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.
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 that. Mussolini
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
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