Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The inner Fascist .....the danger within

“ There is a problem getting rid of fascism because there is a bit of it in all of us”
Last yearI read Boris Johnson comment on Barrack Obama intervention into the Referendum campaign. He called him “half Kenyan” , I saw the sneer in Nigel Farage face when he talked of Obama removing the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office. I remember reading Churchill's comment on Gandhi describing him as a “savage in a loin cloth”. I realised that all of them were saying the same thing yet the words they wanted to say was that Obama was a black man who had gone to far. In the debate Sen. John McCain had accused Obama using the phrase “people like you” . Its quite clear what they mean the prejudice runs so deep. Here is a quote from Johnson in the Spectator “ It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies “ he goes on “and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief “ If you donrt believe me here is the link www.telegraph.co.uk/…/If-Blairs-so-good-at-running-the-Cong…
I can understand ordiniary people who are vulnerable because of low income, of the stories they read in the press , because they are at the mercy of large corporations and are afraid. There was a film made called “it happened here” It was very controversial because it interviews neo Fascists from the UK and placed them into the film. It Happened Here (also known as It Happened Here: The Story of Hitler's England) is a black-and white 1964 British World War II film written, produced and directed by Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, who began work on the film as teenagers. The film's largely amateur production took some eight years, using volunteer actors with some support from professional film maker.

It Happened Here is set in an alternate history where the United Kingdom has been invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany. The plot follows the experiences of an Irish nurse working in England, who encounters people who believe collaboration with the invaders is for the best whilst others are involved in the resistance movement against the occupiers and their local collaborators.
The film opens with the statement: "The German invasion of Britain took place in 1940 after the retreat from Dunkirk." After months of fierce resistance and brutal reprisals, the occupying forces manage to restore order, largely suppressing the resistance movement. However, due to demands from the Ural Mountains front, most German troops are eventually removed from Western Europe, and the garrisoning of Britain is largely carried out by local volunteers to the German army and the SS.
England appears to be governed by the British Union of Fascists (the situation in the rest of the British Isles is unclear but presumably similar); the followers are referred to as "Blackshirts", wear uniforms with the Flash and Circle, and a framed portrait of Oswald Mosley appears in a government building, alongside one of Adolf Hitler. Meanwhile, the United States, having entered the war, stations its U.S. Seventh Fleet off Ireland. The Americans begin bombing raids on the south west coast of England, as well as supplying men and equipment to a resurgent partisan movement.
Set in 1944–1945, the story focuses on an apolitical Irish district nurse, Pauline. Following an upsurge in partisan activity in her area, she is forcibly evacuated from her village by the Germans and their collaborators and witnesses an attack on German forces by a group of British partisans, during which a number of her friends from the village are killed in the crossfire. The attack (and more particularly the deaths) influences her subsequent views and decisions.
She is evacuated to London, where she reluctantly becomes a collaborator, joining the medical wing of the Immediate Action Organisation (IAO), a kind of quasi-paramilitary medical corps and is re-trained as an ambulance attendant. Although at first reluctant and intent on remaining apolitical, Pauline begins to show the effects of fascist indoctrination in her behaviour. It is a reunion with old friends (an antifascist doctor and his wife) that gives Pauline pause and when she subsequently discovers they are harbouring an injured partisan she reluctantly agrees to help.
Gradually Pauline learns more about the impacts of the German occupation and she sees her friends arrested. The discovery of her association with the antifascist couple by her superiors in the IAO leads to her demotion and transfer to another part of the country. She welcomes the move at first, as her new job appears to have less of the paramilitary trappings. However Pauline discovers that she has unwittingly taken part in a forced euthanasia programme and killed a group of foreign forced labourers who had contracted tuberculosis.
The film ends with Pauline being arrested after protesting and refusing to continue but before she can be put on trial, she is captured by the resurgent British Resistance and agrees to work for them as they fight to liberate the country with the help of arriving American troops. In the finale, Pauline tends a group of wounded partisans while, out of her view, a large group of soldiers from the Black Prince Regiment of the British Legion of the Waffen-SS who had surrendered are summarily shot, a scene reminiscent of an SS massacre of civilians earlier in the film.
In the film a character says “ There is a problem getting rid of fascism because there is a bit of it in all of us” You could see in in the reaction of Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Sen. John McCain to a blackman who got above his station .

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