Two goons in darkish fits stroll into an East End boozer, adopted by a person with a Crombie draped over his shoulders. They ask the terrified barman to fetch the owner.
Drinkers fall silent. Some head for the door.
‘Nice little place you have acquired right here,’ Crombie tells Mine Host. ‘Wouldn’t need something occurring to it.’ He then explains that for a small consideration, the pub might be insured in opposition to any unwelcome mishap — felony harm, fires, that form of factor.
Call it a monkey every week for money. Razors will likely be round on Friday to gather the primary instalment. That means no one will get damage.
This offer-you-can’t-refuse was the stock-in-trade of gangsters just like the Krays within the Sixties.
Today’s social justice warriors will likely be horrified after I evaluate them to Ron and Reg. But their ways are mainly the identical.
Outfits like Stop Funding Hate and Stonewall are working what are successfully safety rackets. Do as we are saying, or else.
The Twins used bodily intimidation. The wokerati deploy extra delicate, however equally menacing, ideological intimidation. Instead of pubs and nightclubs, the targets immediately are large companies and public establishments.
The newest goal of this bunch of far-Left headbangers is Andrew Neil’s (pictured) newly launched GB News TV station
Take Stonewall, a as soon as admirable foyer group which has achieved its principal goal of equality beneath the regulation for homosexuals.
I’m not going to become involved of their inside squabbles, which have been comprehensively aired by distinguished homosexual rights pioneers akin to Simon Fanshawe writing within the Mail.
But with the large battles gained, as an alternative of declaring victory and disbanding, Stonewall has expanded its ambitions. These days it makes a fortune promoting ‘recommendation’ to everybody from banks and monetary establishments to the police, the Armed Forces, colleges, schools and authorities departments.
Get with the programme and, in trade for an annual bung beginning at £2,500, Stonewall will reward you with LGBT-friendly ‘Diversity Champion’ standing — the woke equal of a Blue Peter badge.
Outfits like Stop Funding Hate and Stonewall are working what are successfully safety rackets. Do as we are saying, or else. Pictured: Stop Funding Hate founder Richard Wilson
The flip facet is those that refuse to participate are, by implication, at threat of being labelled homophobic and transphobic.
And we would not need that now, would we? It’s cheaper to pay up than undergo reputational harm.
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The scheme has proved to be a pleasant little earner for Stonewall, which has been pulling in additional than £3 million a 12 months. But not for for much longer. This profitable racket has been rumbled. Even the Equality and Human Rights Commission has determined sufficient is sufficient.
Stop Funding Hate is a extra sinister proposition altogether. It makes use of technological intimidation to close down free speech.
The newest goal of this bunch of far-Left headbangers is Andrew Neil’s newly launched GB News TV station, which was accused of peddling ‘hate’ even earlier than it went on air. SFH has been stoking up a tedious Twitterstorm to bully advertisers into boycotting the station. Their message is evident: promote with GB News and we are going to destroy you.
Shamefully, various main companies, together with Ikea, Nivea and Grolsch, have capitulated, issuing statements parroting modern nostrums about ‘inclusivity’ and vowing by no means to promote on GB News once more.
Hilariously, their pious stances have backfired, merely drawing consideration to a few of their very own doubtful company ‘values’ — akin to Ikea spying on their very own employees and Nivea flogging skin-lightening lotions to black Africans.
Shamefully, various main companies, together with Ikea, Nivea and Grolsch, have vowed by no means to promote on GB News once more
You could not make it up.
That’s virtually inappropriate, although. The query is not simply why these spineless companies collapse so cravenly, like a frightened publican paying off the Krays. What makes them assume their conventional clients will take any discover of a bunch of social justice warriors bashing away on a laptop computer above a kebab store in Stoke Newington? It’s simply as prone to have the other impact.
Why are they appeasing revolutionaries who wish to smash the free market system from which they derive their income?
Grolsch vowed by no means to promote on GB News once more
Here’s one other analogy. Back within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, after I was an industrial correspondent, secondary picketing was commonplace. This was the observe of shutting down a provider to place strain on an employer with whom the unions had been in dispute. It was outlawed by Mrs Thatcher. Why ought to innocent third-parties undergo collateral harm?
Yet is not that precisely what is going on on right here? Stop Funding Hate’s threats to disrupt firms who promote with broadcasters and publications of which it disapproves is secondary picketing by one other identify.
If they mass picketed Ikea shops, attempting bodily to show clients away, they’d quickly be staring down the barrel of an injunction, as a foundation for negotiation.
I used to be going to say they’d be moved on by police, however as of late the Old Bill would most likely be part of them, given their strategy to BLM and Extinction Rebellion.
It’s unhealthy sufficient that social distancing and face masks seem like right here to remain. But can we please give the elbow the elbow. Boris was at it once more this week with the Aussie Prime Minister. They seemed ridiculous, like Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy. At the G7, Boris bumped elbows with everybody. Maybe he is a fan of the late, nice soul man Rufus Thomas: You flap your arms and your ft begin kicking, That’s when you already know you doin’ the Funky Chicken!
But in actuality, there aren’t anyplace close to sufficient of them to blockade each Ikea retailer within the nation. So they disguise behind the nameless defend of social media, which exaggerates their energy out of all proportion.
When will it lastly daybreak on these gormless companies that Twitter is not the actual world?
This insanity will solely finish when the remainder of us battle hearth with hearth. Some Tory MPs at the moment are proposing a client boycott of firms which give in to Stop Funding Hate.
Sounds like a plan to me. I’ve already put my cash the place my mouth is and saved my promise to not renew my two season tickets at Spurs in protest at the ‘taking the knee’ nonsense.
No extra Nivea Men aftershave, both. Boycotting Ikea will not be an issue. I solely ever went there as soon as, and it was hell on earth. And, anyway, my spouse has banned me from making an attempt to construct self-assembly furnishings.
As Squeeze virtually sang, it is the language she do not want.
But if Stonewall might be stopped, so can Stop Funding Hate. If sufficient of us take our customized elsewhere, these cowardly companies will quickly get the message:
Nice little enterprise you have acquired right here. Wouldn’t need something occurring to it . . .
The Markles of Downing Street
There’s an expression to explain what’s occurred to Boris’s brains since he attached with Carrie Symonds.
Unfortunately, it is not appropriate for a household newspaper however I’m positive a few of you possibly can work it out for yourselves.
Suffice it to say that since BoJo fell beneath the spell of the present Mrs Johnson he is undergone a outstanding transformation. The man who used to overview high-powered gas-guzzlers for a males’s journal now desires to do away with them altogether within the subsequent decade.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and spouse Carrie Johnson arrive to welcome leaders to the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 12, 2021
Someone who railed in opposition to political correctness has come over all Greta Thunberg and lumbered Britain with probably the most draconian decarbonisation targets within the developed world.
His off-colour jokes and hatred of political correctness have given solution to trendy sensibilities. He even backs England footballers taking the knee, for heaven’s sake, one thing he would have ridiculed remorselessly not so way back.
Boris, a intelligent wordsmith expert at slicing via cant, has just lately resorted to spouting woke gobbledegook, babbling on at the G7 about constructing again ‘in a extra gender-neutral and maybe a extra female means’.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his spouse Carrie Johnson in the course of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Boris and Carrie (can we cease calling her the First Lady — we have got a kind of and he or she’s referred to as the Queen) are additionally displaying sure traits related to one other well-known couple.
For occasion, parading their baybee whereas defending his privateness and lecturing the remainder of us about local weather change whereas travelling by non-public jet.
Once upon a time, devil-may-care Boris would have gotten away with it. No one might have accused him of hypocrisy. Today, beneath the affect of his not precisely blushing bride, not a lot. Who does all this sound like? Can’t look ahead to Carrie’s kids’s e book.
Laydees and gennulmen, I provide you with The Markles of Downing Street.