mojojojo wrote:My friend was debating with Hodges on twitter over the weekend. Because he doesn't support bombing Syria he was told he "hates this country". This sort of language used to belong to Britain First and their ilk - now it's mainstream.
Back around 2004 I was a member of the now defunct Moorewatch forum. It was primarily made up of Bush supporting Republicans that watched Fox News. Any and all opposition to the Iraq war was met with "Why do you hate America?"
Such buffoonery eventually became the target for ridicule and satire in everything from South Park to Family Guy or the Daily Show to Colbert Report. As a Brit, I looked on, laughing and thought how unlikely it was that the UK could become so jingoistic.
Boy was I wrong. Murdoch must have dusted off the decade old manuals and sent them out to his rags and his friends' rags too.
I once asked Rupert Murdoch why he was so opposed to the European Union. 'That’s easy,' he replied. 'When I go into Downing Street they do what I say; when I go to Brussels they take no notice.'