The Blaze is the right-wing politics network started by former CNN and Fox News host Glenn Beck and most of the segments on the network involve spouting sanctimonious talking-points with the aim of obfuscating reality. In a segment in the last week Stu Burguiere, an ideological drones that doubles up at a television host, attempted to compare the plot of the film Kingsman: The Secret Service, staring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth, with Barack Obama’s ‘left-wing’ policies.
In recent weeks the Labour leadership campaign finally stopped being as interesting as an audio book read by John Major as a new series of polls suggested that veteran left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn is leading the race ahead of his younger, more centrist opponents.
However opponents of Corbyn who favour Liz Kendall (God knows why) or Yvette Cooper have attempted to change the terms of debate by declaring that it is time for the Labour Party to have a female leader and as such Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn should be ignored on this basis. Some journalists have also adopted this mantra but I believe that this logic is incorrect.
Although the British electorate is left-wing on many issues, it is also true that significant portions of the electorate are quite right-wing on some issues, particularly in the wake of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis.
The rise of unconventional right-wing parties across Europe such as UKIP in Britain, the Front National in France, and Jobbik in Hungary presents a real danger that politics rooted in fear and distrust of the ‘Constitutive Other’ and it is Labour who must be at the front-line fighting against this negative narrative.
In the lead up to the 2015 General Election Nicola Sturgeon made abundantly clear to the Scottish electorate that the election was not about independence, it was about challenging austerity and stopping the Tories. Although this goal failed due to Labour’s complacency and incompetence, the SNP leadership also maintained that any second referendum on independence would take place if the majority of Scots voted at the 2016 Holyrood elections for parties that pledged to hold another referendum in their manifestos.
The SNP have yet to rule out such a promise in their 2016 manifesto however an interesting development in this area came in comments by David Cameron in which he believed the 2014 referendum was “decisive” and that “there will not be another vote in this parliament”. The question now becomes: what should the SNP do?
Despite the House of Windsor remaining popular with the British public there are major events afoot across the world that will challenge the final bastion of British influence over its former colonies. I believe that due to these events, which are going largely unreported, in the next few years the many nations across the world that recognise imposed symbols of British culture as their own will be a greatly diminished number.
A fortnight ago Bastille Day was celebrated across France, a day to celebrate the 1789 Storming of the Bastille, the first majorly symbolic moment of the French Revolution, as well as a British indie-rock band. Due to the propaganda distributed by British authorities and writers at the time, the revolution was until very recently seen through a lens of anti-French xenophobia and distrust of change. Because of the pervasiveness of this propaganda, Britain remains politically rooted in the past in two key areas, which I believe are detrimental to society.
The Democratic Party is in a formidable position politically speaking for the next few election cycles due to demographics and geography alone, but by increasing the number of states to include America’s current overseas territories they can solidify their dominance and make the GOP, if it maintains its current ideological intransigence, irrelevant for a generation.