Saturday, December 31, 2005

Justin Webb - Alien?


Has Justin Webb’s body been taken over by an alien?

The BBC’s Washington Correspondent, who during the past year has given us this...
"America is often portrayed as an ignorant, unsophisticated sort of place, full of bible bashers and ruled to a dangerous extent by trashy television, superstition and religious bigotry, a place lacking in respect for evidence based knowledge. I know that is how it is portrayed because I have done my bit to paint that picture..."
...and this...
“American government is a mess. American bureaucracy and red tape is a national shame. American political clout around the world has been reduced by the Katrina fiasco.”
...could last night be heard fighting America’s corner with commendable vigour (Correspondents’ Look Ahead). I found it hard to believe it was the same person.

Judge for yourself.

Stephen Sackur: One fascinating insight into human rights attitudes around the world I had in recent weeks was chatting to Mary Robinson who ‘til very recently was the UN chief running the human rights commission. She said the problem is that because of what has happened post-Iraq in particular with Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib , extraordinary rendition, a whole host of other things she listed - it is impossible now for countries like America which basically are democracies which many people around the world have always looked up to, the problem is now they cannot take the moral high ground and lecture other countries on how they should impose human rights values. It doesn’t work any more.

Justin Webb: That’s absolutely ludicrous though, isn’t it? I mean the view in America of that kind of comment is just to throw your hands up and say for goodness sake, look at the facts on the ground, look at the way that Iraq was run before the invasion, look at Iran now, and then look for instance at America and can you seriously say that there is some kind of moral equivalence between the way they treat their own people and the way Americans treat theirs, the way they behave on the world stage? There isn’t.

Stephen Sackur: Justin hang on , it’s all about perception though Justin…

Justin Webb: Oh, that’s a different matter...

Stephen Sackur: That’s very important. What I want to know...

Justin Webb: ...what Americans want to know is why someone who is in the position that Mary Robinson is in, where it shouldn’t be just about perception, it should be about a knowledge of the facts on the ground. That kind of thing is what so annoys people in this country, and not just Republicans - Americans of all political stripe who just say to the rest of the world for goodness sake look at us without your soft anti-Americanism, or your dislike of McDonalds, or whatever else , or your dislike of big people, powerful people, successful people, just look at the facts on the ground. America is a very, very free country and around the world it does an awful lot of good. I tell you - can I just give you an example of this?

Stephen Sackur: You can as long as it’s quick because I’ve got a question for you. Hurry up!

Justin Webb: Ok. Well I prefer my example to your question at the moment, and as someone who is living in America I kind of feel the right just to speak my mind on this subject and the rest of you will have to be quiet for a second.

Stephen Sackur: Get it off your chest.

Justin Webb: Here we go. Just look, and I put this to Carrie Gracie (China Correspondent), look at the support and help that China gave to tsunami victims a year or so ago and look at the help that America gave. Compare and contrast the behaviour of these nations on the international stage is what the White House says, and then come back to us and talk about whether or not we do bad around the world. It is exactly as someone said - a matter of perception. It isn’t reality.

...What the Americans say to the rest of the world is just look at China, look at China’s friends - look at their friends in Zimbabwe, look at Sudan, look at Venezuela, and then ask whether it is right that all the criticism is heaped on America and none on other nations that are big players in the world.

Stephen Sackur: But Justin nobody I think around this table is in any way using equivalence, thinking about moral equivalence, but what I’m interested to tease out is whether, actually, things are beginning to change a little bit in America and maybe there is a recognition that some of the things I mentioned in terms of failings on human rights committed by those wearing American uniform for example...

Justin Webb: Yes, absolutely…

Stephen Sackur: … have been damaging. And also look at the Patriot Act, which is only being extended for one more month and looks now as if it may not have much of a political future inside George Bush’s America.

Justin Webb: And when you think of all those things in the context of a nation that genuinely feel itself to be under imminent threat of catastrophic attack at any minute of every day then isn’t that an amazing testament to the almost innate sense of longing for freedom that there is in America. It is incredible that the White House has been beaten up so badly on the subject of torture by its own supporters, by Republicans.
This was all a bit much for Frank Gardner (Security Correspondent) who responded with the more standard BBC fare about invading on false pretexts, no WMDs, how human rights abuses “feed into 7/7s and 9/11s” etc. Carrie Gracie then piled in to say it’s all about perceptions and referred to recent polls in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco which say the foreign policy of China is viewed more positively than America’s.

Webb asked “Isn’t that amazing?” My answer is - “Not really, Justin.” One only has to look at the BBC’s output to understand how such perceptions arise. If it’s not Frank Gardner with his “it’s our fault” take on terrorism, then it’s Caroline Hawley who admitted on Radio Five Live that she really can’t find anything good to say about Iraq, or Humphrey Hawksley who blames poverty in Morocco on America’s desire for democracy in the Middle East. And those three examples are just from the past week.

Maybe Webb has been taken over by an alien. Then again, maybe he’s cut back on the badmouthing because he realises what a great gig he’s got in Washington and doesn’t want to end up in the Gaza office. Or maybe the criticism he’s received in the blogosphere over the past year has begun to hit home and he's started to see the light. I hope so. He’ll have a job convincing the rest of his BBC colleagues to see the error of their anti-Americanism, but he won't be alone in his efforts.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Marx Brothers on the Beeb

Even the BBC gets things right occasionally - you can now listen to the only complete episode of Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel known to exist.

If you're a Marx Brothers fan it's a must.

If you're not a Marx Brothers fan, what the hell is wrong with you?

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Lee Bowyer Loses Appeal

Headline - "Bowyer banned after losing appeal"

I didn't realise he had any to start with...

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

British Dhimmi of the Year 2005

With over 50% of the votes...



Here's his gracious acceptance speech (mp3, 300k, 13 secs).

His award should look nice over the mantelpiece, above his Dhimmi Internationale.

Thanks to all who took part.

Update. The poll can't be viewed any more - I thought I was just stopping the voting but I managed to delete the whole thing by mistake. Here's the final result with approximate percentage of votes cast -

1. George Galloway 51%
2. Ken Livingstone 20%
3. Gillian Parker 12%
4. Cherie Blair 8%
5. Prince Charles 5%
6. Jack Straw 4%

(And here's a reminder of the original nominations.)

Saturday, December 24, 2005

BBC bullshit

Listening to Radio 4 this morning whilst wrapping prezzies - couple of things worthy of mention.

Life in the Boondocks about black leftwing cartoonist Aaron McGruder in which the Guardain’s Gary Younge asked, "What makes him tick? Is it race, politics, art, or a potent blend of all three?" (Don't tell me, don't tell me. Potent blend of all three, right?) Younge came out with this gem: "But notoriety has also brought its rewards - lunch with Fidel Castro." If you're a Guardian columnist, time spent in the radiant presence of a brutal commie dictator is considered a reward (and half an hour on the BBC to express such views is inevitable). I think it's the indefatigability these lefties admire so much.

Later, From Our Own Correspondent had a report from Morocco by Humphrey Hawksley. Get a load of this:
"His name is Souffian Baghari. He is 11.
We drove up and turned the final corner of the road to his home: a rubbish tip.
Seagulls and crows swooped down. The birds landed on the backs of goats and sheep and pecked at their wool soiled and dangling with rubbish.
Birds and animals alike foraged for food.
People too; many children, rags hanging, heads down, hacking with pitchforks or their bare hands.
I had come to Morocco, not just to look again at more developing world poverty, but to test America's policy of pushing for democracy in societies which for years have been ruled through dictatorship."
There's a kid living in a rubbish tip in Morocco therefore it must be America's fault. How to blame the Yanks though? Ah, yes, it's because they want democracy to spread, the evil bastards! Unbelievable.

(And Any Questions is on now. The panel - Matthew Parris, The Times political columnist; Brian Eno, music producer; Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre and Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday columnist. All carefully chosen for their anti-Iraq war views.)

Friday, December 23, 2005

More Awards News

The Jihad Watch Awards. Excellent stuff.

Irony Lives

I see Tony Blair is the Islamic Human Rights Commission Islamophobe of the Year. Giving a knighthood to Iqbal ‘Death’s too good for Rushdie’ Sacranie and pushing a pro-Muslim religious hatred bill doesn’t cut it with IHRC, evidently. More dhimmitude required, Prime Minister.

Don't mention the 'M' word

USS Neverdock opines on the continuing threat to our safety posed by tradesmen.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Enlightenment 1 Dark Ages 0

Take that Intelligent Design.

Dhimmi of the Year

Voting is still open for British Dhimmi of the Year 2005. The bookies have stopped taking bets, but there's time for a late challenge.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

On the Mark

Sydney riots? What he says.

Born Guilty

AL Kennedy on the Today programme this morning:
“...centuries of proud British tradition have trained us to avoid self-examination and any kind of regret.”
Apparently there’s not nearly enough liberal guilt and self-loathing for her liking. She won’t be happy until we spend our days jabbing forks into our eyes in penance for our nation's evil and racist deeds.

She went on to have a good old rant about Iraq but, strangely, forgot to mention the deposal of Saddam Hussein, last week’s successful elections, or indeed the horrors perpetrated by all those fanatical suicide bombers and head-choppers. There is only bad news and there are no bad people except us (and the Americans, of course). It would seem that her idea of 'self-examination' means sticking one's head up one's arse.

I turned the radio off at 8am ("And coming up after the news, Bob Geldof and Hilary Benn" did it) but when I turned on again some historian called Linda Colley had taken up the baton from Kennedy:
"we have chosen only to commemorate on our bank notes white people, mainly white males. I think we should be more eclectic and that would be more accurately reflective of our past."
It’s the left-liberal concept of original sin - being born white, male and British. Fuck us, we're cunts. I guess I’d better get a fork and start poking my eyes.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

The Maldives are Ab Fab

Nick Cohen comments on the shameful indifference shown by Fleets Street's travel editors to the political situation in the Maldives. He points out that the one notable exception is the Observer's own travel supremo. Perhaps someone should have a word with the fashion desk, where questions about President Gayoom’s dictatorship are far too trivial to worry about:

"My assistant Helen fell in love with a pair of Paul & Joe wedges last summer while on a trip to the Maldives. Every night, much to our amusement, she'd totter along the beach to dinner in her wooden blocks. But she didn't care, she was besotted by her shoes."

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Blood Test

Here's a series of AP photos taken from Yahoo news showing Palestinians turning the wreckage of a car the right way up after Israelis had killed its four terrorist occupants with a missile strike (via LGF).





The caption on the following photo is: A Palestinian has blood on his hands as they gather around the wreckage of a car that was hit in an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005. Four Palestinians were killed and four wounded Wednesday after their car was ripped apart in an Israeli air strike near the Gaza Strip's main cargo passage, Palestinian hospital officials and witnesses said. The Israeli military said it targeted militants from the Popular Resistance Committees. ("Whatever happened to the Popular Resistance Committees, Reg?" "He's over there.")



We’re obviously supposed to think that the hand is covered in the blood of dead martyrs, but it seems pretty clear to me that the man has merely cut himself :



In fact, that left hand looks a bit like the one in the second picture, and the smear of blood on the car might just indicate where the guy gashed himself.



Of course, "Idiot Palestinian shows results of pulling on jagged metal" doesn't have quite the same impact.

Hey Now!

The ITV News Channel is closing, due in part to its loss of ratings after ITV4 took over the evening slots on Freeview.

This outrageous decision is symptomatic of the dumbing down of mainstream media and... hang on - ITV4? That's the one showing Larry Sanders every weekday night, isn't it?

Er, as I was saying - good riddance ITV News Channel, no one watched your shit anyway.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

British Dhimmi of the Year - Vote Now!

Here's the short list from the nominations. Those who didn’t make the final voting, don’t worry - you’re all still servile streaks of poodle’s piss in my eyes.

I think there’s a one vote per day limit, but in keeping with current electoral practice in the UK I’m sure there’ll be ways to rig the ballot. So, vote as often as you like - it would be rude not to.







British Dhimmi of the Year
2005
Cherie Blair
Prince Charles
George Galloway
Ken Livingstone
Gillian Parker (Bedfordshire Police)
Jack Straw
View Result
Free Web Polls




Monday, December 12, 2005

Must be true - Woman In Pub says

I was just reading Clare's post at Ink and Incapability (hat tip Devil’s Kitchen Britblog Roundup) about her problems with the jobcentre. I had a conversation yesterday which might shed some light on why it took nearly four months for her to get a benefit payment when the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions says that the average time for claims is under 11 days.

(I realise that information which begins with the phrase “I was talking to someone in the pub...” doesn’t usually instil confidence but here it is anyway. )

I was talking to someone in the pub who works for Jobcentre Plus dealing with benefit claims. She told me about a neat little wheeze that line managers within the agency use to help hit their targets. A benefit claim doesn’t become part of the stats until it’s completed, and for various reasons (complications, cock-ups etc) some take far longer than others. If a claim is dragging on, a request can be made to a central database for all the papers relating to it. When this documentation arrives the slate is wiped clean and the case is treated as brand new. According to Woman In Pub these database requests cost £150 each, and are used regularly on claims with simple errors worth a few pounds. I wonder how many times Clare’s claim had been round the system before she finally got her money, and how long the statistics pretended her case took. The chief executive at Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie, said last month:
“…in September, Jobcentre plus had processed 180,639 claims to Job Seeker's Allowance and had completed 93.3% of these within the12 day clearance target. I am pleased to say that the Actual Average Clearance time for Income Support was 10.8 days, which is well within our target.”
In the bizarro world of New Labour, 4 months can mean 10 days and money is no object (hat tip Tim Worstall) so long as ministers can stand up in the Commons and say that targets are being met. This is the alpha and the omega of government policy and to hell with the truth.

Yesterday’s Observer reported that spending on health has risen from £65 billion in 2002-03 to £87bn this year, and yet the deficit facing hospital trusts is set to reach £620 million (or as much as £1bn according health think-tank the King's Fund). But last week Patricia Hewitt and NHS chief exec Sir Nigel Crisp said productivity of the service is increasing, and they had the statistics to prove it. And of course, the statistics never lie do they?

I'd sooner believe Woman In Pub.

Britblog Roundup

A feast awaits in the Devil's Kitchen.

Sydney Riots

Tim Blair's got them covered.

Update. Ed Stourton on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: "Is anybody making any connection between what’s happened in Sydney and the rhetoric that the government has used in its war on terrorism - the really very tough rhetoric?" You mean apart from you Mr Stourton, with your loaded questions? God forbid anyone should use tough rhetoric when talking about something as trivial as terrorism.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

British Dhimmi Awards 2005 Update

OK, here’s the full updated list. Nominations remain open for a couple more days and then I’ll do a short-list for voting purposes. In the meantime, make sure you go and vote at the superior, already-got-its-shit-together imitation over at Jihad Watch.

Nominees so far

Stephen Deuchar, director of Tate Britain, who banned John Latham's artwork God Is Great because it might have offended Muslims.

David Farr for his Islam-friendly adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great, and Simon Reade, artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, who justified the changes by saying the original “would have unnecessarily raised the hackles of a significant proportion of one of the world’s great religions”.

The BBC for dropping its Radio 4 dramatisation of John Buchan’s Greenmantle following the London bombings because of “unsuitable and insensitive” material, i.e. stuff about nefarious Islamic plotters in London.

Dudley Council, which banned pig imagery and toys from its benefits department following a complaint by a Muslim worker. The council later backed down but their initial idiocy still deserves mention.

“Where there are two households of equal priority who qualify… we would offer to the household who would most benefit from the culturally-sensitive services.” That’s Bristol City Council promoting discrimination against non-Muslims when allocating accommodation with toilets facing away from Mecca.

Steve Green, Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, who sent out twenty thousand 'Good faith' green ribbons for his force to wear in a show of solidarity with the Muslim community following the London bombings.

Gillian Parker, Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police, for issuing ridiculous guidelines on how police should act during raids on Muslim homes. These include removing shoes, not interrupting prayers, avoiding the use of cameras and sniffer dogs, no touching of religious books or artefacts, and no looking at unclad women. (And making fun of it is out of order too.)

Avon and Somerset Police for prosecuting a publican whose "Porking yard" sign in his car park offended local Muslims.

Anne Owers, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, for banning prison officers from wearing the Cross of St George, and Chris Doyle, director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, for defending the decision and calling on England to find a new flag and a patron saint who is "not associated with our bloody past”.

The Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries, The Bishop of Coventry Colin Bennetts, The Bishop of Worcester Peter Selby, and The Bishop of Bath and Wells Peter Price, who called on Christians to apologise to Muslims for the Iraq war in a report for the Church of England. A timely propaganda boost for the Islamic fundamentalists, but not so welcome news for persecuted Christians. Just for good measure the report (PDF) was also critical of the “deeply flawed” Western liberal democratic system (with particular emphasis on America, naturally), and wanted to see political deals with the terrorists.

The Bishop of Newcastle Martin Wharton and the Bishop of Sheffield Jack Nicholls who wanted to invite the families of the 7/7 suicide bombers to the memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Thankfully the suggestion was ignored.

Helen Boaden, head of news at the BBC, for her memo telling staff not to refer to the 7/7 mass murderers as “terrorists” in case World Service listeners were offended. The instruction was followed with some enthusiasm.

John Simpson, for his description of the London terrorists as “misguided criminals”. (He's already received one award for this.)

Tony Blair, whose bid to win over Muslim voters saw him promote the ludicrous Religious Hatred Bill, and knight a man who wants defamation of Mohammed to be made illegal and has said that death “is a bit too easy” for Salman Rushdie.

Burger King, for withdrawing a line of ice cream cones because the delicate sensibilities of a Muslim were offended by a lid design which looked like the Arabic word for Allah.

Leicester University, for cancelling a talk by Muslim lesbian feminist Irshad Manji because it “feared hostile reactions from some local Muslims”.

George Galloway. Where to start with a man who defends murderous religious fanatics as martyrs? I think his recent speech in Syria sums him up nicely, showing as it does a level of dhimmitude beyond the call of duty : "[My emphasis] What your lives would be if from the Atlantic to the Gulf we had one Arab union - all this land, 300 million people, all this oil and gas and water, occupied by a people who speak the same language, follow the same religions, listen to the same Um Kulthum... The Arabs would be a superpower in the world if they had this unity … we are making a European Union which in 20 years will balance the power of the United States of America, inshallah.” Galloway’s EU hopes are based on a Muslim birth rate that is three times that of non-Muslim, and on the accession of Turkey with its (by then) 80 million-plus Muslims.

Ken Livingstone for his unstinting defence of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, that well-known moderate supporter of Palestinian suicide bombing, wife-beating, genital mutilation and the stoning of gays.

Prince Charles - “Islam’s New Ambassador”.

Cherie Blair for her tireless work on behalf of Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The Guardian's comment page editor Seamus Milne who brought us sassy Hizb ut-Tahrir member Dilpazier Aslam disguised as a Guardian journalist, al-Qaeda supporter Saad al-Faqih disguised as “a leading exiled Saudi dissident”, and proponent of the caliphate Osama Saeed disguised as a moderate Muslim.

The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Orla Guerin, who can hear the words, “What I want to do most is kill Jews. It is in my blood…” and yet still conclude that it "is not about religion, or ideology, or race.”

Religious scholar Karen Armstrong who blames Islamic terrorism on just about everything except Islamic terrorists.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, for being a great big wuss.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick for uttering such dangerously mistaken platitudes as "Islam and terrorism don't go together" following the London bombings. Who better to confirm the folly of this head-in-sand approach than Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the actual terrorists: "I and thousands like me are forsaking everything for what we believe. Our drive and motivation doesn't come from tangible commodities that this world has to offer. Our religion is Islam, obedience to the one true God Allah and following the footsteps of the final prophet messenger." As Charles Moore said in The Daily Telegraph, "...if the Metropolitan Police really believe what Brian Paddick says, if they really, truly think that the words 'Islam' and 'terrorism' must not be linked, then we have little hope of catching the killers, of understanding how the terrorism works, or of preventing new atrocities."

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw for overseeing the growing Islamisation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Appeasement is the watchword once again. The likes of Qaradawi must be allowed into Britain because refusal "... could turn Muslim opinion further against the UK and encourage some to move to violence against British targets." Failure to admit Turkey’s vast Muslim population into the European Union would be “too terrible to contemplate". Far better to realise Galloway’s dream of an EU with Islamic influence to the fore, apparently.

Straw, the FCO, and everyone else on this list should be reminded of Churchill's response to Chamberlain following the Munich Agreement in 1938:

"This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in olden time."

Friday, December 09, 2005

Dig the New Breed Thing

Justin’s got the brand new blogs.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Retards

A Kansas professor who spoke out against intelligent design has been assaulted (via Butterflies and Wheels).

In other news, Kansas has America's worst science standards for public schools.

Pinter

I watched Pinter’s anti-American diatribe Nobel lecture on Channel 4 last night. He reminded me of someone, sitting there in his wheelchair, ranting away.



I thought this bit was enlightening:
"I shall give two examples of two lines which came right out of the blue into my head... The first line of The Homecoming is 'What have you done with the scissors?' The first line of Old Times is 'Dark.'

In each case I had no further information.
"
So there we have it - he writes the first bit of rubbish that comes into his head and doesn’t have much of a clue beyond that. Who’d have thought, eh? Hang on a minute, isn’t that the Emperor over there, running around with no clothes on?

In the midst of his blethering against American foreign policy (y’know, the policy that succeeded in ending the tyranny of communism in eastern Europe) he quoted from Pablo Neruda’s poem "I'm Explaining a Few Things", a powerful expression of the horrors perpetrated by fascists in the Spanish Civil War. In those days the left tended to fight fascism not side with it, but such ironies are beyond the scope of Pinter’s fanatical one-track mind. He even said, "I am in no way comparing Republican Spain to Saddam Hussein's Iraq", missing the point that the poem was directed at "treacherous generals", fascists like Saddam.

He then followed the poetry of Neruda, Nobel Laureate in 1971, with a bit of his own. The contrast in quality could scarcely have been greater if he’d followed William Shakespeare with William McGonagall. I was howling with laughter by the end :

Death

Where was the dead body found?
Who found the dead body?
Was the dead body dead when found?
How was the dead body found?

Who was the dead body?

Who was the father or daughter or brother
Or uncle or sister or mother or son

[Or cousin or second-cousin twice-removed
Or butcher or baker or candlestick maker
Or nurse. Nurse. Nurse! My medication!]
Of the dead and abandoned body?

Was the body dead when abandoned?
Was the body abandoned?
By whom had it been abandoned?

[Enough already! When’s the band on?]

Was the dead body naked or dressed for a journey?

What made you declare the dead body dead?
Did you declare the dead body dead?
How well did you know the dead body?
How did you know the dead body was dead?

[Doo Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Doo]

Did you wash the dead body
Did you close both its eyes
Did you bury the body
Did you leave it abandoned
Did you kiss the dead body

[Did you remember to get my pills?]

And this guy has just won the Nobel Prize for fuck’s sake! (Actually, the Nobel Prize For Fuck’s Sake sums it up nicely. “What about Harold Pinter? He’s an American-hating left-winger.” “Yes, give him the prize for fuck’s sake. Can we go now? My herring balls won’t cook themselves, you know.”)

The speech was littered with pauses, of course. I bet he was thinking, “They'll call these Pinteresque in the press.” Whatever they call them, they were the best bits. Next time, I suggest he makes the pauses longer - one extended pause in fact, with none of those silly words in between to break up the dramatic impact.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

And finally...

Result!

“Coffee and tea may reduce the risk of serious liver damage in people who drink too much alcohol...”

In other news - road rises to meet you, wind always at your back, sunshine is warm on your face, rains fall soft on your fields.

Dhimmi Awards Update 2

Here are some more nominations via comments and email. Thanks to all. I’ll put them in one big list soon.

Prince Charles - “Islam’s New Ambassador”.

Cherie Blair for her tireless work on behalf of Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The Guardian's comment page editor Seamus Milne who brought us sassy Hizb ut-Tahrir member Dilpazier Aslam disguised as a Guardian journalist, al-Qaeda supporter Saad al-Faqih disguised as “a leading exiled Saudi dissident”, and proponent of the caliphate Osama Saeed disguised as a moderate Muslim.

The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Orla Guerin, who can hear the words, “What I want to do most is kill Jews. It is in my blood…” and yet still conclude it "is not about religion, or ideology, or race.”

Religious scholar Karen Armstrong who blames Islamic terrorism on just about everything except Islamic terrorists.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, for being a great big wuss.


(Initial Dhimmi Awards list here, first update here.)

I Predict a Riot

Galloway’s latest: “we will riot on the streets of Britain.” Quoted in the forums at MPACUK and then removed, but not before Harry’s Place had noticed.

Conqueror of the British Empire Day

Here‘s one to file under WTF?!
"Muslims have asked government to consider a national prayer and a public holiday for the late former President, Idi Amin...'Let us hope that the era of calling him swine has ended,' Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Publicist, Hajji Nsereko Mutumba said yesterday."

Following the death of the self-proclaimed 'Conqueror of the British Empire' in 2003, journalist Ethan Bronner recounted a visit to his home-in-exile in Saudi Arabia:

“A former Sudanese colonel who worked as a manager at the local supermarket said, "People greet him and say, `Hello, Mr. President.' " Why? Wasn't he a savage dictator?
"Oh yes — he used to eat people," the manager replied, laughing. "But this is our nature. We forget.”

Looks like the same amnesia is affecting a few people in Uganda. And why the readiness to forgive this monster? Saudi officials told Bronner it was due to “Mr. Amin's conversion to Islam”.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Stores withdraw DVD

Free speech under threat from religion again. This time it’s Christians.

Dhimmi Awards Update

From the comments - “I can't believe Ken "I Love Qaradawi" Livingstone is not on this list. This is the guy who called Qaradawi who's virulently anti-gay, anti-infidel and mysogynist and supports wife-beating as a "leading progressive Muslim" and "an absolutely sane Islamist" and compared him to Pope John XXIII.

Quite right. Ken Livingstone is the latest nominee.

Visitors from Dhimmi Watch...

I am privileged - my first blog entry and I get a link from the great Robert Spencer.

As you can see I’ve only just moved in here myself so please excuse the somewhat sparse nature of the surroundings. If you do find anything unusual please let me know.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The British Dhimmi Awards 2005

2005 has been a busy time for Britain’s dhimmis, those politically correct poltroons whose craven deference to Islamic fundamentalism hastens the erosion of our island’s traditions and rights. In recognition of the pitiful actions, weasel words and crass stupidity by the great and the good over the past year, I’m inviting nominations for the inaugural British Dhimmi Awards (aka The Dhimmis). Here are some particularly egregious examples to get things going, but further suggestions are welcome.

Nominees so far

Stephen Deuchar, director of Tate Britain, who banned John Latham's artwork God Is Great because it might have offended Muslims.

David Farr for his Islam-friendly adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great, and Simon Reade, artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, who justified the changes by saying the original “would have unnecessarily raised the hackles of a significant proportion of one of the world’s great religions”.

The BBC for dropping its Radio 4 dramatisation of John Buchan’s Greenmantle following the London bombings because of “unsuitable and insensitive” material, i.e. stuff about nefarious Islamic plotters in London.

Dudley Council, which banned pig imagery and toys from its benefits department following a complaint by a Muslim worker. (How about ‘allahgedly’ as a new adverb to add to spurious claims by easily outraged Muslims? Eg “The toy piglet upset a Muslim co-worker, allahgedly.”) The council later backed down but their initial idiocy still deserves mention.

“Where there are two households of equal priority who qualify… we would offer to the household who would most benefit from the culturally-sensitive services.” That’s Bristol City Council promoting discrimination against non-Muslims when allocating accommodation with toilets facing away from Mecca.

Steve Green, Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, who sent out twenty thousand 'Good faith' green ribbons for his force to wear in a show of solidarity with the Muslim community following the London bombings.

Gillian Parker, Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police, for issuing ridiculous guidelines on how police should act during raids on Muslim homes. These include removing shoes, not interrupting prayers, avoiding the use of cameras and sniffer dogs, no touching of religious books or artefacts, and no looking at unclad women. (And making fun of it is out of order too.)

Avon and Somerset Police for prosecuting a publican whose “Porking yard” sign in his car park offended local Muslims, allahgedly.

Anne Owers, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, for banning prison officers from wearing the Cross of St George, and Chris Doyle, director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, for defending the decision and calling on England to find a new flag and a patron saint who is "not associated with our bloody past”.

The Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries, The Bishop of Coventry Colin Bennetts, The Bishop of Worcester Peter Selby, and The Bishop of Bath and Wells Peter Price, who called on Christians to apologise to Muslims for the Iraq war in a report for the Church of England. A timely propaganda boost for the Islamic fundamentalists, but not so welcome news for persecuted Christians. Just for good measure the report (PDF) was also critical of the “deeply flawed” Western liberal democratic system (with particular emphasis on America, naturally), and wanted to see political deals with the terrorists.

The Bishop of Newcastle Martin Wharton and the Bishop of Sheffield Jack Nicholls who wanted to invite the families of the 7/7 suicide bombers to the memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Thankfully the suggestion was ignored.

Helen Boaden, head of news at the BBC, for her memo telling staff not to refer to the 7/7 mass murderers as “terrorists” in case World Service listeners were offended. The instruction was followed with some enthusiasm.

John Simpson, for his description of the London terrorists as “misguided criminals”. (He's already received one award for this.)

Tony Blair, whose bid to win over Muslim voters saw him promote the ludicrous Religious Hatred Bill, and knight a man who wants defamation of Mohammed to be made illegal and has said that death “is a bit too easy” for Salman Rushdie.

Burger King, for withdrawing a line of ice cream cones because the delicate sensibilities of a Muslim were offended by a lid design which looked like the Arabic word for Allah, allahgedly.

Leicester University, for cancelling a talk by Muslim lesbian feminist Irshad Manji because it “feared hostile reactions from some local Muslims”.

George Galloway. Where to start with a man who defends murderous religious fanatics as martyrs? I think his recent speech in Syria sums him up nicely, showing as it does a level of dhimmitude beyond the call of duty : "[My emphasis] What your lives would be if from the Atlantic to the Gulf we had one Arab union - all this land, 300 million people, all this oil and gas and water, occupied by a people who speak the same language, follow the same religions, listen to the same Um Kulthum... The Arabs would be a superpower in the world if they had this unity … we are making a European Union which in 20 years will balance the power of the United States of America, inshallah.”

And what’s going to happen in Europe over the next 20 years that gives Galloway such confidence? Could it be the change in demographics, perhaps? Muslim birth rate in the EU is three times higher than non-Muslim. If our EU overlords get their way, by 2025 the most populous country in the Union will be Turkey, with a population of over 80 million Muslims. In September our dhimmi Foreign Secretary Jack Straw argued that failure to admit Turkey into the EU would be “too terrible to contemplate”. Terrible for those, like George Galloway, who want to see Islamic influence dominate European policy that is.