It’s Labour that is now Bri­tain’s true ‘Nasty Party’

Daily Express - - NEWS - Tim Ne­wark Po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor

FROM din­ner par­ties to na­tional par­ties, I’m be­ing in­creas­ingly sur­rounded by ag­gres­sive and in­tol­er­ant Leftwingers who think it’s “OK” to in­sult and den­i­grate the demo­cratic choices of mil­lions of vot­ers.

Con­ser­va­tive MP Bob Ste­wart stood up in Par­lia­ment this week to re­port that a Left-wing teacher told other pupils not to speak to his son just be­cause of his fa­ther’s po­lit­i­cal views. An ex-sol­dier and Bos­nian war hero, he’s used to the rough and tum­ble of po­lit­i­cal de­bate, but to see this ex­tended to his chil­dren – not by other kids but by their teacher – is shock­ing.

But to be frank this is no sur­prise. The gen­er­ally Left-wing bias of most teach­ers means par­ents have long got used to their chil­dren be­ing brought up in a class­room that does not nec­es­sar­ily give equal weight to con­trary views on so­cial is­sues. What is dif­fer­ent now is the ve­he­mence with which many lib­er­als ex­press their be­liefs.

Friends tell me of be­ing trolled on so­cial me­dia for merely putting their heads above the para­pet and go­ing against the mid­dle-class norm by voic­ing sup­port for Brexit. So­cial lines are be­ing drawn and sup­pos­edly nice peo­ple are en­cour­ag­ing a sub­tle kind of apartheid against those who views they dis­agree with.

What­ever hap­pened to re­spect­ing other peo­ple’s views and hav­ing a lively but po­lite con­ver­sa­tion about pol­i­tics?

THE clear an­swer to this is that nor­mally com­fort­able lib­er­als have been shaken out of their com­pla­cency by the twin votes of 2016 giv­ing us Brexit and Trump. Ac­cord­ing to them, these re­sults should never have hap­pened and are the re­sult of ig­no­rance and prej­u­dice. Not the over­due re­ac­tion to a lib­eral agenda that has ig­nored the le­git­i­mate con­cerns of less priv­i­leged peo­ple for more than a decade.

As a re­sult, these lib­er­als now feel at “war” with half of so­ci­ety. In the US, many an­gry Leftwingers call them­selves the “re­sis­tance” and have hit the streets with in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive protests.

In the UK, they see lit­tle wrong in the idea of tear­ing down stat­ues of na­tional he­roes and in­sult­ing a dif­fer­ent ver­sion of his­tory they don’t agree with. There’s some­thing fa­nat­i­cal about this, re­viv­ing mem­o­ries of young Chi­nese com­mu­nists de­stroy­ing any­thing to do with their im­pe­rial past.

Hav­ing lost two elec­tions in a row, the same ra­bid in­tol­er­ance is in­side the Labour Party which truly de­serves to be called the new Nasty Party now.

Jeremy Cor­byn and his hench­men are so blinded by their reck­less de­ter­mi­na­tion to turn us into a Marx­ist regime that they save their great­est venom for their own more mod­er­ate Left-wing col­leagues. As seven Labour MPs dared to back the wishes of the na­tion and vote in sup­port of Brexit leg­is­la­tion this week, they got the full im­pact of Cor­bynista trolls.

Dennis Skin­ner was branded a scab for stick­ing to his prin­ci­ples and ex­press­ing the views of a ma­jor­ity of his Bolsover con­stituents. Caro­line Flint was told she should be “ut­terly ashamed” of her­self and had “voted to hand dic­ta­tor­ship­like pow­ers to the Tory Govern­ment”. She in fact ab­stained.

I’ve never quite un­der­stood the rea­son­ing of the hard-Left that calls demo­crat­i­cally elected Tory lead­ers dic­ta­tors and yet heaps praise on ac­tual so­cial­ist tyrants around the world.

Labour MP Frank Field quite rightly de­rided the Cor­byn-led “guer­rilla war­fare cam­paign against im­ple­ment­ing the wish of the Bri­tish peo­ple to leave Europe”. No doubt he faces con­stant calls to be de­s­e­lected by mem­bers of his own party.

This is a pat­tern of be­hav­iour that is mak­ing the Labour move­ment less in­clu­sive and more in­tol­er­ant of a di­ver­sity of be­lief. Amaz­ingly, key in­de­pen­dent Labour fig­ures such as the may­ors of Lon­don and Manch­ester are not be­ing al­lowed to speak at the up­com­ing Labour Party con­fer­ence in case they rock the boat of homage to com­rade Cor­byn.

This sum­mer Kezia Dug­dale stepped down as leader of Scot­tish Labour be­cause – fol­low­ing the death of a close friend – she con­sid­ered life is too short to spend it fend­ing off Cor­byn’s at­tack dogs. Her po­lite ref­er­ence was to her lead­er­ship be­ing a “dif­fi­cult but ful­fill­ing chal­lenge”.

Brought up with danc­ing on Thatcher’s grave T-shirts and cries of Tories are “lower than ver­min”, Cor­byn’s sum­mer sur­prise re­sult has un­leashed more ugly Left-wing in­vec­tive against Brex­i­teers, Tory vot­ers, Trump sup­port­ers and even their own party mem­bers who dare to voice com­mon­sense views on im­por­tant is­sues.

SARAH CHAM­PION MP was sacked from Cor­byn’s shadow cab­i­net for say­ing Bri­tain has a “problem with Bri­tish Pak­istani men rap­ing and ex­ploit­ing white girls”. No one can deny her hon­ourable role in bring­ing these ab­hor­rent crimes to pub­lic at­ten­tion. It was left to Con­ser­va­tive MP Sa­jid Javid, a Bri­tish Pak­istani, to de­fend her and call for an open de­bate about the “racial mo­ti­va­tion” be­hind child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion. But in the Labour Party open de­bate seems to be dy­ing.

That is the re­ally wor­ry­ing trend be­hind the growth of the il­lib­eral lib­eral. In their ha­tred of views con­trary to their own they are clear­ing the path for a hard-left Labour Party which, if ever it gained power, would shut down po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion in a fright­en­ingly bru­tal man­ner.

It is al­ready do­ing this within its own ranks and would con­tinue to do so in govern­ment. Then it re­ally would be true to talk of a Labour dic­ta­tor.

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