UK thinktanks have hired Frank Luntz to tell Britain’s ruling class to stop “fabricating culture wars” and pushing woke bull**** because it’s triggering a massive backlash.
The Euro 2020 final on Sunday was just the latest example.
Much of the focus on so-called “culture war” issues in the UK is based on confected controversies, a thinktank analysis has suggested, with the debate artificially inflamed by politicians and commentators and then amplified by social media.
[…] The report from the leftwing organisation charted the trajectory of a series of recent controversies attributed to culture wars, such as debate over whether Rule, Britannia! should be played on the final night of the Proms, and supposed efforts to “cancel” the film Grease, concluding that these do not reflect genuine divisions and are largely stoked by politicians and the media.
It warned politicians from both the left and right to avoid taking part in such antics, lest political discourse in the UK become as fractured as that in the US.
“The public deserves better than fabricated fights,” said Kirsty McNeill, a charity executive and former Labour adviser who co-authored the analysis.
The culture wars are not “fabricated.”
They’ve never been more real.
“The temptations for all political parties are clear. Riling up a base and pointing it at an imagined enemy is much easier than doing the hard yards involved in meeting the prime minister’s ambition to ‘level up’. Equally, ignoring rivals’ attempts to sow division won’t help Keir Starmer assemble a broad and diverse coalition to back his vision of a fairer country.”
Roger Harding, the other author, who heads the Reclaim youth charity, said: “Culture-war peddlers often use contrived stories to pit working-class communities against one another and caricature movements for racial and LGBT equality.”
Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of seeking to capitalise on culture war issues to stir up its base, with attacks on so-called “woke” culture, and a campaign to prevent the institutions such as museums and galleries from critically re-examining the UK’s past.
[…] The Fabian Society analysis warned politicians on the left to avoid the temptation to engage in such culture war battles, arguing that they tend to simply divide opinion over the prospects of positive change.
Another report on the issue, published last week by the rightwing Centre for Policy Studies, based on polling among the public, argued that while genuine differences of opinion on values existed between Conservative and Labour supporters, the bulk of voters were more exercised by matters such as paying bills.
The study, compiled by the veteran US pollster and communications expert Frank Luntz, uncovered what he called “alarming” findings of discontent about UK politicians. Asked to rank 18 descriptions of how British political leaders made them feel, split between positive and negative emotions, the top eight choices were disappointed, ignored, irrelevant, fed up, betrayed, forgotten, left behind and angry.
Andrew Harrop, general secretary of the Fabian Society, said those on the left “must focus their energy not on winning culture wars, but on calling them out”.
He said: “It will not be easy to end the culture wars which have become a valuable tool for cynics on the right. These fake controversies create division between people with shared economic needs and they distract the public from a low tax, low regulation, libertarian worldview that few in Britain support.”
They want to back off and slow down the agenda now because they’re losing.
The virulent anti-white hatred pushed in universities and through Hollywood and the media that was couched in all sorts of slick propaganda but after Trump and Brexit won it all came out in the open and has become so blatant it’s impossible to ignore.
A survey from back in May showed how the entire wokeness agenda is wildly unpopular with the public.
Gaslighting everyone into thinking they’re alone in opposing this agenda is not working so they’re going all-in on mass censorship and jailing people for their speech.
They’re doing the same here in America.