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The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.

 
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The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.
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Ed Balls: minister fears rise of fascism amid economic gloom
The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.


By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor
Last Updated: 10:49PM GMT 09 Feb 2009
Ed Balls, the Children's and Schools Secretary, said the downturn was likely to be the most serious for 100 years, and his comments appeared to raise the prospect of a return to the Far Right politics of the 1930s and the rise of Facism.

His warning, in a speech to activists at the weekend, came after a trade union baron warned that far right parties were trying to hijack the campaign for "British jobs for British workers".

The row over foreign workers has gathered momentum in recent weeks and Mr Balls seemed to suggest the recession could trigger a return to the Far Right politics that prospered in the Great Depression of the 1930s.

He told Labour's Yorkshire conference: "The economy is going to define our politics in this region and in Britain in the next year, the next five years, the next 10 and even the next 15 years.

"I think that this is a financial crisis more extreme and more serious than that of the 1930s and we all remember how the politics of that era were shaped by the economy."

The remarks are significant because Mr Balls was a key adviser to Mr Brown during his decade at the Treasury as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mr Balls said that he believed this to be "the most serious global recession for over 100 years".

He said: "We now are seeing the realities of globalisation, though at a speed, pace and ferocity which none of us have seen before. The reality is that this is becoming the most serious global recession for, I'm sure, over 100 years as it will turn out."

Last week Derek Simpson, the general secretary of Unite, gave warning that far right elements were hijacking a campaign against foreign firms bringing in non-British workers.

He said: "We are deeply concerned that other organisations like the BNP are latching onto the movement for their own racist agenda."

Last night, George Osborne, the shadow Chancellor, said Mr Balls' comments were at odds with Treasury forecasts suggesting a recovery in the third quarter this year.

He said: "This is a staggering and very worrying admission from a Cabinet Minister and Gordon Brown's closest ally in the Treasury over the past ten years.

"We are being told that not only we are facing the worst recession in 100 years, but that it will last for over a decade – far longer than Treasury forecasts predict.

"In this time of recession, a Cabinet rift over the economy could be deeply damaging.

"We need immediate clarification of whether Ed Balls is speaking for his colleagues in the Government."

The Liberal Democrats compared the comments with those made by Treasury minister Baroness Vadera, when she claimed she was seeing "green shoots" of economic recovery, echoing remarks by former Tory Chancellor Norman Lamont in 1991.

She was criticised for saying last month: "I am seeing a few green shoots, but it's a little bit too early to say exactly how they'd grow."

Vincent Cable, the LibDems' Treasury spokesman, said: "Instead of giving clear and consistent leadership, government ministers are oscillating between complacent optimism and this doom laden picture of Armageddon.

"Surely the truth lies between the two? This is a serious crisis but not hopeless."

The news came as the Financial Services Authority, the City watchdog, warned that the UK was at risk of a deeper-than-expected recession.

The authority said that the worst financial meltdown "in more than 70 years" has far from run its course and the British economy was predicted to shrink by 2.2 per cent this year.

It also said that Britain's 'vulnerable' banks need to make huge culture changes to survive the recession.

A spokesman for Ed Balls denied he had been trying to draw parallels with the Far Right.

He said: “The speech was about the difference between Labour and the Tories on the economy. It was not about trying to draw parallels with the Far Right.

“The Tories are completely isolated in their opposition to a fiscal stimulus that is essential to combating what most economists agree is an unprecedented financial sector recession. “He said that this difference between the parties will define this country’s politics for many years to come.”
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Re: The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.
Yes , yes we the right wing lovers of National Sovereignty shall RISE!
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Re: The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.
I'd listen to Mr. Balls if I were you.

The fascists, who caused this mess to begin with, are already planning the barbecue.
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Re: The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.
Stop EU...globalization...vote BNP..save UK.....stop believeing msm sheep
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Re: The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.
I'd listen to Mr. Balls if I were you.

The fascists, who caused this mess to begin with, are already planning the barbecue.
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IN AMERICA FASCISM, SOCIALISM, AND COMMUNISM ARE ALL TO THE LEFT. YOU MUST HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE HORIZONTAL AMERICAN POLITICAL SCALE.

RIGHT=THE FOUNDING IDEOLOGIES
LEFT= CHANGE AWAY FROM OUR FOUNDING IDEOLOGIES


IMO, THE THREAT COMES FROM THE OLIGARCHS.
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Re: The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.
America's rightwing creates crisis to justify expansion of government powers.

Then they blame everything on liberals.

They also brainwash members of the cult of conservatism to call everyone who opposes their police state names such as 'commie' 'socialist', etc.

The cult members just hate whoever they are told to hate, by the numerous rightwing media voices,
and believe today's lie while forgetting yesterday's lie was different.
1984 by Orwell
a British Conservative
predicts doing exactly that:

Including creating a phony terrorist network to justify the police state.

OP
You seem unaware that it was during the 6 years of one party (R) rule that America
-suspended our Constitution and Bill of Rights
-Made spying on law abiding citizens the norm

-Began systematic torture of people who have not even been charged with any crime


1945
A reporter asked the leader of Germany's Social Democrats a question on the day he was released from a concentration camp.
"What happened to Germany?
Were there too many NAZIS?"
He replied:
"No! There were too few Democrats"

Same problem in America today.
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Re: The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.
I actually suggested that the same thing will happen in America a few months ago after Obama was elected if the economic crisis really heats up during his term.
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Re: The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.
I'd listen to Mr. Balls if I were you.

The fascists, who caused this mess to begin with, are already planning the barbecue.
 Quoting: von doom 483035


And Miss Sarah is ready in her apron to turn us until we're done !
She loves presiding at barbecues !





GLP