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Piers Corbyn Releases His Xmas Hits Chart Bid.

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There is an anti-Vaxx sticker on a lamp-post by Bond Street next to the old County Hall in Ipswich near where I live. This year there’s been a spate of similar stickers round the centre of town. This one has plumbed the depths: it’s a protest against vaccinating school children. In other words, using the youngest to further their own frenzy against public health measures.

Piers Corbyn and his mates have got a reputation recently for targeting schools in their own campaign, “Anti-vaxxers have begun concentrating on kids, with Piers Corbyn yelling at London pupils in an try and scare them off getting the jab”

Is this the latest attempt by Conspiracy Corbyn to attract a youthful audience?

Here is Corbyn’s Impresario:

This would be sad were it not more than a joke.

Corbyn is sometimes compared to the ‘Protein Man’, Stanley Green, who would parade down Oxford Street with placards calling to eat less fish, bird, meat, cheese, egg, bens, peas nuts and sitting and selling  Eight Passion Proteins.  A man with odd, famously odd, views, that did not harm to anybody.

But Corbyn is not just an eccentric. Nor has his relentless turn as bad penny been without consequences: his lies have helped stir the pot for a whole range of anti-Lockdown types, not just limosine libertarians but the hard far-right.

The former (very former) comrade from the International Marxist Group and brother of Jeremy Corbyn looks like the fascist that he has become.

Like the tasty geezer in the picture above.

Update: in the MSM now:

Experts wade in:

Written by Andrew Coates

November 29, 2021 at 9:20 am

The Far-Right and the ‘Covid Sceptic’ Bandwagon.

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Piers Corbyn Shown the Door.

(Anti-vax protestors including Piers Corbyn have been forcibly removed from an event led by Sadiq Khan in North London tonight.)

The presence, and in important cases, the leading role of the far-right in protests against restrictions brought about to deal with the Covid pandemic, has been widely reported. The hard core have propagated the view that efforts to stop the spread of the virus are part of a ‘globalist’ plan, run by a Cabal of various bodies, Big Pharma, an opportunity fabricated by those planning the Great Reset of Capitalism (after the expression prominent at the 2000 World Economic Forum).

A widely broadcast video, Hold Up, Retour sur un chaos by French conspiracist Pierre BarnĂ©rias claimed that the virus was created in “l’Institut Pasteur before being sent to Wuhan. On-line it was seen by over two million of people in France and elsewhere. The film compiles a variety of false claim “These include the supposed futility of face masks, claims that hydroxychloroquine is a proven remedy for Covid-19, the theory of links to 5G mobile networks and the notion of a totalitarian global government – known as the New World Order – bent on enslaving the people.”

During Lockdown there were protests in many countries, including Ireland and the UK. Their theme was ‘freedom’ from health based restrictions but included conspiracists and the far-right. No formal rightist presence was noted, although the robust anti-vacinne actions called by ‘Official Voice’, “a collective forum of like-minded truth seekers”, in September had a quasi-militarist look about them.

When in France the government introduced the Health Pass (Pass Sanitaire) large demonstrations took place. On the 17th July 100,000 marches across the country, initiating public demonstrations which reached a peak of 237,000 in the middle of August before declining to a few thousand in November. The leading role of Florian Philippot, former henchman of Marine le Pen put the leader of his own far right party, Les Patriots, back in the limelight. “When Philippot was addressing the Paris rally and introduced a man called Benjamin onto the stage, saying, “He got vaccinated, but that was his choice,” there was an awkward moment of hesitation in the crowd, Le Figaro reported. It then erupted into cheers when Philippot said, “But he’s against the health pass!” as Benjamin ripped up his vaccination certificate.” (France 24).

Phillipot’s association with the anti-Health Pass movement was joined by the participation of other extreme-right groupuscules. Their presence went with the anti-Semitic symbols and placards of some protestors, (asking Qui ? ‘Who’ said to indicate a cosmopolitan plot behind the Macron/Cazeneuve measures). This did not deter some left-wingers from joining the upswell, sometimes on the very same ground. For them it was an issue of civil liberty. Jean-Luc MĂ©lenchon called the Health Pass, and other moves, Une addition de sottises sans nom, dans une inefficacitĂ© totale et une brutalitĂ© absolue.” (a pile of nonsense, completely ineffective and totally brutal) while dissociating himself from the racist presence. The La France insoumise Presidential candidate rejected being lectured to by the Macron political “caste” and complained of having to put up with the far right and anti-Semites on the rallies, ( France Info, “de devoir supporter l’extrĂȘme-droite et les antisĂ©mites.) Some suggest that the motive of this section of the left was to make a populist appeal to the remains of the gilets jaunes movement which has supported the movement.

At present France’s far-right is engaged in a battle for next year’s Presidential elections. In the duel between Éric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen Covid issues have come up. The former has winked towards the anti-Health pass movement and has promised to abolish the Health Pass, adding, that boosters will be only for the over 65s. The candidate of the Rassemblement National has called to end the obligation of health care workers to be vaccinated and an easing of restrictions. Florian Philippot has announced his own Presidential candidacy, around the call “le rĂ©tablissement de toutes nos libertĂ©s” (re-establish all our freedoms) which barely registers (PrĂ©sidentielle 2022 : Florian Philippot candidat 16.11.21).

The issue has come to the fore across Europe with the weekend demonstrations in Austria, the rioting in the Netherlands, and outbreaks of violence during a Brussels march.

Today the US NBC sums up the most recent developments.

Far right spies an opportunity in Europe’s new wave of Covid pain and protest

A new fault line is emerging in Austrian and European politics: whether or not a party supports Covid restrictions.

The Vienna rally was organized by the far-right Freedom Party, the third biggest political party in Austria, which experts say has used the pandemic to further its anti-establishment credentials and re-establish public support after a high-profile scandal.

“STOPP Impffaschismus,” (stop vaccine fascism) one sign in Vienna read. “Kontrolliert die Grenze, nicht euer volk,” (control the border, not your people) another said — just some of the slogans mixing vaccine skepticism with right-wing ideology.

Austria has become an explicit case of direct far-right involvement in these issues.

What of the UK?

Piers Corbyn is still at it.

Written by Andrew Coates

November 24, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Piers Corbyn pulls one of his worst stunts ever.

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Piers Corbyn sparks outrage as anti-vax mob build GALLOWS outside  Parliament | UK | News | Express.co.uk

Who will rid us of this Public Nuisance?

Anti-Vaxx, anti-Lockdown campaigns are at a cross-roads. Only a couple of months ago they were on a steep upward curve.

This was most visible and audible in the streets. One of the biggest sites of protest was Germany. The Querdenken (Thinking out of the Box) movement was behind sone of Europe’s largest anti-lockdown protests. They mobilised tens of thousands. Deutsche Welle said as the demonstrations had got underway back in April, “Some look like hippies from the 1960s and 70s. Others seek to provoke by wearing a yellow star, similar to those which Jews were forced to wear under the Nazis. Instead of the word “Jude” (Jew) their stars bear the word “ungeimpft” (not vaccinated.) The stars are meant to highlight the alleged stigmatization by the system the protesters reject.” They added, that there was evidence of the “interweaving of leading Querdenker figures with far-right ReichsbĂŒrger and Selbstverwalter groups.” Querdeenken themselves say that extremism, anti-semitism, violence, hatred and causing harm to people has no place in their movement.

Police in Berlin have arrested 300 demonstrators during protests against Germany’s coronavirus restrictions. (30th of August)

Some 38,000 people took to the streets in the city for mostly peaceful demonstrations.

Later hundreds of protesters, many from the far right, tried to storm the Reichstag, the home of Germany’s federal parliament.

A number of people were arrested and German politicians condemned the attack as “shameful” and “unacceptable”.

Some of those involved had insignia from the far-right ReichsbĂŒrger (Reich Citizens) movement. Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: “Nazi symbols as well as ReichsbĂŒrger and Imperial German flags have no place in the German Bundestag.”

Earlier some 200 people were arrested at one rally, which the authorities blamed on right-wing agitators who were said to have thrown stones and bottles.

Anti-fascists have protested against the far-right.

What political impact have the anti-Lockdown anti-vaxx protests had? Katharina Pfaff (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Eric Neumayer (LSE) and Thomas PlĂŒmper (Vienna University of Economics and Business), noted at the end of September,

Whether the Querdenken franchise survives the end of the pandemic is an open question. At the moment Querdenken mobilises predominantly against the vaccine campaign. It clearly failed to make opposition to lockdowns the main agenda item for the 2021 elections to the Federal Parliament on 26 September. The recent removal of user accounts, pages, and groups linked to the Querdenken movement by Facebook and Instagram on the basis that they spread misinformation is unlikely to affect mobilisation in the long run. Communication with peers and supporters can still take place via social media.

Querdenken: the German anti-lockdown movement that thrives on public distrust.

Now the German media are carrying reports of possible violence from the movement. Today the Lower-Saxony authorities warn of this threat, Niedersachsens Verfassungsschutz warnt vor Gewalttaten aus Querdenker-Bewegung.

Marches against measures taken to deal with Coronavirus have taken place across the planet. The media has reported not just their ‘civil liberty’ themes, but the emergence of anti-Vaccination demands and conspiracy theories. A common language carried by the ‘ querdenken bewegung’ and its counterparts world-wide has been the subject of many many articles and studies. You could hear people talking about restrictions on freedom, about the dangers of vaccination, about Globalism, and the New World Order. It was not difficult to find, and not just in hyper-space, the Web. There were even stickers along these lines in the streets near where I live, and a few, small, protests in this town and County.

In France anti-Covid Health Pass (Vaccine ‘Passports’) demonstrations took place. At their height in August they drew over 200,000 people across the country  (237 000 protesters on August the 7th). Numbers have dropped to tens of thousands in the autumn. As with Germany there was far-right involvement. Anti-Vaxx conspiracist signs have mixed with sightings of those wearing Yellow Stars. The presence of Marine Le Pen supporters was not given official RN imprint – reports talk of their ‘discretion’ faced with a movement that could be seen as ‘anti-Republican’. But Florian Philippot, leader of Les Patriotes and former Vice-President of the Front National has played a leading role in the marches. He will be holding this anti-Health Pass event next weekend DĂ©filĂ© national pour la libertĂ© . Violent ultra-right groupuscules have clashed with left-wingers – a minority of the left believed that there was something to back in protests that claim to be for civil rights and against President Macron – on these protests.

October the 9th. The National.

“A French anti-terrorism judge has charged four men with suspected links to a far-right conspiracy theorist over a plot to attack targets including Covid-19 vaccination centres.

Two of the men are also accused of being involved in the kidnapping of an eight-year-old girl in April.

Remy Daillet, a leading figure in conspiracy circles, was arrested in June over the kidnapping as he returned to France on a flight from Singapore.

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The group are suspected of plotting a series of attacks, including against vaccination centres, a Masonic lodge, prominent people and journalists, sources say.

The team had “a multitude of violent actions planned, targeting institutional sites, vaccination centres, 5G antennas”, one source said.

There have been protests over government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic across the world, many around the same themes as the German and French movements.

A critique of those on the left – indicating the depths of confusionism in some quarter – who have shown indulgence towards some of their themes is offered here: ValĂ©rie GĂ©rard : Â« Ce mouvement anti-pass ne construit rien de commun mais prĂŽne la destruction de toute communautĂ© “we have all seen the posters “Nazi pass” with S evoking the SS, to join it is to strengthen it, and to reinforce this imagination, by increasing the general confusion. In marching with fascists against authoritarianism, we risk above all reinforcing fascism, and, ultimately, authoritarianism.”

Britain, this week.

Part of the same Health Trust as Ipswich Hospital:

And, to cap it all.

With this kind of serious far-right involvement and the stunts in Britain is this surprising? However vile they are they seem to indicate desperation. The upward curve has gone downwards.

The populist right is regretting its encouragement of Covid conspiracists

Paolo Gerbaudo Today.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, the pandemic has become yet another stage for the culture war. But it may be one that the right will end up regretting. The emergency unleashed a flood of disparate conspiracy theories about the virus and vaccines that spread rapidly on social media, while “anti-mask” and “anti-lockdown” protest movements framed contagion prevention measures as a “health dictatorship”.

Populist right leaders were quick to take advantage of this, seeing in Covid scepticism yet another opportunity to show the gulf between the priorities of progressives and ordinary people. In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro described Covid as â€œlittle flu”, and to this day continues to claim he has not been vaccinated, though nobody knows for sure. In the US, Donald Trump went into full conspiracy mode, suggesting that bleach may be a cure for Covid. In the UK, Johnson took a more pragmatic mainstream stance after briefly favouring herd immunity. But to his right, Nigel Farage and some Tory MPs continued to dally with Covid scepticism.

Yet, in many countries the populist right is now finding itself at odds with a movement it has fuelled, but cannot control any more

In France, Marine Le Pen also risks being outflanked on her right by populist candidates who have taken more radical culture war stances. These include anti-immigration talk-show star Ă‰ric Zemmour, who is sky-rocketing in the polls, as well as Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the leader of the nationalist Debout la France party, and Le Pen’s estranged ally Florian Philippot, who have both espoused Covid conspiracy theories.

In Germany, the far-right Alternative fĂŒr Deutschland party has had a stormy relationship with the Covid sceptic movement Querdenker (literally “lateral thinkers”). Querdenker activists were involved in internal party squabbles and have gone on to launch a new formation called Die Basis (The Base) contributing to the AfD’s disappointing performance in the last elections.

Amid growing culture war polarisation, rightwing parties that have adopted a populist strategy are struggling to hold together their brittle electoral coalition. One in which true believers who embrace conspiracy theories whole-cloth sit alongside more moderate centre-right voters with little patience for popular superstitions.

While anti-vaxxers are very vocal, they are actually a relatively small proportion of the population…..

Written by Andrew Coates

October 21, 2021 at 12:10 pm