Posted by Geoff Bishop, who says that “I am not in favour of Corbynism as Corbyn, I believe, has done a lot of harm to the Labour Party and does not represent Labour supporters as a whole, but Graeme Archer goes way too far, doesn’t he? However this article is out there and it shows just how nasty politics has become in the UK. Graeme Archer writes for the Telegraph. Judge for yourself.”
The following article written by Graeme Archer.
“Emma Dent Coad is the Labour MP who called (the black Conservative) Shaun Bailey a “token ghetto boy” and “ghetto man”. She also submitted a new logo for the party, of a Tory hanging from a tree.
Emma Dent Coad, in other words, is a perfect representative for that vortex of hatred, the “Labour Party”.
(Is Clive Lewis the “On your knees, bitch!” guy? Or is that someone else — it’s so hard to keep up with unpleasant remarks by Labour MPs. Looking them up online is like cleaning up cat sick: you know you have to do it, but you want to shower immediately you’re done. Yes, it is him.)
I’m afraid the answer is almost too depressing for words. All of us — even those who aren’t black Conservatives, Jews, “poofters” or “bitches” — should be worried. I’ve written a fair bit about identity politics and my loathing for it, but the sheer unpleasantness of Labour goes beyond intellectual disquiet with a politics designed to push people apart into various minority-status groups. Labour’s capacity for hatred is much more inclusive than that.
Quite simply, the new Labour Party hates everyone who isn’t Labour. Failure to grasp this central fact about Labour-under-Corbyn is crippling the political response to it. Unsurprisingly (given his political origins), Corbyn’s movement has embraced the standard totalitarian/cult tactic: to dehumanise one’s opponents. Once you’ve convinced yourself that your enemy is less than human, a declaration of total war isn’t such a high moral hurdle. Let’s recreate society in our own image! Because we’re perfect!
Thus, the fact that Shaun Bailey is black, and therefore has the lived experience of a black man, is irrelevant to Emma Dent Coad. Shaun isn’t Labour; so he isn’t a good enough human; so not only is he undeserving of the anti-racist stance a good socialist would extend to any black citizen, it’s actually fine to use blatantly racist tropes against him. Because he’s a Tory and part of the structural reality of modern racism, man.
The tragedy is that this ethical relativism (it’s OK to be racist if you’re talking about a Conservative; it’s OK to be sexist if you’re a Corbyn-supporting MP; it’s OK to slag gay people so long as you’re a Labour MP on a “journey”) pollutes everyone on the Left, and not only its more overtly wicked members.
Here’s the supposedly moderate Labour MP Stella Creasy, tweeting about the budget yesterday: “Just to be clear then, government planning to spend more on brexit than the NHS – £3bn to £2.8bn.” Annual spending on the NHS for 2015/16 was £116.4 billion, according to the NHS website, making this moderate Labour MP’s tweet out by, ooh, around 4,157 per cent. I’m guessing she knew that.
Such perverted reasoning also explains the growth of insidious movements like the newspeak-named Stop Funding Hate, which is overtly attempting to destroy the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail’s crime? It’s not Labour. Oh you bourgeois, with your pre-revolutionary attachment to a free press; media that doesn’t support Labour is by definition an enemy of real, post-revolution freedom, and therefore a legitimate target for destruction.
You’d have to be naive in the extreme to believe that a movement such as this will stop, once it’s delegitimised black Conservatives, Jewish people, gay people who don’t vote Labour, and the Daily Mail. Movements like this don’t stop, not until they consume themselves.
We’re entering Popper territory here. The enemies of freedom aren’t playing by freedom’s (rational, polite, inclusive) rules. You can’t engage a fanatic, thirsty for the catharsis of destruction, in a reasonable debate about (for example) how to fund the NHS or universities. The fanatic wants your destruction, not your agreement.”