When our leadership behaves disgustingly, encouraging racist attitudes with language such as ‘picaninnies, water-melon smiles, letter boxes’, encouraging booing of England players or calling their taking the knee against racism ‘gesture politics’, it is no wonder that the yobs and racists crawl out from under their rocks to cause trouble.
As Gareth Southgate says – ‘It comes from the top!’.
The populist message from this bunch of swaggering Brexiteering Tories is one of division, racism, xenophobia and rampant nationalism.
This is not the Tory Party of old. This bunch of ERG extremists have lurched over to take the ground from the old National Front and British Movement.
Even Anna Soubry, a former Tory Minister, says that this Johnson Party is unrecognisable and is really the Brexit Party now; that they base their approach on Trump and populism. Her Newsnight appearance summed it up.
Johnson and the ERG are a thorough disgrace!
They hypocritically stir up racism and then pretend to condemn it!
But these yobs are really the very people they are appealing to, inciting and empowering.
That you John Peachey and Ben Jennings.