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Hmmm, it's not something that's just happened. Nigel Farage fetched up in Edinburgh in 2013 and got such a barracking that 50 policemen had to rescue him and drive him away in a secure van.


There are problems with social media, where small enclaves of previously isolated lunatics can find comfort, encouragement and support and who can then levarage flash mobs which will command media attention.

As somebody Socttish pointed out, at that point in 2013, nigel Farage, who had no seat in Parliament, had appeared on the BBC's flagship ploitics show  more often that the entirety of the Scottish National Party, who at that time dominated the Scottish parliament and had 50 MPs in Westminster. The protest was as much against this wholly disproportionate coverage of ukip as it was against Farage.

Also, this is reality TV now. Tommy Robinson leveraged being arrested and crowdfunding his defense into enabling him to buy a very nice house. It's a career path. The loudmouth who was protesting against Anna Soubry has pictures of him wearing MAGA hats (US) and yellow jerseys (France), yet wants to claim his beliefs are entirely British (English).

Also, this is nothing new, Peterloo (Establishment violently crushing workers demands) and Cable Street (working classes resisting 30s fascism) stand as exemplars of violent unrest in the UK.

We've had a long period of "peace" (miners strikes not withstanding), because there was a post-war consensus about the role of the State in maintaining checks and balances within socitey that is now breaking down before our eyes. Not just here, but across the entire Western world..

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 8th, 2019 at 12:49:21 PM EST
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