Has Manchester been taken over by Mexican drugs barons? Or the rulers of Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale?
When I saw that banner strung across a bridge, complete with dangling mock corpses, to mark the start of the Tory conference, I thought immediately of the kind of savage, ritual punishment meted out by the Sinaloa Cartel.
Others said it reminded them of The Wall used to display the dead bodies of undesirables, apostates and attempted escapees in the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel.
When I saw that banner (pictured) strung across a bridge, complete with dangling mock corpses, to mark the start of the Tory conference, I thought immediately of the kind of savage, ritual punishment meted out by the Sinaloa Cartel
Yet this wasn’t a scene from The Handmaid’s Tale, or even the Netflix drug wars drama Narcos.
The banner was on public display in a so-called civilised democracy as the governing party assembled for its annual conference.
It read: ‘130,000 KILLED UNDER TORY RULE TIME TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD.’
A photo of the banner was posted approvingly on social media by the local branch of Momentum, with the caption: ‘Good morning @Conservatives. Welcome to Manchester.’
Even allowing for the hyperbole and hysteria which passes for political debate these days, accusing the Tories of genocide is a bridge too far.
As for ‘TIME TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD’, I’m assuming that whoever was responsible for this inane piece of agitprop theatre isn’t actually calling for the slaughter of 130,000 members of the Conservative Party.
I’m certainly not going to stoop to the level of those sensitive souls who demand that the police prosecute anyone who uses language which they deem ‘offensive’.
The most absurd example came at the weekend when some imbecile reported Nigel Farage for ‘hate crime’ after he said the Brexit Party would ‘take a knife’ to Whitehall bureaucracy.
Yet this wasn’t a scene from The Handmaid’s Tale, or even the Netflix drug wars drama Narcos. Pictured: Victims of a Mexican drug cartel
Anyone who seriously believes such a colourful expression is a deliberate attempt to incite violence belongs in a room with rubber walls.
Fortunately, for once, the Old Bill saw sense and declined to investigate.
But this won’t stop the Left continuing to try to use every means possible, including the criminal law, to close down legitimate debate.
What is always striking is how they foam at the mouth over allegedly ‘incendiary’ language used by their opponents, yet seem to believe that the normal rules of civilised discourse don’t apply to them.
I won’t revisit every last cough and spit of last week’s demeaning shouting match in the Commons, which has been well aired elsewhere — to the exclusion of pretty much anything else on the pro-Remain broadcast media.
Watching shroud-waving Labour harpies trying to equate Boris Johnson’s ‘humbug’ remark with a crime against humanity was a profoundly depressing experience, even by the subterranean standards of today’s political class.
Some said it reminded them of The Wall (pictured) used to display the dead bodies of undesirables, apostates and attempted escapees in the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel
Far more depressing was seeing so-called ‘Conservatives’ cowering before the onslaught. So top marks to Boris for standing his ground.
For years, Tories have allowed the Left to dictate the terms of engagement.
It started back when Mother Theresa gormlessly saddled her own party with the label ‘The Nasty Party’ and has gone rapidly downhill ever since.
But in my time covering politics, the true nastiness has always come from the Left.
‘We’re all going on a Saudi holiday’
We’re all going on a Saudi holiday,
No more drinking for a week or two,
Not much laughter on a Saudi holiday,
Here’s a list of things that
you can’t do,
Things you just can’t do.
Women have to wear a headscarf,
Men aren’t allowed to wear shorts,
If they catch you taking photos,
You’ll end up before the courts.
Sharia law on a Saudi vacation,
Women ought to take a chaperone,
Homosexuals face decapitation,
So you’re better off staying home,
Better off back home . . .
Can you imagine, for instance, Labour delegates arriving in Brighton for their annual conference being greeted with banners accusing them of mass murder and calling for reprisals on an industrial scale?
I can’t ever remember Labour conferences being picketed by thuggish Young Conservatives screaming ‘Labour Scum!’ Yet this has become commonplace, even acceptable, behaviour on the Left. And it isn’t just Tories who have to run the gauntlet of this vile hatred.
At last year’s Labour conference in Liverpool, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and even the Labour, now Lib Dem, MP Luciana Berger had to have bodyguards to accompany them everywhere.
Demonisation has replaced disagreement. And what was once confined to the internet has now spilled over on to the streets —even to the floor of the Chamber of the House of Commons.
Female Labour politicians absurdly pretending to be oppressed Gilead wives in the face of mild Tory criticism were more than happy to go along with the sick ghouls dancing on Mrs Thatcher’s grave and singing ‘Ding, dong, the Witch is dead’.
Sadly, some self-righteous women MPs think they can screech like fishwives in the Chamber and then act like shrinking violets when somebody returns their serve.
Because they self-define as ‘good’ people — and by extension consider their opponents to be the epitome of evil — they believe that whatever they say, however untrue and disgusting, is without consequence.
Yet at the same time they are convinced that they themselves should be immune from criticism they consider ‘inappropriate’.
Labour MPs behave like football hooligans in the House, while their shadow chancellor thinks it’s amusing to talk about ‘lynching’ a female Conservative MP.
Meanwhile, Momentum’s anti-Semitic gangsters drive moderate MPs like Luciana Berger from the party and are now targeting for deselection another Jewish woman MP, Margaret Hodge.
So is it any wonder that a handful of nutters feel they have licence to string up mock corpses and banners calling for the death of 130,000 Conservatives?
Welcome to Manchester. Or should that be: Welcome to Mexico?
Saudi Arabia has launched a new visa programme to attract tourists.
You can just imagine the Magaluf crowd in downtown Riyadh, battling it out with the Saudi religious police. They’d be lucky to come home with both hands.
And as for anyone trying to drive an old London bus across the Arabian desert, forget it.
So with apologies to Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett, of Cliff and The Shadows . . .
Saudi Arabia has launched a new visa programme to attract tourists. You can just imagine the Magaluf crowd in downtown Riyadh, battling it out with the Saudi religious police. They’d be lucky to come home with both hands