Like many Scots and Welsh Independence (and Irish unity) supporters, I used to think of ‘land borders’ and perceiving each of the respective countries to be the last of the British Imperial receding colonies, having of course been the first to be colonised.
But through the journey of Gaslighting Gilligan, I view this differently now…
The last colony to be freed of the British establishment elite is indeed the first colonised, but that first colonisation remains where it ever was; firmly ear-worm birth-embedded within the normalised pre/adolescent-indoctrinated and emotionalised compliance-conditioned minds of honest, proud yet increasingly impoverished, debt and depression induced working-class Englishmen and women; “Herein lies the art of Conservative politics” as Aneurin Bevan stated, that has from the playground, perennially persuaded poverty to keep wealth in power by induced #PatrioticPoverty.
Taught rote that God, Englishness – and by extension Britishness, the Union flag, Monarchy and the military were their very being, their very soul – via a deliberately indivisible ‘single-identity entity’ reflection of themselves sealed within a world that the Machiavellian UK aristocracy wanted the working classes to see, but most significantly to feel by a toxically patriotic, emotionally entitled ‘stand-alone’ stoicism manufacturing a simultaneous ‘Schrodinger slave’ superiority-persecution complex – steeped in a cyclically ‘normalised’ militarised-exceptionalism.
This inter-generational, cradle-to-grave conditioning by top-down propaganda projected engineering to result in this ‘single British identity‘ brings with it a quite deliberate and seamlessly interwoven programming, which just like my #DarkTriad Model for Fascism (© 2017 – page 88 in the book)…
…you should try to think of ‘It‘ – this manipulated ‘identity‘ and manufactured ‘reality‘ as music, which isn’t simply meant to be seen or heard but felt; so that a slight against any single string in the piece, is an affront to the entire orchestra playing to the gallery and by push and pull emotional-behavioural, psychosocial-engineered association – perceived as an attack on oneself;
It’s a representation played out in sci-fi films all too often, whereby the powerful robot is preprogrammed to ensure it can’t harm its weaker yet manipulative Machiavellian master; achieved by a psycho-societal ‘hive-mind’ programming for the masses achieved through the normalisation of life-long ‘#PatrioticProgramming: Toddler to Teenager to Tabloidhood (The Rubber Hand Illusion).
We’re like broken children growing up with abusive narcissistic parents but knowing no better, we still love and accept their ‘reality’ as our perennial-warring normality. But it isn’t ‘normal‘. Far from it. Yet because of this programming we are unwittingly compelled to perpetuate the toxic cycle of war.
We collectively are broken ‘children’ (as the adults are in the book) because far from being the benevolent, charitable Britain we’ve been indoctrinated to perceive, the reality of the British condition has in fact been a genocidal blight on humanity which without intervention, without a global-ASBO of sorts, it is highly unlikely we’ll ever be released from being lap-dog to American Imperialism; a blight which can only come to an end (if ever) from within the English working classes.
But given the lies, the coup d’etat that is Brexit, there might just be a slim possibility they too wake up to try and take their own independence from Westminster and in doing so, deliver these isles and the globe from the Atlantic Bridged ‘Special Relationship‘ fascist-aristocrat elite-estate.
In the meantime the honest working men and women of England, as do we in Scotland and Wales, remain gripped in the grasping power of the Westminster corporate-government politique elite – as we all continue to pay a heavy price for this ‘single identity’ – having never not known war.
“Shall I tell you a terrible truth about politics and human nature and the way we live our lives? You can probably make a good case for almost any course of action.” Boris Johnson (2013)
It’s an identity that’s so pre/adolescent hard-wired to be so subconsciously British, that its most faithful UK-acolytes across the political spectrum are consciously incapable of having any sense of self – without superiorly comparing themselves to the ‘other’ which is often victimhood-steeped in their unacknowledged genocidal-conquest over the ‘other’ – whom they occasionally label ‘ungrateful‘, or dismissively Monarch-wave a practiced back-handed ‘compliment’ with condescending ‘grown-up’ overtones aimed at the gaslight-vanquished, to just “get over it”; this ‘British‘ past for which there’s never been a collective Anglo-centric, remorseful reflective visitation to this past. Ever.
“The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact”. Orwell, ‘1984’.
A past deliberately untaught in order similar conquest of the ‘other’ can unashamedly continue without guilt and yes – self-righteously – by propaganda omission – in the cyclical, perennial Iraqi and Yemeni present.
The working masses on this island have never been allowed to know who or what we might truly have become in the service of humanity and our own individual destiny’s having been stunted instead and programmed to be served up by the entitled British States’ raison d’etre; to perpetuate and service their elitist profiteers war-machine; to serve up brutality and to self-righteously serve the horrors of war in the propaganda guise of ‘patriotic duty’…
…just as is being done to us all still, right now today in front of our very eyes and ear-wormed into our minds with cyclical, broken-record ‘news‘ on the ‘terrorism‘-music merry-go-round – again – for a forever global-resources acquisition war machine calling itself a ‘country‘.
“He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother”. Orwell, ‘1984’.
But this ‘country‘ called ‘Great Britain‘ is a manufactured corporate-political propaganda construct; its ‘Rome‘ seeded in our pre/adolescent present to galvanise manipulated, emotionalised minds by relentless, cyclically projected ‘Britification‘ – which is why ‘It‘, this top-down hierarchical ‘indoctriNation’ – simply cannot exist without adversity; internal or external, or without an enemy; real or imagined. Which explains why we ‘children‘ have always been at war with someone – and always will – unless we wake-up to break-up the deliberately perpetuated and normalised structural-source cycles, of our own emotional-behavioural driven destruction…
“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth”. Khaled Hosseini.
Gaslighting Gilligan – by Johnny McNeill, a contemporary, dystopian ‘fiction’ about the intrinsic, interconnectedness of personal & political domestic abuse, is free to download from here. It is copyright © but is free to share as a public service.