(The spur for this post is right at the end. Sorry to anybody who feels obliged to wade through this rant, which I've not bothered to review and check. Feel free to go straight to the RNLI story. I'm generous like that.)
The whole rightward lurch of the country, which has been exacerbated by leavers' rhetoric, is very disturbing.
We now have a what I think is a protofascist populist government which has taken advantage of the Overton Window's shift to put in policies that mirror Viktor Orbán et als' populist fascism.
The right to protest is being curtailed.
Journalists are being threatened with extensions to the Official Secrets Act that could see them imprisoned for up to 14 years for printing stories that embarrass the government.
Institutions that don't toe the line are threatened and have government-friendly managers thrust upon them, or invited into their fold to appease the ERG and its ilk. The British Museum, FFS, has appointed Gideon Osborne as the chairman of its board; yes, the same Osborne who demontrated disdain for arts and culture while in office. The National Trust is criticised for daring to add factually historical information to its properties.
MP's are suggesting that Union Flags should be made available to schools, which should be encouraged to fly them.
The BBC's DG is a man who once stood as a Conservative councillor. It's chairman is a man who has worked as a merchant banker most of his career and donated £400,000 to the Conservative Party. Neither has any experience in broadcasting or news. An ex-BBC journalist who quit to be a Conservative PM's spokesman has recieved wide positive publicity from a reactionary press for pressuring the BBC not to appoint an experienced broadcast journalist because of three vaguely critical Tweets.
Doublespeak and outright denial of even recent history is common; cf. Frost and Johnsons' smoke and mirrors re. the Northern Ireland Protocol which they negotiated, they signed and they fought and won an election with is, now, apparently to be renegotiated because it's "suddenly" become unfit for purpose.
The judiciary's ability to scrutinise legislation is being reduced (although not as drastically as was first mooted).
It's been suggested that it be made illegal to crowd fund legal challenges to legislation and government behaviour.
New laws threaten anybody, including the RNLI, who saves potential migrants at sea and lands them in the UK.
Boundary changes are on their way which will make opposition wins less likely.
At risk of Godwining (again), this how how fascist regimes behave. Oban was voted in, as were Chávez, Bolsonaro and, of course, Hitler.
And, cutting out much of what I was going to post because I'm boring and depressing myself, finally to the rhetoric and just one of its implications.
When the England football team collectively took the knee early in the Euros, they were booed by a substantial but vocal minority of the fans. Their stance (pun sort of intended) was implicitly endorsed by both the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary, who then both were as shocked as Casablanca's Captain Renault when racist abuse was directed at three young black footballers. Their denial and evasion when confronted with their earlier statements is yet another example of history-twisting doublespeak.
The RNLI Tweeted this. So, in addition to pissed up wankers attacking police, fire and ambulance crews, lifeboat crews can be added.