A major row has broken out over the use of the word “humbug” by Boris Johnson to describe threats against a female Labour MP during a debate about the annulled prorogation of parliament.
The row quickly involved the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox during the 2016 EU referendum and the use of the words “surrender” and “capitulation” to describe recent attempts by MPs to stop a “no deal” Brexit.
Various MPs have described threats made against them, both online and in the real world, despite many of them, particularly Labour MPs, supporting far-left activist groups such as ‘Unite Against Fascism’ (UAF), its successor ‘Stand Up To Racism (SUTR), and Hope not Hate which have engaged in bullying tactics against political opponents over the years.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was a founder member of Anti-Fascist Action (AFA), albeit now defunct as an active organisation, but quickly followed by contemporary Antifa, both of which openly engaged in mob violence against political opponents.
Apologists for those groups over the years have claimed that militant action was necessary because many of the people attacked were self-proclaimed ‘racists’ and ‘fascists’ (as though that made legitimate any violence directed at them!) even though the political bullying and violence extended to groups and individuals, including legitimate political parties, who rejected those labels or regarded them as base smears.
However, with Labour’s new policy of open borders openly proclaimed at the recent party conference in Brighton, amid a rising migrant crisis, should Jeremy Corbyn win the next general election, how many more people will be dubbed ‘racist’ and ‘fascist’ in the years to come because they oppose unlimited mass immigration and multiculturism?