Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Nigel Farage and the Rise of the Anti-Brexit Resistance
Six years ago, while campaigning for his racist UKIP party, Nigel Farage narrowly escaped death when his small plane crashed in a field.
But although Farage survived, Britain may not be so lucky.
Because after UKIP's racist forces helped the LEAVE side win the Brexit referendum, it now looks a lot like that plane.
While Farage can't stop gloating as he did yesterday at the European Parliament.
For there he was, with the little Union Jack he brought with him flying upside down.
He's the man who's vowed to "take our country back" - but Nigel Farage should look closer to home first. Ukip's leader flew the Union flag UPSIDE DOWN while he gave today's attention-grabbing Brexit victory speech in the European Parliament.
Taunting the other EU members like only a bully could.
Mr Farage was booed and jeered as he told MEPs "you're not laughing now!" and accused them of never having a proper job.
“Isn’t it funny!” he said. “When I came here 17 years ago and said I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me.
“Well I have to say, you’re not laughing now!”
In the manner that reminded me of the way Adolf Hitler behaved on the day he forced the French to sign their surrender in the same railway coach the Germans had surrendered in at the end of the First World War.
Which isn't too surprising because Farage is a Trump-like fascist. It is an Axis of Evil.
And while he gloated in the European Parliament, back in Britain his racist street troopers were continuing their reign of terror.
Even going after our own Melissa Fung.
At first, I wasn't sure who the crazed-looking man was yelling at. "You can go home now!" he shouted. There wasn't anyone else around, and I realized he was screaming at me.
"You can go home now!" he yelled again. "We voted to Brexit!" I was stunned. I tried to tell him that I am from Canada and Hong Kong, but he didn't care. "Go home!" he said one more time before shuffling off.
Who tried to escape the racism of Donald Trump's America, only to find herself in the horror of Nigel Farage's Little England.
No, Brexit can't simply be chalked up to a rejection of globalization and a fatal convulsion of Euroscepticism. I'm afraid it has unleashed, legitimized, and given a strong voice to the true horrors of racism, xenophobia, and hate. And that is a toxic mix, much more dangerous than any other consequence of Britain's short-sighted and narrow decision to leave Europe.
Where no visible minority is safe, and millions are being terrorized by ignorant and aggressive bigots and bullies.
And the good news? The resistance is rising, and it's being led by Scotland.
For on the same day that Farage was putting down the EU, the Scottish member of the European Parliament delivered a very different speech.
Asking the parliamentarians to remember that Scotland never abandoned them, and that they should not abandon it when the time comes for it to rejoin the EU, as an independent nation.
After it has escaped from the horror of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage's Little England.
Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon is also being praised for her attempt to block Brexit, in the Scottish Parliament.
And the best thing is that Scotland's resistance is encouraging Britain's young people who have been taking their struggle against Brexit to the streets.
As they did yesterday outside the British Parliament...
In fact, so popular are the Scottish leaders, that some groups in England have been encouraging people of all backgrounds, races, and nationalities to show their solidarity by becoming Scottish themselves.
And supporting their spirit of resistance...
Because in that regard, that little country has an excellent record of resistance going back a THOUSAND years. And those who believe in a better Britain could do worse than to follow them into battle.
Which of course has my Scottish blood raging through my veins and turning me as red as a tomato. And ready to charge the line of cannons as my ancestors did so many times during that country's long and bloody history.
For this is the beginning of a battle which is much bigger than Brexit. It's the beginning of a war against the forces of fascism that are now on the march in England, Europe, and Donald Trump's America.
It will be the hardest battle we have every fought.
But we did defeat our monstrous tyrant.
The future is with us.
And we will win this battle as well...
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