The Fear Karma
The overwhelming theme we’ve seen day after day is fear. Fear of the public, fear of ordinary people, fear of the most plaintive easy questioning, fear of having to defend their track record in office, fear of the world outside their gothic pallisade.
As the PM comes to Leith (allegedly) the Tories love of carefully choreographed “public” events looks more and more bizarre.
As writer Peter Geoghegan notes:
“The prime minister’s preference for stage-managed public events with almost no unscripted public involvement looks presidential when you are 20 points ahead in the polls. When that gap narrows to five it appears as if the leader is avoiding the people.”
This country has changed utterly in the past twenty years.
Does anyone remember the ‘man in the white suit”?
“In 1997, twenty-four days before that year’s British General Election, Martin Bell announced that he was leaving the BBC to stand as an independent candidate in the Tatton constituency in Cheshire. Tatton was one of the safest Conservative seats in the country, where the sitting Conservative Member of Parliament, Neil Hamilton, was embroiled in “sleaze” allegations. The Labour and Liberal Democrat parties withdrew their candidates in Bell’s favour in a plan masterminded by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair‘s press secretary. Hamilton was trounced, and Bell was elected an MP with a majority of 11,077 votes – overturning a Conservative majority of over 22,000 – and thus became the first successful independent parliamentary candidate since 1951.”
We are a long way from Martin Bell.
You can view the Tory MP for South East Cornwall trying to get the chair at a hustings to call the police because people speak out against her at a public meeting here:
— thurrock lies (@mrplannings) June 4, 2017
You can view the Home Secretary trying to shut down Nicholas Wilson, an independent anti-corruption candidate standing in Rye here:
These are both politicians in a state of fear, both unable to engage in public discussion, both hiding behind threats or censorship, both colluded with by timid chairs in supposed democratic public events.
Both of these simple examples are an absolute affront to democracy.
Mr Ethical is today’s man in a white suit, but instead of being celebrated he’s smeared and ridiculed.
This is Project Fear eating itself, live.
As someone in Kent erects a huge version of Theresa May – equal parts Little Britain – Boadicea – and The Wicker Man – giving the whole of Europe the V sign from the White Cliffs of Dover, this General Election has an air of un-reality about it.
Maybe it’s the hot-weather the screeching tone or the uncomfortable shifting as Theresa May and her Home Secretary squirm under the mildest scrutiny, the colour draining out of their faces. Maybe it’s the madness of Katie Hopkins on US television with ‘Person of Interest’ Nigel Farage talking about how we “should round up the Muslims”.
There’s fear too in the Telegraph declaring Colonel Ruth the Queen of Scots and working themselves up to declaring a landslide defeat as a magnificent victory.
Is this actually happening?
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