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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Last Post

Well readers (yes, I know that there are at least two of you, so I’m feeling justified in employing the plural), the time has come to call it a day with respect to this blog, and Durotrigan will henceforth be posting no more. For the occasional stray detractor who happens upon this news, this will doubtless be a cause for some satisfaction, whereas for others, it will be a matter of some indifference.

Why is this blog being wound up? It’s a question of time, as other projects now demand my attention, and there are only so many hours in the day. That said, you may one day just possibly read something else that I have written, but if so, it will be in quite a different genre, and format.

To my sympathetic readers I say farewell, and thank you for your support. And with that, here is something suitably overblown and baroque for you to enjoy.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

EDL Manchester Demo Video

Prompted by the Muslim Action Forum’s demand that we submit, respect and pay homage to the child-raping false prophet named Mohammed so as not to offend their supporters’ sensibilities, it seems worth noting that today in Manchester city centre the EDL will be holding a demo highlighting the ongoing issue of Muslim grooming gangs, for it seems that the latter’s mass child-raping activities are very much in line with the actions and example of their repulsive prophet. For the Muslim Action Forum (MAF), a cartoon of Mohammed is taken to be an issue worth taking to the streets over, with demands to change the law, but when it comes to the mass rape of English children, for MAF this is something to be passed over in silence.

Many MAF supporters appeared at their recent rally outside of Downing Street holding aloft placards emblazoned with a quote from the current Pope – ‘Insult my mother, and I will punch you.’  In that case, by their ‘logic’ what action should the mass rape of English girls entail against the perpetrators and their apologists? Did they hold placards stating that Mohammed and Islam oppose sexual abuse and child rape? No. If they did, they might be worthy of some respect, but as they did not, their demand for ‘respect’ should be met with our unwavering contempt.

The police are now making arrests and beginning to tackle the Muslim grooming gangs, but action in Rotherham remains inadequate. We can only hope that this is because the police are busily gathering materials required to launch successful prosecutions against the serial abusers who have for so many years operated with impunity in Rotherham. However, the mass media appears to be more fixated upon the abuses perpetrated by two grotesque former celebrities – the deceased Saville and the still living Paul Gadd. Saville is dead and Gadd is behind bars, but unfortunately the Muslim grooming issue is very much alive, and far too few members of the grooming gangs have been sentenced.

Monday, 2 March 2015

UKIP if you want to, but don’t get caught napping

UKIP’s Margate conference is over, but its election manifesto is yet to be published. We know what the party’s mood music is, and that it has two policies that the three major national Westminster parties plus the Greens find distasteful: withdrawal from the EU and a greatly tightened points-based system for immigration. Beyond that, what UKIP stands for – concretely speaking – is largely a matter of conjecture; of hope for some, yet apparent fear for others.

UKIP’s failure to define what it stands for and what it would wish to do were it to be in a position to influence policy, illustrates that it still has some way to go to define itself as a political party. As matters stand, it remains a vehicle of protest. A UKIP candidate on the ballot paper will effectively present voters with the opportunity to vote for ‘none of the above’, providing that the latter sentiment also coincides with voters’ opposition to EU membership and mass immigration. As such, a vote for UKIP can be said to be positive, as it increases the pressure on other parties to address these concerns, particularly in marginal seats where UKIP’s seizure of a few thousand votes will doubtless hobble the chances of many a ‘mainstream’ candidate. That said, a vote for UKIP should, given the party’s lack of clarity regarding direction and policy, be one that is loaned to it.

UKIP’s absence of a definite set of policies currently enables it to tap into the discontents of different groups of voters in both traditional Conservative and Labour seats, but as such, this approach is unstable. It may work for a while, but can UKIP function in this manner in the longer term, if indeed, there is a longer term? Douglas Carswell has already stated that he believes immigration “has been, overwhelmingly, a story of success.” How many UKIP voters believe that statement to be true? Carswell appears to have strayed into the wrong party, frustrated by Cameron’s commitment to EU membership. Farage may yet come to rue having allowed Carswell into his party. It may have raised UKIP’s profile and given it a brief fillip in the polls, but if one of UKIP’s two core messages that has great resonance with the public – its opposition to mass immigration – is abandoned, UKIP may as well disband and simply become a campaign group calling for an EU referendum. Then again, perhaps it was never intended for it to be anything other than the latter.

It seems likely that UKIP will stack up a large number of votes across the country in May, taking support from both the Conservatives and Labour, creating unpredictable electoral dynamics and consequences in many constituencies. However, it is unlikely to seize many parliamentary seats, and like the SDP, will come a good second in many a constituency. As to what readers of this blog think, the recent readers’ poll revealed that the greatest proportion of respondents – 25% - thought that UKIP would have 2-3 MPs in the new parliament, but only 3% thought that the party would have no MPs, the same percentage who stated that the party would obtain 51 seats or more (an unusual opinion, certainly). The majority of respondents – some 68% - thought that UKIP would have between 1 and 10 MPs, but surprisingly there was also a cluster of readers – 12% - who thought that the party would obtain between 21 and 25. However many MPs are elected under the UKIP banner, their influence upon this General Election is likely to be a significant and interesting one, but quite what it will stand for remains very much up in the air.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Pegida UK Newcastle Demo: Analysis and Videos

It would seem that what took place in Newcastle today was in essence an English Defence League (EDL) protest in all but name, with a customary opposition ‘unity’ demo organised by a coalition of ‘anti-racist’ campaign groups dominated by the SWP, supported by trades union activists, the Labour Party and George Galloway. Both played their roles in accordance with a now traditional formula: Pegida UK gathered at their allotted point, flags of St George and Union Jacks fluttered to the strains of Vera Lynn, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory, and a recording of Winston Churchill was played. Spokesmen and guests – including Paul Weston of Liberty GB – took to the podium and delivered speeches, with Weston asking “what on Earth has been going on in Rotherham?” A fair question. Whatever happened there, the local Labour Party and council are culpable, at best, of gross neglect, at worst, of facilitating the mass rape and trafficking of underage English girls. Pegida UK declared themselves to be patriots standing up for free speech and the defence of our way of life.

Newcastle Unites drew in a collection of vocal ‘anti-fascists’ and ‘anti-racists’, keen to give some emotional outlet to their deep-seated beliefs, united in their detestation of Pegida UK which they declared to be ‘far-right’, ‘racist’ and ‘Islamophobic.’ Their counter-demonstration had been provocatively mounted but a short distance away from the Pegida UK original. Speakers made it clear that Pegida UK with their “message of hate” would not divide the community, even though Pegida UK’s message is not one of hate, and the community no longer exists because it has been blown apart by a combination of mass immigration and the multicultural encouragement of the development of ethno-communal and ethno-confessional enclaves and special interest groups. There is no centre around which people cohere any more. There is no common identity in this country.

A minority of supporters on each side would have been up for a fight, but thankfully, nothing really came of this, and only some five arrests were made. The police did a good job. Both Pegida UK and Newcastle Unites declared themselves to be the true voice of the community. Pegida UK attracted in the region of 375-400 supporters, Newcastle Unites 1,500 (the police estimate) to 3,000 (the Newcastle Unites estimate). The Pegida UK demo was of short duration, lasting from 11:00am to midday, and stragglers claiming to be from the EDL are reported by the Newcastle Chronicle as having been dispersed by the police by 12:45, having attempted to make their way to the Newcastle Unites demonstration.

What did either protest achieve? The Pegida UK spokesmen declares in one of the videos below that “We are not far right and we are not anti-Islam. We are anti-extremism.” His opponents claim that he, and Pegida UK, are all of these things. Watch the videos and make up your own mind.

Video: Pegida UK Demo and Newcastle Unites Counter-Demo

Video: Pegida UK Newcastle Demo

Video: Interviews with Pegida UK Organiser and Labour Councillor