+The BBC showed the first part of a three-part drama-documentary last night tracing the rise of the Nazi Party between 1930 and 1933. Essential viewing really for all those following our current political scene.
A Nazi style revolution, coup, call it what you will could never happen in the U.K. of course. The only kind of revolution we are capable of here is of the ‘glorious’ type, and the last one of those occurred 350 years ago. As regards a fascist challenge, we believe we’ve seen off every attempt, from Mosley to Griffin. I wonder how this history inoculates us against the possibility of a dire slide into some form of dictatorship? I guess it would have to be a very British version, which somehow avoided the word. Perhaps ‘autocracy’ would be a compromise, it sounds a lot softer, and with his genial buffoonery Johnson has edged us closer to what it means, in a country not blessed with a written constitution and a head of state in whose name all sorts of prerogatives can be abused. It’s not necessarily the case that not having a written constitution is the fault here—from the U.S. to the U.S.S.R. written constitutions have been found wanting. No, what is so eerily worrying is that we have a new breed of leaders who share a messianic mission to fulfil their ambitions constitutionally or not. We are now in a position where Johnson’s cabinet ministers can’t even answer the question ‘will the government obey the law?’ except with a shrug.
As was shown in the BBC programme last night, the first lesson an autocrat (or dictator) needs to learn is that the law is an ass.
+Tony Blair hath spoken. Labour should avoid a general election, ‘cos it’s an ‘elephant trap.’ Good to see that he has suggested, inter alia, that Corbyn is therefore the elephant in the room. As such, I hope he throws his weight around a bit and even in the lumbering way elephants do he crushes his opponents without delay.