A few days ago, on Facebook, I had a little mini-rant about a Conservative MP’s decision to contact a number of UK universities, “asking them to declare what they are teaching their students about Brexit and to provide a list of teachers’ names.” Some scholars went so far as to call this sinister move “McCarthyite.”
Pretty much as soon as I heard about it, I commented:
This is the acid test among Leave voters too.
This will serve to distinguish those who wanted more freedom, and those who want Big Daddy Tory to wipe their a**e for ’em.
Leave voters have a strong authoritarian AND libertarian faction (small l), and it will be very interesting to see how Leave supporters react to this.
People who don’t see a problem with this will have voted out of bad faith or rank stupidity.
People who see it as a cynical, conniving breach of trust will have voted out of personal integrity.
Later on, it turned out that (if the politician in question is being honest, of course), it was all a misunderstanding.
Something to do with a research project.
Well, it could be.
However, here’s something that’s harder to argue away:
My civil liberties? Well, also yours, if you’re from the UK.
And even if you’re from another country, people do take notice of these things.
Well, if ‘civilised’ and ‘progressive’ countries can’t set a good standard, why should anyone try to do anything right?
Just read the two articles linked to a few sentence ago. It’s all pretty sinister. Manipulation of search engines, social media and God only knows what else.
I’m almost tempted to wonder whether this ‘gaffe’ was deliberate. A way of distracting some May’s creepy plot to steal the freedom of Britons.
Maybe it was just a careless and imprudent decision on the part of the politician who sent the controversial letter: Chris Heaton-Harris.
But even if this is so, it’s fairly clear that the Conservatives will stop at nothing to boil the frog, and turn the UK into a fascist state.
Are you ready to stand up and fight?
Resist, before it’s too late.
This is a real turning point.
Peaceful protests of all kinds are needed right now.
The window of opportunity is swiftly vanishing…