Jonathan Eida | Opinion
When is the “Nazi” trope going to get boring for those on the Left? Because I am getting an earache due to their repetitive, disproportionate and whingy insults! The use of the term Nazi to insult those who you don’t agree with is deeply offensive, especially to those who of us who live in communities that were directly affected by the Nazi regime, and not least to those who are unfairly maligned as something they are not. The Nazis were a specific group. They were socialists who had an ultra-nationalist worldview and believed in the superiority of the white race. They systematically murdered Jews and other non-white minorities, homosexuals, gypsies and the disabled. They implemented their regime using fascist means including violence and intimidation.
Overusing the term Nazi by repeating it in inappropriate circumstances, means that actual Nazis can get away from public condemnation by pretending to ally themselves with moderate and reasonable groups. Calling Nigel Farage or Donald Trump Nazis allows despicable people to come into mainstream politics. Not only is it an insult to our intelligence, but as I said above, it is personally offensive.
Therefore, Sadiq Khan calling Trump a “global poster boy for white nationalism”, claiming that we are forgetting the lessons we learnt from WWII and saying that Farage is pushing Johnson to make the Conservative Party “ever more Right-wing, illiberal and intolerant”, is grinding my gears!
These comments come amid mass protests occurring outside Parliament in which multiple assaults took place against Brexiteers. The most extreme video circling online appeared to show a man attempting to throw a Brexit-supporting woman off a bridge! And herein lies another problem with calling people with moderate opinions Nazis. If it is okay to assault Nazis, then it is ok to assault Brexiteers because they are the same thing! The irony in all these attacks carried out in order to silence those you don’t agree with, therefore, is somewhat amusing. However, it is becoming less amusing as more and more people get attacked for holding different opinions. Khan’s rhetoric is undoubtedly not helping the discourse, nor is it bridging the divide in our already heavily-divided country.