.@KirstyWark questions @TRobinsonNewEra about his tweets following the conviction of Finsbury Park killer Darren Osborne #newsnight pic.twitter.com/LWoZSUC9vA— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) February 1, 2018
The squawk is far from dulcet, and the consonants all but subsumed by the nasal vowels. Oh Kirsty, how you deserve your nick-name.
Well done! Well done to the BBC for airing that disastrous interview, for it wasn’t live, and you could have binned it to save your shame.
Kirsty, you’ve out Newman-ed Cathy!
The whole of Newsnight was, well, car-crash to the point of pile-up. And to think, I was about to switch over to wait for Question Time. But I didn’t.
Tommy Robinson has come a long way. Not so long ago, if one had the temerity to even think of mentioning his name, one had to take the precaution of apologising first, like when one is toying with the thought of saying “Geert Wilders!” or “Melanie Phillips!” Trigger! Trigger warning!
Now that he’s learned how to articulate his thoughts, Tommy’s formidable.
Is the BBC running scared? Note how they used an ancient clip of Tommy from the EDL days. Get over it, BBC. He’s moved on. Come of age. Tommy has blossomed. You can’t smear him quite so easily these days.
The nub of the argument seems to be that the BBC, inspired by Daniel Sandford no doubt, has taken the view that if only the BBC and the media in general could keep quiet about Muslim terrorism, extremism, and all that divisive “world within a world” stuff, it would all go away. That seems to be the plan.
The biggest and best, most trusted broadcasting corporation in the world had decided to shield us from it all, for our own good. Then along comes Tommy Robinson to spill the beans, and hey presto! Darren Osborne is unleashed. Geronimo!
No, BBC! All wrong! The terrorism can’t be hidden. You can’t protect us from it by pretending it’s not really happening. You can play it down, which you do, but you can’t conceal it. Nor should you.
If you are going to blame the messenger, the at least take responsibility for your own message, which you even sugar-coated, with your Maxine Peake playing the heroine. Weren’t we supposed to identify with brave Maxine? Thought so.
Darren Osborne explicitly claimed that he was - let’s call it ‘radicalised ‘ - by your very own emotive drama-documentary, based on a true tale, dramatised and neatly packaged for our gratification. That’s from the horse’s mouth. He wrote it on a piece of paper!
Yet the BBC has ignored the the fact that its picturesque production, designed to touch our heart strings, played a part in this so-called ‘radicalisation’. On top of that, they even managed to sideline the spate of explosions, car-rammings and stabbings, all explicitly carried out in the name of Allah, and shamelessly, they chose to put the blame on - - Tommy Robinson.
What about that Imam? The one featured in the Darren Osborne report. The Imam who had suddenly noticed the potential of the ‘vehicular’ mode of sending one’s martyr to paradisio. “It could catch on,” said he, with a fearful expression. What? Hadn’t he noticed Islam’s own weaponisation of the automobile right up until the moment Darren Osborne tried it out? Good grief. Where had that Imam been for the last few years? Praying?
What was it Cdr. Dean Haydon from the Metropolitan Police said to the BBC as he was being filmed standing in front of those gleaming letters that spell out “New Scotland Yard”. Oh yes, he called the al-Quds march ‘obscure” . Silly me; I thought there was a debate the other day. You know, in parliament. Hezbollah flags, anyone? That obscure.
Back to Kirsty. One of the issues that hit the headlines yesterday was the rise in antisemitism. What did Newsnight decide to go with? Islamophobia. They wheeled out Tell Mama’s very own grievance monger Fiyaz Mughal, and oh, did the tone change. Leaning forward and smiling, a benevolent Kirsty encouraged Fiyaz to tell Mama Kirsty all about it. He duly delivered some impassioned Tommy-bashing on Kirsty’s behalf.
Not to mention her interview with Amanda Spielman. Though slightly subdued, Kirsty still managed to conduct a hostile interview with the woman who recklessly dares to recognise Muslim radicalisation when she sees it.