The Disinformed March Again

So, another weekend, another planned march (Newcastle) by the EDL, who are remember, not at all racist. This weekend features a live performance by Anglo-Saxon, a one-man band who was arrested for in 2007 for incitement to racial hatred for the lyrics of his song, This is England. I imagine the lyrics the Police objected to were these:

Take this as a wake up call
See the writing on the wall
Is this the land you want to leave to your children
They bleed the state and ask for more
It’s time Britannia closed the door
They crossed these shores for thirty pieces of silver
They took the passport, they took the pound
And now they’ve bombed the underground
They’ll never destroy the land of Hope & Glory
This is England…………X 4

Once again it is not surprising to see another nationalist repeating tabloid lies about immigrants – it is almost as if Anglo-Saxon have attempted to put Richard Littlejohn’s entire repertoire of made-up slurs against immigrants to music. Naturally Anglo-Saxon claims to be ‘not remotely racist‘, he just happens to be obsessed with his ancestral race and is happy to write off a whole range of diverse people as ‘those who bombed the underground’. No doubt people will be rushing to point out how I’m one of those evil thought-police who are rushing to shut down the debate about immigration because remember: you cannot talk about immigration.

However, I’ll just reiterate once again: talking about immigration is not racist. What is racist is being happy to believe media narratives about a diverse group of people and believing that all of them crossed ‘the shore for thirty pieces of silver’ and all of them are responsible for ‘bombing the underground’. That is the very definition of racism: the negative stereotyping of a whole race based on the actions of a couple of individuals who are in no way representative of anyone but themselves.

The EDL march because the tabloid media have carefully constructed a series of narratives for them. If they are poor it is because the welfare state has given more money to ‘them’, if they have no job it is because one of ‘them’ took it, if they have no council house it is because ‘they’ get priority and it is they that ‘bleed the state and ask for more’. None of these concepts grew organically inside the head of Anglo-Saxon, all of them were carefully planted by a corporate media that is creating someone to blame for the fundamental inequality of society.

The corporate tabloid media pursue a corporate agenda, they sell us the ‘American Dream’ in which any one of us might just become rich and have the kind of lifestyle we see on TV. This is the carrot that is dangled in front of us, making us docile consumers, each individual trampling on those around them in order to claw their way just one step closer to owning more and more expensive stuff. Because the corporate world knows that such social mobility is getting less likely with every passing year and as the gap between the rich and the poor widens as more and more money in concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people they must create believable narratives as to why you aren’t living the American Dream.

Currently the in-vogue tabloid narrative is that immigrants are to blame, they are the ones draining the system, stealing the jobs and taking the houses. If it wasn’t for them your life would be full of opportunities, you’d be living the American Dream, clawing your way towards more pay and more consumables. But instead, because of the immigrants your life is failing and you want to lash out at the ones to blame.

I feel sorry for EDL members who march to reclaim a country that has been firmly taken over by a global corporate elite, not by immigration. We live in a society in which corporate narratives are so successfully disseminated by the corporate-controlled media that we want public sector pay and benefits slashed, rather than private sector pay and benefits raised. We actually get outraged over certain people having the right to a decent pension, annual leave and job security; when we should be getting outraged by the fact that corporations earning billions of pounds a year for shareholders do not provide these things to the majority of their staff.

As the lyrics to ‘This is England’ testify: the nationalist EDL are a direct result of dishonest media narratives. Narratives designed to create a disinformed public who lash out at other social groups – usually the disenfranchised and weak – as being the cause of poverty, unemployment and so forth. The real causes of poverty and unemployment is this warped version of capitalism that is regulated in favour of transnational corporations – many of them creating more GDP per year than most of the countries on earth. Moving between countries and avoiding tax through inter-company charges these global corporations are gradually placing a price tag on everything on earth – including human DNA – accumulating the world’s wealth without any social responsibility, just a pathological desire to exploit, monetise and avoid taxes.

Sadly, the EDL will not be marching to the doors of Newscorp or any other global abomination, instead they’ll be singing songs about how it is all the brown person’s fault.

11 Comments

  • frogslegs says:

    What does EDL stand for anyway? Ever Deluded Lunatics…?

  • Hi,

    The Grey Matter, Newcastle’s independent political newsletter, here. This article is brilliant, could we host it on our blog (and obvioulsy link it back to this site)? Pretty please?

    Let us know by email (thegreymatternewsletter@googlemail.com) or comment here. Thanks,

  • Kitty says:

    I really do absolutely love your blog. When I feel angry at the dross I regularly hear regurgitated on my regular bus route, I read this and feel reassured that not everybody in the world is a complete moron. ‘By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community’ – still so true today!

  • Blackberries says:

    Absolutely spot on with this post. Nailed it brilliantly.

    This misdirected disaffection, anger and activism is painful. Clearly these people are being let down. Clearly there is fire in their bellies. To see it warped into sickening racism rather than what really should be the target of their anger is both devastating and infuriating.

  • Old Applejack says:

    This piece should be required reading and put on some kind of national syllabus!

    By the way, that Anghlo Saxon website is a scream. You’d think that someone who is so proud to be English would at least have the decency to write the language correctly.

  • Old Applejack says:

    And yes, it’s not lost on me that I made a typo there…

  • Owlyross says:

    Excellent article, really excellent.

  • I watch Capitalism: A Love Story this week too ;)

    I only josh. You are absolutely right about the rich and powerful creating this enemy (Foreigners) to divert attention away from the real enemy (the rich and powerful).

    Point 1:- If they are poor it is because you aren’t paid a living wage, or your job has been out-sourced.

    Point 2:- If you have no council house it is because a) Thatcher sold them all; and b) Because you can’t afford your own house (see point 1) and because lots of other people also can’t afford their own house (again, see point 1) there are too many people on the waiting list.

  • Stuart Helmet says:

    I find it amusing to see that most people that like to describe themselves as “Anglo- Saxon” or even as “English” miss the part where they are actually describing themselves as being of German origin, first invading Britain in the 600s, at the request of the rather silly (but ever greedy) Picts who were trying to take the entire country over at the time. England comes from “Angle-land”, so even the name of the country is describing itself as German. It only goes to show that the most racist people around tend to be also the most ignorant – of their own history.

    Anyway, all you Teutonic people, enjoy…
    ;)

  • Harry says:

    Absolutely brilliant post. I’ve been reading your blog for a month or so and it’s very refreshing after the Daily Mail’s insanity.

  • Malcolm says:

    We don’t necessarily have a warped version of capitalism. We just have capitalism full stop. It is not a warped version that creates all of this but capitalism full stop. No matter what you do, capitalism will always create these problems. You can’t fix it, but you can destroy it and build a better, fairer, socialist society.

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