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Fascism is coming to Britain and it’s terrifying

By Ed West

‘Where the Republicans go the Tories follow. We take the right to abortion, contraception, gay rights and same-sex marriage for granted now. We shouldn’t. Very soon Tory think tanks will have their sights on all of them. Fascism is on the march.’

So declared economist Richard Murphy, following the Roe v. Wade ruling, and it’s hard not to see the signs all around, what with London now covered with the flags of the ruling ideology.

Murphy is not the only one who sees fascism on the horizon. Broadcaster India Willoughby recently suggested that ‘when the Queen dies, wouldn’t be surprised if Boris appoints himself Fuhrer and assumes total control. That’s how close I think Britain is to Nazi Germany.’

I would be quite surprised if Boris Johnson appointed himself Fuhrer, if I’m honest. In fact, it would be like ‘learning I’m a replicant’ level of surprise, or ‘this is all a computer simulation’. I would probably note it in my diary, at the very least.

Among the popular Twitter figures who have emerged since 2016, Femi has noticed chilling echoes between the Tories and You Know Who, while Jolyon Maugham has written that: ‘When Jews talk about what a Corbyn PM means for Jews they must be listened to. But it is wrong to shut our eyes to the flashing lights of fascism triggered by Johnson’s language, conduct and associations towards women, immigrants, Islam, Parliament, Courts and “the People”.’ Guardian readers, meanwhile, think of the Last Night of the Proms as being like the Nuremberg rally.


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