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Don’t buy the Left’s culture war lie


THE far Left are waging a culture war on British society while accusing you of having instigated it. They tell you that there are one hundred genders, which one can switch between at any time, and if you assert that there are just two, you are fighting a culture war, and you started it. When anarchists tear down statues and desecrate war memorials, and you stand up for law and order, you are fighting a culture war, and you started it. When they seek to empower corporations with the freedom to sack workers for their political opinions, and you stand up for freedom of speech, you are the aggressor, and you started it.

The far Left know their values are alien to those of the British public, but instead of listening and learning, they have decided to play the victim and claim to be set upon by Right-wing culture warriors seeking to fight a diversionary battle to distract from the Conservative government’s faults. The truth is precisely the opposite.

Aware of the fact that the far Left’s value divide is a drag anchor on its polling, efforts are being redoubled. In the past week alone, Novara Media, the Guardian and Labour frontbencher Lisa Nandy have joined in chorus to argue that Boris Johnson is waging a culture war, stoking divisions and causing disunity. As the Guardian reports: ‘[Nandy] drew parallels between the US and the UK Conservative party’s efforts to stoke tensions, referencing the [2017] Charlottesville protests where white supremacists were given some endorsement by the president. “Two years later we had the prime minister here trying to start a culture war over a statue of Churchill and also exactly the same pattern of behaviour in relation to trans rights”.’

The citation presented by the Guardian to support the culture war claim links to another of its articles in which it reports that the Prime Minister wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread that: ‘We all understand the legitimate feelings of outrage at what happened in Minnesota [the state where George Floyd died] and the legitimate desire to protest against discrimination. Whatever progress this country has made in fighting racism – and it has been huge – we all recognise that there is much more work to do.’

The PM added that attacks on police were ‘intolerable’ and ‘abhorrent’.

The far Left want you to believe that Boris’s diffident tweets are analogous to the white supremacists who chanted ‘Jews will not replace us’ before murdering a woman in protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. They will not stop until all acts of resistance are considered aggressions.

Marina Hyde, also writing in the Guardian, launched a scathing attack on this brutal Conservative offensive, citing the following as evidence: ‘[Communities Secretary] Robert Jenrick has chosen this moment to confect some new row about statues. Boris Johnson is suddenly incredibly relaxed over whether there is or isn’t a bust of Winston Churchill within a 10-yard radius of Joe Biden’s desk. Incidentally, has a single American reporter based in London ever wondered whether there is or isn’t a bust of FDR or Eisenhower or Mickey Mouse in Downing Street?’ 

In the article that Hyde references, Jenrick promised to defend statues against vandals and mobs. See how this works? They attack monuments, art, policemen and institutions, and when you mount the most milquetoast of defences, they cry foul. In the same breath they compare Churchill to Mickey Mouse – but it’s you that is offensive and must be silenced.

Hyde goes on to develop the theme that any reaction is overreaction: ‘Do stop wetting your pants, secretary of state. By way of a reminder, the past year has seen the toppling of precisely ONE statue in this country.’

Over the summer, memorials to our war dead and statues to our monarchs across the country were attacked. Colston was merely the end of the beginning, and the Left know that.

First, they tell you it will never happen. When it happens, they’ll say it’s just a single incident. And when every street name is replaced with a number and every plinth left empty, they’ll tell you it’s good, and that you deserve it. But these people are not foolish: quite the opposite. When Lisa Nandy was quizzed by Andrew Marr about her comments on Churchill, she mounted a more robust defence of the late war leader than Boris ever did. She knows the audience. But as soon as the cameras were off, she returned to Twitter to launch another salvo: ‘The Tories appear to be out on the attack today. Why would they be feeling so thin-skinned? Could it be the mess the PM got himself into over a culture war he started?’

It would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous. Labour MPs publicly cheered on mob violence without rebuke. Their media outriders provide cover to the mission creep of this new cultural revolution, pacifying the useful idiots who support ‘just one’ statue going down, but don’t ever expect themselves to be in the line of fire. There is no untruth too brash, no tactic too harsh in this new crusade for total equality, in which the final victory for the zealots would be to reduce Britain to some grey mass, indistinguishable from the world, devoid of heroes, identity and culture. They indoctrinate children into believing there are 100 genders and have them attend ‘drag queen story hour’ and call you transphobic if you err. They characterise the record-breaking numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the Channel as ‘refugees’ and berate you as racist if you disagree. Don’t believe their lies. Resist.

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Mario Laghos
Mario Laghos
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