Scotland’s First Minister pulls out of media event where former Trump strategist Steve Bannon is scheduled to participate.

By | 2018-10-21T10:58:04+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |12 Comments


Courtesy of The Guardian:

Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of a conference being jointly hosted by the BBC next month after learning that Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon had been invited to take part.

Scotland’s first minister said that allowing Bannon to freely express his opinions risked “legitimizing or normalizing far-right, racist views”.

She was also critical of the BBC for an attempt to justify Bannon’s inclusion at the three-day News Xchange event in Edinburgh on 13 November in an email sent to her office.

She tweeted on Saturday: “I believe passionately in free speech but as @ScotGovFM I have to make balanced judgments – and I will not be part of any process that risks legitimizing or normalizing far-right, racist views. I regret that the BBC has put me and others in this position.”

She later added: “The email the BBC sent to my office justifying Bannon’s inclusion described him as a ‘powerful and influential figure … promoting an anti-elite movement’. This kind of language to describe views that many would describe as fascist does seem to me to run the risk of normalization.”

The two had been scheduled to appear at the conference on different days.

Just another reminder that fascism is not only taking hold in America right now, it is also taking root in many places overseas, and Trump supporters are working to help that along. 

The same forces that helped Trump get elected also helped with the passage of Brexit in England, and will be working hard to promote anti-immigration policies and racist agendas in countries all over the world. 

The goal is to undermine democracy, turn people against one another, and promote the kind of authoritarianism that allows the rise of dictators.

Good for First Minister Sturgeon in recognizing that reality. 

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12 Comments

  1. Beaglemom October 22, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Well, I’ve just lost all respect for the BBC. I wouldn’t go near any event involving Steve Bannon either and I would boycott any event involving Don the Con too. The two of them are toxic to the human race and to civility in government.

  2. Anonymous October 22, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Steve Bannon, leaving a trail of slime everywhere he goes.

  3. Anonymous October 22, 2018 at 7:02 am

    OT
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    Madani’s role as an alleged Khashoggi body double is the latest in the evolving investigation into the killing.

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  4. Anonymous October 22, 2018 at 7:05 am

    OT?
    Stone recently boasted that even if Mueller indicts him, he will not reveal the dirt he has on the president. “I will never roll on Donald Trump,” he said in a speech to the Florida-based Trump Club 45.

    But according to the Post, Stone is now apparently backpedaling from this language — as it only now seems to have occurred to him that to “never roll” on the president would imply he in fact had damaging info on the president he could betray in the first place.

    “The special counsel pokes into every aspect of my social, family, personal, business and political life, seeking something — anything — he can use to pressure me, to silence me and to try to induce me to testify against my friend Donald Trump,” said Stone said in a video asking for contributions. “This I will not do. When I say I won’t roll on the president, what I mean is I will not be forced to make up lies to bring him down.”

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  5. Anon October 22, 2018 at 7:37 am

    OT
    https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-new-ambassador-to-south-africa-happens-to-be-a-mar-a-lago-member-8a52072263c4/

    Handbag designer Lana Marks would become the latest Mar-a-Lago member to join the U.S. diplomatic corps.

    • Beaglemom October 22, 2018 at 9:25 am

      I think that French designers had handbags like Lana’s decades before hers came along. So she’s fake. That jus means she fits right in with anything associated with Don the Con and his administration.

  6. 2100 October 22, 2018 at 9:23 am

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  7. Anon October 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    OT/
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    “He has been held in inhuman conditions for more than six years,” Garzon said. The lawyer said the rules “violat[ed] his fundamental rights” — and also described the cat-related cleanliness rules as “denigrating.” ” he even attempted to move to Russia late last year.”

  8. Anonymous October 22, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Meanwhile RyanAir allowed some bigot to verbally abuse an elderly black grandmother on a recent flight.

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