Turning Point UK’s launch marred by parody accounts

first_imgThe group’s Twitter launch reached a new level of confusion when the parody accounts began accusing each other of being troll accounts, including two accounts for the group’s Oxford chapter. One of these, @oxfordtpuk, appeared to be official, as it was followed by Mcilhiney and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk. The launch of right-wing student group Turning Point UK quickly became a source of confusion for Twitter users this week as dozens of parody accounts claimed to be official university affiliates. Asked to elaborate on the term ‘cultural Marxism’, Mcilhiney backtracked on Farmer’s statement, telling Cherwell: “What we are saying is that there’s a shift in the cultural zeitgeist and the cultural mind towards the left. In one of the promotional posters ac- companying the group’s launch, student activist Dominique Samuels said: “The left has weaponised racism and used it to control the black community for years. Now is the time to demand the freedom to think with our minds, not our race.” By the end of the day, Turning Point UK’s official account was forced to publish a statement disavowing all Twitter accounts claiming to be regional chapters, including the official Oxford account. Nonetheless, Mcilhiney hopes he will be able to distance himself and Turning Point from the far-right, promising Cherwell that they are neither racist, nor far-right, nor alt- right. He asserted that “racists would be made not to feel welcome.” Despite the official account’s attempts to prove their legitimacy, several Twitter users were misled by the parody accounts. The group’s American parent organisation has attracted criticism for its controversial tactics, which include blacklisting left-wing professors on its website Professor Watchlist and secretly funnelling thousands of dollars into student election campaigns. Turning Point UK aims to bring its US parent organisation’s brand of neoliberal populism to UK universities, tweeting: “Young people are not puppets to be used in the Left’s narrative. We think for ourselves. We act for ourselves. We vote for what we believe in and we believe in a freer society. Smaller Government = Bigger Freedom.” The group’s American parent organisation has been plagued with racism scandals, with Turning Point USA’s second-in-command Crystal Clanton resigning after texts were leaked in which she wrote “I HATE BLACK PEOPLE. Like fuck them all . . . I hate blacks. End of story.” Since the group’s plans were revealed exclusively by Cherwell earlier this month, Turning Point UK has come under pressure to distance itself from the far-right. The launch soon descended into confusion as dozens of parody accounts began posting memes pretending to be university chapters of the group. “We have recognised that the terminology of cultural Marxism has some difficult origins, so from now on I think we’ll stay away from the use of that.” center_img Despite this, Mcilhiney does see Turning Point’s role as part of a larger culture war: “We care about culture. We believe in Western democratic values, which have their roots in Judeo-Christianity, that they are good values, and that they are values that should be promoted and celebrated, and that we should be proud of the country we come from. Mcilhiney would not clarify whether this included families with same-sex parents, saying: “We have such a wide range of opinions that it would be foolish of me to even start speculating on a consensus within Turning Point UK.” “The Members of Parliament and others in the public eye decided to endorse us entirely off of their own backs. We were pleased to see them taking note of what were against (e.g. The far-left and the alt- right) and trying to counter the negative image presented by the press. We look forward to working with many of those individuals in the future.” In an interview with Cherwell, the group’s chairman George Farmer described its main objective as combatting ‘cultural Marxism.’ Matters were only complicated further when two UK charities, Turning Point UK and Turning Point Scotland, were forced to post statements clarifying that they had nothing to do with the political organisation. The group, which brands itself as “a student movement for free markets, limited government & personal responsibility,” launched last Friday on Twitter, and quickly received support from prominent Conservative MPs including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Priti Patel. Mcilhiney emphasised that the mandate of Turning Point UK is to promote free speech, not campaign on social issues like immigration or terrorism: “There are certainly individuals within Turning Point both in United States and in the United Kingdom who care about social issues and campaign on social issues. But that’s not Turning Point’s mandate. Turning Point’s mandate is merely to talk about freedom: free economies, freedom of thought, freedom of speech.” “What I mean by Judeo-Christian values is the values of community and of personal responsibility; those two must be balanced. I also think most people within Turning Point would agree with me that one of the main cornerstones of society is the family.” Daniel Mcilhiney’s past political activities include organising events with alt-right fig- ures Carl Benjamin (a.k.a. Sargon of Akkad) and Mark Meechan (a.k.a. Count Dankula), who both spoke at last year’s Tommy Robinson rally, and organising a welcome party for Donald Trump alongside far-right Islamophobe Lucy Brown, who used to work on Robinson’s media team. Daniel Mcilhiney, who is in charge of Oxford’s Turning Point UK chapter, told Cherwell: “I think the launch went well, the multiplicity of parody accounts shows that we have certainly ruffled some feathers, although I think this is partly down to an incorrect picture painted by the media, I am very pleased to see that people are taking note of young conservatives. Cultural Marxism is a conspiracy theory popular with the far-right, which blames a plot by mainly Jewish Marxist academics for the success of modern liberation movements such as feminism, multiculturalism and LGBTQ+ rights. last_img read more

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Countryside Motors will be sponsoring 3 events at Kansas Wheat Festival

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Countryside Motors is sponsoring more events than ever especially over the Wheat Festival.On Wednesday, July 8, Countryside Motors will be hosting Tee Shirt Night during the Picnic in the Park.The first 100 kids to arrive at the ball park will receive the newly designed Countryside Motors Tee Shirt.“We’re sure you’ll be able to spot these new shirts in any crowd,” said Jeff Jesina, Countryside Motors spokesperson.Then on Friday, July 10, Miss Kansas 2015 Hannah Wagner will be in the Countryside Motors Main Showroom beginning at 6:30 p.m. before the parade. This will be a great opportunity for everyone in the family and get autographs.2015 Miss Kansas – Hannah Wagner.She will be departing the dealership around 7:45 p.m. in a special “parade vehicle” from Countryside for the annual parade down the street.VFW Post 881 will have a breakfast and lunch on Saturday, July 11 from 6 to 9:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. right across from Sellers Park. While there, look for the blue Countryside Polaris tent.The VFW will be having hash browns, sausage or ham, eggs, biscuit and gravy and pancakes me to order. For lunch, the VFW will be serving buffalo burger, homemade potato salad, homemade baked beans and a water.last_img read more

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Napoli striker Milik robbed at gunpoint after Liverpool win

first_imgThe two assailants — whose faces were entirely covered by helmets — approached the footballer’s car and pointed a gun at him, ordering him to hand over his Rolex Daytona watch worth 7,000 euros ($8,000).The robbers then sped into the countryside towards Licola, police said according to the AGI news agency.As soon as he recovered from the shock, Milik went to the nearest police station to report the crime.Attacks on professional players in the southern Italian city are frequent.Italian international Lorenzo Insigne was robbed of jewelry, cash and a luxury watch in 2016 and the club’s Slovakian captain, Marek Hamsik, was held up at gunpoint in the centre of the city four years ago.Napoli beat last year’s Champions League finalists 1-0 with a 90th-minute Insigne goal to go top of Group C.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik was robbed at gunpoint after his team’s Champions League win over Liverpool in Naples. © AFP / CARLO HERMANNNAPLES, Italy, Oct 4 – Napoli’s Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik was robbed at gunpoint on his way home after his team’s Champions League win over Liverpool, Italian police said on Thursday.The 24-year-old was in his car heading towards his home at Varcaturo on the Domitian Coast 20km west of Naples at around 2am when his car was stopped by a high-powered motorcycle blocking the road.last_img read more

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