James O’Brien’s brutal dismantling of Boris Johnson’s ‘fascist’ defense
August 8, 2022, 12:29
Britain is moving in a ‘fascist direction’ as right-wing media wage a ‘sectarian’ campaign to defend Boris Johnson, James O’Brien fears.
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James O’Brien reflected on the pile-up of media and Johnson loyalists, fearing the country could take a dangerous turn.
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“This fear I have about the direction of travel and the fact that we sometimes use the f-word when discussing British politics… you get this fascist movement, this fascist direction when everyone becomes an enemy.”
‘I never thought I would see the day when Tory MPs… would suffer the treatment of full-fledged enemies of the people,’ he said.
James said the media and political campaign was an ‘observable denial of reality’ and urged listeners to ‘think about what it says about our democracy’ for politicians to attack their own colleagues for judging whether Boris Johnson had misled Parliament in error.
James O’Brien went on to paraphrase Martin Niemöller’s poem First They Came, suggesting those who would defend those MPs under scrutiny are gone, as the government and right-wing media lambasted anyone who might come to condemn the action.
“It’s like 14-year-old girls are attacking you because you don’t like Duran Duran enough.”
Offering an analogy to the current state of British politics, James wondered if the UK had “reached our great moment of lying”.
“When a bigoted newspaper comes to the defense of a corrupt prime minister demanding that an independent investigation into his dishonesty be cut short, quashed, undermined, it’s the same as Donald Trump supporters who believe him when he says ‘he was the victim of a big lie.’