Some of these people are thick. There’s no other way of putting it. They react to hateful acts against innocent people with hate speech and abuse of innocent people because they don’t have the thinking skills to react in a coherent manner. They see something terrible and they instinct is to lash out. They spew bigoted abuse and call for extremist measures because they don’t know any better.
The three examples cited in this article illustrate the kind of hateful and divisive extreme-right drivel that gets spouted by countless thousands of stupid bigots every time a barbarous act of terrorism is committed.
This article isn’t about stupid bigots though, it’s about something much more sinister.
Some of these hatemongers are not thick. They’re intelligent enough to know exactly what they are doing. Extreme-right ghouls like Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson always spring into action the moment an act of terrorism happens.
In the wake of the Manchester Arena atrocity a journalist from the right-wing Daily Telegraph called for the introduction of imprisonment without trial and the building of “internment camps” for “suspects”. Another journalist from the even-more-right-wing Daily Mail openly called for a “final solution”.
These people aren’t furious thickos blabbering their vile opinions onto Twitter because they’re too stupid to process terrorist atrocities in a more coherent manner, these right-wing polemicists are deliberately piggybacking on a tragic event in order to promote their dream of the abolition of British values and their replacement with their own extreme-right ideological fanaticism.
The Telegraph journalist is called Allison Pearson (you may remember her as the one who called for the Scottish First Minister to be killed just for expressing her political opinion a few months ago). She decided to use the tragedy in Manchester to call for the abolition of the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty so that “suspects” can be rounded up and put into “internment camps”.
The stated aim of Pearson’s wish to abolish the British legal principle that it’s wrong to imprison innocent people is to “protect our children”, but we all know the real reason. Pearson hates and resents the fact that other people are protected by the legal system and can say things that she disagrees with.
She has already expressed her wish to see Nicola Sturgeon killed for expressing political ideas that conflict with Pearson’s own, and now she wants to use this atrocity to give the government carte blanche to indefinitely imprison anyone they don’t like, without having to prove that they’re guilty of any crime first.
Pearson also doesn’t care that the internment camps in Northern Ireland were massively counter-productive, with the injustice of mass imprisonment without trial triggering an immediate upsurge in violence and providing perfect recruitment rhetoric for the terrorist organisations that the half-baked policy was actually intended to disrupt.
Pearson doesn’t give a damn about an effective response to terrorism, she simply doesn’t like living in a liberal democracy with a judicial system and the presumption of innocence. She just really wants to live in a police state where the government can drag people out of their houses and lock them up without presenting any actual evidence that they’re guilty of anything, and the atrocity in Manchester is nothing more to her than a glorious opportunity to piggyback her beloved fantasy of living in an extreme-right police state onto other people’s suffering.
The unspeakable woman
Whenever an atrocity happens this vile woman pops up to spew some outrageous comment and then revel in the tide of hate that she’s triggered, laughing at the liberals who generate even more publicity for her by getting upset and spreading links to her work all over social media to condemn whatever outrageous shit she’s deliberately decided to spew this time.
Make no mistake about it. The use of the term “final solution” was no mistake. The unspeakable woman will have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about the phrase “final solution” and it’s obvious Nazi connotations before deciding to use it.
She’ll have weighed up the huge tide of free publicity against the risk of her losing her job at LBC, or facing criminal charges for hate speech, and concluded that the publicity tide from calling for a Holocaust of Muslims outweights the potential repercussions.
The unspeakable woman will have concluded that if anyone actually tries to hold her to account for using Nazi language to promote the idea of a genocide of Muslims, she can just play the victim card.
She knows how easily extreme-right people can be lured into self-pitying victim complex mode, so she’s hoping that she can set herself up as the poor innocent martyr of the extreme-right who is being unfairly punished for expressing an opinion.
Whether she actually wants to see a Holocaust of Muslims is actually beside the point. She might actually believe it, or she might have expressed that particular opinion just for the publicity and cash without actually believing in it at all.
The important thing is the intent. She knows that the only possible outcome from using the Nazi term for the Holocaust in such a way was going to be a significant tide of free publicity. If she gets sacked or put on trial for it, all the better, that’s just even more free publicity.
The right-wing press are out of control
A journalist from the Daily Telegraph (a once respected highbrow newspaper of the centre-right) has openly called for the demolition of British values and the establishment of a police state in which the government can imprison anyone without trial just on the suspicion of criminal intent. A journalist from the Daily Mail has gone even further by calling for a Holocaust against Muslims.
These are extremist views that would have only found acceptance on the National Front fringe back in the 1970s, but the right-wing press has degenerated to such an extent these days that these abhorrent fanatical views are becoming more and more mainstream. It’s the influence of right-wing polemicists like Allison Pearson at the once respected Daily Telegraph who are doing the groundwork in shifting these abhorrent, fanatically right-wing, and profoundly anti-British ideas into the political mainstream.
What we can do
- Write to the Daily Telegraph to complain about Allison Pearson’s increasingly erratic conduct here.
- Write to LBC (here) and The Daily Mail (here) to complain about the unspeakable woman’s use on Nazi language.
- Support the Stop Funding Hate campaign.