The Woolwich Reaction

May 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

As many will already know, or will be arriving home to find out, a young male was murdered in Woolwich today. I won’t go into the details as that will no doubt be extensively covered in the media over the next week or so, besides it’s so disgusting and evil I can barely comprehend it.

The first thing to say is that my heart goes out to the family and friends of the young man whose life was ended so prematurely, so abruptly and so unjustly. The attack itself was horrific and seemingly out of the blue. Initial reports (including a filmed speech by the attacker) indicate that it was carried out by a man purporting to be Muslim.

Before this video appeared though, the media and Political reaction was almost as shocking as the event itself. The BBC’s Nick Robinson claimed the attacker had the appearance of a Muslim, quite how this kind of conjecture came to be broadcast by a journalist is disgusting. Nick later claimed to be quoting a politician who quoted a police officer. Also quite worrying, given the attacker wasn’t wearing particularly Islamic clothing, how can a man look Muslim if he’s wearing normal clothes? Strange.

The political reaction is even more disturbing. David Cameron believes there is a strong possibility that this attack could potentially be a terrorist attack, COBRA has had an emergency meeting, MI5 is briefing Theresa May and Ed Miliband is cutting short a trip to Germany. Why, why, why and why? Having watched the video, they attacker claims to be Muslim indeed. But why is this attack on one person considered a ‘Terrorist’ attack? Why is that the instinctive reaction of the media and political establishment?

The hypocrisy on display is so brash and in-your-face it’s quite unbelievable to see. The facts are: Black man, presumed Muslim, murders a white man who we now know to be a soldier. Where is the terrorism? I see a sickening, brutal murder. A crime. While the media, police and politicians were scrambling to establish whether the attacker was actually a Muslim or not, they were unsure whether to treat this as a matter of criminality or terrorism.

So the obvious questions are: if a non-Muslim kills a man why is it just a crime, not terrorism? Why is it if a Muslim is involved in a crime that it’s immediately linked to terrorism? Why is the Woolwich attacker a terrorist for killing one man, yet the man accused of killing and raping April Jones is just a criminal? Surely little girls and parents are terrorised by the thought of Paedophiles and Murderers? Why was Ryan Lanza in America immediately considered insane, yet today’s attacker isn’t? Why are the countless murders every week all over Britain considered murders not terrorist attacks?

There are so many more questions and the answers are all the same. The media hates Islam, Politicians hate Islam and the campaign to convince a majority of the general public to join them in mutual hatred is well underway. But just to clarify something, something that shouldn’t need clarifying: Islam does not want to conquer Britain, Islam does not seek to kill non-Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace. Muslims, however, are just as susceptible to mental illnesses and criminality as non-Muslims whereas Non-Muslims are actually more like to commit terror attacks in Europe than Muslims.

Scapegoat Politics

May 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

David Cameron has been on the offensive this week after two of his frontline cabinet ministers almost sort of broke ranks at the weekend. Michael Gove and some other bloke who looks like your atypical Tory, and whose name is instantly forgettable, both declared they would vote to leave the EU if a referendum where to be held today.

This gave David an excellent opportunity to appear on his favourite mouthpiece, or rather TV channel, and give one of his endearing head-masterly type speeches where he left us in no doubt that there won’t be a referendum until 2017. I absolutely love watching our glorious leader’s appearances on the tellybox. He’s such a natural in front of the camera, his appearances are NEVER stage-managed unlike that odd-looking commie Miliband fellow and what’s more you simply cannot beat a leader who talks to his subjects like primary school children. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Sarcasm and sick buckets aside, Nigel Farage has really hit a big blue Tory nerve within the last month. You see, the thing about the Tories is they’re a bit like Millwall FC fans in a small way. They know nobody likes them, but the key difference (aside from the fact Millwall fans know what hard graft REALLY is) is that the Tories do care. To an extent. The Tories need us on their side for them to gain and regain power, but they know that their ideologies and policies if presented openly would repulse the common person.

One might think that the thing to do then would be to, I don’t know, change tack? They could adapt policy and/or ideology to suit the political, social and economic landscape around them to win public support. This way Britain would actually move forward and the general public would slowly begin to warm to this bunch of work-shy, trust-funded, elitist toffs.

What the Tories and to a much lesser extent, Farage’s UKIP, do instead is manipulate the political, social and economic landscape to suit their own ideology. A few examples spring immediately to mind: ‘This mess we’ve inherited’ was a phrase synonymous with the first 3 years of Conservative rule, EU bureaucracy accepted a part-time role initially but has sprung to the foreground more recently, the Welfare bill has been under attack from day one, Immigration has been an underlying theme to Tory ideology for decades and this week Boris Johnson said that laziness in the workforce is the reason for our economic woes.

All of the examples above may contain a tiny element of truth. Perhaps the outgoing Labour government did overspend a bit, perhaps EU Bureaucracy can be a little irritating at times, perhaps some benefit claimants do take advantage, perhaps some immigrants have hindered our cause and perhaps some of our workforce are a bit lazy. What Cameron has expertly done is manipulate the public to believe that these issues are far worse than they actually are, and that the only possible solution is his. Effectively he has engineered problems for which the only remedy is traditional Conservative ideology.

So for ‘This mess’ we have swingeing, indiscriminate cuts across the board as well as privatisation of the NHS; for EU bureaucracy we have pointless negotiations leading to an eventual referendum in 2017; for the welfare bill we have the likes of ATOS and Bedroom Tax (with Top-rate tax cuts somehow thrown in); for Immigration we have changes to welfare policy, immigration caps and more pointless negotiations with the EU on Bulgarians & Romanians and for the lazy workforce we have ‘Workfare’ or, as it is known throughout history, slavery.

Cameron has picked up on the media-driven public perception of ‘major’ issues and instead of confronting that perception with the cold, hard facts he’s chosen to buy a high-power wave machine to stir the waters and surf the resulting tidal waves. He then panders to the misinformed public by bringing in legislation that ‘fixes’ these scapegoats or faux-issues whilst the real issues lurking in the background continue to grow and grow. He is effectively the waste management firm that dumps rubbish in big holes in the ground and just hopes it’ll all just disappear. And for him it will, it’ll be someone else’s problem in 2015 or 2020.

What the public need to realise is that David Cameron, Nick Clegg and their respective parties are not actually making one jot of positive difference to this country as a whole, neither in the short, medium or long term. All they are doing is using scapegoats to buy time for themselves.

But why? Well Politics is about the gaining or regaining of power for personal benefit, the benefits of wielding power are enormous. Particularly if you side with big corporations over the little people. And that is exactly what modern Conservatism is all about, large corporations driving forever increasing profits from the pockets of the common person. Presently, the Tories are using scapegoats and false issues to make you think they’re helping you. Well they’re not, they’re helping themselves.

Thatcher

April 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I was born in 1985, so my understanding of the impact Margaret Thatcher had on the lives of the working class during her tenure is minimal. I wasn’t there. Sure, I can read countless articles and books but I could never claim to have first-hand experience of it. I could never feel what it meant to working-class and under siege for 11 years. What I do know is that she began the process of dismantling the state, privatising as much as could be gotten away with at the time. Her politics were an assault on the poor, and her handling of Hillsborough leaves the city of Liverpool and a great deal of others believing there was a cover-up that reached the very top.

I see on Twitter and various comments sections of national newspapers that there are a great number of people who are happy to see her dead. I am not a Thatcher apologist, I hate everything her particular brand of politics stood for (and still stands for), yet I cannot bring myself to say that I am happy at her death. There are a number of reasons for this, firstly I never knew her personally so I cannot say beyond any doubt that she really was a bad person. Secondly, during my lifetime I’ve witnessed such celebrations as those in Pakistan at the time of 9/11 and those in the US at the death of Osama bin Laden. I’ve witnessed level-headed Britons air their disgust at these celebrations, so it would be hypocritical of me to celebrate this. Finally, I said at the time of Hugo Chavez’ death that an idea is more powerful than a person and far outlives them.

This is certainly the case with Baroness Thatcher. Politically speaking, her death is an irrelevance. Her ideals live on through this current incarnation of the Conservatives and in all honesty, she passed on the baton a long time ago to John Major. Tony Blair then stole it and lovingly returned it to our incumbent PM. David Cameron and his band of trust-fund spongers are no less evil than her politics ever were. The difference is that Thatcher had the balls to be perfectly upfront about it, whereas Cameron is a snivelling little PR megalomaniac. Beneath the squeaky-clean veneer lies a cold, calculating tyrant who has somehow manipulated himself a positive PR image.

The national media will now enter a period of self-declared mourning, remembering her for her iron will and steely determination. The Real Conservatives will come out in force, declaring their affection for her in idolatrous missives via every form of media possible and The Secret Conservatives (Labour) will largely jump aboard this little bandwagon in a bizarre ploy to win a few polling points. We must not lose sight of the fact that her politics were despicable, that the current government are treading where she daren’t. They are selling off our NHS, they are savagely attacking the less fortunate punishing them for the sins of the most fortunate. We live in unjust times, ruled by an unjust government, informed by an unjust media, with a spineless opposition in a world that favours the rich and seeks to exploit the poor.

This is what Baroness Thatcher stood for. Don’t celebrate her life, but don’t celebrate her death either. It achieves nothing, instead save your energy for opposing this current government because we’ll need every ounce we can get. They are our greatest threat, whether rich or poor austerity will cripple this country and it will hurt you.

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