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11 wonderful ways the internet’s destroyed Theresa May’s “strong and stable” PR spin

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has now set in stone a mantra for the upcoming General Election. With the drearily predictable “strong and stable” repeated ad infinitum, May continues what comes naturally to her. That is, of course, sounding like robotic bureaucrat trying to imitate Margaret Thatcher’s airy arrogance.

Happily, the Internet has done what it does best and had some fun with her PR spin.

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Meet the artist whose spoof movie posters are trolling Trump

Now Donald Trump has been president for a few months, we can officially add Trump photoshops to the list of “Things the Internet Loves”. So it should come as no surprise that people around the world have been getting creative with photo editing, and the result is tons and tons of amazingly hilarious, sometimes ridiculous, photos that show just how people feel about the newish president.

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15 fantastically fun protest signs from the Unite for Europe march

Tens of thousands marched in London today to celebrate 60 years of the European Union and protest the titanic idiocy of Brexit. A triumphant display of British spirit, this sea of red, white, blue and yellow swept through the streets up to Parliament Square proving that Remainers refused be cowed by terrorism in their fight for their children and grandchildren’s future. Friend of Ink Tank and ardent Remain campaigner, Simon Field was there and shared some of his favourite protest signs. Here are 15 of the finest.

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14 quotes about fascism that everyone should read

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The neo-nationalism of Brexit and the election of the nativist Donald Trump have rejuvenated far-right politics in a way that’s not been seen since the 1930s. Yet for the vast majority of people alive today the consequences and the methods of fascism are something learned rather than experienced. To help shed more light on this hateful, hate-mongering political philosophy, here are 14 quotes from academics, thinkers, authors and politicians who lived or studied the horrors of a fascist state. Read their words and remember forewarned is forearmed.

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

George Orwell

“Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.”

– Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”

– Benito Mussolini

“The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power…. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The Nazis understand everything except humour.”

– Mary Berg, The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto

“If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States.”

-Henry A. Wallace

“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.”

– Upton Sinclair



“When Fascism came into power, most people were unprepared, both theoretically and practically. They were unable to believe that man could exhibit such propensities for evil, such lust for power, such disregard for the rights of the weak, or such yearning for submission. Only a few had been aware of the rumbling of the volcano preceding the outbreak.”

– Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom

“Let fascism find not even a single passage to power or else that poisonous snake will infiltrate into the every vital corner of the country and kill the future of the nation!”

 Mehmet Murat ildan

“The United States is extremely lucky that no honest, charismatic figure has arisen. Every charismatic figure is such an obvious crook that he destroys himself, like McCarthy or Nixon or the evangelist preachers. If somebody comes along who is charismatic and honest this country is in real trouble because of the frustration, disillusionment, the justified anger and the absence of any coherent response.

-Noam Chomsky

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

– Sinclair Lewis

“Are you a communist?”
“No I am an anti-fascist”
“For a long time?”
“Since I have understood fascism.”

– Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“I do not fight fascists because I will win. I fight fascists because they are fascists.”

-Chris Hedges, Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt




Colleen Terrans 18 and Dawn Miller 21 riding on the bonnet of the leading car of the South Glamorgan campaign to Keep Britain in Europe.

14 incredible photos of Britain’s 1975 vote to stay in the EU

Back in 1975, Britons had their first chance to ditch membership in a European Economic Union in favour of an isolationist policy in an already international world. Sane heads prevailed in this first-ever national referendum and 67% of the votes were for remaining in the Economic Zone.

Staying in the EEC was no obvious choice for the then ruling Labour minority government. Concerns over the EEC included the price of wood within the EEC as opposed to trade within the Commonwealth, the government’s ability to sovereignly practice “socialist” politics et cetera. The whole process is very much worth a read on Wikipedia.

However, let’s take a couple minutes for a photographic look back at the political season leading up to the 1975 referendum.
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16 Facebook pages every Remainer battling Brexit should follow

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By any standards, 2016 has a year of political turmoil and, thanks to Brexit, the UK now faces the greatest upheaval since 1945. However, there is a silver lining to the nasty nationalism unleashed by the likes of Nigel Farage and embraced by the Tory government. Thanks to their extremism, there’s been a political awakening of the millions who oppose it. One example of this is the huge number of Facebook pages that have been created to help coordinate action, educate, entertain and spread news and views to the ever growing legions of Remainers. To give you a better idea of the scale of this formidable online community, we’ve listed 16 Facebook pages ever Remainer should follow.

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13 reasons why the Daily Mail is the world’s worst “newspaper”

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To get a grasp of the UK’s garbage media landscape, an outsider need look no further than The Daily Mail. Founded in 1886, to quote Wikipedia, it was Britain’s first daily newspaper “aimed at the newly literate lower-middle class market resulting from mass education, combining a low retail price with plenty of competitions, prizes and promotional gimmicks”.

Today, The Daily Mail is an outlet not only for your garden-variety conservative politics but a legitimizer of xenophobia, racism, sexism, not to mention and an abusive and dull-minded culture of celebrity worship/stalking. Most shockingly, its readership is largely from the educated socioeconomic layers of Britain.

You can quite literally buy a copy any day to see what a vile rag it is, but to save you your money we’ve picked out some fine headlines from The Daily Mail’s recent past. These titles sound like things a demented zombie version of Hyacinth Bucket would write if it were recruited to write for a publisher, specialised in slut-shaming humping puppies.

Enjoy these in the knowledge, that the current owner Lord Rothermere is a tax dodging billionaire, who great granddad got all hot and bothered about Hitler.

The good old intolerance of intolerance spin

AMANDA PLATELL: The real gay marriage bigots are its intolerant supporters

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The most burning social media reactions to the Trump election victory are savage

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Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States of America.

President Donald Trump

The next Leader of the Free World

During his entire campaign this election season, Mr Trump unraveled and gave voters plenty of advance notice of the inner landscape of his grotesque orange appearance serial rapist manchild. Trump broadcasts the hallmarks of deep insecurities and psychiatric pathologies, which would weed him out of important, non-elected positions in government. Yet, he won the 2016 US presidential race on the collegial vote.

Not only that, Trump built his success on an openly extreme-right platform of unmoderated bigotry and sexism, while boasting about his exploitative business career. The next US president is a racist demagogue, who knows how to blow all the dogwhistles, to reach into the racial paranoia of rural America, a slipping middle class and petty, suburban bourgeoisie. He aims to isolate the United States, roll back the clock on civil rights, women’s reproductive rights, minority issues and political attempts to address climate change.

Needless to say, the at best mediocre Obama presidency is likely to look stunningly gorgeous compared to what’s in store for the US or the rest of the world. It’s alright to be angry at both Trump himself and the drooling senility of the Democratic National Congress that failed to read the wider anti-elite sentiment of a Western populist movement.

So, we’ve collected some of the best commentary to be found on social media before, during the day after the election. Please share any other great stuff you’ve found in the comments below.

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