PETER FROST is working on a new lexicon to try to explain what is happening in this bizarre new world. Here are a few sample entries:
ANDREW MARR — Host of Britain’s most popular political TV programme. On Remembrance Day this year Marr decided the best way to celebrate the heroes of the French Resistance (below) and their struggle against Hitler and his nazi bully boys three quarters of a century ago was to grant France’s present day fascist party leader Marine Le Pen a sympathetic interview to his large audience.
ADOLF HITLER — A megalomaniac dictator with a curious comb-over haircut and a set of racist and reactionary ideas. Despite himself coming from an immigrant background, he managed to come to power by blaming all the evils of society on racial minorities. The ruling class of his nation believed they could control him after he had done the evil job they needed him to do. They were wrong.
BORIS JOHNSON — Britain’s most unlikely and most unqualified Foreign Secretary. He is well known for changing his mind and his political opinion at a moment’s notice. In December 2015, he said Trump was “out of his mind” for suggesting a ban on Muslims entering the US. He also attacked Trump’s claim that police were afraid to patrol parts of London, fearing attacks by religious extremists. Johnson responded saying: “The only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.” He declared Trump as “unfit for office.”
Now Trump is elected, Johnson says: “There is a lot to be positive about on Donald Trump.”
DAILY EXPRESS — Right-wing rag with a fondness for blaming all social and economic problems on migrants. Strangely, Express owner Richard Desmond started his career publishing a soft-porn magazine called Asian Babes. Desmond is a huge financial supporter of Ukip.
DAILY MAIL — Another right-wing rag masquerading as a newspaper. In the 1930s it promoted our home-grown fascist dictator Oswald Mosley with a famous headline: “Hurrah for the Blackshirts.”
Today it continues its anti-immigrant editorials. Patriotically, the controlling company and its proprietor Viscount Rothermere are both based abroad to avoid paying British taxes.
DAVID DUKE — A white supremacist, anti-semite, Holocaust denier and a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan with a long history of racist and fascist politics on both sides of the Atlantic. In the past he has appeared at demonstrations in nazi uniform and full KKK regalia.
He also worked closely with far-right British parties like the BNP. Duke urged his supporters to work and vote for Trump. During the campaign Duke declared: “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years.” Duke is now claiming that he and his supporters played a major part in the Trump victory.
DONALD J TRUMP — A megalomaniac dictator with a curious comb-over haircut and a set of racist and reactionary ideas. Despite himself coming from an immigrant background, he managed to come to power by blaming all the evils of society on racial minorities. The ruling class of his nation believed they could control him after he had done the evil job they needed him to do. We shall have to see if they are right.
FASCISM — a form of far-right authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe and lives on today with fascist parties gaining power in many countries including Hungary, France, Greece and Ukraine.
Fascism started in Italy and spread to many other European countries. Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete. They believe in a one-party state led by a strong leader. Since the end of World War II and the defeat of Hitler and his fascist nazi state, few parties have openly described themselves as fascist.
FEMALE PRESIDENT — Many British women and not a few men thought that a female prime minister would be a good thing. We got Margaret Thatcher and then Theresa May. Looking at US voting patterns and political dynasties, will Trump’s daughter Ivanka be the first woman in the White House?
FREDERICK CHRIST “FRED” TRUMP – Donald Trump’s second-generation immigrant father. Added to his father’s fortune by building public and private housing. He was investigated by the US Justice Department’s civil rights division for illegally banning blacks from some of his estates.
Fred Trump was one of several arrested after hundreds of KKK members attacked cops in New York City in 1927. Son Donald built his business empire on money inherited from his father.
FRIEDRICH TRUMP — Donald Trump’s German-born grandfather. Made his fortune running restaurants (allegedly with brothel-like facilities), boarding houses and the Gold Rush.
KLU KLUX KLAN — A racist and white supremacist organisation that throughout history organised lynch mobs and tried to stop the emancipation of black Americans in the many campaigns to demand civil rights. After many years in disgrace and lacking support, it has emerged again and is organising marches and demonstrations in support of Donald Trump.
MARINE LE PEN — French fascist and daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, another French fascist who founded the National Front. Confusingly, Marie is the father’s name, Marine the daughter. Marine is trying to clean up the National Front’s image but it remains a thoroughly nasty but powerful racist party.
NIGEL FARAGE — Leader of Ukip but never elected to the British Parliament. Despite rumours and self-promotion, he isn’t likely to have any official part in relations between Donald Trump and the British government. Right-wing Fox News in the US captions him as “Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament.”
SARAH PALIN — The woman from Alaska who could skin a moose with her bare hands who, in more innocent times, many of us believed was the most ignorant, ill-educated and reactionary candidate that would ever stand for president of the US. How wrong we were.
STEVE BANNON — One of Donald Trump’s first appointments has been Steve Bannon, who has been described as Trump’s chief strategist. After a career in the navy and then at Goldman Sachs, he became a film producer making movies praising Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.
He took over the ultra-right-wing Breitbart website, which attracts 21 million hits a month and can be described as a haven for people who think Fox News is too polite, restrained and liberal. Bannon’s ex-wife accused him of anti-semitism during their divorce.
THE SUN — This writer won’t touch the anti-immigrant Sun and nor should you.
TRUMP’S TEAM — Trump is still putting his team together. A history of reactionary politics seem to be part of the person specification. A belief in evolution, a woman’s right to choose or climate change seems to rule out most candidates. Trump family members are popular choices despite anti-nepotism legislation.
This article first appeared in the Morning Star 25 November 2016