Last Saturday social justice activists from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) stormed a Winston Churchill themed café in Finsbury Park called Blighty UK Café. Their demands and grievances were standard; they wanted the owners to ‘apologise to the local community’ for portraying Churchill as anything other than a colonialist bigot, and of course they were angry about the café’s ‘gentrifying’ effect. They also reportedly posted fake one star reviews of the café online (although these appear to have been removed), and scrawled graffiti over the café’s wall art. How mature.
All of this is now standard operating procedure for today’s young leftist activists, who have nothing better to do than use violence and intimidation to make sure hipsters don’t open trendy new cafés which sell £3.20 bowls of cereal, or fail to acquiesce to having their windows smashed by protesters if it’s all in a good cause.
Most of us read these stories and laugh at the pathetic immaturity of this ‘you’re either with us or against us’ attitude and the puritanical politics that have spawned it. And laugh we should. But we also need to understand that these activists are being fed a constant diet of fundamentalist ideology at universities like SOAS, and that this indoctrination is leading to such logical fallacies as that of Andy Cuff, one of the Blighty Café protestors who claimed on Facebook that Churchill himself was a Nazi:
Born in 1874 Churchill was part of a British Empire that did many things we would today deem unacceptable. That does not change the fact that – late in his life – he led the allies to victory against the Nazis which in itself ensured that the delightful Andy Cuff has the right to be sitting there dribbling his extreme political views onto the internet at all. The world changes and so do the views and attitudes of people and politicians – should the fact that both Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama were opposed to gay marriage as recently as 2008 be the only thing we remember them for and invalidate everything they’ve achieved in their careers?
All this goes further to highlight the hypocrisy of one of most disingenuous tricks of the modern social justice left. Their narrative spinners regularly claim that Antifa protestors are beyond reproach for using violence against people they think are Nazis, and then in the same breath decide that those who saved the lives of millions of innocents by destroying actual Nazis must be despised because they represent the things the modern Left wants to erase. For some reason they tend not to mention Joseph Stalin very often. He probably makes them very confused. Incidentally, Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly refused to condemn the Blighty café protests. What a surprise.
Andy Cuff and his fellow protesters, I would imagine, think that the voices of women, minorities and the otherwise marginalised should be centred as much as possible. I wonder whether he would be willing to spare a thought for a young woman whose ethnicity meant she was marginalised, silenced, and deprived of every imaginable right – Anne Frank.
Cuff might want to picture Frank huddled around the radio with her family and the other people hiding with them listening to her ‘beloved’ Winston Churchill. Perhaps he should give her diary a read and think about the comfort and inspiration Anne drew from his speeches, and the thought that he was leading the allies as bravely as he could to end her oppression and terror.
Perhaps Andy Cuff and his friends could also think about how, despite finding themselves in the most unsafe learning environment imaginable, Anne and the other young people in the secret annex managed to study and strive to better themselves without exhibiting even a fraction of the victim mentality so integral to today’s western, university educated, safe-space generation.
Of course, the activists in question won’t do any of this – they are a lost cause. But perhaps they ought to remind themselves of Godwin’s Law. Funnily enough before the arrival of Trump we’d hear about it a lot from leftists who didn’t like being called feminazis. Nowadays, they mention it a lot less.