POPULISM: It’s the BBC’s new buzzword, being used to sneer at the ‘uneducated’ 17 million who voted for Brexit

POPULISM: It’s the BBC’s new buzzword, being used to sneer at the ‘uneducated’ 17 million who voted for Brexit

There is a new buzz-word at the BBC. It’s been bandied about on countless programmes and dominates the pages of the Left-wing papers. The 17 million-plus Britons who voted to leave the EU are described as part of a ‘populist’ revolution.

When the American public voted for Donald Trump to be their next President, the BBC and other media likewise described it as a triumph of populism.

This week, after the Italian people voted a resounding ‘No’ in a referendum that led to the resignation of their pro‑EU Prime Minister Matteo Renzi — a result that has shaken Brussels to its foundations — liberal commentators called it a victory for populist parties.

The term populism is being used by the BBC as a sneering, pejorative term to describe the extraordinary social phenomenon sweeping both Europe and the U.S

The term populism is being used by the BBC as a sneering, pejorative term to describe the extraordinary social phenomenon sweeping both Europe and the U.S

The dictionary definition of populist is a politician or other person who claims to support the interests of ordinary people.

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Originally posted 2017-01-03 18:43:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The campaign against Prevent is based on myths and distortion – and it’s helping Islamic extremists thrive

The campaign against Prevent is based on myths and distortion – and it’s helping Islamic extremists thrive

By Rupert Sutton

The corrosive damage done to the fabric of society by extremist narratives from across the political spectrum has at its heart one key message: that the UK’s diverse communities cannot, and should not, peacefully co-exist alongside one another.

This is emphasised in Dame Louise Casey’s report into integration, published this week.

Arguing that extremist groups “maintain significant support”, Casey’s report notes “the widespread promulgation of racist, discriminatory and intolerant material, which is judged to foment social tensions and encourage isolationism”.

Challenging such narratives is vital if the UK is to become a more integrated society, and Casey’s review identifies the Prevent strand of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy as the key plank of this process.

The 'Broken Britain' tsar' Louise Casey at the department of Department of Communities
Dame Louise Casey says elements of the anti-Prevent lobby “appear to have an agenda to turn British Muslims against Britain” CREDIT: GEOFF PUGH

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Originally posted 2017-01-04 16:29:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Welcome to the world of right-wing gateway drugs. Are you ready for the ride?

Welcome to the world of right-wing gateway drugs. Are you ready for the ride?

Even in its twilight years the Guardian remains the gift that keeps on giving.  As the tin-shaking below the pieces grows stronger (generally presenting the publication as the only barrier between the reader and incipient fascism) the pieces remain reliably ridiculous.  Yet even by these standards, Monday produced perhaps the Guardian’s worst shake-down effort to date. 

The article was headlined “‘Alt-right’ online poison nearly turned me into a racist”.  The explanatory subtitle continues ‘It started with Sam Harris, moved on to Milo Yiannopoulos and almost led to full-scale Islamophobia.  If it can happen to a lifelong liberal, it could happen to anyone.’  The author of this piece is…. ‘Anonymous’.  Who knows why.  Perhaps the author reflected that one day they would grow up.  Or perhaps they are one of those ‘composite characters’ left-wing journalists plead when they’re caught making stuff up.  Or maybe the piece was authored by someone at the Guardian who wanted to hide their face.  At any rate, at the end of the article we are assured that ‘The author was not paid a fee for this piece’, which is slightly more than the normal going rate for freelancers at the Guardian these days.

Anyway, whoever ‘Anonymous’ is they have a story to tell.  They claim that after the June referendum (in which ‘Anonymous’ voted ‘Remain’, natch) the author became curious about other peoples’ views.  The Guardian usually mans a stern defence against such error, and for once they are proved right.  For our brave ‘Anonymous’ describes listening to talks by the renowned liberal American atheist and best-selling author Sam Harris.  From there ‘Anonymous’ describes falling down a ‘rabbit hole’.  The fascinating intellectual development of this anonymous individual continued apace.  Eventually they came over all ‘Islamophobic’ and also started to hold incorrect views on Social Justice Warriors.  Finally this really hard to sway individual sucked themselves out of the orbit by realising the error of their ways: ‘Suddenly I thought: “This is exactly like a cult.  What am I doing?  I’m turning into an arsehole.’  Later ‘Anonymous’ confronted himself yet further (‘he’ pretends to be a ‘him’ by the way, but who knows): ‘You’re becoming a racist.  What you’re doing is turning into a terrible, hateful person.’  One wonders whether this confrontation was transcribed at the time.  What are the Guardian’s ethics these days about journalists producing notes when requested by their editors?  

But at least at long last the Guardian has published something acknowledging the possibility of ‘online radicalisation’.  When they’re not busy running puff pieces for Muslim radicals or joint-letters defending Muslim radicals by other Muslim radicals, the Guardian tends to pretend no such thing exists.  Only now do they admit it does because – as their correspondent ‘Anonymous’ shows – ‘online radicalisation’ occurs among ‘young white men.’

This – it should be remembered – is a paper that complains solemnly about ‘post-truth politics’ as though they haven’t been practising it for years.  The Guardian has spent years denying the reality of Islamist terror.  The only mentions such terror does get is in the news pages, when Paris, London, Brussels or any other city suffers a major Islamist attack.  Of course the paper tries to demonstrate that these things only happened because the attackers were the victims of racism, sexism, homophobia, low self-esteem, government austerity or all of the above.  But the ‘I’ word does occasionally slip through because even the Guardian finds it has to report some of the news some of the time.  The comments pages, on the other hand, are filled with people who doggedly deny that any such terrorism or extremism exists.  Indeed its comment pages tend to be filled with people who, like ‘Anonymous’, stared at themselves in the mirror, realised they had become arseholes but chose to enjoy the view.

So here we are, with the Guardian pretending that Sam Harris – a man who has never called for anyone to be Jihad-ed, killed or oppressed and who is about the sanest, sweetest and most thoughtful person you could imagine (really a Buddhist, but with a bigger brain) is in fact a horrible hate preacher and gateway drug.  There I must register a final complaint.  If anyone is going to be a gateway drug around here I think it should be me.  Why did I never feature in the terrible slippery sliding slope of sin so persuasively described by ‘Anonymous’?  Why have I written all these pieces, given all these interviews and done so many ruddy podcasts over the years if I can’t be classed, even now, as a right-wing form of marijuana?  God knows I’ve put in the hours.  And you know there’s some really crazy stuff after me.  I mean there’s Milton Friedman, Sir Roger Scruton and even Edmund Burke.  It’s one hell of a ride, I’ll tell you.  Are you up for it?  Are you?

But I digress.  Let me tell you what is actually going on here.  Someone at the Guardian – perhaps everyone at the Guardian – has it in for Sam Harris.  So they have decided to publish an ‘Anonymous’ hit-job in order to try to smear him and damage him as much as possible.  That is all.  It tells us nothing, except that the state of the left is so incredibly poor that in 2016 Britain’s only remaining lefty newspaper is willing to publish an ‘Anonymous’ hit-job on an actual liberal to try to help save itself from going bust.  ‘It was all very low level’ pleads ‘Anonymous’ at the end of ‘his’ piece.  You can say that again.

This is why Isis prefers to use home-grown terrorists over foreign jihadis

This is why Isis prefers to use home-grown terrorists over foreign jihadis

By Emma Webb

Unlike past al-Qaeda operatives who came to Europe from North Africa, and therefore had to build their networks in a more opportunistic manner, the new Isis operatives are able to draw on ‘ready-made’ family network

Recently three women were arrested for allegedly plotting an Isis directed attack on Paris after French police found a car filled with gas cylinders near Notre Dame Cathedral. It is easy for this to register as just another arrest, but as the list of attempted terror attacks seems to grow and grow, the biographies of these women should concern us.

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The Islamophobic attacks you don’t hear about

The Islamophobic attacks you don’t hear about

Douglas Murray

Incidents of ‘Islamophobia’ are really getting out of hand in Britain. In fact there has been such a wave of attacks that it’s amazing that politicians and commentators across the political spectrum, (not to mention all those supposed ‘anti-fascist’ groups) aren’t grand-standing like crazy. Perhaps their problem is that this wave of attacks does not consist of people writing nasty and mean things on Twitter, but of Muslims killing other Muslims and still other Muslims extolling such killings.

It’s only a couple of weeks since a Sunni Muslim from Birmingham called Tanveer Ahmed was sentenced to prison for murdering an Ahmadiyya Muslim shopkeeper from Glasgow called Asad Shah. Mr Ahmed thought Mr Shah had ‘disrespected’ Islam, and so he repeatedly stabbed Mr Shah in the head until he was dead. Some people will remember that aside from the brutality of that case one of the most remarkable things about it was that while the family of Asad Shah were too terrified to turn up to court, the circle of the loved-one’s murderer certainly did show up to court and there showed great support for the killer. Indeed associates of the murderer interviewed outside the court seemed more annoyed that their friend had been sentenced to prison than that an innocent Muslim shopkeeper had been brutally murdered.

This month’s poster-boy for the ‘Ummah’ is a Muslim from Rochdale called Mohammed Hussain Syeedy. This young man, aged 21, has been found guilty of the murder of an Imam from Rochdale called Jalal Uddin (71) who the young Rochdale man thought had the wrong theological ideas regarding the peaceful religion of Islam. And so Syeedy took part in an attack on the Imam in which his head was smashed in with ‘repeated forceful blows’. Mr Uddin died a short time later in hospital.

Some relief must surely come from the fact that two Imams from Pakistan recently toured the UK, speaking to capacity audiences in Mosques and Islamic centres, spreading the true message of Islam (peace, love etc). It’s just unfortunate that Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman are mainly noteworthy because of their considerable support for Mumtaz Qadri, the Pakistani extremist who was executed in Pakistan in January for murdering the Pakistani governor Salman Taseer. Readers will recall that Mr Taseer was campaigning to reform Pakistan’s grotesque blasphemy laws and so Mr Qadri killed him because he thought that made Taseer a blasphemer. And who is surprised that the Imams who toured the UK are supporters of the murderer rather than the victim? On the positive side, non-Muslims in the UK can take comfort from the facts that (in the words of the Imam of one of the mosques this pair spoke at) they have ‘hundreds of thousands of followers in the UK.’

In the meantime I cannot be alone in finding the general silence over this recent wave of ‘Islamophobia’ truly perplexing.

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