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Actor Laurence Fox creates new political party to fight the woke Left

Something is happening in Britain that isn’t in the United States.

Prominent Brits are saying they’re sick of the “woke” culture of the Left.

First, it was journalist, TV personality and self-identified liberal Piers Morgan who, on the Ben Shapiro Snow last August, launched a stinging critique of the contemporary Left, calling them “unbearable”.

Then, at 2020 Golden Globes awards in January, comedian and host Ricky Jervais lambasted the Hollywood crowd for their arrogance and hypocrisy.

The latest is actor Laurence Fox (you may know him as Inspector Hathaway in the Lewis TV series that was aired on PBS Masterpiece Theater).

Fox became an instant fave of conservatives when he said on BBC’s Question Time last January that Meghan Markle is not a victim of racism (see “Harry & Meghan Markle lose in duel with the Queen”), followed by Fox appearing on the cover of The Sunday Times to tell the world that he does not “date woke women”.

Note: Urban Dictionary defines “wokeness” as “self-righteousness masquerading as enlightenment” and “being constantly offended”.

For saying that, and wearing a MAGA cap for a media interview, Fox was vilified. See “Feminists see something very sinister in men who don’t want to date ‘woke’ women”.

Now, Fox has started a new political party called Reclaim, to fight the woke Left.

In an October 6 interview with Spiked, Fox explains why:

Fox: I don’t feel either of the two main parties are addressing the issues at all. I feel Labour is actively swallowing critical race theory. It is actively making culture worse. You have Keir Starmer literally taking the knee, and then metaphorically taking the knee with what he said in terms of structural inequality and racism, and in terms of seeing racism everywhere, which I think is one of the most false and divisive things that a politician can do to try to garner votes. And then, obviously, you would have expected the Conservatives to be very hot on these issues. Things like the right to speak freely and think freely and not have your thoughts policed are very personal issues to a lot of people. But the Conservatives don’t seem to be taking it on board.

There are many brilliant movements and pressure groups around that do fantastic work, such as the Free Speech Union, the Academy of Ideas and Don’t Divide Us, which are all fantastic. But how do you really make politicians sit up and listen? I believe you do that through the ballot box.

One thing that has struck me is the viciousness with which the left bullies people of all kinds for having what are essentially very moderate opinions. Aside from questions concerning perjury, laws on speech must not go further than stopping incitement to violence. But that is not what is happening at the moment….

We are switching the whole judicial system on its head. People are being tried by social media, and that can have really awful effects, such as what happened with Caroline Flack. I feel it has escalated beyond the point where we can ignore it….

I am aiming to appeal across party lines. I don’t need to be politically affiliated to want to promote an open public space through full protection of the fundamental freedoms of speech, expression, thought, association and academic inquiry, and to stand in opposition to laws and other measures which undermine those freedoms.

spiked: Are you worried that getting involved in the ‘wrong’ side of the culture war will damage your career?

Fox: I have certainly been told that it has had a very profound effect on my acting career….

If you risk making yourself unemployable by having the wrong view, I can understand why people would just parrot the views that are accepted – especially those who have children.

I feel like I have no option but to take this thing forward, because someone has to do it, and I seem to be well-placed to do it in terms of my platform, my profile and my views, which I think are actually pretty moderate.

spiked: How have members of the public responded to the party so far?

Fox: We have had so many positive reactions. Ten thousand people have registered on our website, and we set up a Twitter account a couple of days ago which has 15,000 followers already. I get stopped in the street relentlessly, and people thank me for doing it. I get a stack of letters every week, and endless messages of support, all of which is encouraging.

I think these issues bother ordinary people much more than those with a profile. The right to communicate and to be able to tell your own story affects everybody.

We need a high-profile person with Laurence Fox’s courage here in the U.S.

~Eowyn

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Turns out Elvis isn’t that “inspirational” after all…

Dial made a commercial to tout their (our) strength during the Wuhan virus. Taglines from the commercial include:

“Strength is in our hands”
“Love is in our hands”
“Hope is in our hands”

There’s a tagline which features Elvis Presley:

Turns out Elvis isn’t that inspirational after all: Elvis Presley’s Graceland vandalized with ‘Black Lives Matter’ graffiti.”

No one is safe from the rage mob.

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D.C Mayor seeks to remove the names of white men from government buildings in Washington

A Washington, DC committee formed by Mayor Muriel Bowser has recommended changing the names of schools and government buildings and has even called for the federal government to “remove, relocate or contextualize” a group of federal memorials and monuments, including the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Benjamin Franklin Statue. Bowser’s committee, the District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DC FACES), submitted the final executive report Monday (August 31, 2020).

The report covered surveys of DC’s named, government-owned buildings (libraries, schools, rec centers, etc), parks, statues in DC Government-owned parks, miscellaneous other named public spaces, and even city streets. The committee cataloged the race of people whose names appeared and discovered that fully seventy percent of government properties were named after white people. It is these people whose names are slated for erasure. Just a sample of the names is enough to demonstrate the level of racism and hatred being directed at once prominent white people.

Schools:

1.Alexander Graham Bell – Bell Multicultural High School
2. Robert Brent – Brent Elementary School
3. Jehiel Brooks – Brookland Middle School
4. James Monroe – Bruce-Monroe Elementary School @ Park View
5. James Birney – Excel Academy/Lee Montessori PCS – East End (at Birney School)
6. Charles William Eliot – Eliot-Hine Middle School
7. Anthony T. Hyde, Henry Addison – Hyde-Addison Elementary School
8. Thomas Jefferson – Jefferson Middle School
9. Francis Scott Key – Key Elementary School
10. Zachary Taylor – Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
11. John Walker Maury – Maury Elementary School
12. William Winston Seaton – Seaton Elementary School
13. Benjamin Stoddert – Stoddert Elementary School
14. Strong John Thomson – Thomson Elementary School
15. John Tyler – Tyler Elementary School
16. John Peter Van Ness – Van Ness Elementary School
17. Joseph Rodman West – West Education Campus
18. Woodrow Wilson – Woodrow Wilson High School
19. C. Melvin Sharpe – Bridges PCS Sharpe Campus
20.William Benning – DC Prep PCS, Benning Elementary
21. Matthew Gault Emery – Emery School (CHOICE Academy)

Parks and recreation

1. James D. Barry – Barry Farm Playground
2. William Benning, Benjamin Stoddert – Benning Stoddert Playground, Garden
3. Robert Brent – Brentwood Playground, Brentwood Hamilton Field
4. James Monroe – Bruce-Monroe Community Garden
5. Matthew Gault Emery – Emery Heights Playground, Garden
6. Henry Foxall – Foxhall Playground
7. Thomas Jefferson – Jefferson Field
8. Guy Mason – Guy Mason Playground
9. William Henry Harrison – Harrison Playground
10. James Greenleaf – King-Greenleaf Playground
11. Benjamin Stoddert – Stoddert Playground
12. Abel P. Upshur – Upshur Playground

Bowser took to Twitter to announce her pleasure with her committee’s recommendations,saying, “”I look forward to reviewing and advancing their recommendations,”

The return tweets from her detractors in response were quick to respond .Interior Secretary David Bernhardt tweeted that no changes were going to happen as long as he was in office. “Not on my watch. Never going to happen,” he tweeted.

The White House also responded to the committee’s report.

“By publishing a plan that recommends potentially removing the Washington Monument, Christopher Columbus Statue, Andrew Jackson Statue, and Jefferson Memorial—among many other ludicrous recommendations—the radically liberal mayor of Washington, D.C., is repeating the same left-wing narrative used to incite dangerous riots: demolishing our history and destroying our great heritage,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

“Our Nation’s capital is rightly filled with countless markers, memorials, and statues to honor and respect the men and women who built this country. President Donald J. Trump believes these places should be preserved, not torn down; respected, not hated; and passed on for generations to come. As long as President Trump is in the White House, the mayor’s irresponsible recommendations will go absolutely nowhere, and as the mayor of our Nation’s capital city—a city that belongs to the American people—she ought to be ashamed for even suggesting them for consideration,” McEnany concluded.

The full report can be read here:

https://mayor.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/page_content/attachments/DC%20FACES%20Executive%20Summary_r10sm.pdf

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