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Charles Moore: the EDL is misunderstood

Most, if not all Tories, are out of touch; on another planet and only capable of listening to the voices in their heads. This is something they have in common with Blairites, who are really nothing less than Tory entryists who infiltrated the Labour Party. Charles Moore, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph and is, more recently, Thatcher’s official biographer sums this up more than most.

At Nowhere Towers we know how some of the Telegraph’s bloggers routinely play to an audience of fascists, racists and sexists.  Kennite is one, Tobes is another. So it comes as no surprise that Charles Moore, who is not the sharpest tool in the box nor the most original hack in the Barclay Brothers stable, rides in on Gilligan’s coat-tails with this article.  The title is hysterical and screams:

Woolwich outrage: we are too weak to face up to the extremism in our midst

A sense of victimhood oozes from every letter and punctuation mark. It also suggests emasculation; the poisoning of our precious fluids. Have a look at the opening paragraph:

It is less than a month since Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich, yet already the incident feels half-forgotten. In terms of the legal process, all is well. Two men have been charged. There will be a trial. No doubt justice will be done. But I have a sense that the horror felt at the crime is slipping away.

Is horror something that we all want to feel every minute, every hour of the day? No. It is evident that Moore’s completely lost touch with the real world. He grudgingly admits that ” justice will be done” but then begins to paint a nightmarish picture of his own mind that even Heironymus Bosch would have envied. For in the next paragraph, he says:

The media, notably the BBC, quickly changed the subject. After a day or two focusing on the crime itself, the reports switched to anxiety about the “Islamophobic backlash”. According to Tell Mamma, an organisation paid large sums by the Government to monitor anti-Muslim acts, “the horrendous events in Woolwich brought it [Islamophobia] to the fore”. Tell Mamma spoke of a “cycle of violence” against Muslims.

Well, it’s true. In the aftermath of Lee Rigby’s murder, the number of attacks against Muslims and anyone who was ‘of Muslim appearance’ actually increased. If Moore doesn’t want to believe that, then perhaps he’d like to have word with the Met? He claims that monitoring groups like Tell Mama are using the tragedy to pursue a political agenda…unlike the EDL or the BNP? Get real, Charlie.

Yet the only serious violence was against a British soldier, who was dead.

Oh really? What about the elderly Pakistani man who was stabbed to death in a racist attack on the streets of Birmingham weeks before?  But it’s the next part of the paragraph that’s really Dagenham (two stops past Barking).

In The Sunday Telegraph, Andrew Gilligan brilliantly exposed the Tell Mamma statistics – most of them referred merely to nasty remarks on the web rather than actual attacks, many were not verified, no reported attack had required medical attention, and so on.

Ah, but Charlie, if I were to threaten to carry out violent acts against your wretched and pitiful body on the Internet, you would be perfectly entitled to refer the matter to the cops as I know you would.

A trap is set here, inviting those of us who reject such statements, to defend the EDL. I do not. While not, in its stated ideology, a racist organisation like the BNP, the EDL has an air of menace. It must feel particularly unpleasant for Muslims when its supporters hit the streets. But the EDL is merely reactive. It does not – officially at least – support violence.

The EDL is what? Yes, here Moore claims that the EDL “doesn’t support violence”. Laughable isn’t it?

It is the instinctive reaction of elements of an indigenous working class which rightly perceives itself marginalised by authority, whereas Muslim groups are subsidised and excused by it. Four days ago, six Muslim men were sentenced at the Old Bailey for a plot to blow up an EDL rally. The news was received quietly, though it was a horrifying enterprise. No one spoke of “white-phobia”. Imagine the hugely greater coverage if the story had been the other way round.

Here Moore panders to the bigots he knows will be attracted to his ill-informed rubbish. It would appear that Moore, like Kennite, has also taken issue with the word “Islamophobia”.  Similarly, Torygraph hacks also have a problem with the word “homophobia”. Tell you what, Charlie, if the word offends you that much, The Cat will use the phrases “anti-Muslim attacks” and “anti-gay attacks” instead. That way you and your chums won’t get your knickers in a twist over semantics. Is it a deal? But there’s still an element of fear to both kinds of bigotry. Deny it all you like.

All journalists experience this disparity. If we attack the EDL for being racist, fascist and pro-violence, we can do so with impunity, although we are not being strictly accurate. If we make similar remarks about Islamist organisations, we will be accused of being racist ourselves. “Human rights” will be thrown at us.

“Human rights”? Yeah, God damn those human rights. That reminds me of a passage from Gil Scott-Heron’s excellent rap poem B-Movie.

Civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights…it’s all wrong. Call in the cavalry to disrupt this perception of freedom gone wild. God damn it…first one wants freedom, then the whole damn world wants freedom.

We can’t have that. Human rights get in the way of making massive profits… just like it did in the 19th century, which is where Moore, Kennite and Hon. Tobes long to be.

Moore lays it on rather thickly here:

Much more important – from the point of view of the general public – you frequently find that Muslim groups like Tell Mamma get taxpayers’ money (though, in its case, this is now coming to an end). You discover that leading figures of respectable officialdom share conference platforms with dubious groups. You learn that Muslim charities with blatantly political aims and Islamist links have been let off lightly by the Charity Commission. And you notice that many bigwigs in Muslim groups are decorated with public honours. Fiyaz Mughal, for example, who runs Tell Mamma, has an OBE. Obviously it would be half-laughable, half-disgusting, if activists of the EDL were indulged in this way; yet they are, in fact, less extreme than some of those Muslims who are.

Here he uses the ad reductio absurdum argument that it’s “your money” that pays for Tell Mama. Remember, these people want to abolish the Equality and Human Rights Commission for the same spurious reasons. You often hear these people get defensive and scream “I’m not a racist”, then in the next sentence they’ll try to rationalize their bigotry by using plausible-sounding economic language taken from the lexicon of Murray Rothbard or Ron Paul to justify segregation and continued racism.

To show us what a weasel he is, Moore closes with this cloying paragraph in which he invokes the name of Nelson Mandela for effect.

This weekend, Nelson Mandela is gravely ill. When he was a boy, his teacher – whose name was Wellington – replaced his African first name with that of a British hero: he called him Nelson. It stuck. Anti-imperialist though he is, Mandela was educated with a profound respect for the British culture of parliamentary democracy. It became, in many respects, his model for a multiracial South Africa. It arose from good beliefs inculcated early in life. In our own country today, almost the opposite happens. In our state schools, in mosques, on the internet, in university gatherings, many young people are taught to detest the freedom in which they live. Just as surely as good teaching, bad teaching has its power. We refuse even to face it, let alone to stop it.

Yet, when Moore was editor of The Spectator The Dictator, he did not call for sanctions against South Africa. Indeed, like all right-wing journals of the period, The Dictator supported the perpetuation of apartheid. But let’s not forget the embarrassing episode in 2003 when Moore’s Telegraph had alleged that George Galloway had received a substantial sum of money from Saddam Hussein that had been creamed off the Oil for Food programme. Even Tony Blair believed the lies… well, what did you expect? Galloway, a serial litigant, sued the paper successfully for libel and the Telegraph was ordered to pay £150,000 in damages.

As I said  earlier, Moore’s article rides on the coat-tails of Kennite’s article but he also manages to kick one of his favourite hobby horses in the process: the BBC. This is from The Guardian (2 October 2003):

Moore has, in recent weeks, adopted an extreme anti-BBC stance, launching Beebwatch to note down incidents of leftwing bias noted by his readers (and himself) in the corporation’s broadcasts. It began with the Kelly affair and coincides with Black’s loathing of the organisation. Why did the line change, I ask. At the beginning the paper took a very neutral line, then suddenly it became rabidly anti-BBC. “We got it slightly wrong at the beginning. We were right, and we maintain the view, that the Kelly affair reflects very badly on the government. But I think for about a week we missed how all this was going to be used, which is to discredit the whole war, and once we’d twigged that, we hardened the line.”

Kennite, who was sacked from the BBC was soon hired by the Telegraph to write hatchet-jobs. I’m telling you, these people stick together like shit to a blanket.

UPDATE 15/6/13 @ 1546

Title changed.

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Gorgeous George, where were you?

A Havana cigar. I couldn’t be bothered to find an image of Galloway

One face that was noticeably absent from the crucial vote on the Benefits Uprating Bill, was that of George Galloway. It seems Galloway had more important things to do: like prepare for Bradford City’s match against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup (The League Cup). It’s good that Bradford City beat Villa, but Galloway’s priorities are, shall we say, all wrong?

For someone who describes himself as a socialist, Galloway is a remarkably selfish and self-obsessed man. He couldn’t even be bothered to speak on behalf of his constituents, many of whom will be affected by the Con Dem’s government’s decision to cap benefit rises by 1% over 3 years. I wonder how his constituents feel about his absence from the Commons on such an important day?

I realize that I’ve cut Galloway a little too much slack in the past. No more.  I’m watching you, Gorgeous. The Cat is putting you on notice.


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A Gorgeous Victory

It’s been nearly a fortnight since George Galloway won a historic victory in the Bradford West by-election.  The day after the election, many Labour Tweeters were exercised in their hatred of Gorgeous. Few of them looked to themselves for why they had lost so badly to a candidate whom the pollsters and psephologists had largely ignored. Luke Akehurst, for instance, couldn’t help himself and spent most of the day heaping a mixture of vitriol and spite on Galloway. It got to the stage where I thought that if a Tory had won the by-election, there would have been no bitchiness from most Labourites, just loads of wound-licking instead. But this is George Galloway and to most so-called mainstream types, his name is on a par with that of Peter Sutcliffe or Levi Bellfield.

I have a couple of issues with Galloway but, in the main, he does the job that many Labour members ought to be doing: giving the neoliberal tyrants and Tory bullies a hard time. He’s an eloquent speaker and a master orator and those are two things that are lacking in today’s House of Commons. Neither front bench has a decent orator and few backbenchers are capable of speaking with passion and conviction. These days when most MPs speak, they sound like they’re reading from the telephone directory.

Galloway, like Jean-Luc Mélenchon across La Manche, have both been described by their detractors as “left-wing populists”. It’s a backhanded compliment that is designed to belittle those who don’t support free-market economics. There has been no analysis on the part of these self-styled commentators.  Instead, they spend their time refusing to deal with the real questions and tell us that there is no alternative to cuts and austerity. Some right-wingers will respond with the very familiar “Well, what would you do” line, even though we’ve told them countless times. But there are none so deaf as those who refuse to hear.

The Torygraph has decided to ask different  set of questions , since it is now de rigueur to insinuate that an enemy politician has been less than straightforward about his tax affairs. Well, good luck with that chaps. I guess none of you have heard of Gorgeous’s reputation for litigiousness – and in the libel court, he always wins.  All this amounts to is a feeble hatchet-job that’s predicated on their own peevish attitude to left politics. Speaking of which, the same paper tells us that Galloway’s Viva Palestina could be  “removed from the Charity Commission’s register”. Bitter, spiteful and plain nasty but did you expect anything less from Britain’s ‘free’ press?

Gilligan has already produced the sort of article that we’ve come to recognise him for. Once the dust has settled on the London elections, you can bet that he’ll be churning out  more of the same sort of stuff that he’s written about Ken Livingstone. In fact, the articles will all look the same but with the names changed.

I congratulate Gorgeous on his victory and wish him all the best in the Commons. I also hope his victory heralds the beginning of a resurgence in the fortunes of Britain’s left-wing parties (well, with the possible exception of the cult-like Revolutionary Communist Group, of course). The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is contesting seats on the London Assembly as well as dozens of local councils around the country. Respect is also contesting seats – especially in Bradford.  Good luck to them all and let’s sweep the Social Darwinists out of power!

By the way, if anyone from TalkSPORT is reading this, I am available to take over Gorgeous’s vacant radio slot on Friday night.

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It’ll be over by Christmas…

One question remains: where did all these Senoussi flags come from?

…is what they said when the First World War started in August 1914. The war lasted 4 years and cost millions of lives. It was also a boom time for arms manufacturers, who made money from both sides of the conflict. This was also the war that saw the birth of the public relations industry. Air power was also in its infancy. There weren’t any “No Fly Zones” or anything like them.

Fast forward to the present day and similar themes emerge. Many of the right-leaning newspapers in this country have printed headlines that have read “Over in weeks”. The same happened in the case of the Iraq invasion. The truth of the matter is that the so-called coalition of nations that are presently involved in the bombing of Libya have entered into a conflict that has no end in sight nor is there a coherent end strategy. And this is always the problem when nations embark on military action: the nations involved are fond of portraying this variously as having the potential for being a short conflict or ushering in a new era of ‘democracy’. They will conduct the war as though it was a remote control c0nflict (110 cruise missiles were launched on Day 1 alone). We should be in no doubt that the No Fly Zone that has been declared is the precursor to something nastier. The No Fly Zones over Iraq were merely the opening shots for the full-scale invasion that took place on a false premise. It was a ‘phony war’. The current Libyan NFZ can arguably be read in similar terms.

The US, UK and all of the NATO countries that have been involved in Afghanistan, entered into that war with one eye shut. Not being great students of history, they wilfully ignored the writing on the wall. The war is now 10 years old and there seems to be no end in sight. It is only the arms industry and the defence contractors (mercenaries) who have really gained anything from the conflict.

Libya presents a similar problem. The Gaddafi regime is intractable and will not give in without a bloody fight. The coalition of the short-sighted has clearly bitten off more than it can chew.

The ever astute Robert Fisk warns us about the West’s support for Arab dictators and the mess we could get ourselves into.

Whatever you think of George Galloway, he pretty much nails it in this interview on Sky. The interviewer is a Grade A plank.

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