The Madness of May



A politician given power who wants more power should be removed from power

Theresa May embodies all the hallmarks of instability, which is odd because she speaks about stability all the time. Her party wants to make society stable by deconstructing it.

Before middle-England decided that it was a repository of hard working, underprivileged racists, Theresa May stated forcibly the UK should remain in the EU in order to enjoy a strong and stable economy. Having lost the vote she said exactly the opposite but with the same conviction. Staying out of the European Union ensures strength and stability.

Think about that: one day preaching strength in unity, the next strength in disunity. What is troubling to my mind, is the way she expects the public to accept shouting ‘forward!’ in both directions shows strength of character and not schizophrenia.

We try to rationalise her odd behaviour. We think she’s probably hell bent on grabbing maximum power to impose unpopular authoritarian policies. It makes sense to claim a false mandate. But we watch is astonishment as she feels admired for acting tough rather than clever and considerate. You’re left wondering what it is you’re voting for.

She’s the person, remember, who appointed chairperson after chairperson to the Child Abuse Enquiry – a state of affairs that now feels like last century.

It gets worse. May appears happy to inflict pain on the needy and the innocent.  You don’t give permission to rent-a-bailiff to confiscate wheelchairs from the non-ambulant, or women who’ve been raped to fill in a form proving it, unless you have a heart of solid cement. Either that, or you believe the population are the problem, not the government.

The state reserves the right to be the sole interpreter of the needs of society – Benito Mussolini 

Observing the process of social rot teaches you how easily Franco’s Spain gathered momentum. Some people are willing to do the most cold hearted tasks for a living, and believe they’re doing the right thing for the public good, or being patriotic.

It reminds me of the psychology experiment that sought to discover how far humans can be pushed before they rebel. Members of the public were asked to give greater and greater electric shocks to an unseen ‘guinea pig’ who refused to answer questions. (There was no electricity charge just a fake dial, and the guinea pig is an actor behind a screen.) Most volunteers accepted the order from the ‘medical consultant’ to increase the electric charge, and they do so without question. Even the few uncertain about the morality of the instruction still wind up the dial. We have a need to please, to be part of the team, and it overrides good judgement, and our humanity.

An ability to communicate silence

There’s something deeply troubling about the way Theresa May refuses to get involved in debates, sends deputies who can’t cope, she preferring the personal interview where, no doubt, questions have been presented to her spin doctor for scrutiny.

Moreover, there is the strange sight of her repeating the same empty phrases day in, day out, without understanding the accumulative impact they make on a discerning public. Scots readers will be bored to death with her moronic rejoinder “Now is not the time”  repeated ad nauseam whenever asked about a second vote on Brexit terms.

I think May’s utterances and convictions  – they’re not ideals – her convictions are fascist in content and tone, that is, extremely authoritarian, a precursor to the totalitarian. Totalitarian arrives when absolute power is achieved.

Fascist leanings

The few times I’ve used fascism in essays it’s chosen carefully for the simple reason the insult has become the fashionable scare word. But when you look carefully so much of fascism lies below the surface in most of us.

Study the rise of Nazism and you are surprised by how swiftly a great cultural nation like Germany could so suddenly descend into barbarism. Today we see elements of fascist ideology an acceptable creed, fascist structures cloaked in ‘caring’ right-wing politics, (a contradiction in terms) all, of course, without the crematoriums, the place you went after you had a shower in a gas chamber.

Fascism breeds on unemployment, gross inequality, and power in the hands of an elite. We have all those elements now, but a fascistic outlook isn’t confined to the uneducated, the Golden Dawns, of this world. It can consume the nicest of people.

We do not exterminate foreigners, but we do put them into interment camps. We like to call them ‘transit’ camps. Then we repatriate them. Or save on taxpayer money by letting them drown in the sea, men, women and children, from overcrowded boats fleeing wars we began. For some, this is acceptable because it ‘keeps England white’.

Endemic racism is the first sign of fascism. Endless war is another.

Three cheers for the war. Three cheers for war in general. Peace is hence absurd, or rather a pause in war. Benito Mussolini

Fascism always needs a charismatic leader. Trump is well on his way to a kind of fascism but he’s a clown, and yet … and yet we’ve had the sight of Theresa May and he hand-in-hand. Dictators see everything in terms of themselves. Trump talks of himself endlessly. Whatever May says, invariably it’s about her: it’s ‘Mayism’.

She uses the possessive continually, for example, here:

“As we face this critical election for our country, I’ve launched my manifesto for Britain’s future.” [My emphasis.]

May has ninety per cent of the predominately right-wing British press on her side, including the Daily Mail which espouses dangerously imitative fascist principles, though it will never admit that.

I know there are many like me profoundly worried by the way Britain is moving politically and socially: the intolerance of ethnic differences, the withdrawal of civil rights, funding constant wars, making an enemy of Europe, protecting legal tax havens, hatred for the poor and the vulnerable, and the relentless whittling away at the welfare state to create a political system that announces its arrival in the phrase, only the strong survive. It stinks of England über alles.

If you wish sympathy of the broad masses, you must first tell them the crudest and most stupid things. Adolph Hitler

Neo-liberal capitalists and fascists

Compare some of Theresa May’s UKip-cloned utterances with those of Europe’s past totalitarian leaders and it becomes harder and harder to tell the difference  between them and her condescending presidential style of behaviour:

I’ll show them I am a bloody difficult woman to deal with“. Theresa May

What Italy needs is a strong and stable government. I shall deliver thatMussolini

We have been rendered defenceless: we are without rights: we have become the pariahs of the world. What are our organs of government today but organs for executing the will of foreign tyrants? Hitler

The press in Italy is free, freer than other countries, so long as it supports the regime. Mussolini

I am responsible only to God and history. Francisco Franco

We have only one task, to stand firm and carry on the racial struggle without mercy. Heinrich Himmler

The socialists ask what is our programme? Our programme is to smash the heads of the socialists. Mussolini

If only we can give them faith that mountains can be moved, they will accept the illusion that mountains are moveable, and thus illusion becomes reality. Mussolini

Perhaps we shall also have to hold in check other coloured peoples who will soon be in their certain prime, and thus preserve the world, which is the world of our blood, of our children and of our grandchildren. Himmler

The stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker, thus sacrificing his own greatness. Hitler

The Government has been compelled to levy taxes which unavoidably hit large sections of the population. The Italian people are disciplined, silent and calm, they work and know that there is a Government which governs, and know, above all, that if this Government hits cruelly certain sections of the Italian people, it does not so out of caprice, but from the supreme necessity of national order. Mussolini

People are tired of liberty. They have had a surfeit of it. Today’s youth are moved by other slogans…Order, Hierarchy, Discipline. Mussolini

The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. Hitler

The corporate State considers that private enterprise in the sphere of production is the most effective and useful instrument in the interest of the nation. Mussolini

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. Hitler

An absence of empathy

I’m sure May can show kindness. I am sure she’s is aware of everyday etiquette. She’s sure to have attended a friend’s funeral, sent a suitable wreath of flowers, worn the right hat for the occasion, and spoken her condolences in a whisper, “So sad to hear of your loss. Be strong and stable”.

I’ve no idea why the Tory party thought to sell her on personality alone when she doesn’t have one.

One has to question May’s sanity, and indeed that of her supportive colleagues, who try to convince us we can exist without Europe. “No Deal is better than a bad deal“. That’s an absurd position to argue, and ultimately disastrous for any nation’s well being.

One thing is certain: wherever the enemy lands, if once we can get to grips with him on the Continent, where we are not dependent on supplies from overseas, that ought to be, and will be, all right with us. Himmler

In summary

Remember, fascists know the greatest weapon to keep a population quiescent is fear. British nationalists who opposed Scotland’s rights called it  ‘Project Fear’.

We’ve reached a stage where Theresa May can ignore Scotland’s constitutional right to  a second referendum if blocked from European membership, and she attract wide praise for doing so from public and press alike. May excludes Scotland from all discussions. And we hear May’s Scottish megaphone, Ruth Davidson, say she will not respect a win of even as little as 51% on a second plebiscite – a statement that crosses the line from democracy to oppression. That is shocking.

“We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box.” Franco

You will recognise fascism when your point of view is the only one tolerated because it coincides with the orthodoxy approved by the state. You have been warned.

What luck for governments, that the people are stupid! Hitler


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18 Responses to The Madness of May

  1. simonjkyte says:

    She is absolutely not comparable with fascism. fascism actually requires some strength of character. It probably also requires turning up at an event occasionally.

  2. simonjkyte says:

    “…but I have no idea why the Tory party thought to sell her on personality alone when she doesn’t have one.”
    I think they have noticed as well

  3. Hugh Wallace says:

    Frightening, truly frightening.

  4. hettyforindy says:

    Interesting read Grouse. Very concerning that now, having been another dreadful attack in London, with T.May’s general election next week, that this will affect the outcome, and not in a good way. These attacks are about the election, an interference in democracy, undermining it greatly.

    Sad indeed to think that people, some at least, would rather a murderous, horrible, negative dystopian world, than a peaceful, decent, life affirming world for all who walk this earth, and for future generations. I just don’t get it, surely humans can’t be that stupid.

    Fingers crossed for the 8th, a Corbyn win, and 59 SNP MPs for Scotland, or as near as possible, otherwise the future is too scary to contemplate.

  5. Grouse Beater says:

    One poll says Labour and Tories neck and neck, and another gives the Tories a 12 point lead. Maybe voters will do what some did at independence referendum – switch to a negative vote last minute and bawl about it later. Who knows? Strange times.

  6. Puzzled Puss says:

    Since the 1980s, with Thatcher’s de-industrialisation of Scotland, and her experiments with monetarism, it’s seemed to me that the Benighted Kingdom has been going to Hell in a handcart. Recently the handcart seems to have been swopped for a turbo-charged skateboard. Roll on independence!

  7. John H says:

    “No Deal is better than a bad deal“. Surely the deal we already have, or had, is the best deal possible. God knows, British governments fought constantly with Europe over the years to get something better than the deal they already had. So, it must follow that a bad deal will be worse than the present deal, and no deal will be worse than a bad deal.

    I heard recently that we have about 750 treaties with the EU. Some of them are now obsolete, but most aren’t. One of those treaties regards landing rights. Without that treaty, British aircraft can’t land in any EU country. “No Deal is better than a bad deal“. I don’t think so.

  8. Grouse Beater says:

    When London airport grounded to halt one can only image what that will mean when we must have visa to take a plane to a our destination via an alternative EU country.

  9. Marconatrix says:

    Very well put, and if it’s scary then surely this is a good time to be scared and act accordingly. I hope and pray that the whole process, this slow slithering slide into fascism, is well and truly nipped in the bud. That June really does put an end to the appalling buds of May …

  10. Grouse Beater says:

    I can’t think how the Tory party will wipe out all of its original projection of 80 new seats, the very thing that motivated the snap election. I’m sure they will still achieve half of that, but it could mean Labour and other parties conjoined make the majority. Whether or not they will allow support from the SNP is another matter. So far they’ve all intimated one way or another they’d rather be obliterated by a North Korean bomb than allow the SNP be a genuine part of the UK. (Contrary to all their encouragement for Scotland to stay in the UK.)

  11. I wonder how Mussolini would have got on with Southern Rail?

  12. Marconatrix says:

    Yes, indeed, G.B., but didn’t someone once say that “Politics is the art of the possible”. Pre-election each party has to say whatever will gain it the most votes, afterwards without a clear majority, rhetoric must give way to realism, leastways I hope so.

    E.g. Corbyn needs the support of a certain fraction of Brexiteers who are anti-establishment, so he mostly keeps his powder dry on that issue, leaving voters to believe what they’d like to believe, vagueness disillusions no-one. But once the votes and seats are in the bag, then who knows what line he may take … or indeed be forced to (reluctantly?) take to hold a majority.

    Interesting times indeed, but maybe not quite in the sense of the old Chineese curse 😉

  13. Grouse Beater says:

    Even his worst critics call Corbyn a nice, decent guy, which makes you think he will be accommodating if he finds himself with the chance of being the new UK administration together with the SNP.

    But knowing how he alters his spots as soon as he crosses the border, and that nice guys get kicked around by British zealots, I can’t see him ever getting the chance to join forces. This is sad, considering how much of socialist practices the SNP protects.

  14. Grouse Beater says:

    Frederick Robinson:
    I believe an efficient train system was one great myth promoted by Mussolini and his adherents. Any number were late in all of his twenty year rule. It was a good propaganda tool to give the impression of the restoration of law and order – the ‘smack of firm government,’ you might say.

  15. Contrary says:

    Ah, it has long been a fear of mine that, with the lack of definitive constitution, there is nothing to stop the UK becoming a fascist dictatorship – as long as the electorate vote for it. I never thought I would really see it start to happen, and it is horrific to watch. The excuses people make to themselves to make this choice seem rational are very far from that. It is done little by little, eroding each piece of morality and culture a little bit at a time so they don’t think it is happening. I really really hope the Tories are fully and definitively trounced in the GE, I know it’s a vain hope but still.

    I joined my first ever rally/march last Saturday – remarkable when I was a student in the height of the Thatcher era, but I am not one for crowds, or maybe strong beliefs – it was the one for Scottish independence: thought I’d add my body to the numbers so sick am I at hearing how there is no ‘appetite for a referendum’. Lots of other individuals in normal casual togs along too – it is definitely not just fanatical activists that feel strongly. Roll on independence, right enough. Whatever happens at this GE, there is no other sensible option for Scotland now. Thatcher started the erosion of all cultural and national (industry) ties between Scotland and England, however thin a veneer it was, and each successive government has carried it on. I have yet to hear what a positive aspect of the Union might be: they are all gone, no sensible answer can be given. Fiscal autonomy and full independence is now imperative – and a proper constitution for Scotland that prevents fascism, and prevents politicians ever selling us out again.

    Thank you for the article grousebeater, eloquently expressed what I was thinking, with added evidence to back it up.

  16. Grouse Beater says:

    excellent commentary.

  17. David Agnew says:

    John Galbraith said that “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness” and that to me is the dictionary definition of a British Tory. The lack of empathy – check. The sense of entitlement to rule – check. Inward looking individualism with no sense of responsibility – check. The promotion of “Moral Hazard” as a perfectly sensible approach to economics – check.

    Put that mix in a smart suit and you get a ideologue. Thats a person with a sense of how things should be, based on their own narrow and unimaginative world view. They’re not patriots but they’ll use it to get what they want. They’re not nationalists but again will happily use it to achieve power.

    What do they do when they get that power? They aggressively pursue their own selfish individualist goals. They sell things off they don’t want to be in charge of. They don’t believe in society. They can’t wrap their heads around a concept like community. They don’t see why they should have to pay for things other people use. Hence the selling off the post office, the blood transfusion service, the dismantling of the NHS, the sacking of policemen, soldiers and other people who work in the public sector.

    All they need are useful idiots and they get away with it. Played Scottish labour like a cheap fiddle to create an anti-snp movement. Monstered immigrants, the poor and the disabled. Played the bigotry card with great aplomb. Got the left to spend more time attacking itself than turn its guns on them. In an era of fake news and piss poor journalism they can avoid any scrutiny encouraging them to greater and greater outrages.

    In summary: I have to disagree with you about the facism. To me they are Belligerently imbecilic, sociopathic ideologues. In short they are selfish, self absorbed little pricks. That makes them scarier as the damage they do is needlessly and thoughtlessly perpetrated, without any consideration of the consequences. Indeed, it is fair to say, that they do it because they literally cannot see the downside to anything they do.

  18. Grouse Beater says:

    Apologies, David. Been in London, didn’t notice your contribution held back in queue – now published. Many thanks.

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