintain the official account to call critics conspiracy theorists.

  114. The author complains the BBC was activelty promoting the candidacy of Boris Johnson, and denigrating Corbyn’s bid.

    Is this actually true? It sounds made-up, but I don’t observe enough British news media to really know. Anyone from the UK care to chime in?

  115. About the fishmonger who thought BoJo was a working bloke:

    To paraphrase the Great War Criminal; if you’re enamored of democracy, talk for five minutes with the average voter.

  116. How can they contemplate what the working class achieved decades ago – how a much poorer society created medical care for all, an NHS that our current one is a pale shadow of –

    The NHS is far better funded today than it was in 1948, and offers a much wider range of treatments.

    Now is the time to put away childish things, and take the future back into our hands.

    Time to give up adolescent Marxist ideas, and offer a social democracy that people will vote for.

  117. @John Johnson

    I agree. It would be very educational to American leftists to move to Liberia, or rather ‘attempt’ to move there, given that whites are not allowed to become Liberian citizens. They can only become temp ex pats, tolerated as long as their cash holds out, with no legal way to participate in the government. No white can vote, hold office, own land, or join a profession. If you engage in business you will be subject to extortionate demands for huge bribes by governmental officials. American blacks can become dual citizens, but whites can’t do that. I believe the same situation holds sway in most African countries (I’ve only visited a few). I’m sure Zimbabwe is one. Most Americans, especially naive liberals, have been propagandized to think that the rest of the world is just like the US, n that the people are just like us, only darker n poorer. This is nonsense, but facts aren’t allowed to enter the echo chamber of America’s holier than thou white militant leftists. I wish we could pack them all up n drop them permanently into Mugabe land.

  118. Bork says:
    @Christopher Chantrill

    Here’s a thought. Real per-capita income in the western countries has increased 30 times, 3,000%, in the last 200 years.

    But why? Capitalism? Social reform? Financialization? Lefty activism? Really, nobody knows.

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. This wealth increase is the result of technology, not politics. Very few white people have any insight into technology at all, and most seem to think that the wealth they enjoy just fell from the sky by godly command. Such stupidity needs to be punished.

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