The British National Party wins a seat in the London Assembly. Listen to the victory speech of Richard Barnbrook. Honestly, you don't even have to listen to what he is saying, just the tone of his voice, where the rhetoric comes from. The man is a skinhead in a suit.

Crooked Timber advocates the Vidal Sassoon treatment. If you're wondering what that is, you should click the link in the Crooked Timber post. You won't be sorry.


Anonymous Gunnar C said...

J.G. Ballard tagged his latest novel "The suburbs dream of violence", and let the Surrey district with its shopping malls and motorways be the incubator for middle class fascism.

With this character emerging from the suburbs of Essex, it feels almost like reality turning into another prophecy of Ballard's - like a Ballardian monster coming to life.

Hopefully, he'll never become anything else than a fringe phenomenon.

May 06, 2008 2:30 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Well, probably not. Or at least we can always hope.

But I think you're right that fascism which is really dangerous will be one that recruits the middle classes, particularly the lower middle classes, is sponsored by the upper classes, and misleads the lower classes. That's the kind of proto-fascism we've been seeing in the US for 8 years now, and that's the kind which we might be seeing germinate in Norway next year.

May 10, 2008 9:25 am  

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