Saturday, June 17, 2006

Cleansing The Streets

Over at Comment Is Free the hottest topic is Jackie Ashley's Londonistan post, with 500-plus comments.

On the one side, people who are worried about a perceived growth in Islamist power in the UK, and think we are on the path to terrible dangers.

On the other side, people who are worried about a perceived growth in anti-Islamic sentiment in the UK, and think we are on the path to terrible dangers. To these posters, the Muslims are the new Jews, and 'Islamophobia' is the new anti-semitism.

I'm not sure if this latter argument holds much water. Did extremist German Jews in the 1920s and 30s set off terrorist bombs in the Berlin subway, and demonstrate in the capital calling for a repeat performance ? Did they announce that German civilisation would soon be replaced by an Orthodox state, with the whole of the Reich one giant eruv ? Maybe they did and the worldwide Zionist conspiracy kept it out of the history books.

I added my four-penn'orth to the debate, and linked to my old post about the cleansing of the red-light districts in Lumb Lane, Bradford and Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

Both cases were hailed as 'community action' at its best. Only an angry correspondent to the T&A pointed out that the cleansing was achieved by "violence and a form of gender/racial cleansing instigated primarily by Asian youth against working white women."

In reality what happened was that the streets became unsafe for ANY young white woman to walk - or even drive, in some instances. A friend of mine was attacked and her car stoned - she subsequently moved from the area she'd lived in for six years.

When posting before I'd missed the angry correspondent from Balsall Heath, pointing out that the same thing had happened there.

"I live in the Balsall Heath of Birmingham and find it strange that the report on community action in the area to remove prostitution fails to mention the Muslims beating up women they suspected of being prostitutes which included students. My friend who was visiting me had a rock thrown at her car because they thought she was a kerb crawler."

You can understand the confusion though - after all, don't ALL non-Muslim women dress like tarts ?

Friday, June 16, 2006

And Another One ...

January 2005 - jailed for "fifteen months" for assault and threats to kill.

June 2005 - released on licence after a whole five months.

October 2005 - beat Jody Dobrowski to death.

The BBC have the story as main news item, playing the 'homophobia' angle for all it's worth (approx £0.41p), full of righteous indignation. Looks like some victims are worth more than others. Would that all murderers got 28 years minimum.

"It is understood to be the first time that a judge has been able to use an anti-gay motive as an aggravating feature to help decide the sentence." We already have higher sentences for 'racist attacks', now a larger tariff for 'homophobes' - not really the correct word, Mr Dobrowski's killers didn't seem afraid of him. Soon there will be higher sentences for 'sexist attacks', and we shall have reached the nirvana where all are valued equally, regardless of race, gender or sexuality - except white men.

Yet perhaps the BBC are forgetting that for a large number of Londoners, death is the appropriate sentence for homosexuality.

Mick Hartley on the latest interview with the Mayor of London's best mate Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi.

Interviewer: How should a homosexual or a lesbian be punished? We mentioned the story of the people of Sodom and how Allah punished them, but how should someone who commits this abomination be punished today?

Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: The same punishment as any sexual pervert - the same as the fornicator. [...]

The schools of thought disagree about the punishment. Some say they should be punished like fornicators, and then we distinguish between married and unmarried men, and between married and unmarried women. Some say both should be punished the same way. Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement. [...]

The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.

Burn them, or chuck them off a high building ? Details, details.

UPDATE - more Home Office/CJS incompetence.

"An illegal immigrant on the run after raping a teenager may have been freed because of bureaucratic delays. Souny Mustafa, 31, was given a five-year sentence in his absence for the attack on an 18-year-old woman in Derby in April 2005.

He was released on bail as his custody time limit had elapsed before the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) could finish putting together its case. He was supposed to remain in Doncaster but has not been seen for months. "

Whae's Like Us ? - Part 271

Not so very long ago in Scotland, the main danger to small children from drugs came from your addled mum chucking you out of a 14-th floor window, or OD-ing and leaving you to starve by a dead body.

Happy, innocent days !

Lately we've had the primary school heroin smoker and the five-year old with speed.

Now we've added methadone to the mix. In December last year a two-year old died of a methadone overdose. His "parents" face murder charges.

And in Inverness this week a seven year old collapsed in the playground from an overdose. It didn't come from home, either.

No small children involved - but look at this story for a touching tale of solidarity and mutual aid in a working class family.

"At an earlier hearing, advocate depute John Hamilton, prosecuting, said the two women had been listed as Crown witnesses for a murder trial. They were not needed to give evidence, but were each paid £50 expenses.

Mr Hamilton said that as a result of coming into money they arranged to buy heroin then went to the Prestonpans area of the city for syringes. They went to a flat in Prestonpans, East Lothian, to take the drugs.

"The mother, Jacqueline Greenhill, was squeamish and unable to inject herself and, as was common practice, asked her daughter to inject and the accused did so," said Mr Hamilton. He said that it became clear three hours later that Mrs Greenhill was "in a parlous state". "One of the party went to a neighbour's to try to raise an alarm and get help," he said.

Ambulance technicians and medics at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary were unable to save Mrs Greenhill. "

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Keeping Poor Kids Powerless

Can't understand it. The comprehensive system is producing the best-educated generation in our history, yet social mobility is declining - and has been since the grammar-school cohort dried up.

Fewer state-educated kids make Oxbridge than forty years ago. And fewer state-educated kids are getting to the top in journalism.

More than half the UK's top 100 journalists went to private schools, a survey for an educational charity says. The Sutton Trust, which helps youngsters from underprivileged homes, also said that more than half of those with degrees had been to Oxbridge. The proportion privately educated had risen since 1986 from 49% to 54%.

The trust's report said: "A common perception among leading editors we spoke to is that the gap in ability between those from private schools and those from state schools has widened over the last few decades. Young, independently educated aspiring journalists, they argued, are just more confident, knowledgeable and self-sufficient at an earlier age than their state school counterparts."

So the privately educated children of the Toynbees and Aaronovitches should have no trouble following the Hattersleys, the Rozenbergs (Mr Melanie Phillips), the Lee-Pollards, the Corens, the Davieses and a host more into the hereditary guild of British journalism.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Got It In One

The Dumb One on Ann Coulter and the Observer.

... the real insight into the Liberal worldview comes courtesy of well-respected MSM figure Eric Alterman (and you are reminded that the Observer must have felt his insights were sufficiently important to reproduce them in this article):

There's a kind of daisy chain in the media that's allowed her to reach this level, with Hillary Clinton responding to her comments about 9/11 widows. Hillary Clinton shouldn't have to wipe that stuff off her shoes. The gatekeeper function of the media has entirely disappeared.

So, there you have it. The role of the MSM is to protect Liberal royalty from having to deal with impudent commoners. So what’s the attraction of this 'blogosphere' again ?

Illegal ?

Have a National Insurance number.

Then have some tax credits.

Bad PR

The very wonderful Colleen Graffy may have been correct that the Guantanamera suicides were 'good PR' (I bet the Independent's editor had to change his pants when he heard the news) but I'd suggest that it's not a sensible thing to say if you're "Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy".

As for 'asymmetric warfare', if Palestinian suicide bombings can be justified theologically (to a Muslim) as an act of war, there's no obvious reason why suicide designed to embarrass the US shouldn't also be justified. Suicide as 'warfare by other means' is something Brits should know about. The slow suicide of the IRA hunger strikes were part of Sinn Fein/IRAs war against Britain.

Not that we can talk about suicide bombers. Didn't Churchill propose "You can always take one with you" as a slogan in case of a German invasion ? I suppose the difference is that we'd have been topping troops. The heroes of Nablus and Ramallah seem to prefer buses and market stalls.

I Just Knew ...

That the Englishman would be onto this story. Hasn't he been waiting forever for the Rural Payment Agency to recycle some VAT back in his direction ?

"Civil servants are said to have had sex in the lavatories, taken drugs, used foul language, brawled in the reception area and held break-dancing contests in working hours.

Some of the goings-on at the Rural Payments Agency, a branch of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in Lancaster House, Newcastle upon Tyne, are believed to have been captured on CCTV."

It sounds like an interesting working environment.

"There is an horrific new craze of vomiting into official cups and leaving the cups to fester in cupboards until discovered through the horrendous smell."

"Last month Lord Bach was moved from his post as farms minister after a week in office because of the Rural Payments Agency's failure to pay £1.5 billion of European subsidies on time to English farmers and landowners.

The fiasco has pushed many farmers to the brink of bankruptcy."

Ah well. They're only customers.