Ruling New Britannia- Jacob Rees-Mogg and Brexit.

Jacob Rees-Mogg. Bing Creative Commons.

Most of you will be aware of Milton’s timeless quote “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven”.

But when it comes to Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Vote Leave cabal at the centre of the current government, the full quote is instructive. Milton’s Lucifer, anti-hero of Paradise Lost, announces:

“Here we may reign secure; and in my choice

To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:

Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.”

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Darren Grimes and the Puppets of Power

“Don’t worry about your A-levels, I don’t have any. Do what I did instead and spend £676,000 in a nationwide referendum.”

So said the Twitter account of Darren Grimes on the day the English exam results were released. The tweet alludes to his origin story: the fashion student plucked from obscurity to face charges of electoral fraud after £675,000 of Brexit campaign money avoided a funding cap by being channelled through Grimes’ BeLeave organisation.

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Michael Gove- The Privileged In Public Service

Michael Gove recently gave the Ditchley Annual Lecture. He opened with a quote from the Marxist intellectual Gramsci and spoke of “The Privilege of Public Service.” Gramsci is famous for his writings on Cultural Hegemony and his belief that the establishment class uses the dominance of cultural institutions in a society to protect and perpetuate their power and control of that society.

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ACE OF SPADS

In this post, we thought we would cheer you up by reminding you that after pestilence there are another three horsemen of the apocalypse galloping over the horizon. Once the disaster capitalists in Westminster have finished exploiting the Coronavirus we have Brexit to look forward to. All under the watchful eye of Vote Leave’s very own Varys.

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Munira Mirza – “Spiking” the Race Inequality Commission

Munira Mirza

This week’s matrix analysis begins, like many a journalistic tragedy/farce, with Brendan O’Neill. On 16/06/20 he published an article in The Spectator defending Priti Patel and Munira Mirza. They had both received criticism for their responses to the BLM movement and recent debates about the defacement/removal of statues of historical figures. As we shall see below, Mirza has been repeatedly challenged in the past for her comments around race and racism. According to Brendan this is because, “Nothing winds up the woke set more than an ethnic-minority person who refuses to sing from their hymn sheet.” He does qualify his praise of Mirza by stating, “For the record, I know Mirza and she has written for my magazine, Spiked!” This article is about the establishment connections Mirza and O’Neill fail to mention, for the record.

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The Labour Party – Pulling Together?

Labour tug of war

On 19/06/20 the Guardian published an article about a comprehensive internal review of the failures of Labour’s 2019 election campaign:

This report was commissioned by a group of Labour politicians called Labour Together. Their mission statement makes it clear they are attempting to reconcile the internal divisions of the Labour Party to improve chances of winning back voters the previous leadership is blamed for losing. To do this Labour Together argues for unity rather than factionalism:

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