I was right. Yesterday I wrote about how the British Establishment – by which I mean the entire media and political class – is racist against people of South Asian, Middle Eastern or North African ancestry. Their racism is most obvious in their insistence on calling people “Muslims” because of their ethnicity; claiming to know what people think because of their genetic makeup is the very definition of racism. The reason that the long-predicted anti-Muslim backlash never happens is because the ordinary people of Britain are far less racist than their rulers. Proof of the ignorance and racism of the UK media was provided by, of all possibilities, Cosmopolitan magazine.Only a fool would deny that racism exists in the UK. But attitudes to race are far, far better now than in my 1970s youth when “comedians” could get cheap laughs on primetime television with racist jokes and stereotypes. Pig-ignorant racists who hate all “Pakis” (apologies for using this hateful word) don’t know the difference about a Hindu and Muslim, let alone the difference between a Shi’a and an Ahmadi. But it is also clear that many of the media and political class don’t know the difference either – they just like those funny brown people with their quaint costumes as (silent) background in their “diverse” paradise. So desperate for feelgood stories about Muslims are the media that Cosmopolitan magazine tweeted a picture of a “Muslim taxi driver” giving free lifts to people caught up in the attack on Manchester Arena. The only problem is … well, look at the picture. This proves the media class are as ignorant and, frankly, as racist as the people they claim to despise. One thing you can be sure of, there will be no campaign against Cosmopolitan magazine for “Sikhophobia” – a word my spellchecker did not recognise (funny that).
Another nauseatingly familiar part of the ritual that follows every Islamist attack is the tweeting by various “celebrities.” Is it only me, or do others feel it is sick to ask people to “pray” for the victims of an attack inspired by religious bigotry? Prayers and imaginary friends are what caused this crime, the others that came before it and the ones that will follow it. Unfortunately part of the modern “celebrity” culture is tweeting about the latest news – or perhaps getting one of your minions to tweet for you (or is that too cynical?). The thing that amuses me about these tweets is that these so-called “celebrities” react in exactly the same way to real events like the Manchester attack as they do to the deaths of singers like Prince and David Bowie. No sense of perspective, no real emotion and no genuine human warmth. If a religious bigot had not seen fit to punish the heinous sin of little girls going to a music concert them I’m quite sure these idiots would be tweeting about the death of Roger Moore.
One celebrity statement I’m prepared to forgive is from Manchester-born singer Morrissey. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I cannot stand Morrissey, his politics or his music. But, credit where credit is due, he has hit the nail on the head this time…
“Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?
Theresa May says such attacks ‘will not break us,’ but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, ‘will not break us’ means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa.
Sadiq Khan says ‘London is united with Manchester’, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the work of an “extremist.” An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.”
As I said yesterday, nothing will be done about this attack just as nothing will be done about the next attack in July/August/September in Glasgow/Birmingham/Newcastle (delete as applicable).