While I understand and appreciate the causes of the anger and distress (well, some of them, anyway ;-)) which motivate some of the people leaving comments here - there's absolutely no need for stuff like 'muzzie scum'. Kindly keep the party clean, best of order and all that.
First of all it's gratuitously offensive. As I've said more than once, I admire Muslims who take their religion seriously - as the British once did. Secondly, even were that kind of stuff justified - which it isn't - it's very poorly targeted.
Mr Basha isn't the problem - he's just a symptom of the problem. The problem is Mr Basha's employers, who in the final analysis is us.
We are the problem. Half the point of this blog (the other half being keeping my blood pressure within bounds and the TV screen intact) is trying to reach out to those many Guardianistas and educated liberals, people like I used to be only a few years back, who are starting to have doubts about what's happened and what will happen to the United Kingdom in general, and England in particular. They need to understand "how the malice of the wicked is reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous; how the counsels of prudence and restraint may become the prime agents of mortal danger; how the middle course adopted from desires for safety and a quiet life may be found to lead direct to the bull's-eye of disaster".
Many of them are just beginning their journey, cutting adrift from the thoughts and habits of comfortable liberalism. Fronting them with language which sits better on stormfront is a disservice to what I'm trying to do.
I don;t kid myself that a blog with 700-odd regular readers is going to change the world. I'm just doing what I can, as best I can. If I find that the comments are detracting from that, out they go. Which would be a pity - I get much valuable stuff from them and I'm grateful.
Back to Mr Basha.
I don't have any bad feelings towards the guy. He's just trying it on, seeing what he can get away with, which turns out to be rather a lot. He's not beaten or killed anyone, nor has he stolen, destroyed a family. He's probably a perfectly nice guy. The fact that he tried it on and got away with it isn't his fault. It's the fault of the people who let him get away with it.
We sre at the stage where the problem is still "us". If you like, it's still 1935, and the problem is Baldwin refusing to rearm because he's worried about the pacifist vote, leader-writers talking about "redressing grievances", liberal and socialist (with honourable exceptions) opinion condemning 'warmongers' in the British community while finding excuses for far more sinister developments elsewhere.
Without addressing that problem - the problem of 'us' - there's no hope of addressing other problems which grow rapidly larger and nearer. It could be, of course, that events of themselves awaken us. I hope not, partly because those events are likely to be unpleasant, and partly because by that time we may well be waking up too late.
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