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Arron Banks, Leave EU, “Apologises” for ‘Kraut’ tweet as UK Politics Turns into a Carl Schmitt ‘Friend/Enemy’ Battle.

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Arron Banks Campaign on ‘the Enemy’.

Last night on Channel Four News Timothy Snyder talked about the  Schmittian turn of populist politics in the UK and the US.

Some of today’s politicians have learned propaganda tricks from 1930s fascists, says Yale professor

Democracy is a fragile creation, and the Yale professor and historian of fascism Timothy Snyder should know.

His best selling book, ‘On Tyranny’, offers some practical and political advice for resisting authoritarianism. Professor Snyder had the American reader in mind when he wrote it. But can we learn anything from his work?

I spoke to him earlier and I began by asking him if he saw parallels between the United States and what’s happening in British politics right now.

During the interview Snyder referred to Carl Schmitt and the Friend/Enemy Distinction at the foundation of his extreme right politics.

This, the Yale Professor  argued, is now influencing populism in the US and the UK.

The “Friend “Enemy” distinction outlined by the extreme right German theorist is summed up in the above image.

These are some some of his best-known quote on the topic,

The enemy is not merely any competitor or just any partner of a conflict in general. He is also not the private adversary whom one hates. An enemy exists only when, at least potentially, one fighting collectivity of people confronts a similar collectivity. The enemy is solely the public enemy, because everything that has a relationship to such a collectivity of men, particularly to a whole nation, becomes public by virtue of such a relationship.

Political thought and political instinct prove themselves theoretically and practically in the ability to distinguish friend and enemy. The high points of politics are simultaneously the moments in which the enemy is, in concrete clarity, recognized as the enemy.

From Banks to Cummings these words have become a reality in their  populist campaign to create a national neoliberal regime in Britain.

Leave.EU campaign apologises over tweet calling Merkel a ‘kraut’ and invoking world war

Leave.EU has made a rare apology for a tweet the organisation posted which showed a picture of Angela Merkel with the words: “We didn’t win two world wars to be pushed around by a Kraut.”

The tweet was apparently in response to unfounded reports from a “No 10 source” Ms Merkel had insisted in a phone call to Boris Johnson that Northern Ireland remains within the European Union’s customs union when the rest of the UK leaves the bloc.

After the tweet generated widespread outrage, co-founder of the organisation Arron Banks admitted it “went too far”, but said “the real outrage is the German suggestion that Northern Ireland be separated from the UK”.

He added: “On reflection the point could have been made better.”

Leave.EU tweeted “We’re sorry”, alongside an emoji of a downcast face.

This is a response from a comrade.

Merkel reacted with a great deal of decency to the refugee crisis, a mountain more decency than the UK government ever had,.

Being insulted by these racist pipsqueaks is blood boiling stuff.

Against the left internationalists also stands the Red Brown Front.

They do not just weaken our side by supporting the Brexit project but blur the lines between the left and the national populists with ideas constantly moving in the direction of the right.

Arron Banks – Leave UK – funded the Trade Unionists against the EU.

We await their apology for having anything to do with this gang.

The Morning Star continues to give publicity to Trade Unionists Against the EU, publishing this by the “national officer for Trade Unionists Against the EU” in support of the Tories.

Brexit: why October is good to go.

FAWZI IBRAHIM argues Labour should support the government’s determination to leave the EU at the end of next month

This is the latest project of the Red-Brown Front retweeted from the Full Brexit which the ‘trade unionists against the EU back.



Written by Andrew Coates

October 9, 2019 at 10:46 am

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  1. Big money now being bet on no deal. Corbyn being bushwhacked by Abbot and her cabal of incompetents has guaranteed Tories a majority at GE. The only responsible government for foreseeable future is under Tory rule. All the other parties are so caught up in conflict, trying to overturn the 2016 democratic referendum, they come across as a host of political malcontents with no genuine purpose other than to divide a country.

    The Thornbury’s, Cherry’s and Abbots, of this current extreme left wing gathering of very angry women, hostile in the extreme, hypocritically obsessed with getting their way, at any cost, albeit they all signed up (as did Sturgeon) to deliver Brexit.

    The most incompetent politician in UK today is Swinson, almost certainly likely to finish what remains of the Lib-Dems. Jeremy Thorpe was more popular.

    Why is the UK being demonised by all these ill willed women with little in the way of reality
    behind their sheer venomous displays of hatred aimed at Boris, the world’s new sexiest man :). Maybe they are all secretly after his body…..


    October 9, 2019 at 1:04 pm

  2. There will be lots of people after Boris’s body if a No Deal Brexit goes ahead. They will all be carrying nooses.


    October 9, 2019 at 1:57 pm

  3. Look on the bright side. At least he didn’t make light of The Accursed Hun! And if his last name were Burr he’d likely be gunning own some Treasury Minister on the Field of Honor right about now…


    October 9, 2019 at 2:17 pm

  4. The surveillance capitalists are already getting their algorithms adjusted to forecast this behaviour.and market target customers for old rope.

    Andrew Coates

    October 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

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