In her latest blog, Laurie Penny, who seems to have installed herself as a gateway to the protest movement for armchair-bound New Statesman readers, offers a mutually degrading comparison between dissent in the Middle East and Britain.

Time, perhaps, to adapt John Rentoul’s anti-hyperbole device. Here is the first instalment of Scrapbook’s “Questions to which the answer is yes”:

  1. Dennis Norton says:

    what a pointless little entry. Shes absolutely right for what its worth… its perfectly acceptable to compare these different movements because they all have the common cause of frustration with government corruption and oppression. Grow up Scrapbook before you start batting for the right-wing.

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  3. @Dennis:

    its perfectly acceptable to compare these different movements because they all have the common cause of frustration with government corruption and oppression.

    Sorry, but the UK protests are about cuts to public services, the marketisation of higher education and tax avoidance. This is rather different to oppression and corruption. Transparency International rates the UK in the least corrupt countries!

    http://www.transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi/2010/results

    We are right to be very, very angry at what the Tories and Lib Dems are doing. We should take to the streets and, by all means, take inspiration from the passion of the uprisings in the Middle East. But, please, don’t insult people’s intelligence by comparing apples and oranges.

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  5. The general public abroad are protesting at corrupt foreign right-wing dictators kept in place, supported and supplied by US and UK weapons and ammunition.

    The general public at home are protesting against a corrupt and basically unelected British Government which stole votes on a fraudulent general election manifesto.

    Which policy is more corrupt – British Government foreign policy or British Government domestic policy?

    It isn’t hyperbole to point out the contempt for which the British Government treats democracy, both at home and abroad – without one you can’t have the other.

    Like some right-wing loonies I’ve come across, you also seem to have a bee in your bonnet about Laurie Penny.

  6. This post is completely disingenuous – in the article she makes explicit the criticism of certain comparisons which you make in your comment here but then makes other, different comparisons on top of it.

    Why does Political Scrapbook spend so much time stoking the fires of resentment between the different groupings on the left? As if we didn’t have enough petty infighting already.

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