Wednesday, 24 May 2017

After Manchester, what is to be done?


I understand why election campaigning has stopped because of the murders in Manchester - but this is when we need a political discussion most. And I sense that elections are now being considered by those running things as in slightly questionable taste.

I think this is just the moment to talk about the parties' records on inter alia social cohesion, policing, terrorism and immigration.

The murderer who killed 22 people and injured dozens more at the Manchester Arena was a 22-year-old who was born in Manchester in 1994 to parents who were Libyan refugees. They were refugees in the UK from Colonel Gaddafi's regime.

At a time when soft hearted, soft headed people want Europe to take in even more refugees from Middle Eastern war zones his antecedents should be remembered.

I saw this by Phillip Mark McGough which is worth reading.
'A belief system which manufactures the kind of zealotry prepared to drive nail bombs into children is structurally sick and rotten to the core. But perhaps no more sick than a host society which responds with Pavlovian predictability to the horror with hashtags, vigils, and vague counsel against "division." Remember the dead. But remember also that the purpose of everything you see on the news today and in the coming days (and we could literally script what's coming) is to downgrade your anger to sadness and augment the general sense of resignation and inevitability- the collective shrug which says "this is part and parcel of our life now", as the mayor of our capital city would have us believe. It's a message for a broken and defeated people. So long as this mentality prevails, so long as one faith and one culture is shielded from any meaningful scrutiny, so long as one faith and one culture is practically and provisionally given a licence to kill, this will not stop.'

Meanwhile before a backlash can start an anti-backlash backlash is in full swing. The moment quickly arrives, with every terrorist massacre, when the danger of Islamophobia becomes the big issue. This time Katie Hopkins is the lightning rod.

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  1. but this is when we need a political discussion most.

    You're trying to bring politics into politics. That's not permitted.

  2. Meanwhile, the number of migrants making their way to Europe is once
    again trending higher. Of the 30,465 migrants who reached Europe
    during the first quarter of 2017, 24,292 (80%) arrived in Italy, 4,407
    arrived in Greece, 1,510 arrived in Spain and 256 arrived in Bulgaria,
    according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

    By way of comparison, the number of arrivals to Europe during each of
    the first three months of 2017 exceeded those who arrived during the
    same time period in 2015, the year in which migration to Europe
    reached unprecedented levels.

    The trend is expected to continue throughout 2017. Better weather is
    already bringing about a surge of migrants crossing the Mediterranean
    Sea from Libya to Europe. During just one week in April, for example,
    a total of 9,661 migrants reached the shores of Italy.

  3. A belief system that finds abhorrent the death of it's own children but is prepared to sell arms systems that are used to kill others could perhaps be viewed as hypocritical

  4. Who were the architects of modern multicultural Britain and its accompanying draconian buraucracy? Clue: it wasn't Muslims.

    "On asylum and immigration, Roche has taken advantage of her increased free time to work with various think tanks, make speeches and write articles.

    "The reason I feel very strongly about it is that I think that migration is vital to this country's future and it's been an essential part of our past and I also think that asylum is so important as a concept that if you don't ring-fence it and protect it for what it is then you will lose it," she says.

    "And because I'm Jewish I feel incredibly strongly about it."

    She attacks Migration Watch UK which is critical of the levels of people coming into Britain legally or otherwise, saying its founders, ex-diplomat Sir Andrew Green and Oxford University demographer David Coleman, need to "come clean" about "not liking" multiculturalism."

    "In the 1960s and 1970s Lester was directly involved with the drafting of race relations legislation in Britain. During these periods, he acted as the chair of the legal subcommittee of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (C.A.R.D.) and was a member of several organizations working for racial equality such as the Society of Labour Lawyers, Fabian Society, Council of the Institute of Race Relations, British Overseas Socialist Fellowship and the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants.[7] In 1968, he co-founded the Runnymede Trust left-wing think-tank with Jim Rose. He was Chairman of the Runnymede Trust from 1991 to 1993.",_Baron_Lester_of_Herne_Hill