Hope Not Hate’s 2019 ‘Report’ on the Right & Conservatives

by Paul Austin Murphy (May 2019)

campaigns against racism and fascism‘ and describes itself as a ‘non-partisan, non-sectarian third party organisation’. It is backed by various politicians, celebrities and the Daily Mirror</em>; as well as being supported by certain trade unions.


HNH is funded by charitable trusts, trade unions and individual donations. The group was founded in 2004 by Nick Lowles.



‘reports’ on the Conservative Party itself. It also reports on individual Tories (including William Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson, Zac Goldsmith, Michael Fabricant, etc.). And now, to add to all that, we also have the many comments this report makes on the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Katie Hopkins, etc.


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Institute of Continuing Education.) The report has all the surface glow of an academic text. For a start, it’s classed as a ‘report’. It also has all the stylistic hallmarks of an academic publication—with statistics, graphs, references, notes and other examples of the academic prose style. However, argumentatively and philosophically, it’s often almost politically juvenile. That’s not surprising: all these academic gimmicks are used to simply further Hope Not Hate’s political objectives—objectives it has been pursuing long before it published long reports. That is, political positions Hope Not Hate has been advancing for 15 years (back to 1975 if we include Searchlight). And the main position of HnH is, of course, placing severe restrictions on free speech. (Hence the time it gloated over getting the government to ban Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Geert Wilders from the United Kingdom.)


‘lynching’, ‘violent uprisings’, ‘days of rage’, the ‘assassination’ of Margaret Thatcher and other examples. And my own personal favourite is the fanatically pro-Corbyn blog, Another Angry Voice. The blogger of AAV, a Thomas G. Clark, seem to permanently foam at the mouth and has a profound hatred of literally everyone to the Right of his great leader—Jeremy Corbyn. So, again, why does Hope Not Hate ignore all this hate?


within what Hope Not Hate takes to be the Far Right; not between the Right (or conservatives) and the Far Right. So we have all sorts of categories which are dissected by the Hope Not Hate scalpel—from ‘Alt-Lite’ to ‘Nazi Satanists’! However, even Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Traditional Britain Movement, etc. are given the usual conspiratorial once-over; usually by linking (that cheap omnipresent political tool) Tories or conservatives to people who aren’t Tories or conservatives. (This is ironic when seen in the context of HnH’s sub-report on far Right ‘conspiracy theories’.) This is, of course, an easy game to play. After all, the current Opposition Party (i.e., Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party) can easily be linked to the Communist Party of Britain, the Stop the War Coalition, Momentum, the Alliance for Workers Liberty, etc. Indeed Corbyn himself has even been linked to Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and the IRA. So perhaps Hope Not Hate should spend more time on a political party that may gain state power (as Marxists put it) in the very near future than it does on Nazi/fascist groups which in some cases only have about 100 or less members!


Stand Up To Racism). Indeed this report also includes sections on Islamic extremism, antisemitism in the Labour Party and whatnot (which Trotskyist ‘anti-racist’ groups would never do). What it doesn’t have a report on, however, is Far Left ‘populism’ (for example, Corbynism); though, no doubt, Hope Not Hate would say that such a topic is simply out of its own ambit. So why is that so?


Far Right populism bad: Far Left populism good


supporting the elitism of the European Union. What’s more, these two things fuse in the Hope Not Hate mindset. That is, all criticisms of the EU’s very own “elitism” are condemned as “populism” by Hope Not Hate and indeed by many other people on the Left. So here again we have this:


Rightwing elitism bad: Leftwing elitism good


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