Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Frankie Boyle Compares Boris Johnson To Fascist Oswald Mosley In Latest Brexit Column

Comedian and political commentator Frankie Boyle’s withering column about the Tory government’s Brexit strategy has bestowed Boris Johnson with an intensely sinister new persona.

Within Boyle’s dystopian view of the future, the Foreign Secretary is comparable to the essence of 1930s fascist leader Oswald Moseley, trapped in the form of a soft toy.

“Boris’s actual purpose? He’s just there to divert us from the horrific things the government is planning, like a nodding dog stuck to a serial killer’s dashboard. The media has a lot to answer for in terms of promoting the image that Boris is sweet and cuddly, when in fact he’s more like Oswald Mosley’s soul trapped in a Furby.”

Johnson, who has previously been dismissed by Boyle as a “pissed-up dandelion” and “looking like a Harry Potter spell that’s brought all the hair in Dumbledore’s plughole to life”, is currently claiming he will divert a second Cold War with Russia.

Last month Johnson leapt to the defence of American President Donald Trump after veteran left-wing MP Dennis Skinner compared him with Hitler and Mussolini, accusing the Government of being “hand in hand with another fascist – Trump.”

Johnson, who was updating MPs on Trump’s immigration policy, said such comparisons between the President and the “tyrants of the 1930s” were “inappropriate.”

Boyle also takes aim at Jeremy Corbyn’s rock-bottom popularity ratings, musing: “It must be depressing being [him]… Knowing that your chance of becoming Prime Minister is so slim even the MI6 group working on how to discretely bump you off have packed it in.”

Of the Labour leader’s now familiar hang-dog expression, he added: “He has the defeated look of someone whose tried and failed to talk a friend into leaving Mama Mia during the interval.”

Boyle published his latest column online himself, after a series of alleged run-ins with the Guardian, which occasionally hosts his work.

Last month, Boyle accused the newspaper of rejecting his writing for a second time because of his unfavourable comments about Rupert Murdoch.

In July Boyle claimed to have had another column pulled from The Guardian because of a single word, on the grounds of taste.

Again publishing on Facebook, Boyle took aim at Theresa May and her cabinet, describing the Prime Minister as a “vehemently pro-corporate Tory who is probably well to the right of her own traditional right-wing, and this is possibly the most right wing cabinet in modern history.”

Original Article
Author: Sara C Nelson

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