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Right Wing Extremists Step up Campaign to Save Our Statues.

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“Woke is the Enemy of our History, Traditions and Values.”

Government to require planning permission for removal of statues as Robert Jenrick criticises ‘baying mobs’

The communities and local government secretary wants to grant himself the power to overrule Labour councils, many of whom have launched reviews to address the legacy of colonialism and slavery.

Under law changes to be published on Monday, he claimed every statue would be given greater protection from “baying mobs” and road names saved from a “revisionist purge” by Labour councils.

This group has emerged, with a role in supporting the government’s measures:

Save Our Statues

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Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and many Conservative MPs promised they’d save our history from mob rule. And Save Our Statues is here to help them do just that!

We are ramping up our efforts to get them policy solutions that will help our supportive politicians push back against the bullies, shrink the size of handouts to extremists, dismantle loony left legislation and defeat biased local council reviews designed to delete your history. Become a Save Our Statues member and force the change you want to see in Westminster.


Peter Whittle – Founder & Chairman

Peter Robin Whittle (born 6 January 1961) is a British politician, author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a London Assembly Member (AM) affiliated with the Brexit Alliance, having formerly been affiliated with the UK Independence Party (UKIP). He is the founder and director of the New Culture Forum think tank and host of So What You’re Saying Is…, a weekly cultural and political interview show on YouTube.


Richard Bingley – General Secretary (Former Ukip home affairs spokesman Richard Bingley and former Ukip home affairs spokesman). 

Media Partners:

We are a global community dedicated to resisting threats to our heritage.

Those who wish to destroy our monuments and rewrite our history are using online petitions to help give the impression of large-scale support they just don’t have.

We are a resource to log and promote counter-petitions aiming to defend them.


‘Global’, as in North American and Britain.


This Blog has mixed feelings about getting rid of statues, renaming streets, and dealing with the legacy of empire by symbolic actions. Monuments are history. They can raise issues, not honour people.

But those claiming to stand for tradition have no right to defend the values of  the past if they claim that these values are everybody’s. Empires, from the British to the Ottoman, are not something many would wish emulate today.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 21, 2021 at 11:25 am

Culture Wars: One Wounded, Laurence Fox.

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Trashy reactionary UK grifter Laurence Fox just BEGS to be sued by Crystal  for libel. : rupaulsdragrace

Will Baronnes Claire Regina Fox Continue to Lend Support?

Story of the day:

Stonewall boss sues Lawrence Fox for defamation

A charity boss is suing Laurence Fox after the actor labelled him and others ‘paedophiles’ during a bizarre online spat.

Simon Blake, the deputy chair of LGBT charity Stonewall said in a Twitter statement on Monday that he was suing Fox for defamation.

Earlier on Monday, Fox was embroiled in a heated exchange with a number of Twitter users which included Mr Blake and Coronation Street actress Nicola Thorp.

The Lewis star called them ‘paedophiles’ after they had claimed he was ‘racist’.

On Saturday, Fox had accused Sainsbury’s of ‘promoting racial segregation and discrimination’ and promised to boycott the supermarket chain after it promoted Black History Month.

As he faced a backlash for his views, he clapped back at people ‘falsely accusing him of racism’ by retaliating with unsubstantiated slurs calling them ‘paedophiles’.

Mr Blake then tweeted asking Fox to delete the ‘untrue’ slur but when Fox did not initially do so, he released a statement saying Fox had ‘defamed’ him and that he had instructed lawyers to pursue legal action.

At the end of September Lawrence Fox launched his new (£4 Million quid backed) Party, provisionally called ‘Reclaim’  to “‘fight the culture wars’.

The troops have been massing across the battlefield.

The Tories entered the culture war.”The Conservative Party should lay a firm claim to the enlightenment tradition and let that be its lodestar in the culture war (“The Conservatives must rally to the flag of the Enlightenment tradition as the culture wars rage.  September the 20th 2020). 

The Master strategists of Spiked had carried this ‘long-read’ at the end of June.

“The culture war now constitutes politics in general” writes Spiked Guru, Frank Ferudi. The one-time revolutionary Communist  talks of a  “crusade against the Enlightenment” against the “civilisational achievements of the past”.

The identitarians are winning the culture wars

Since the 1970s, regressive political forces have colonised the institutions of education, culture and even business.

It has successfully marginalised conservative and classical-liberal ideas, be they tolerance or democracy, within institutions of socialisation, such as schools and universities. And it has turned many cultural institutions, from the arts to the media, against humanist sentiments and ideals associated with the Western tradition that runs from Classical Greek philosophy through the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Even classical socialist ideals of solidarity and internationalism have been torn.

He continues in this Burkean vein,

These developments take the form of a one-sided war against the past in general, and the legacy of the West in particular. Those upholding the importance of tradition and historical continuity now appear to be always on the defensive.

One source is education, 

 a result of this development, ‘public educational systems’ become a ‘major cosmopolitanising influence on [their] students, with a corresponding distancing from localistic interests and values’.

In this “stylisation of life”, “the post-1970s cultural crusaders are winning.” It remains for those of “us concerned with defending the legacy of human civilisation step up and take the fight.

It takes some cheek to claim that the anti-tradition currents known under the name of the Enlightenment are part of …tradition.

Ferudi is known for his vast collection of newspaper clippings, now digitalised.

One wonders if he has ever had to time to read some of the works of the Enlightenment writers he claims for the national populist camp.

Zadig ou la Destinée; 1747 is one of Voltaire’s best known stories. It ” challenges religious and metaphysical orthodoxy with his presentation of the moral revolution taking place in Zadig himself. “

In the fable the hero, Zadig, is confronted with the “tradition” of burning widows, “le bûcher de veuvage”. He objects. One of the tribesmen replies, “Il y a plus que mille ans que les femmes sont en possession de se bruler. Qui de nous osera changer une loi que le temps ã consacrée? Y-a-t-il rein de plus respectable qu’un ancien abus?” Zadig replies, thunderstruck, “La raison est plus ancienne.” For more than a thousand years women have been carried to burn themselves. Who amongst us can change a law that time has hallowed? Is there anything more respectable than an ancient abuse?” Zadig, “Reason is older”.

That is an Enlgightement moto, the rights of Reason, not the Rights of Tradition.

Reports from the battlefields indicate that neither reason nor enlightenment look prominent in the present culture war.

Lawrence Fox’s Pop-up Party began with a diatribe about Sainsbury’s.

We probably do not need to repeat the issue that led to the present spat, but we note that he’s been re-tweeting his old muckers at Spiked);;

And this declaration of solidarity.



Speculation is growing, with former Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox due to take her seat as Baroness Fox of Buckley on Thursday, whether her ladyship will repeat her defence of Lawrence Fox earlier this week….against the “vile lie that “Fox hates black people”.


And then there is this:

Finally there is this:





Written by Andrew Coates

October 6, 2020 at 12:04 pm

The ‘Reclaim Party”: Culture Wars Warriors.

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Fox’s New Tattoos:

In the classic study of “political start-ups” in the digital age, Democracy for Sale (2020) Peter Goeghegan wrote of web-based parties. On future University courses students will learn in detail how the “Internet has reshaped politics”. Looking at the Brexit Party the journalist detailed how fights for ‘hegemony’, the active and passive backing of people for ideas, has been waged by the use “untraceable online fundraising” in a media landscape splintered into “myriad shards, all competing for attention.” 

This Story, about an attempt to enter the fray and build a social network behind a “political party”,  hit the Toelines last week:

Laurence Fox: Controversial actor launches political party to ‘fight the culture wars’
Sky News.

Billie Piper’s ex-husband says he has been given £5 million to get the group up and running.

In a statement announcing the launch on Twitter, he said his party would “change everything… with love, reason and understanding”.

Politicians, he wrote, had “lost touch” with people and “public institutions now work to an agenda beyond their main purpose”.

“Our modern United Kingdom was borne out of the respectful inclusion of so many individual voices,” he said.

“It is steeped in the innate values of families and communities, diverse in the truest sense but united in the want and need to call this island home.

“The people of the United Kingdom are tired of being told that we represent the very thing we have, in history, stood together against.”

He also hit out at black and working class actors who he claimed only expressed concerns about the industry once they had “five million quid in the bank”.

Fox, the ex-husband of actress Billie Piper, had raised large sums from ex-Tory donors and the party name is subject to approval by the Electoral Commission, the paper said.

A new political party led by Laurence Fox. Reclaim – Reason – Reform – Progress

In a hard-hitting piece in the Evening Standard yesterday the popular star of Lewis wrote,

So, it’s done. A party launched. Almost. The usual suspects will wail, moan and gnash their teeth, conveniently opining on what they think I stand for rather than what I actually stand for. My biggest fans “the Guardian” will no doubt launch into a personal attack rather than a political one, just like all privileged middle-class Leftists. “Laurence man bad”. Ultimately they‘ll rather just help make my points for me. Meanwhile, if the great British public are anything to go by … all will be well, very well indeed, and I’m so used to being punched in the face by the press, I shall take it my stride. I’m much more interested in the people.

The cruel sneers have already begun:

Hands up who takes Laurence Fox seriously  Guardian/Observer.


With the self-depreciating wit that have made Fox a national treasure he anticipated these responses.

Thursday’s meetings gather apace. People challenge me now, wholeheartedly, and I love it. Finish off the day being presented with some exasperatingly unanswerable questions. Never let me off the hook, ever. Then, suddenly, it’s time for dinner and kids’ stories. Fall asleep still whirring.

But all is not plain-sailing in the fight to stand up for love, reason and understanding.

Laurence Fox reveals he was phoned by cabal of actors who threatened his career on loudspeaker as they told him to ‘change his tune’ over Black Lives Matter

Inspector James Hathaway Fox has found leads to follow up: 

He has an opening to the left: approving anti-cosmopolitan campaigner Paul Embery of Trade Unionists Against the EU, one-time darling of the pro-Brexit left.


Allies are already popping up to praise the pop-up party,

Toby Young writes in the Spectator, 

Laurence Fox is a political force to be reckoned with

 Reclaim doesn’t have to win anywhere in order to make a difference. Ukip only managed to win a single parliamentary seat, yet it achieved its main political objective. All Laurence needs to do is persuade the Conservative party that if it doesn’t become more robust on culture war issues it will lose votes to him in Red Wall seats. Not enough for Reclaim to win, but enough for Labour to come up through the middle.

And Laurence’s initiative has already had a backbone-stiffening effect on No. 10, with its comms team frantically briefing out that Boris was planning to appoint Charles Moore to run the BBC and Paul Dacre to run Ofcom at the same time that the story broke about the new party. With his backbenchers growing restive, Boris is particularly vulnerable to the charge that he hasn’t done enough to protect Britain’s statues and monuments from marauding gangs of Black Lives Matter protestors or to defend Britain’s history from those who portray it as an unending litany of exploitation and oppression. If the new party starts creeping up in the polls, Boris will have to do something to shoot Reclaim’s Fox

Let’s hope other old friends don’t stand idly by!

One chap from the Brexit Party has already been busy: ” His ‘Reclaim Party’s’ website isn’t wholly new to politics either, having been part set up by former Brexit Party candidate Darren Selkus. As his Privacy Policy reveals…” (Guido Fawkes

Selkus raised eyebrows with this stunt last year:

Standing in a Tory Constituency he was “stood down” by Farage’s Private Company.

Now he is going flat out for Fox.

Farage is said to be contemplating a rival.






Written by Andrew Coates

October 4, 2020 at 12:21 pm