Just three posts in and it is Godwin’s law time, except ….. well, except the more I look at the modern Conservative Party, the more valid it becomes to ask if it is becoming a fascist party.
There are many definitions of fascism but the most common ones have three things in common, an opposition to liberalism, Marxism and traditional conservatism; and the defining ethos of the various fascist parties and regimes of the first part of the 20th Century was a tendency toward reactionary authoritarian nationalism, an ethos the current Tories seem to possess in spades.
We are way past the point of suggesting the Conservative party is on the road to fascism – the Goebbels-like control of the media message, the CCHQ Sturgeon/Salmond-masked Sturmabteilung thugs attacking opposing politicians, the demonisation of easily identifiable & stereotyped scapegoat groups – there ain’t anything proto- about this mob, they are the real deal.
So how far will they take things? We had the candidate who suggested that “the disabled” (that stereotyping at work again) wear coloured armbands to identify themselves, we have had more than one councillor ‘joking’ that disabled babies should be killed at birth, we have the Bedroom Tax forcing people out of the ‘nice’ unaffordable areas and moving them into locations where they can be easily managed, ghettoisation by any measure; most of all we have had the activities of Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP, whose sanctioning policies and targets have led directly to a number of deaths, how many we may never know.
Five years ago all of that was unthinkable. Even now many refuse to accept the realities of what is happening around us; the British people aren’t by nature cruel and unfair, but we do possess a massive complacency and a reluctance to believe that our Government is capable of such things. Well we’d better wake up, because they are capable of that and of so much more.