The Unseen Coup

Not mine, but I wish it were. I found this, originally by Mike Carter, posted on Facebook by my old friend Miriam Margolyes. Bang on.

“The United Kingdom has fallen. There has been a right wing coup in this country… . And nobody noticed. We did not notice because it was years in the making. We did not notice because when it came, it came in a blonde wig and a mask of buffoonery. We did not notice because it lied to us and hid its true intent. We did not notice because the foreign manipulation was hidden from us and continues to be hidden from us. We did not notice, because the lies when they were discovered were hidden by more lies, until lack of truth became normal and acceptable. We didn’t notice because it appealed to our basest nature. It cried racist, it cried xenophobe, it falsified a threat to our way of life and blamed others. We did not notice because we accepted all the promises and lies and now we cannot admit to our gullibility.

Make no mistake it has been moving steadily and stealthily. Have you not noticed how Parliament has been emasculated and how decisions are now taken by a few in a closed room? Have you noticed how the judiciary is being sidelined? Have you noticed how the media are controlled & access to news is restricted? The BBC merely mouths faceless government sources and the papers howl racist xenophobic and government-fed lies? Have you noticed how the police, under cover of COVID, are being encouraged gradually to interfere more and more in our lives? Have you noticed how we are being encouraged to report ‘unsocial behaviour’ in our neighbour’s? Have you noticed how the impartial Civil Service is being packed with yes men and government cronies? Committee after committee is rigged with government-friendly sympathisers. Even now a review of the Armed Services is underway. Have you noticed how every means of objection or complaint is being stealthily closed? Have you noticed the intention to lower food standards, animal & environmental standards and abandon the guarantees of our basic human rights? Have you noticed how measures trumpeted as keeping foreigners out, actually make it harder for US to leave?

Finally have you noticed how the government is engineering circumstances under which everyone’s lives will be so much harder and under which we will have so much more to worry about than complain about our government? Meanwhile the rape and asset-stripping of the country has already begun, with million-pound contracts awarded to cronies with no apparent expertise, siphoning money from the public purse to the private pocket and delivering nothing. It may already be too late but surely the time has come to cry enough! To stand up against the lies, the manipulation, the takeover of our Society. This government does not govern for the people; this government is governing for itself. It has become an enemy of the people, its actions are treasonous. Surely it is time to demand better, time to TAKE BACK CONTROL.” – (From Mike Carter.)

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8 Responses to The Unseen Coup

  1. Aaron says:

    Whilst I love the post linked to Miriam, I cannot seem to find anything online that has her linked to this? Where can I find her saying /sharing this passage.

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  2. andrewjohnson911 says:

    Perhaps readers will be interested in a report I’ve compiled, now supported by about 1600 signatories.


  3. That is very kind of you to say, Bernard. I do not have a blog. My comments are all parasitic upon your always-interesting posts.
    You were prescient to highlight the threat to democracy posed by the virulent right. Its intentions have been illuminated in the most ominous way, now that Trump has conceded he has no intention of giving up the White House.
    How ironic that barely twenty years after the triumphalism of the liberal West, which followed the collapse of the autocratic regimes in the Soviet sphere, the process now appears to be working in the opposite direction. History is not ending but going into reverse.

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  4. I agree that insidious right-wing political actors, such as Murdoch and his minions, Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson, the Russians via social media platforms and many others have imposed themselves on the UK’s political system.
    However, the metaphor of the coup fails to capture the degree of home-grown support for these changes; just as in the US, Trump’s imprint would not be possible without decades of agitation by domestic opponents of liberalism. He relies on a base, which has remained around 40% of the US electorate, for the four years of his rule.
    Thatcherism was a made-in-Great-Britain ideology and set of practices that has metastasised over the decades; it has been joined by home-grown hostility to the EU, its attendant revival of nationalism, and a cynical disdain for liberal principles. The end of the Cold War has exposed as fake the right’s commitment to democratic institutions. It turns out to have been only a debating point or rhetoric to be used as ammunition against the Soviet Bloc and its sympathisers.
    In the referendum, the UK public had a clear choice; the same goes for the election of December 2019. Even if we allow for the certainty that considerable number of voters were hoodwinked in both cases, there still remains a very substantial bedrock of support – probably around 40% – for what Johnson-Cummings represent.
    Hegemony – rather than coup – might be the more apt term to describe what is happening.

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    • Agreed 100%, Philip. I’m always reluctant to acknowledge this due to my naive hope – not belief – in humanity’s essential rationality. – An excellent response, as always. You should be writing these blogs, rather than me. Or do you have a blog already that I haven’t come across? Point me to it if so.

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