I have to boast that I lead such a busy life that I don’t have time for reading the books I should be reading. Although I did have a quiet hour or two to sit out in the warm October sun this afternoon, reading the actual Times newspaper, when a seagull shat on my head with such a splat that I had to abandon the Times and wash my hair.
Anyway, certain things have passed me by, one of which is a book called Easy Meat by Peter McLoughlin. Now I come to think of it, Jack Straw used that phrase many years ago, when he got a whole load of flak for characterising Pakistani men in an uncharacteristically (for him) politically incorrect way. Did he read this book?
Anyway, it brings me to Tommy Robinson, and, since the comments on Harry’s Place are routinely deleted after a week, I’ll save this one from the author of the aforementioned book, which popped up a couple of days ago below the line on that enigmatic Tommy Robinson thread. Why the mysterious “Lucy Lips” posted the piece, which consisted solely of an anti-TR video made by Hope not Hate, no-one seems quite sure. Was it a talking point - like, a ‘serving suggestion?’ Or was it supposed to be a straightforward expression of the kind of Tommy-bashing that is usually found on the ‘far left’?
So here’s the comment.
Peter McLoughlin • a day ago
Never ceases to amaze me how staggeringly ignorant people are.
1. EDL Mission Statement (circa 2011) reads like it was written by liberals. http://gatesofvienna.blogsp... Yet morons continue to describe it as a fascist or racist organisation.
2. Tommy Robinson's first appearance with the EDL on TV was on BBC Newsnight in 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/... Notice the banners promoting racial unity, notice the burning of the Swastika and denunciation of Nazism. Do you even notice the black men surrounding Tommy Robinson? When I first saw this in 2009 it was clear to me that this was not a racist or fascist organisation. Further investigation of photographs and videos of EDL protests in 2009 showed that signs about women's rights and opposing Muslim homophobia were to be found peppered in those early protests. Thus the appearance on Newsnight was not an outlier, and the Mission Statement of 2011 was in keeping with the statements of the previous two years.
3. The trumped-up "mortgage fraud" case came back-to-back with a 3 year long "tax evasion" case, where a jury found Tommy not guilty. The next week the "mortgage fraud" case began, where Tommy was enjoined to plead guilty if he wanted to keep his mother (who had cancer) out of the dock. Cf. Mandelson and Geoffrey Robertson - Mandelson was "ennobled" after that became public. https://www.theguardian.com... One report in The Telegraph concluded that 1 million people in in Britain had committed this kind of mortgage fraud, but only Tommy Robinson was imprisoned. As with contempt of court, when the law is only applied to one man, it's not the rule of law anywhere except in a tyranny.
4. When the mortgage fraud case was taken to appeal, the High Court judged agreed that what was done to Tommy was unlawful, but decided that having been imprisoned and fined unlawfully, this was not sufficiently serious for him to rule in Tommy's favour and compensate him.
5. Hope Not Hate have done nothing about the systemic hatred that Muslim men have for non-Muslim schoolgirls. HNH could have taken a stance on this industrial scale rape before the EDL even existed. http://www.blowe.org.uk/200... Nearly a decade on, and to the extent that these gangs have faced any punishment, there is nothing but the presence of EDL marching across England that can claim responsibility for this eventuality.
6. The man who Tommy attacked at an EDL demo was in fact a neo-Nazi, sent to plague an organisation which had denounced Nazism from its inception. Such Nazis and racists would turn up at EDL protests precisely because organisations like UAF and HNH would tell them that such protests were the place for them.
7. When the police Domestic Extremism Unit investigated EDL, they concluded that EDL was not a far-right organisation. But HNH profits from promoting the idea that the UK suffers from a burgeoning threat from "the far right". If there is a rise in Nazism and Jew-hatred in Britain, give the thanks to the Left.
8. Tommy Robinson has more support than Theresa May and is fast catching up on Jeremy Corbyn. In fact, Corbyn's support is almost certainly inflated by the lunatic Left making multiple sock puppet accounts just to pretend that Corbyn is not unpopular.
9. My book with Tommy (Mohammed's Koran) went straight to No.1 on Amazon and stayed there until the entire print run ran out. Care to tell me of another book on the politics and terrorism of Islam which achieved that?
10. The media have lied about EDL and Tommy Robinson for the best part of a decade. Tommy exposed this week how they will edit together his words to take the answer from question and put it as the answer to another. Active deception.
I am specifically including this info to counteract some of the reflexive demonizations of TR that come from all and sundry, including some surprising names. Feel free to criticise, as always.
Another casualty of my hectic lifestyle is that I thought I’d heard (some years previously) of the false-flag type of escapade, wherein some audacious academics submit jargon-filled parodies of academic papers for peer review and the like, and manage to have them taken seriously.
As I said, I’m sure I read about this ages ago, but it has surfaced again - or maybe it’s a new one.
Douglas Murray has written about it here, and its message has been adopted by EoZ and appropriately applied to Middle East studies here.
One has to ask if ‘Education’ is imploding. Lookout, Melvin, and careful what you wish for.
“Now that millions of people have gone to university, but have focused on a couple of subjects, the idea of getting a spread of knowledge is attractive.”
Nearly half of Britons can now expect to attend university by the time they are 30, compared with less than 10 per cent in the 1960s.