The links between Farage, Trump and the anti-Repeal campaign are evident. But we mustn't let them set the terms of the debateby Maya Goodfellow / January 23, 2018 / Leave a comment
Is Ireland’s upcoming referendum on abortion going to form part of the “culture war” that seems to be raging in the global north?
According to the Irish edition of the Times, an anti-abortion campaign group has drafted in Kanto, a consulting firm linked to the Vote Leave campaign, to help with their digital communications.
Kanto was founded by Thomas Borwick. His CV gives you an idea of what his campaigning looks like: Borwick used to work at Cambridge Analytica, the data company whose vice-present was Steve Bannon and which is owned by Robert Mercer—a withdrawn billionaire who bankrolled Trump’s campaign and a variety of far-right organisations, including Breitbart News. He was technology chief for Vote Leave in the EU referendum.
This is significant because Brexit was, in its way, moulded around an ongoing “culture war.” This term is intended to explain a political landscape shaped not just by class, earning power and education but by the conflict between “traditional” and “progressive” values.
The right figures use this framing to their advantage: they say something deeply offensive, and when there’s a reaction, they can then dismiss their opponents as little more than “snowflakes” unable to cope with the real world.