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Spiked Network’s New Front: “Don’t Divide us” Exposing, “racial division being sown in the name of anti-racism. “

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Spiked, Brexit Party ex-MEPs, Learned Pundits, Minstrels and Wordsmiths, try to heal divisions over Race.

Some might say it’s odd, a new front set up on the issue of race, that says “don’t divide us” whose three main initiators are: a former Brexit Party MEP and ex-Revolutionary Communist Party stalwart, Claire Fox of the ‘Academy of Ideas’, a one-time Brexit Party candidate and author at Brexit Central, and Spiked, Inaya Folarin Iman, and “anti-woke” glee and mirth-man, and – do we need to say? – Spiked contributor Andrew Doyle.

But it is so…

The Spiked Network (for more on this group see SPIKED FOOTNOTES) has geared into action…

The Spectator.

Racial division is being sown in the name of anti-racism

….activists, corporations and institutions seem to have seized the opportunity to exploit Floyd’s death to promote an ideological agenda that threatens to undermine British race relations.

The power of this ideology lies in the fear it inspires in those who would otherwise speak out, whatever their ethnicity. But speak out we must. We must oppose and expose the racial division being sown in the name of anti-racism.

The consequences of this toxic, racialised agenda are counter-productive and serious.

  • Under soulless acronyms such as BAME and POC, all ethnic minorities are robbed of individual agency, and assumed to be victims of injustice.
  • Free speech is being eroded by a McCarthyite culture of conformity in which to question the new dogma means to risk one’s livelihood and reputation.
  • Calls for the wholesale destruction of historical statues, symbols and works of art are fuelling an unhealthy war against the past and stirring up culture wars in the present.
  • An obsessive focus on the impact of colonialism threatens to turn history into a morality tale, rather than a complex, three-dimensional understanding of the past.

People will instantly agree that what we need on the issues of race and colonialism, slavery and ethnicity and nationalism, is the kind of complex nuanced debate that this little lot promoted as members of the Brexit Party, united behind the calm, anti-racist, leadership of Nigel Farage.

Or indeed by their on-line magazine Spiked:

Or: ‘The left is turning into a Woke Taliban’

They are surely right to conclude that “We will not be divided – by reactionary racists or culture warriors – who refuse to see us as individuals beyond our skin colour.”

Our ace-reporters are working on this right now, but look at some these tasty anti-division names that have backed this new Spiked Front:

William Clouston, party leader, The Social Democratic Party.

Recent healing Tweet:

Ben Habib, businessman; co-founder, Unlocked; former MEP (Brexit Party, modestly not mentioned…).

Christina Jordan, former MEP, South West England (Also Brexit Party, unmentioned).

Mercy Moroki:

Ed Husain, author The House of Islam: A Global History

Helen Pluckrose, specialist in the appealing sounding “Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship”.

Courtney Hamilton, Writer, (not mentioned: Author at spiked).

Another gleeman Simon Evans – he sounds a right laugh!

This all looks more like a Blue and Bluer Front than the previous Spiked initiative, The Full Brexit, which drew support from the Communist Party of Britain to the Brexit Party….
Perhaps closeness to Number 10 is altering the line…

 

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  1. Look: we can think of instances when when anti-racism has been taken to linguistic and cultural excess and/or focused on secondary issues rather than crucial matters of economic, employment and educational discrimination (usually, in my experience, by well-meaning white people), but that’s a minor matter that can be sorted out in the course of serious and respectful discussion amongst people of goodwill. The increasingly reactionary poseurs at Spiked are not interested in any such discussion: they just see it as the latest “anti-woke” bandwagon to jump on. Together with their co-thinkers at the Spectator (O’Neill, Fox, and their friend the Hon Tobias Young contribute to both), Spiked is increasingly coming out as the mouthpiece for self-righteous and self-pitying middle class (and upper class) whites who claim to have a black “best friend” who really agrees with them… sad and also despicable.

    Jim Denham

    July 2, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    • I agree, and like many find academic nit-picking and self-righteous shouting down completely wrong.

      Spiked are not about that, they have a lot in common with the cultural support for national populism in other European countries – I have cited France many times because I’m a French speaker who reads a lot of the latest political polemics, books and articles, which deal with this. They too are “antiPC “(‘woke” hasn’t reached them widely, and is not easily translatable like “politically correct”, which is practically Romance language already).

      Their agenda is their own kind of identity politics, very close to Furdei’s defence of the heritage of Western Civilisation, national sovereignty, and increasingly backing the Cummings wing of the Tory government.

      Andrew Coates

      July 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm

  2. “Some might say it’s odd, a new front set up on the issue of race, that says ‘don’t divide us’ …”.

    Unless one remembers that divide-and-rule has always been a bourgeois tactic used in an effort to get the working class fighting amongst itself rather than uniting to demand workers’ control of the means of production, it must indeed seem odd that big business has been falling over itself to advertise its approval of as ostensibly loony-left-seeming a group as BLM, in its nasty, vicious efforts to do exactly that dirty work for the bosses. But with clarity of vision, one can see that BLM are are lackeys of the capitalists, working undercover as pseudo-Marxists.

    I didn’t need to read this piece in Spiked myself. I could spot a mile off, just by watching the mainstream media, that racial division was being sown in the name of anti-racism, and that the usual reactionary suspects were mostly jolly pleased about this. That some of those who get to write what is or the same conclusion I reached independently and documented myself before the Spike brigade had put pen to paper.

    I suggest that you address the real issue yourself, belatedly, rather than lamenting that Spiked writers you don’t like beat you to it (but not me).

    JohnAllman.UK

    July 2, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    • The sentence which read, “That some of those who get to write what is or the same conclusion I reached independently and documented myself before the Spike brigade had put pen to paper.” in my post above, should have said, “That some of those who get to write in Spike later reached the same conclusion I had reached independently and documented myself before the Spike brigade had put pen to paper, does not make me doubt the conclusion I reached.”

      JohnAllman.UK

      July 2, 2020 at 8:36 pm

  3. “as ostensibly loony-left-seeming a group as BLM, in its nasty, vicious efforts to do exactly that dirty work for the bosses. But with clarity of vision, one can see that BLM are are lackeys of the capitalists, working undercover as pseudo-Marxists”: assuming you are not trying to be satirical, John, please give some concrete examples of BLM’s “dirty work for the bosses.”

    Jim Denham

    July 3, 2020 at 7:46 am

    • There is obviously some truth in the claim that a strain of extreme liberalism – known in the US as left-wing, and at work in the demand for equality of opportunity and such promotion of minority business figures – is more than compatible with capitalism. Genuine left-wingers in the US point to the way people from such movements often end up as Democrat politicians, or get into academic debates that have little to do with anything outside their own circles.

      MY own criticism would focus on the very big difference between European societies, which have welfare states and some kind of large scale left, and left wing trade unions, and the US. In these conditions, and the very plural ethnic and national backgrounds of immigration and settlement, make Europe very very different to America. Are Maghrebians, people from the Middle East, Eastern Europeans, Iranians, Turks, Kurds, South and East Asians, black? Clearly not. But there are issues about equality there. There are other difficulties, not to mention that the main force behind Black Lives Matter does not seem to extend its interest much beyond black lives in the US, (part from a faction which thinks of Palestinians for some reason) or,for the offshots in Europe, to our own countries. I can’t see much interest in making present day black lives in Africa matter.

      Andrew Coates

      July 3, 2020 at 10:10 am

    • I was going to ask that as well. Unfortunately what this writer does is to use the old Marxist concepts of classes and struggle and to impose them on what is going on at the moment when they don’t apply. It would also seem that BLM is being used by a number of groups for their own ends one being the SWP which has allegedly crowdfunded a million quid.

      Dave Roberts

      July 3, 2020 at 1:44 pm

  4. Will Spiked be taking up the cause of David Starkey?

    Jim Denham

    July 3, 2020 at 9:03 pm

  5. Spiked Online has posted no new articles since 3rd July and all BTL comments seem to be closed. Wonder if they’re in a bit of a pickle over whether or not to support Starkey?

    Jim Denham

    July 5, 2020 at 7:13 pm


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