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“Everything is far right”: Senator hits out at “catch-all phrase”

An Irish Senator has hit out at the “worn to death catch-all phrase” of far-right, saying that the phrase is simply a label to “discredit” and “silence” opposing views.

The comments were made by Senator Sharon Keogan this week during a debate on the order of business. The Senator said that labels were “important,” and that until relatively recently society agreed that “swathes of people could not be tarred with the same brush.”

She said that this attitude had continued until the “one-two punch of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump,” which “upset the ruling progressive elite to such an extent that they changed tactics.”

“The message of individual empowerment and self-determination had yielded dissatisfying results,” she said.

“People were deciding to think the wrong thoughts so the powers that be arranged for a return to cultural tribalism. No longer would they be individuals, varied and unique. There would only be the labels placed upon them, based on what they supported or chose not to support unquestioningly and unreservedly.”

The senator cited examples of this, such as the fact that anyone who does not support Black Lives Matter is dubbed “racist.” She also said that anyone who is sceptical of “uncontrolled migration” is branded a “xenophobe,” and anyone who is pro-life “obviously just hates women.”

“The year 2016 gave us the worn to death catch-all phrase for when people did not like something and had to slap a label on it to deplatform, discredit, cancel and silence – namely, “far right,”” she said.

“Wanting houses for your own citizens – far right. Wanting Irish girls and women to feel safe and have their identity as women protected and respected – far right. Asking for robust mental health assessments by professionals prior to subjecting children to irreversible medical intervention – far right. Wanting to protect communities from crime – far right. Supporting women in politics, not just those with the right ideas – far right. Not supporting gender quotas and believing the right woman or man should get the job based on merit – far right. Opposing the commodification, buying or selling of children via contract – far right. Allowing each man and woman to have their own national and religious identity and to be proud of it – far right.”

The Senator dubbed the approach a “cheap trick” and an example of “intellectual laziness.”

“It is a crying shame that this low level of discourse has infiltrated Irish politics through social media,” she said.

“At the end of the day, when someone is sitting on the far left and has zero perspective, everything looks far right.”

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