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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 09:34 AM

This isn't a crisis of 'civility' - it's the right whipping up violence

Boris Johnson’s defenders claim that objections to his rhetoric – whether it be of a “surrender bill” or “betrayal” – are simply hypocritical oversensitivity from political opponents who are themselves not averse to hyperbolic rhetoric. But the difference is context: the far right openly sees Johnson’s language as legitimising its cause, lauding his tirades against what they describe as the “traitors in parliament”. Even his own sister has described his rhetoric as “tasteless”, and his former colleague Amber Rudd says it “legitimises violence”. That’s before we discuss how a rightwing press – which dominates Britain’s media – has popularised terms such as “enemies of the people”, “saboteurs” and “traitors”, and whipped up bigotry towards Muslims, refugees, migrants and trans people.

The far right does not represent millions of people who voted for Brexit; but they have appointed themselves the protectors of what they see as a besieged nation. They use intimidation, harassment and violence against those they deem “traitors”. And they see supposedly respectable media outlets and politicians legitimising their beliefs.


[link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/30/crisis-civility-right-whipping-up-violence-hate-crimes|]

Emphasis mine
He is not wrong - the UK is really big on whataboutery and providing 'balance' when there should be no such thing - how can you have balance re calls to violence of language and deed?

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 09:40 AM

1. Chilling parallels.

What the UK parliament has done over the past weeks has been really inspiring. (I've got Sky News on now and also the Guardian Live Updates on Brexit). I wonder if it helped some American politicians and media people grow some spine. The parliamentarians accomplished an enormous amount in a period of days and got Boris Johnson on the defensive.

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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:16 PM

2. 'oversensitive' what bullies, thugs & abusers always claim- big red flag

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