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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Get Bakri where you belong

We thought we'd seen the last of difficult-to-love Islamist firebrand Omar Bakri Mohammed, but today he has announced that he will be coming back to Britain - unless the government says it does not want him back. In the mean time he's taking a holiday in Lebanon to see his mother.

I can't say that I much relished the prospect of his standing trial for treason - he'd probably be successfully defended by Cherie Blair. "Incitement to murder" is another matter. Why he has never been charged under this is a mystery to us all.

Should he return I very much doubt he would be left unmolested for fear of inflaming islamic opinion (though we are assured that he is is completely out on a limb there).

Appeasement takes many forms. Mark Steyn has been watching developments:

Responding to Islamist terrorism in Britain and elsewhere, Germany is considering introducing a Muslim public holiday. As Mathias Dopfner, chief executive of Axel Springer, put it: "A substantial fraction of Germany's government - and, if polls are to be believed, the German people - believe that creating an official state Muslim holiday will somehow spare us from the wrath of fanatical Islamists."


That should fix it. And only employers have to shoulder the cost.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Conservative spokesman understands the cause of the London bombings

I return without apology to the remarks of the Shadow Attorney General, Dominic Grieve:

I have to say that I find the suicide bombings totally explicable in terms of the level of anger which many members of the Muslim community seem to have about a large number of things.


By the same token, I might say that I find the rise in hate crimes since the bombings totally explicable in terms of the level of anger in the non-Muslim community, if it did not sound as if I were condoning the violence.

I really do wonder if the Conservatives are any use at all any more.

Stop and search

Sometimes The Telegraph is touching in its naivety. Here the leader writer is addressing the consequences of the police adopting a stop and search policy based on racial profiling in order to protect the public from terrorist attacks:

No sensible commuter, of Asian or African extraction, could possibly feel insulted by being singled out in this way. On the contrary, he should feel comforted by the thought that the police are not wasting their time on searching white grandmothers carrying shopping bags from Peter Jones.


I fear that we will discover that there are lots of commuters of Asian or African extraction who are not sensible at all, but they can hardly be blamed for their sensitivity given the way that the polically correct lobby have been sucking up to them. If the Conservative spokesman on home affairs really said, "I have to say that I find the suicide bombings totally explicable in terms of the level of anger which many members of the Muslim community seem to have about a large number of things" then the problem is even worse than I thought.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

This can't be right

In another excellent and challenging article, Mark Steyn comes out with this purported fact:

In 2001, after a Dutch crackdown on benefit fraud, 10,000 Somalis moved from Holland to one East Midlands town - Leicester.


This is an astonishing claim buried away near the bottom of the article. Could one midlands town with a population of about 280,000 really absorb 10,000 Somalis in one year? It beggars belief. Presumably it happened after the 2001 census, though the figures there show the required scale of the subsequent ethnic upheaval.