They are coming for you

There is an interesting story breaking in the UK:

Trevor Phillips, the former head of Britain’s equalities watchdog, has been suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of Islamophobia, The Times can disclose.

A pioneering anti-racism campaigner, Mr Phillips, 66, now faces expulsion from the party for alleged prejudice against Muslims. He first alerted Britain to the problem of Islamophobia in the 1990s but is now being investigated for public statements that include expressing concerns about Pakistani Muslim men sexually abusing children in northern towns such as Rotherham.

Mr Phillips was the inaugural chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is investigating Labour for alleged antisemitism. He was among a number of anti-racists who wrote to The Guardian last year and said that they were refusing to vote Labour at the general election in solidarity with Jews.

Now I wouldn’t normally get overly excited by a story like this – a falling out amongst lefties. But it turns out that Trevor Phillips has an interesting set of views and life experiences (Wiki page here).

Mr Phillips has speculated that traditional, strict schooling may be a solution to teenage crime. “The old-fashioned discipline of Caribbean teachers — uniforms, detentions, tough lessons, and, yes, even the possibility of corporal punishment — could stop many a criminal career before it begins,” he has said.

He serves as a senior fellow of Policy Exchange, a centre-right think-tank, where he co-authored a report criticising a definition of Islamophobia proposed by an all-party group of MPs. He feared that it could amount to a blasphemy law, restrict freedom of speech and damage counterterrorism.

This winter he championed a proposed £1.2 million scholarship bequest to provide private school places for poor white boys, the social group who performs the worst in education. Schools rejected the money for fear of racial discrimination.

I was mostly impressed by his op-ed in The Times:

Tyranny is often represented as the pounding of a fist on the door in the middle of the night. In fact, in my short time as chairman of the free speech charity Index on Censorship, I have learnt that many people living under authoritarian regimes first encounter it in the dry language of a bureaucrat’s warning: recant, repent, denounce your fellow deviants and you may save your livelihood. Your soul may, just, escape damnation.

Significantly, my indictment concerns matters of faith, doctrine and dissent. It is written, not in the language of a democratic, open political movement but in the cold-eyed, accusatory prose of the zealot. In essence, after more than 30 years of promoting the Labour cause, I am accused of heresy, and threatened with excommunication.

But I have never belonged to any other party and I have stuck by it through thick and thin. If this is how Labour treats its own family, how might it treat its real opponents if it ever gains power again?

Yes. Indeed.  Now we can make the obvious point – why was a free-thinker a member of the Labour Party? We could even argue this is just deserts.  But he makes a valuable point:

If this is how Labour treats its own family, how might it treat its real opponents if it ever gains power again?

Let’s be blunt – the Australian Labor Party is just as bad as their UK counterparts. We have already seen brazen attempts by the Labor Party to use state power – from opposition! – to intimidate their political opponents, including a former Liberal prime minister.  The current Liberals are so piss-weak that this effort nearly succeeded but for media and public outcry. We have seen how they got a bill of attainder through the Senate condemning Bettina Arendt.

So yes: Let us ponder how might it treat its real opponents if it ever gains power again?

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25 Responses to They are coming for you

  1. C.L.

    I’m surprised it took them this long to assassinate Phillips.
    How he put up with, and lasted this long in, that lunatic party is mystifying.

  2. TBH

    The inner totalitarian of your average lefty is just itching to get out.

  3. Nob

    C.L.
    #3349898, posted on March 9, 2020 at 11:35 pm
    I’m surprised it took them this long to assassinate Phillips

    Yes. He’s one of the good guys, a lefty who matured.

    It’s equally surprising that it took him so long to realise what the Labour party had become.

  4. Oh yeah those ‘Conservative’ Senators so bravely standing for principle over the prospect of promotion.

  5. iain russell

    Bill of attainder – new fact of the day, thank you!

  6. Cassie of Sydney

    “Cui Bono
    #3350091, posted on March 10, 2020 at 4:32 am
    Oh yeah those ‘Conservative’ Senators so bravely standing for principle over the prospect of promotion.”

    Yep and that list of so called “conservatives” includes the following….Amanda Stoker, Matt Canavan, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Eric Abetz and a so called free speech warrior….James Paterson….who all joined in the lynching. They were all rightly taken down by Rowan Dean on Outsiders last week…which I will again post….because Rowan correctly and ruthlessly nails the absolute gutter appeasement of the Quisling Liberals and Nationals.

    https://www.bettinaarndt.com.au/video/rowan-dean-attacks-the-senate-sell-out-of-bettina-arndt/

  7. Iampeter

    Yea but who isn’t coming for us at this point?
    You think a movement that wants to regulate who gets to live where, who you get to do business with, who you can hire and fire, who you can marry, etc, is not going to come get you in the middle of the night?

    Australia’s Labor may be as bad as their UK counterparts, but conservatives are worse still and also largely responsible for the drastic movement leftward of the Overton window.

    Remember that it wasn’t labor or their equivalents that built the green bureaucracies in most Western countries, or re-introduced failed 20th century leftist trade policies, or introduced and normalized police state-like surveillance and data gathering programs, and so on.

  8. jupes

    because Rowan correctly and ruthlessly nails the absolute gutter appeasement of the Quisling Liberals and Nationals.

    But hey, at least they’re not Labor. Labor are mean and not to be trusted.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Keep in mind the Bernie staffers that Project Veritas recently interviewed with a hidden camera.

    Project Veritas: Another Bernie Organizer Praises Soviet Gulags, Dreams of GOP in ‘Re-Education Camps’ (21 Jan)

    Next, Weissgerber is seen musing about whether Sanders should take over the legislative and judicial branches’ decision-making abilities on the issue of climate change.

    “Do we just cease — do we just dissolve the Senate, House of Representatives, the judicial branch, and have someone like Bernie Sanders and a cabinet of people make all the decision on climate? I mean, I’m serious,” he says.

    In another part of the video, Weissgerber suggests imprisoning Republicans in re-education camps will help the country.

    I think the reference to climate is telling. These people believe the world will end if they don’t get control as soon as possible. If you religiously believe your opponents are destroying everything by their opposition to your views you can see why they might favour severe totalitarian actions.

    From Albo’s crazy announcement about net zero by 2050, despite the warnings from Joel Fitzgibbon, it’s clear there are a lot of these believers in the Labor Party too.

  10. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    the reference to climate is telling. These people believe the world will end if they don’t get control as soon as possible

    I disagree, Bruce. They don’t believe it at all, they’re merely claiming the world will end due to capitalism destroying the environment, which it clearly hasn’t. It’s no coincidence that all the “solutions” to the non-existent problem of gerbil worming/climate change just happen to involve the administration of great big slabs of collectivism, administered good and hard to an unwitting populace.

    Environmentalism has merely given these communist shitheads a new banner under which to march.

  11. stackja

    Spurgeon Monkfish III
    #3350205, posted on March 10, 2020 at 8:19 am
    Environmentalism has merely given these communist shitheads a new banner under which to march.

    CND then Vietnam war banners now Environmentalism. Next?

  12. Des Deskperson

    ‘The current Liberals are so piss-weak that this effort nearly succeeded but for media and public outcry.’

    The role of AG Porter in the Abbott/Cooper affair continues to puzzle me.

    Porter must have agreed to the meeting between Dreyfus and his Department;s staff – an opposition MP can’t just walk into an agency and demand a meeting – and, since his Senior Adviser was present at the meeting, he must have known almost immediately after about Dreyfus’s ‘suggestion’.

    So why didn’t he call Dreyfus and tell him that his suggestion was frivolous and vexatious or whatever and that he was instructing his department not to pursue the matter.

    He would, of course, have copped criticism for protecting a mate and politicising the legislation, but he could have thrown exactly the same claim back at Dreyfus. In any case, he was forced in the end, when it all came out, to admit that that the act was not intended to apply in that way to Abbott/Cooper.

    So why didn’t he? Incompetence, laziness, weakness cowardice or some deeper anti-Abbott agenda?

  13. lotocoti

    Way back, when Donald Horne was the headline act in the Pol. Sci. department at UNSW,
    only power and control truly mattered.
    Lord of the Flies was tutorial fodder used as example.
    Ralph might’ve been noble protecting Piggy, but he was also a schmuck.
    What really mattered were Piggy’s glasses. Take the glasses and Jack could control Piggy.
    If Piggy became a burden, he could be thrown to Jack and Co. but Ralph would still have the glasses and their fire making utility.
    And so it is with these people. These totalitarians.
    Blasphemy laws, globalclimatewarmingchange, 47 gender varieties, whatever, are just things to be picked up, used and then discarded.
    The cause du jour doesn’t really matter, just the power and control which can be gained from it.

  14. Mother Lode

    Slee, weakit, cow’rin, tim’rous beasties,
    O, what a panic’s in thy breasties!
    Thou need na leap wi’ face so pasty,
    T’ Labor’s empty brattle!
    I wad be laith to join an’ grace thee,
    ‘Pon scabrous tattle!

  15. Dasher

    You are correct the Liberals are so piss weak they stand for nothing except they are marginally better than Labor. So much to do and no one to do it.

  16. Roger

    Let us ponder how might it treat its real opponents if it ever gains power again?

    There’s a case before the High Court tomorrow that illustrates how the Prog Left treats its opponents when in power.

  17. candy

    So why didn’t he? Incompetence, laziness, weakness cowardice or some deeper anti-Abbott agenda?

    To please someone, I think. To get in in their good books for having a personal go at Abbott.

    Perhaps a lady friend who is a strong feminist he was trying to impress, is my hunch. There is something seedy about it the whole thing. Porter seems a bit two-faced, to my mind. A double life type of guy.

  18. max

    The Present Age by Robert A. Nisbet

    It is a matter of frequent note by historians that almost everywhere war needs inspire, in the interest of equity and of social stability, more ‘‘socialist’’ reforms than does the ideology of socialism.

  19. Delta A

    He first alerted Britain to the problem of Islamophobia in the 1990s but is now being investigated for public statements that include expressing concerns about Pakistani Muslim men sexually abusing children in northern towns such as Rotherham.

    That’s what happens when one strays from the narrative.

  20. Roger

    So why didn’t he? Incompetence, laziness, weakness cowardice or some deeper anti-Abbott agenda?

    Porter is a dim bulb.

  21. Delta A

    He first alerted Britain to the problem of Isl*mophobia in the 1990s but is now being investigated for public statements that include expressing concerns about Pakistani M*slim men sexually abusing children in northern towns such as Rotherham.

    That’s what happens when one strays from the narrative.

    (A bit silly, really, when I go into the sin bin for posting verbatim what the professor has written above.)

  22. Terry Andrews

    You do important work here. Thank you.

  23. Squirrel

    I have little doubt that the agenda of a future Labor/Green federal government will include press controls to clamp down on “unacceptable” views – the Trojan horse for this may well be “the science is in on climate change” with “denialists” (individuals and outlets) silenced one way or another.

    It would then quickly move on to other “consensus” (of the Left) issues – basically anything which is tagged as an “ism” or a “phobia” would be thought crime and hate speech.

  24. If this is how Labour treats its own family, how might it treat its real opponents if it ever gains power again?

    When you are a Collectivist, the first thing to go is History. That way you are taken by surprise when the door gets hammered in by the party goons – just like they do every time they have a revolution.

    “Oh! If only Stalin knew!”

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