Many people, myself included, are calling the Coalition government fascists, and occasionally I hear from other people that this is unfair, that it’s grotesque hyperbole, and that, horrible though this government is, likening them to fascists is just going too far.
It’s true that they haven’t set up death camps (yet), but people are dying as a result of their propaganda. All unemployed people are deemed to be scroungers, and that includes people too sick or disabled to even get a job interview, let alone an actual job. The emphasis seems to always be on how much “scroungers” are costing hard working, tax paying “strivers” (and this despite the fact that most of the people claiming benefits are in work!)
The divisive rhetoric employed by the government is reminiscent of propaganda from an earlier time, from fascists who had yet to set up the death camps, but who sought to dehumanise their fellow citizens for political gain.
We haven’t quite lost all of the trappings of democracy though. We can, for now, still protest. One avenue of protest is online petitions. If you haven’t already done so, signing the WOW Petition at wowpetition.com would be a good place to start.