Sensibles need to step up

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FOLLOWING two bouts of violence on respective Saturdays in London, it’s clear that the current culture war is intensifying.

The extreme left have been tearing down statues, and agitating for the renaming of buildings and cancellation of TV shows.

Their success with this and their general momentum at present has in turn provoked a countermovement with the extreme right predictably hopping on to this bandwagon.

There’s a strong case to be made that normal people’s apathy and lack of interest in the whole political process has facilitated all of this.

As this public indifference has created a gaping void which is now being filled by those who make the most noise on both extremes of the political spectrum.

This serious lack of engagement means that narratives are not challenged and scrutinized properly.

For instance, Black Lives Matter, who have held a number of rallies in Wales, sounds an entirely honourable sentiment, that no one can really disagree with.

But how many people are informed and interested enough to look beyond the slogan, and see what the real aims of BLM are?

Its’ website states categorically that their aim is to abolish capitalism, abolish the nuclear family, defund the police, abolish the patriarchy and abolish all existing structures.

They are basically a communist organization carried along on a wave of emotionalism driven by the power of social media.

But the lack of public engagement about all this will also fuel the growth of the extreme right in response, who are also just as dangerous in their own way.

With their insistence on the ‘purity’ of British history, and their hatred of what they see as interlopers trashing that history.

Many sensible people might not want to engage in the political process. And who can blame them in a way, as it’s such a dispiriting arena at present.

But it’s fast becoming a necessity.

Logic, reason and common sense have to prevail against the emotion that rules on one side and the hate that is fast developing on the other extreme of the spectrum.

And we can’t avoid that call here in Wales either.

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