Saturday, 8 February 2014
UAF orders BBC to impose its ‘no platform policy’ on Tommy Robinson
In an incredible screech of hypocrisy, and with a distinct lack or irony, the SWP-UAF, in a letter to the BBC, has yet again demanded the implementation of its Lesser Gulag Policy; or, as they put it, a ‘no platform policy’. (If the UAF-SWP had centralised state power, that’s when it would be the Gulag proper.)
Their most recent excuse for more yet more red-fascist suppression of free speech is in response to the BBC’s interview with Tommy on Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday 11 June.
The SWP-UAF’s begging letter to the BBC is entitled: ‘Defend no platform – complain to BBC’. They will get a fairly good hearing from the BBC. In fact a few apologies have already been made about the said Tommy Robinson interview.
This is strange. In the last few weeks I have heard BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show alone give a voice to John Rees, Judith Orr and Neil Faulkner - all SWP or ex-SWP (John Rees and Faulkner are now Counterfire – the rest home for ex-SWP). In the last year or so, I have heard the BBC interview Martin Smith, Weyman Bennett, and many other members of the SWP-UAF, as well as spokesmen for Hope Not Hate. Of course the BBC never says that these people are SWP. (Although, exceptionally, Judith Orr was introduced as a ‘leading member of the SWP’.)
Firstly the UAF-SWP tells us that ‘fascists when they gain power, remove freedom of speech’ and then immediately talk about denying the right of free speech for the EDL. You see irony is not their strong point. Trotskyists are almost always humourless automatons. (The political versions of religious zealots.) Of course they will say that they will take away free speech because that’s what the fascists will do. But the very same argument can be applied to the SWP-UAF. We should be allowed the take away that party’s right of free speech because revolutionary Marxists would most certainly ‘remove freedom of speech’ if they gained power. How do I know that? I know that because they have done so in Russian, from 1917 onwards, in China from 1949 onwards, in Cambodia in 1976, in various nasty little Marxist regimes in Africa in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, in Cuba and in many East European countries. Of course Trotskyists distance themselves from all these regimes – or most of them. They say they are ‘deformed workers state’ which had a ‘cult of the leader’ or whatnot. Nonetheless, if the UAF-SWP is calling for totalitarian measures now, when it hasn’t even got direct centralised state power, then what the hell would they be like, and what would it do, if they had centralised state power? The mind boggles!
In any case, how can the EDL remove the right of free speech? The EDL isn’t a political party. It’s a single issue pressure group. The EDL can never ‘gain power’ to deny free speech. So what’s the UAF talking about exactly? If what they say means anything, it may mean that other parties will work as proxies for the EDL instead. Which other parties? Not the BNP because there is some bad feeling between the EDL and the BNP. In any case, what it shows us is that there’s far more than the EDL included in the UAF-SWP’s Lesser Gulag or No Platform Policy. In fact, let’s face facts, if these rad fascist ever had state power, the Gulag one be full of literally millions of patriots and people of the Right. So if the SWP-UAF is like this now, what would it be like with state power or after a necessarily violent revolution?
SWP-UAF also talks about 'mass murder' while forgetting the up to a hundred million killed by Communist, Trotskyist and Maoist regimes in the 20th century. Again though, just like the Islamists, it’s always the next Marxist/Islamist revolution and state which will be deliver Utopia. Despite that, although Utopia is promised, it's never actually spoken of by Marxists because Marx warned his followers against ‘Utopian socialists’ and, apparently, he didn’t offer any ‘recipes for the cook-shops of the future’. Nonetheless, without the hint at Utopia, how could anyone rationalise a complete violent revolution and all that would entail? How could the SWP's absolute and total hatred of everything capitalistic and democratic as much as make sense without the unspoken promise of Utopia?
Basically, UAF-SWP is the mirror image of the ‘fascists’ or ‘Nazis’ they claim to be fighting against. Its (red) fascism is displayed in their desire to suppress freedom of speech; its use of violence; its totalitarianism and even its racism. (E.g., leftist racism against Jews – a tradition which predates the creation of Israel by around 100 years - and against the white working class; as well as a disgusting and condescending positive or ‘inverted’ racism towards Muslims.)
That's why the members of the SWP-UAF are obsessed by Nazis/fascists because they don't like the mirror's reflection of their own Nazism/fascism. Their seeing fascism everywhere is a psychological projection or their own fascism onto others. And just as the puritans saw sex everywhere because they were sex-obsessed; so the SWP-UAF sees racism and fascism everywhere because they are often racist and always fascist.
Indeed these red fascists are fighting the Nazis or fascists over the same political bones: the promise of zero unemployment, of selfless leaders, of a perfect society, of classlessness or class equality, of the annihilation of the old order (Das System) and of the death and destruction of their numerous enemies.
- By UAF
"Defend no platform – complain to BBC
UAF is urging members and supporters to complain to the BBC after Tommy Robinson, leader of the English Defence League, was interviewed on Radio 4’s flagship Today programme on Tuesday 11 June.
"On the programme Robinson admitted that the organisation has “completely questionable” tactics and went on to say “it’s not going to end pretty”, although none of this was sufficiently challenged.
"Time and time again the BBC have given an uncritical platform to fascists on flagship political news programmes.
"Freedom of speech does not extend to giving a platform for those that preach hatred. Historically, fascists when they gain power, remove freedom of speech and human rights, and mass murder and annihilate millions of people. That is why we call for no platform for fascism.
COMPLAIN TO THE BBC
Tel: 03700 100 222 (24 hours, charged as 01/02 geographic numbers)
PO Box 1922
*) First posted: 15th June, 2013