Sunday, July 03, 2016
Rex Murphy and the Brexit Bigots
It's been just over a week since the result of the Brexit referendum shocked the world.
And triggered what can only be described as a racist horror show.
Police in Britain have recorded a dramatic rise in racist attacks in the wake of Brexit, with five times the usual number of incidents reported in the week since the country voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.
But don't expect the ghastly Con tea bagger Rex Murphy to be concerned about that.
Because he believes those who voted to remain in the EU are the real villains.
You have to consult the Lamentations of Jeremiah to find a grim parallel to the wailing and gnashing of Europhile teeth after the Brexit side won the recent referendum in the U.K. The Remain crowd have proved to be sore losers, with their flood of excoriation, mockery, denigration and raw anger directed at those who voted to leave the European Union.
And although I'm sorry to ask you to read that heap of steaming bullshit from that dirty little demagogue, I also ask you to please notice two things:
One, Murphy never condemns the explosion of racism which is terrorizing millions of people all over Britain.
And two, he never mentions globalization as a factor in the LEAVE uprising. Just what he calls the overbearing power of the EU to regulate such things as working conditions, and protect the human rights of oppressed minorities at a time when neo-nazis are on the march all over Europe.
For like other right wing extremists like Ezra Levant, he's only concerned with preventing the EU from leading the fight against such things as racism and homophobia.
The European Court of Justice assumed authority over the courts of countries, like the U.K., that have a tradition of common law that dates back to the Magna Carta, and which have done more to spread the ideas of democracy and the rule of law than anything Brussels could dream of.
And there's a good reason for that. Murphy is a right-wing reactionary, a tool of big business and Big Oil. He's a millionaire who lives in the most expensive condo in my neighbourhood, the same building Mike Harris used to live in.
He is also a disgusting misogynist who has never stood up for women's rights in this country.
And the monstrous bigot who once advocated using the notwithstanding clause to deny gay Canadians the right to equal marriage.
There's a growing notion that any exercise of the notwithstanding clause of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms is heretical. But the notwithstanding clause is part and parcel of the Charter, and its inclusion is one of the key reasons why there is a Charter of Rights and Freedoms to begin with.
And who by portraying the LEAVE campaign as some kind of noble crusade, and ignoring the way its leaders harnessed bigotry to win the referendum, couldn't be more hypocritical or dishonest.
For as Kevin McKenna points out, the only reason the leaders of the LEAVE side whipped up hatred against immigrants, is so they could create scapegoats to mask their sinister plan to screw the working class.
There is a reason why the elites and their networks, which truly run this country, used the EU referendum to sow fear, loathing and suspicion among those whom they have always reviled.
This was never about race or immigration for Johnson and Gove and Gove’s special matrimonial adviser. This was about creating a convenient foe for the working class to blame while their real enemies in the Conservative party are free to pursue the policies that have kept them down for centuries.
And what I find absolutely stunning is that so many progressives fell for that deception.
And believed that people like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage were leading a revolt against neo-liberalism, when in fact they were doing exactly the opposite.
They now get to reshape workers’ rights and create a bill of rights suffused with neoliberal doctrine. Thus, they can continue to feed the insatiable appetite of the corporate beast that the Tories are sworn forever to protect.
And all I can say is thank goodness for the Scots who refused to accept that mantra of fear and loathing.
There was simply no outlet in Scotland for the fear and loathing that characterised the EU debate in England. Scotland is a mongrel nation and increasingly comfortable about being so. We were European before we were British and now, happily, we are set fair to revert to that state.
Thank goodness for the decent people in England who are trying to protect the victims of that explosion of racism.
And standing up for the Europe they believe in, as they were doing yesterday in the streets of London...
Which is great, but still leaves me with one burning question:
Now that the CBC knows that Rex Murphy is a right wing reactionary, a climate change denier, a tool of Big Oil, a misogynist, and a demagogue who would ignore the actions of the Brexit bigots.
When will it finally do the right thing and fire this monstrous tea bagger?
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