The curious case of the Nazi pug

Watch spiked’s film on Count Dankula and the fall of liberal Britain.

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Markus Meechan was working in a call centre just outside Glasgow, and spending his free time making memes and YouTube skits under the name Count Dankula, when the Scottish police knocked on his door. He was arrested, charged, prosecuted and eventually convicted of being ‘grossly offensive’, all for making a video in which he taught his pet pug to do a Nazi salute. He was criminalised, and smeared as far right in the media. In this film, spiked columnist Andrew Doyle went to meet the man behind the meme. He found that Markus’s bizarre and terrifying story is one of a once liberal Britain that has gone down a dark and authoritarian road.

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