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Aaaand so the Tommy Robinson shit-show just goes on. And on. And on and on.

I give credit to Nigel Farage for jumping ship before the Shit Show really gets going. He writes: “The very idea of Tommy Robinson being at the centre of the Brexit debate is too awful to contemplate…”

Actually the very idea of ‘Tommy Robinson’ is almost too awful to contemplate.

I suspect Farage thinks ‘Tommy’ is being inserted into the Brexit game to deliberately tarnish or undermine the Brexit momentum further. And he is probably right. Speaking even as someone who never cared about Brexit anyway (but who nevertheless sympathises with it), ‘Tommy’ is going to help sink that ship – at precisely the same time as a serious likelihood is now being discussed in political circles of a second Referendum to try to resolve the Brexit problem (and won’t that be fun?).

So, I’ve covered ‘Tommy’ here a bunch of times already: see here, here and here. The last time being upon his ‘release’ from jail earlier this year (reality check: ‘Tommy’ was probably never in jail) and the #FreeTommy psy-op that thousands of useful idiots took part in.

The Useful Idiot demographic is really spiralling – and ‘Tommy’ and his sponsors must be very happy. (more…)

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I’ve been a little late focusing on the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests or strikes in France.

But it seems to me, given a cursory reading of various sources, like a legitimate, mass expression of dissatisfaction with the French establishment politicians. A lot of people in France are fed up and have decided to group together to make their discontent heard.

There have been conspiracy theories flying all over the place (aren’t there always?): ranging from the protests being led by Le Pen supporting fascists to a theory that it’s a Color Revolution being orchestrated by Trump and the US to unseat Macron or a Russian-influenced movement to further destabilise the West.

None of the ‘theories’ or unnecessary add-ons to the narrative that I’ve seen are convincing.

And there’s one particular strand of Deliberate Misinformation that is particularly sinister – which I’ll focus on shortly.

Because, as much as this is an article about the Yellow Vest protests, it is also an article about the sinister information war – which weaves through all of the idealogical divide, ‘culture war’ and socio-political crisis occuring in Western nations.

My purpose here is not to question the French protesters, but to debunk the lies of the people who are deliberately misrepresenting the protests.

From what I can tell, it looks like the Yellow Vest protests are just people in France being genuinely fed up. There are probably elements in there who inserted themselves into the situation just to cause trouble or create violence – but that’s always what happens. In reality, it seems simply that a lot of ordinary, dissatisfied people in France have had enough of taking the hit for elite 1% interests: and that a protest like this has been building for a long time.

So, to be clear, nothing in this article is calling into question the motives or intentions of the actual French protesters themselves – who seem to be in solidarity with each other and against the corrupt, elite interests dominating France.

However (and unfortunately, perhaps), ever since the ‘Arab Spring’, I do get suspicious of sudden eruptions of mass protests that come packaged with a symbol or slogan. (more…)