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‘Anti-Woke’ Right Fall Out as GB News Gets Zero Viewers.

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GB News had 'zero viewers' after Guto Harri taking the knee sparks boycott  | HeraldScotland

Boycott due to presenter Guto Harri taking the knee in support of the England football team.

Something to cheer us all up…

GB News attracted zero viewers during some of its broadcasts this week, according to official television audience figures produced by rating agency Barb, after a viewer boycott prompted by one of its presenters taking the knee in solidarity with the England football team.


The story is not just about the Channel’s plunging ratings but a boycott of its programmes because a presenter took the knee in support of the England team. One can guess what kind of viewer refuses even to look at this act of solidarity….

People are reacting to the latest embarrassing GB News blunder.


This week, the channel reportedly received a grand total of zero viewers for some of its broadcasts following a boycott due to presenter Guto Harri taking the knee in support of the England football team.

According to Barb, an official television ratings agency, the broadcasts that attracted no views were the ones presented by former Labour MP Gloria De Pier and business editor Liam Halligan, which airs for 30 minutes from 1pm on Wednesdays, and another at 5pm led by Simon McCoy and Ukip spokesperson Alex Phillips.

After the channel’s viewers criticised Harri’s decision to take the knee, the channel tweeted on Thursday (15 July): “GB News stands four square against racism in all its forms. We do not have a company line on taking the knee. Some of our guests have been in favour, some against. All are anti-racist. We have editorial standards that all GB News journalists uphold.”

However, the channel caused confusion after completely reneging on this in reply to its own tweet, calling Harri’s act “an unacceptable breach of our standards”.

GB News viewers plummet to zero after presenter takes the knee

GB News has seen its viewers plummet to zero for some shows after a boycott over one presenter taking the knee in solidarity with the England national team.

The audience fell to zero at 5pm on Wednesday, during a programme co-hosted by ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy and former Ukip spokesperson Alex Phillips, according to official television audience figures produced by rating agency Barb.

Presenter Liam Halligan and former Labour MP Gloria De Piero’s show also attracted no measurable audience meanwhile their rivals Sky News had 50,000 and BBC News registered 62,000 for the same period.

It came after viewers were outraged by former Boris Johnson spokesman Guto Harri taking the knee after the England team suffered racist abuse after the Euro 2020 final defeat.

The Mail has a different angle..

GB News presenter Guto Harri is condemned by bosses for an ‘unacceptable breach of standards’ after he took the knee live on air and provoked viewer boycott

  • GB News presenter Guto Harri has been condemned by bosses after taking the knee live on television
  • Mr Harri made the anti-racist gesture on air while talking about racist abuse England footballers suffered 
  • GB News publicly rebuked its presenter Mr Harri for his alleged ‘unacceptable breach of standards’
  • But the ex-BBC political correspondent defended his actions on Twitter last night, calling it ‘free speech’


We await the Spikey ones responses…

Written by Andrew Coates

July 16, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Anti-Fascism, Populism

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After Marine Le Pen’s Regional Election Setback the Rassemblement National Retrenches.

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Marine Le Pen gets re-elected to lead France’s far-right National Rally

Marine Le Pen won re-election as head of France’s far-right National Rally Sunday at a party congress, where she is seeking new impetus for her 2022 presidential bid after performing badly in regional polls.

The National Rally (RN), which had been tipped for strong gains in last month’s regional elections, was left floundering after failing to win any of the 13 regions in mainland France.

The results raised questions about Le Pen’s strategy of trying to detoxify her party’s brand and position it as a more mainstream right-wing force.

But she faced no challenge for the party leadership, with her quest for a fourth term winning the backing of 98.35 percent of members in an online and postal ballot, RN announced on the second day of its congress in the southern city of Perpignan.

Note (there was some pretty good coverage in the British press, this is from the Guardian)

In the run-up to the elections to mainland France’s 13 regional governments, the leader of the far-right RN party was confident of capturing three or even five regions, with pre-vote polls giving her party a first-round lead in six.

In the end, she failed to win one. The RN’s highest hopes were for the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region that includes Marseille and Nice, but its candidate, Thierry Mariani, managed only 43%, against 57% for the centre-right’s Renaud Muselier.

The party’s usually reliable voters failed to turn out; candidates, including Mariani, recruited from the mainstream right in an attempt to broaden its appeal performed dismally; and in many areas the RN fared markedly worse than last time.

The conference marked therefore an electoral setback in the campaign to ‘de-diabolise’ the RN. But Marine le Pen announced its conclusion there would no going back to the days of the Front National, the close of the 17th Congress of the RN, the presidential candidate repeated her plan to “implement a government of national unity” in 2022. The underperformance of her party at the regional level had (still) prevented the dynamic of “opening” on the right that she thought they had begun. Congrès du RN : «Nous ne reviendrons pas au FN», Marine Le Pen le jure.

The below reminds us of their limits: the number of their elected representatives.

Députés6  /  577
Sénateurs1  /  348
Députés européens21  /  79
Conseillers régionaux252  /  1758
Conseillers départementaux26  /  4108
Maires de communes de plus de 30 000 habitants2  /  279

In case anybody thinks that the French National Populist RN is a ‘normal’ party, and not something resembling the fringes of Trumpism, the Brexit Party Spiked and the Tory Party’s ‘anti-woke’ Common Sense group here is a key note speech at the Conference,

Sébastien Chenu criticises Jean-Paul Sartre at the Rassemblement national congress

Le Monde.

The deputy of the North explained in a speech, Saturday July 3 in Perpignan, why, according to him, the philosopher “was wrong about everything”.

After fifteen rather classic minutes, during which the speaker declared, after the Italian communist philosopher Antonio Gramsci: “the fight that we lead is a cultural battle before being a political fight” ……….(note added) he went into this rant, worthy of Brendan O’Neill or Frank Furedi.

The sickness, for Sébastien Chenu, dates back to May 68, and in particular to… Jean-Paul Sartre, around whom he drew an unpublished portrait, but perfectly in line with the thought of the extreme right. “Since 1968, the thought of Jean-Paul Sartre ha circulated and influenced all intellectuals, academics, and he media” , began the deputy. The great French philosopher (1905-1980) is for him “the man of all errors, of all blindness” , and not the least: “He is the one who hated the people at the time of the Popular Front, the one who loved the Germans at the time of the Occupation, he wrote it moreover with Simone de Beauvoir, they were fascinated by these events, declared Sébastien Chenu. This is the man who hated de Gaulle and who preferred dictators like Mao, like Stalin. It is the one who made Mitterrand vote in 1981, it is the one who is alongside Ayatollah Khomeini when he was hosted in France. We can still see that this intellectual has planted everything. “

Details on the allied currents now integrated into the RN, Hervé Juvin, of the Parti localiste, and Thierry Mariani, of, La Droite populaire, and a loss of influence of the openly ‘identarian’ individuals in this article:


A Perpignan, au congrès du RN, Marine Le Pen verrouille le parti avant la présidentielle

La députée du Pas-de-Calais a été réélue triomphalement, dimanche, à la tête de la formation d’extrême droite. Son numéro deux, Jordan Bardella, assurera l’intérim pendant la campagne pour l’Elysée.


Official account of the European Political Party Identity & Democracy – #IDParty

th European Parliament[edit]

CountryNational partyEuropean partyMEPs
 AustriaFreedom Party of Austria
Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ)
ID Party               3 / 19
 BelgiumFlemish Interest
Vlaams Belang (VB)
ID Party               3 / 21
 Czech RepublicFreedom and Direct Democracy[19]
Svoboda a přímá demokracie (SPD)
ID Party               2 / 21
 DenmarkDanish People’s Party
Dansk Folkeparti (DF)
None1 / 14
 EstoniaConservative People’s Party of Estonia
Eesti Konservatiivne Rahvaerakond (EKRE)
ID Party               1 / 7
 FinlandFinns Party
Perussuomalaiset (PS)
None2 / 14
 FranceNational Rally
Rassemblement national (RN)
ID Party               23 / 79
 GermanyAlternative for Germany
Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)
None10 / 96
ID Party               25 / 76
 NetherlandsParty for Freedom
Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV)

Written by Andrew Coates

July 6, 2021 at 2:50 pm

Brexit Vote Anniversary and “One Britain, One Nation” coming up…..

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Today is the anniversary of the vote for Brexit led by national populists, believers in the ‘anglo-sphere’. nationalists and openly extreme right and the red-brown front. They were backed by a section of the left, from sovereigntists to self-identifying socialists including one section of the ‘revolutionary left’.

The Leave vote was opposed by liberals, social democrats, Greens, Labour supporters and by a large swathe of the internationalist radical left.

It is a grim day.

The UK marks five years since the Brexit referendum on Wednesday amid an ongoing row over trade with Northern Ireland.


Boris Johnson acknowledged the fifth anniversary of the vote by claiming it was his “mission” to use the UK’s new position in the world to deliver a better future for the British people.

The decision to leave the EU may now be part of our history, but our clear mission is to utilise the freedoms it brings to shape a better future for our people,” he said.

However, in a sharply contrasting message, the veteran pro-European Lord Heseltine said the outlook was “ominous”, with the Northern Ireland peace process under real threat.

The day is made grimmer by this coming event.

 “the government is facing criticism after it emerged schoolchildren were being asked to sing a patriotic song in between classes.”

We are Britain and we have one dream, to unite all people in one great team (x2)

Our nation survived through many storms and many wars

We’ve opened our doors, and widened our island shores

We celebrate our differences with love in our hearts, united forever, never apart

We are Britain and we have one dream, to unite all people in one great team (x2)

So many different races, standing in the same place

So many different faces, moving at the same pace

We all stand together with pride in our hearts, united forever never apart

We are Britain and we have one dream, to unite all people in one great team (x2)

Strong Britain, great nation (x4)Great Britain

Education department challenged over support for One Britain One Nation day

Attempt to enlist schoolchildren in day celebrating British values criticised and ridiculed on social media

A tweet from the Department for Education said it was encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate the day and featured a link to onebritainonenation.com website.

The campaign, led by former policeman Kash Singh who is chief executive and founder of One Britain One Nation (OBON), says it needs the support of schools to “celebrate the day in the spirit it is intended”. The site says “OBON is devoted to galvanising the efforts of people from all backgrounds to rejoice in their pride in Great Britain.” The campaign’s supporters include actor Joanna Lumley, MP Brandon Lewis, and former MPs David Steel and Norman Tebbit.

The site says that schools should encourage children to clap for a minute to “pay tribute to all those people who helped during the Covid 19 pandemic crisis” and give a rendition of the OBON Day 2021 anthem.

The song, which included the lyrics “We are Britain and we have one dream to unite all people in one great team”, has provoked particular ridicule on social media.

Written by Andrew Coates

June 23, 2021 at 12:40 pm