A couple of weeks ago, we were talking around the dinner table with British friend visiting us, asking him about the Corbyn win among the Labourites. He got to talking about the general election, which the Tories won decisively, despite the polls. Why were the polls so wrong? I asked. You have to understand, said our friend (who is himself a Tory voter), that in the UK, if you publicly identify yourself as a Tory, you may have a brick thrown through your window. People keep their Tory sympathies to themselves.
Well. On Sunday, 60,000 leftists gathered in Manchester to protest the start of the Conservative Party’s meeting. Says the Guardian:
Up to 60,000 people are said to have joined the demonstration, which was largely peaceful, although a breakaway group pelted a young Tory with eggs, and spat at journalists and called them “scum”. The egging incident took place on Oxford Road as young delegates wearing Tory party conference lanyards weresurrounded by a group of protesters chanting “Tory scum.”
Earlier a man was arrested on suspicion of assault after a journalist from the Huffington Post was spat at as he left the conference venue. Another man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, Greater Manchester police said.
Chief Superintendent John O’Hare of Greater Manchester Police said: “Today around 60,000 people took part in a demonstration and I would like to thank them for their cooperation. The overwhelming majority of people have exercised their democratic right to protest with dignity and good grace. The fact that only four arrests have been made throughout the day so far was particularly pleasing.”
The marchers represented a mix of specialist interest groups including steel workers from the mothballed SSI plant in Redcar, pro-cannabis activists from Greater Manchester, Jews for Palestine, anarchists, the hacktivist group Anonymous and a number of trade unions, as well as families with buggies and wheelchairs.
As Steve Sailer would say, just look at all that vibrancy.
Dan Hodges, writing in the Telegraph, says that the British Left is in a “death spiral. Excerpts:
Over the past 48 hours, delegates, MPs, journalists and exhibitors who are attending the annual gathering of the nation’s governing party have been punched, spat at, kicked, subjected to racist abuse, sexist abuse and other general threats of violence. Fascist street-craft is being deployed in the name of the progressive majority.
Actually, that might be a little unfair. Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, and Jeremy Corbyn both condemned the violence and intimidation. But condemnation after the fact is not enough. It is not the Conservative Party that is under assault here in Manchester – it is democracy.
The Left seems to be busily locking itself into a death spiral. It is a dance of the macabre that goes something like this: the Labour Party – which if you recall was established solely for the purpose of securing the Labour movement parliamentary representation – is saddled by the Left with a series of leaders and policies that make it utterly unelectable. So an election is held, and the Labour Party duly loses it.
At this point, the Left says “See, we told you. The ballot box is not the answer. We must take to the streets”. So the Labour movement takes to the streets. Whereupon it effectively reinforces the view that that Labour movement and its representatives are not a government in waiting, they are simply an unelectable rabble. And so the dance continues.
This is hardly a slur. As Hodges writes:
Nor does it take a genius to predict what will happen while Labour leaders such as shadow chancellor John McDonnell continue to say things such as “There’s three ways in which we change society. One is through the ballot box, the democratic process and into Parliament. The second is trade union action, industrial action. The third is basically insurrection, but we now call it direct action.”
Rioting, in other words, backed by the man who would become chancellor in a Labour government. His words were first reported late last month:
At least three times between 2010 and 2012, he called for “insurrection” to “bring down” the government.
At a Liverpool conference on March 10 2012, he said: “There’s three ways in which we change society. One is through the ballot box, the democratic process and into Parliament. The second is trade union action, industrial action. The third is basically insurrection, but we now call it direct action…
“Don’t expect that change [to society] coming from Parliament…we have an elected dictatorship, so I think we have a democratic right to use whatever means to bring this government down. The real fight now is in our communities, it’s on the picket lines, it’s in the streets.”
In a speech in 2011 to a Right-to-Protest rally, he praised rioters who had “kicked the s—” out of the Conservative Party’s headquarters at Millbank Tower in Westminster.
In another speech on May 10 2012, Mr McDonnell said workers should seize control of their workplaces. “If they want to occupy their factories, we’ll support them. We’re here to fight for every factory, every job and against every cut.”
“Direct action” is SJW-speak for “We will shut you up and put you down by force if you oppose us.”
Jeremy Corbyn, at a post-protest rally in Manchester, urged his followers to be “civilised.” But when he elevates a thug like McDonnell to a very senior position within his shadow government, how seriously will his violent, anti-democratic followers take him?