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The Red-Brown Front – Spiked – Ramps Up Culture of Intolerance Towards Owen Jones.

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Spiked, “swift and opportunistic use of the attack to demonise certain sections of the media.”

Spiked is the leading voice of the Red-Brown Front, the arm that helps fight the culture wars for the national populist Brexit Party.

They stand for an identity united around National Sovereignty for the “real” people who back Brexit against the elites.

Spiked aims to create a society, in which risk is taken by science-driven entrepreneurs, every country is fiercely independent,  business and culture thrive democratically, and trade is willingly  negotiated with free-spirit Donald Trump.

The virtues and the heritage of European civilisation, culture, and the Enlightenment are behind them.

A “war against ‘No Deal Brexit’, ” really just means a war against Brexit”

Spiked battles for the heroic “ordinary people” the “disenfranchised” like Nigel Farage and Anne Widdecombe against “offence culture” and wokeness.

It’s no surprise that to create a segmented society, excluding their opponents,  they target “Patsy” Greta Thunberg  and Owen Jones, “mouthpiece of middle class moralism”.

Brendan, for it is he, has today chosen Owen for “using” the assault he was a victim of over the weekend.

Not just using, but taking the case of people fired up by bigotry to implicate the bigots in the media.

Who’s really demonising journalists?

There is a grim irony in the response to the assault on Guardian columnist Owen Jones. Which is that this attack on a journalist is being used by woke leftists, including by Mr Jones himself, to attack journalists.

He continues,

the swift and opportunistic use of the attack to demonise certain sections of the media could prove to be the greater threat to press freedom.

Brendan pauses, to sip his own breath,

It goes without saying, I hope, that the attack on Jones was horrible and outrageous. Especially if it is true that he was targeted for his leftish beliefs. That would make it not just a punch-up outside a pub, but also an act of political intolerance. That is out of order in an open, civilised society.

But that makes it all the more depressing that this alleged act of intolerance has been weaponised to a different cause of intolerance – the left’s intolerance towards free-wheeling, rabble-rousing press outlets. Or as Jones referred to them yesterday, when he was outrageously implying that they bear some responsibility for what happened to him, the ‘hate preachers’ of the media.

The man himself sniffs his armpits,

He claims his attackers were far-right activists. And he says such far-right activists have been emboldened by ‘people in the mainstream media who deliberately stoke tensions, who demonise minorities and who demonise the left’.

His target was clearly the tabloid press (NOTE, which O’Neill writes for).  He said: ‘We should just be honest about it. We live in a society where on the front pages of newspapers you have things like “enemies of the people”, “traitors”, “saboteurs” – that’s how people are discussed in politics.’

Reaching for his Voltaire and loudly passing wind, O’Neill, bellows,

Prejudice against certain newspapers, and more importantly prejudice against the people who read them, who are presumed to be so fickle, so easily warped by words, that a few spicy headlines can convince them to wallop a Guardian columnist outside a pub.

Lowering to his warmed over theme he continues,

…who is responsible for the attack on Andy Ngo in Portland? The so-called antifa forces who assaulted him, very violently, notably used milkshakes. They were clearly inspired by the middle-class milkshaking phenomenon in the UK and possibly by pro-milkshaking journalists at newspapers like the Guardian, one of whom said milkshaking is a valiant effort to ‘reduce men of pomp to figures of ridicule’. If the Express bears responsibility for right-wing violence, does the Guardian bear responsibility for left-wing violence?

The conclusion,

The problem is a broader culture of intolerance towards different opinions – and that ugly culture comes more from the PC establishment itself than it does from a few saucy front-page headlines.

As in, “The green movement has become hysterical” Spiked 16th of August.



Written by Andrew Coates

August 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm

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  1. Andrew Coates

    August 19, 2019 at 5:39 pm

  2. I’m just wondering what the evidence is for the attack being by fascists neo or otherwise.

    Dave Roberts

    August 19, 2019 at 7:50 pm

  3. Jones says (and there’s no reason not to believe him) that he has received a number of threats from far right and Brextremist forces; while there doesn’t seem to be conclusive proof as yet, there is every reason to suspect very strongly that it was those sort of people.

    Jim Denham

    August 20, 2019 at 11:00 am

  4. I would like to see what he says constitutes threats or could the comment be simply in bad taste and one Jones, being the snowflake he is, would regard as a threat to kill? I can’t help thinking that it’s a bit strange for a group of right wing extremists, in my experience of them in East London in the seventies a particularly nasty group of people, would have carried out surveillance on Jones, waylaid him outside a pub at three in the morning and he ended up with a bruise and a scratch.

    More likely it was just one of those drunken altercations that occur all the time and Jones has turned it into the beginnings of a right wing coup d’etat, being a snowflake looking for some safe space to be offended in that he is!

    Dave Roberts

    August 20, 2019 at 12:02 pm

  5. What’s happened to my last post?

    Dave Roberts

    August 20, 2019 at 12:21 pm

  6. It must have been deleted, Dave.

    Mrs Roberts

    August 20, 2019 at 5:56 pm

  7. No, it’s there. Snowflakes and all!

    Dave Roberts

    August 20, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    • Soros told me to put it up!

      Andrew Coates

      August 20, 2019 at 6:26 pm

  8. Good 🙂 Let us be thankful for small mercies, Dave 🙂

    Mrs Roberts

    August 20, 2019 at 6:33 pm

  9. lol Andrew, you are sounding like some conspiracy theory fruit loop 🙂 Put down the kool-aid!

    Mrs Roberts

    August 20, 2019 at 6:37 pm

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