Monday, August 19, 2019

No Holiday From the Politics

I might be on holiday, but the politics just keep on coming.  I've mentioned before that I'm not really an Owen Jones fan-boy - I like some of what he's written but disagree with other stuff of his.  I particularly take issue with his devotion to Corbyn as the saviour of the left.  Nonetheless, I've never understood the sheer level of vitriol levelled at him, not just from the right, but also from many so called 'liberals', (or 'Tory lickspittles' as I prefer to call them).  I'm particularly appalled, albeit hardly surprised, that it hasn't abated in the wake of the physical attack he suffered, apparently at the hands of right wing thugs, over the weekend.  The thrust of much of this latest bile focuses on the idea that he somehow 'deserves' being attacked, or that it is 'poetic justice', because of his refusal to condemn 'attacks' on prominent right-wingers.  Except, of course, that there is no equivalence here - the 'attacks' on right-wingers Jones refused to condemn involved milk shakes being thrown at them - hardly the same thing as being beaten up by a gang of thugs. 

But its all part of the pattern these days, whereby it is always the left who are accused of intimidation nd violence, despite the fact being that it is supporters of the extreme right who have been responsible for actually killing people - shooting an MP here, or driving a car into a crowd of anti-fascist protestors in the US, for instance.  As I've noted before, historically, it is the right who have form for using violence to suppress its critics and achieve its ends.  The left is traditionally too wedded to these ideas of peaceful protest and non-violent action, (like throwing milk shakes at neo-fascists).  But hey, why let the facts get in the way of the fascist propaganda which seems to be sweeping the media these days?  To get back to the attack on Owen Jones, most notable in their silence are those 'liberals' who like to attack him.  With their apparent aversion to violent protests and milk shake throwing and their avowed devotion to 'free speech', you'd think that they'd be queuing up to condemn a journalist getting beaten up by fascist thugs.  But strangely, I haven't heard a peep from the hypocritical little shits.

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