The new threat of corporate awakening
In his usual Hayes in the House column, MP Sir John Hayes discusses “political correctness”.
Our great wartime leader, Winston Churchill, has declared that “a calmer is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping he eats it last.” Now, nearly a century later, extremists have realized the power they wield over spineless business leaders, rallying their fierce,
media freaks intimidating companies into appeasing them by removing advertising from anyone they qualify as “politically incorrect”.
The latest target of their little anger is GBNews, the company of veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil to offer the British public a news channel which, rather than trotting the same tired metropolitan liberal point of view, prides itself on breaking with that consensus. comfortable in expressing the views of the “silent majority”.
For the sin of being insufficiently PC, Neil and Co. became the target of the leftist group “Hope, Not Hate”, which bombed companies, including Kopparberg and IKEA, to withdraw their advertising. Fortunately, GBNews has the financial and moral substance to resist this kind of bullying, but ordinary employees and small businesses are not so fortunate. The campaign to use the financial power of big business to end open discussion and fair public debate is designed to mean that only those with “correct” opinions can speak out freely.
Whether it is a cynical ploy to feed the “awakened crocodile” or a deliberate “thought police”, such menacing power has far-reaching ramifications. With the free exchange of opposing views honestly undermined, our open society is in danger.
As the “awakened” crony capitalist monopolies continue to antagonize and sideline millions of ordinary Britons who would otherwise be customers, the market for goods and ideas is more inhibited by the day. Fears for the survival of freedom of expression are persistent. Just as Churchill rallied our nation against the Nazi tyrants, George Orwell,
informed by his disgust at the ideological zeal of the Spanish Communists, wrote chillingly in his novel ‘1984’ of The Specter of Big Brother.
Public bodies have always been sensitive to waves of political hysteria, fueled by activists sheltered from real-world concerns. What is surprising about our brave new and “woken up” world is that this latest episode of extremist ideology has infested the normally cold and calculating world of big business.
Demands for “safe spaces,” non-sexist locker rooms, and Maoist-style hate sessions against “wrong thinking” made their way from left-wing local authorities to boardrooms, imported by fresh-out 20-something workers of their supernatural university bubbles. What is surprising is how easily some experienced and savvy business bosses have drunk the Kool-Aid and are now singing the same radical, globalist anthem.
The consequences of this capitulation range from the ridiculous to the laughable. reverse mentoring programs whereby young graduates take older employees “under their wing” to train them on diversity issues; unconscious bias training, which leaves participants more, not less, prone to racial and gender stereotypes; and the hypocritical differences between western social media
accounts of companies that flaunt their “ally” during Pride Month, while approaching overseas markets excluding such virtue signage.
Despite the absurdity of this performative awakening, the influence exerted by large corporations in bondage to Maoist cultural norms presents a clear and present danger to individuals and to society as a whole.
Decent people have been fired for expressing an opinion that runs counter to the orthodoxy of “awakened” warriors, while mandatory diversity training seeks to instill the dishonest – and now discredited – ideas of “white privilege.” And “unconscious bias” in the minds of employees. The attempt by powerful corporations, without a democratic mandate, to dictate what is an acceptable public discussion is just as sinister as any dystopian nightmare envisioned by Orwell.