British Conservatives advocate gassing working class people

This 30 August 2017 video from Britain is called Theresa May‘s Nasty Nazi Tory Youth want to “Gas the Chavs”.

‘Chavs’ is a British upper-class term of abuse for working-class people.

The ‘gassing’ part reminds me of this. And of, more recently, the London Grenfell Tower fire disaster. The local Conservative Kensington and Chelsea council had again and again dismissed fire hazard warnings by the working class Grenfell residents and by the fire brigade. Some of the Grenfell people who died in the fire were killed by poisonous gas, a result of hazardous insulation material.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Tories Forced to De-Activate New Group as ‘Gassing Chavs’ Row Grows

Friday 1st September 2017

NEW TORY campaign group Activate was in disarray yesterday after it was forced to issue a statement denying it had ever launched following a string of sickening messages circulating on social media.

Comments posted in a Tory WhatsApp group calling for “chavs to be gassed” were leaked on Wednesday night, with screenshots of the comments circulated on social media after they were published on the Guido Fawkes blog — run by Tory supporter Paul Staines.

The WhatsApp group was alleged to be a part of the new Tory organisation Activate, a campaign seen as the Tories’ attempt to appeal to young voters.

Members of the group swapped offensive messages including one calling for “Chavocide” and another describing working-class people as “vermin” who populate at high rates.

Others suggested using “chavs” as “substitutes for animals when testing” with one member writing: “Can we just introduce compulsory birth control?”

The group were warned to be careful as the conversation was “turning to a nazi chat”, although it continued until others intervened to stop them.

It was the latest in a string of gaffes by the so-called “Tory Momentum” group — set up to try to woo the youth vote — which has been subjected to widespread derision since its “non-launch” earlier this week.

Activate’s website quickly removed a list of key people after it was criticised for appearing to include only men.

And a page asking supporters to help raise £10,000 in campaign funds also disappeared after it raised just £39, with contributors named as serial killer Harold Shipman and child rapist [and friend of Conservative Prime Minister Thatcher] Jimmy Savile.

Following the latest revelations, Momentum called on the Prime Minister to intervene, saying: “Theresa May, your youth wing is discussing gassing chavs. What are you going to do about it?”

And political commentator and author Owen Jones asked: “Why’s there never been a national scandal about Tory activists focusing on a culture of hatred and bullying on the right of politics?”

Activate was formed after Environment Secretary Michael Gove suggested the Tories should try to emulate Momentum following their disastrous general election result, saying they had much to learn from Labour’s grassroots campaign group.

However, in another display of staggering ineptitude, Activate abandoned its original Twitter account but left the handle available for leftwingers to use as a parody account still linked to the official website.

Commentators scoffed at Activate’s membership fee of up to £500 and a website shop which showed nothing available for sale.

Activate’s national chair is reported to have stepped down one day after its “launch” and the Conservative Party has distanced itself from the organisation.

An Activate spokesperson denied it was a Tory version of Momentum and claimed it had not even officially been launched. …

“Activate is a collection of young adults from a wide variety of backgrounds who want to provide a common meeting point for young Conservatives,” the spokesperson said.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said appeals to the youth were not new for the Tories, recalling former leader William Hague’s claim to have drunk 14 pints of beer in a day before he donned a baseball cap and leather jacket on a log-flume ride.

“The Tories just don’t get it. Young people see right through them. It’s the policies, the actions, the belief that Labour will deliver for them, not glorifying Margaret Thatcher or boasting how many pints you can guzzle in a day that will inspire our young people.

“I suspect the Tories will have to “de-activate” their latest effort on attracting younger voters who abandoned them en masse in the general election”, she said.

From daily The Independent in Britain, 31 August 2017:

Young Tory activists caught discussing ‘gassing chavs’ and ‘shooting peasants’ in leaked WhatsApp group

Members discussed ‘chavocide’ and conducting ‘experiments to see why they breed so much despite living rough’

From Wikipedia; about young Conservatives (the article is limited to those at Oxford University):

In 2000 four OUCA [Oxford University Conservative Association] members were expelled from a meeting for making “Nazi-style salutes“.[15] The New Statesman reported that a member of the OUCA committee at the University’s 2001 Fresher’s Fair greeted new students by saying, “Welcome to OUCA – the biggest political group for young people since the Hitler Youth”.[16] Another member was dismissed from the Oxford University Student Union‘s executive for “marching up and down doing a Nazi salute”.[16] In 2007 a drunken OUCA member gave a Nazi salute at a meeting attended by a former Tory MP.[17]

In 2004 an ex-treasurer of the association was found guilty of bringing OUCA into disrepute “after posting ‘offensive’ comments about India in a newsletter”.[15] At an OUCA hustings in 2009, two candidates made racist jokes, encouraged by others present. The incident led to national media coverage[18][19][20][21][22] and an investigation by the University,[23] which then refused to re-register the association, forcing it to drop University from its name[21][24][25] and become OCA (Oxford Conservative Association). As a result of the incident, two members were expelled from the national Conservative party,[19] and the Oxford Union banned OUCA from using its premises for hustings and in-camera events.[26]

In 2011 The Oxford Student newspaper received leaked video footage of an OUCA member singing the first line of a song glorifying the Nazi Party in the Junior Common Room of Corpus Christi College after an OUCA meeting at the Oxford Union in 2010.

That Conservative student song went, to the tune of Jingle Bells: Riding through the Reich/In a Mercedes-Benz/Killing lots of kikes/Making lots of friends.

This February 2014 video from Britain is called Conservative MP Aidan Burley recorded chanting names of Nazi leaders; Mail Online.

The pro-nazi tendency within the British mainstream right-wing goes back to Hitler-admiring King Edward VIII; and arguably even further.

From the (Conservative) Guido Fawkes blog in Britain, 31 August 2017:

Activate Logo Rejected Over Swastika Resemblance

As members of the now infamous Tory WhatsApp group joked about “gassing chavs”, discussion turned to what the new ‘Tory Momentum’ group should be called. At the time the name “Future Focus” was considered, with one young member even creating a logo. The idea was quickly dropped when other members pointed out it bore resemblance to a swastika. They went with ‘Activate’ instead, alas they didn’t get rid of the sentiment as well as the logo…

You know what some people call us: the nasty party‘, present Prime Minister Theresa May told a Conservative party conference. Now we know some of the reasons why.

The Tories and the Hindu right: betraying the victims of caste oppression: here.

TORY backstabbers were emerging from the woodwork yesterday after Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to lead her party into the next general election.

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  1. Friday 1st September 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    DISGUSTING chatter about gassing “chavs,” conducting medical experiments on them instead of animals, shooting “peasants” and sterilising the poor have, since exposed by Guido Fawkes’s right-wing blog, shone a light on the class hatred that motivates some Conservative activists.

    The revelations have sent the hapless organisers of the “Tory Momentum,” Activate, into a tailspin just days after they were deluged with mockery for their ham-fisted launching tweet.

    Now we learn that “the ‘Whatsapp’ posts that are being connected to Activate by the media did not originate from Activate or any of our members.”

    A day earlier all it could claim was that those responsible did not “currently” have “any seniority” within their organisation — which, they now claim, has not actually been launched at all and is “in no way, shape or form associated with the Conservative Party.”

    Funny that, since the items on its home page’s “about” section commit the group to “work to get Conservative candidates elected to office at both local and national level through professional and modern campaigning” and to “foster links with Conservative University and Constituency Associations.”

    The Conservative Party has simultaneously raced to distance itself from its new groupies, although denying links to Activate doesn’t get the party off the hook.

    Questions remain over whether it has taken action against the purveyors of such hate, whether or not they are also part of the new “grassroots organisation.”

    We can already predict the response: that these views were just jokes, admittedly in bad taste; that they illustrate the juvenile mindset of a few “bad apples” but tell us nothing about the Conservative Party more generally. It’s unfortunate these bad apples crop up with such regularity.

    It is not so long since Cambridge University Conservative Association was forced to expel Ronald Coyne for burning a £20 note in front of a homeless person, displaying a sneering contempt for the poorest reminiscent of David Cameron’s chief whip Lord Young — who, in an earlier incarnation as housing minister, defined the homeless as “the people you step over when you come out of the opera.”

    Comments like these are not harmless.

    As detailed in Owen Jones’s landmark study Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, the creation of a culture of contempt around working-class people helps justify policies that further impoverish millions.

    This narrative fed the relentless cuts imposed by Conservative-Liberal Democrat and Tory-only administrations since 2010, as the idea that the poor were “shirkers” justified the transformation of the welfare state into a punitive regime that forces desperate families to jump through any number of shrinking hoops to keep the children fed and a roof over their heads.

    Labour MP Laura Pidcock met a chorus of anger for her assertion that she was not elected to make friends with MPs on the Conservative benches and thus perpetuate the cosy Establishment consensus that keeps working people at the bottom of the pile in this country.

    But principled socialists are quite right to refuse association with members of a party that provides a fertile breeding ground for such revolting attitudes.

    There is no comparison with the occasional hotheaded comments from left-wing activists which drive the press into a frenzy against Corbyn, Momentum, Labour or whoever the target of the moment may be.

    Young Conservatives ooze power and privilege and sorry incidents like this show how they abuse it. The anger of ordinary people at a class rolling in wealth while others starve has nothing in common with the poisonous hatred of those who have everything for those who have nothing — a hatred that ruins lives and disfigures our whole society.


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  5. Friday 6th October 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    But problem is policies not presentation, says Labour Assembly Against Austerity

    THE Tories are looking to hire a digital director following their disastrous general election campaign, which led to the party losing its Commons majority.

    The role has been advertised after an internal review of the election campaign by former cabinet minister Eric Pickles concluded that the Conservatives should “urgently upscale” their media and digital department as they had been “outfought” by Labour on social media.

    Analysis showed that the campaign saw a massive surge in Facebook and Twitter followers for Labour, with Jeremy Corbyn’s posts receiving 2.8 million shares compared to just 130,000 for Theresa May.

    The Tories’ lack of appeal on social media was underlined when the party’s efforts to go “behind the scenes” using Instagram at its Manchester conference were widely mocked on Twitter.

    Recent attempts to emulate Labour’s grassroots movement Momentum group fell flat, with the party distancing itself from Activate after a group of alleged supporters were accused of calling for the “gassing of chavs” in a leaked WhatsApp discussion.

    And a series of embarrassing memes led to claims that the social media accounts of the Tory-supporting group had been hacked with confusion over whether it was a “spoof” organisation.

    The job advertisement stated that candidates should have a “substantive and demonstrable track record and experience of online advertising and marketing, excellent political judgement” and “a commitment to the values of the Conservative Party.”

    Labour Assembly Against Austerity spokesman Matt Wilgress told the Star: “The reason the Tories’ social media doesn’t resonate is because they have policies for the few, not the many.

    “Just like their embarrassing attempts to replicate the success of Momentum with the cringeworthy Activate campaign, this is bound to fail.”

    Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn has given his backing to British indie band Wolf Alice in their bid to top the album charts this week.

    He said he was returning the favour after the band, who played at a People’s Assembly “Tories Out” national demonstration in June, supported Labour’s general election campaign.

    In a tweet, the Labour leader said:” “After helping Labour beat the odds in the election, it’s great to see @WolfAliceMusic doing the same in the charts.”


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