"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Something's In The Air

I should explain, for the benefit of anyone new to the blog, that posting's erratic simply because I'm sitting in a pile of debris, laughingly called 'material possessions', and I'll soon be buying tickets for two people and two cats, one-way only, back to England.

Unfortunately, the only son who was able to get time off work to help me carry the cats is the one who's allergic to them and he's been ill since he arrived last Wednesday.  ('Mu-umm, peel me an orange') so we're actually no further forward.  At the moment he's feeling better and is well enough to be out of bed and catching the rays with occasional forays inside to escape the heat and have a cup of tea and a paracetamol crushed between two teaspoons, folded into a mashed banana with a hint of strawberry jam.

So, explanation over, it's on to something that struck me two days ago.  How many stories about Islam or Muslims are we seeing in the press lately?   Admittedly three of the three were in the Daily Mail and one was corroborated in the Daily Telegraph but that's only because the others that I read online (Guardian, Independent) didn't think they were worth mentioning.

I could apply the word 'emotive' to the DM but all newspapers ring bells and blow whistles to attract their readers: it's down to us to look behind the headlines and choose whether to listen or not. Here are the three articles:

Pregnant new bride dies after being set on fire in garden.  The thing to remember about this is that it was first reported yesterday morning and has since been updated several times.  The original headline spoke of a 23yr-old pregnant Asian woman.  The original story (brought over here in a forced marriage, never seen by the neighbours and the neighbours' original quotes, eg "She never had the excuse of taking the children to school to go out," have been re-written into its present form rather than simply 'updated' as the DM prefers to call it and all comments prior to their latest 'update' have also been deleted.  This can't be because of sheer numbers - I've seen DM proudly tout their 'most commented' articles in the past and Cheryl Cole has always been given pride of place at 5/6/700 comments.

People have been, in effect, responding to two or three different stories but the DM will not put up it's hands. The way it's presented this story, I think, amounts to censorship.  This terrible story, unreported by other newspapers, is now dropping down the list of DM 'news' and will shortly become a one-paragraph notice in a local Bradford newspaper about self-immolation or 'honour' killing.  I think the death of a woman and her unborn child in such circumstances deserves more than silence.

Islamic face-veil part of British way of life.  Even the 'respectable' Daily Telegraph has allowed almost 600 comments on this.

A lone voice says, "Good grief, have a hoard of Sun reading taxi drivers descended on the Telegraph comments board this afternoon?"

He should be aware: (1) it's been going on since yesterday evening, not "this afternoon";  (2) not everyone lives in a leafy suburb or gated 'community';  (3) of  the difference between horde and hoard.  Prat.

Britain is losing its battle against Islamic extremists

No comment from me except:
Damian Green: Ban on burka 'un-British'
Damian Green: Ban on burka 'un-British'2
I can't wait to get back home and be 'empowered'
What's the difference between Savonarola, Cromwell & Islamic extremists?

I can do no better than post the lyrics to that old Buffalo Springfield song, appropriately entited 'For what it's worth':

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, now, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down.

WHEDFU follows.


  1. I must admit there is a certain tension but it's not only in the UK, it's all over Europe and the USA. Unfortunately, I think if certain people had made more effort to integrate, it wouldn't be happening.

    After all, you don't hear about Hindu's, Buddhists or any other religion threatening death and expecting everyone to bend over backwards to accommodate them do you?

  2. Hey there GV.

    Where in the world are you that you can just step outside and catch the rays at this time of year?


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  4. There is an awful tension, Sue. To engineer: coerce, manipulate, nanny, nudge.

    As a very poor example of a Buddhist, I've had enough of the ways of the world and the 'non-violent' fightback.

    Everyone wants peace and it's time the left-wing were stripped of its rights to call itself 'a peace movement'.

    @ Aweakmale: Go away and do a crossword instead of promoting yourself. I've removed your post because it was sh!te.

  5. Hello Big D, I thought you knew I was in Spain. It's still scorchio with occasional bouts of 'madremiagetmeoutofhea'.


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