The new fascists are very thin-skinned. Poke them and their armour collapses almost as quickly as their "arguments", gossamer-thin and marinaded in hate speech. Yet in a time when every week sees an escalation in the outrage that can be paraded as mainstream, legitimate opinion, this is not sufficient to expose their hypocritical, sham manoeuvrings that are a threat not just to political stability but to the peace and ecology of our planet.
In a week where, on Remembrance Sunday, the BBC's prime political interview was devoted to a political leader whom to describe as a fascist has been deemed non-defamatory by the French courts, and where the President-elect of the United States has been endorsed by the Klan and appoints a white supremacist to his leadership cadre, this should be a rallying-cry to reason and defence. Yet the political discourse seems to be framed entirely by legitimising vileness, repetition implying consent and its acceptability rather than the other way around.
Given the context, the mainstream media's conspiracy to downplay the significance of the terrorist assassination of Jo Cox, a sitting, mainstream MP, by someone fed by the bile, hatred and ignorance spewed out by the right-wing media into a delusional frenzy is hardly surprising. The sewers of the right are not clean, and they have blood on their hands. A Prime Minister who does not denounce the activities of the fascist Farage, threatening civil disobedience at the head of a motley rag-tag array of boneheaded monobrows from his own "party", Britain First and the EDL, not to protest anything more than the upholding of the rule of law is unfit for office.
Instead, we watch the panjandrums of the Tory party, such illuminated souls as Jacob Rees-Mogg and Peter Bone cheering on the homoerotic symbolism of Trump and Farage, making out that a demagogue, who has never achieved victory in a domestic election and who is still fraudulently living high on the hog at the expense of an institution he is hell-bent on subverting, should be representing a divided nation at a time of existential crisis. For the fascist Kippers, these morons are a gift, useful tools towards the outcome that they want but will not declare, which is for the UK to become a satellite state of countries with pariah leaders and an insane policy agenda.
Meanwhile, the media scum continue unchallenged. For those of us with no real love for Corbyn, the manipulation of photographs at the Cenotaph resembled the mockery and derision directed towards Michael Foot over thirty years ago, but carried without comment and without regret by Murdoch's toilet paper and Rothermere's fascist fellow-travellers. Never mind that the image had been fiddled with by a photographer with his own agenda, or that it misrepresented in a libellous way, the "truth" as defined by the treacherous editors has to be sustained.
They have a chorus, too. The echo-chamber controversialists are there to legitimise opinion and to howl down those who dissent. Point out their stupidity with irony and you receive a tirade of abuse. Their moral certainty around the little people's need to accept the neo-conservative medicine does not extend to their own accountability, and if there is a voice raised against them then they squeal like the babies they are.
A prime example of the species remains Melanie Phillips, who cannot engage with reality on any forms. As the neofascist minions spread hatred, swastikas and the language of pogroms across the world, a writer for whom any criticism of Israel under any circumstances counts as anti-semitism and hate speech is acting like a nodding dog in support of the new elites, closing down freedom of speech and totally unable to see the hypocrisy and evil in her own position. From Hampstead Garden Suburb, surveying the world through sneering spectacles, it is much easier to aim brickbats and promote hatred than it would be if confronted, as Jo Cox was, by the logical extension of the language and ideology being perpetuated by the new right.
What these evils are heading towards is totalitarianism and the stifling of dissent, which is to be resisted through all peaceful and legitimate means. They already deny the rule of law, the operation of cause-and-effect or that there is a plurality of views all of which are both legitimate and open to challenge. This is the way of the fascist state, and even within Britain there needs to be resistance at all times. If that means leaving the monobrowed, knuckle-dragging hate-pedlars in their self-imposed nihilistic gutter, and the breaking-down of the nation state, that may be a high price worth paying. If not, the darkest hours are yet to come.