Orwell on Farage?

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June 28, 2016 by James Crossley

Quoting Orwell (it’s always the good bits and not the weird bits) is like quoting the Bible in English politics and in fear of overstatement about Farage but…

When I speak of Fascism in England, I am not necessarily thinking of Mosley and his pimpled followers. English Fascism, when it arrives, is likely to be of a sedate and subtle kind (presumably, at any rate at first, it won’t be called Fascism), and it is doubtful whether a Gilbert and Sullivan heavy dragoon of Mosley’s stamp would ever be much more than a joke to the majority of English people; though even Mosley will bear watching, for experience shows (vide the careers of Hitler, Napoleon III) that to a political climber it is sometimes an advantage not to be taken too seriously at the beginning of his career. But what I am thinking of at this moment is the Fascist attitude of mind, which beyond any doubt is gaining ground among people who ought to know better. Fascism as it appears in the intellectual is a sort of mirror-image—not actually of Socialism but of a plausible travesty of Socialism.” (George Orwell, Road to Wigan Pier)

Compare the latest Farage speech to MEPs

Isn’t it funny! When I came here 17 years ago and said I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well I have to say, you’re not laughing now! You as a political project are in denial. You’re in denial that your currency is failing. Just look at the Mediterranean! You’re in denial over Mrs Merkel’s call last year for as many people as possible to cross the Mediterranean. The main reason the UK voted the way it did is you have, by stealth, by deception, without ever telling the truth to the British or the rest of the peoples of Europe, you have imposed on them a political union.
I know a lot of you have never done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or in trade or indeed ever created a job.

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4 thoughts on “Orwell on Farage?

  1. […] via Orwell on Farage? — Harnessing Chaos […]

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  2. Neo-Pelagius says:

    a plausible travesty of Socialism.

    Surely this would also apply to the EU?

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