Fascist attacks 'immigrants' in UK national newspaper blog

Deborah Hobson - The-Latest EXCLUSIVE

Britain's first fascist to be elected to the official body which runs London has used blogs on a national newspaper website to blame  'immigrants and the sons of immigrants' for the recent spate of knife and gun crime murders in the capital.

Under the headline "Blame the immigrants", the posting on My Telegraph, a platform which allows readers to publish their own articles, Richard Barnbrook claims the killers are protected by a government eager to secure the "Ethnic Block-Vote" and says immigrants "will not be allowed to terrorise our kids any longer. The British National Party (BNP) leader was elected this month to the Greater London Assembly.

His controversial comments have been condemned by leading anti-fascists as illegal incitement to racial hatred. Gerry Gable, veteran editor of the magazine Searchlight said that most of what Barnbrook says is  'offensive dribble'. He added: "And to those that talk about freedom of speech I would say freedom of speech has its limitations in a democracy. Try speaking about freedom of speech to the families of murdered (Black teenagers) Stephen Lawrence or Anthony Walker in Liverpool and the white families involved in interracial disputes."

Barnbrook, the councillor for Barking and Dagenham, threatens to  'take back' London and send in the army to remove all weapons from the streets of the city and says:  "If immigrants don't like it then they know where the airport is. They will not be allowed to terrorise our kids any longer."

Barnbrook's inflammatory blogs have been appearing on the website of the right-wing Conservative newspaper since his election on May 1.

They come at a particularly racially sensitive time in the wake of the murder of Harry Potter actor Robert Knox, a popular young white man, who was stabbed outside the Metro Bar at Sidcup in Kent.

Barnbrook made a rallying cry to  'British young people' to today attend a meeting with him at London's City Hall.

Gable challenged The Daily Telegraph to test what Barnbrook is writing on its site to see if it is lawful. The Searchlight editor said the newspaper previously had a good record in speaking out against fascism and racism. But recently the BNP had managed to get a lot of correspondence onto its letters page.

In a response to The Guardian, the newspaper defended its decision to host the blog and said it has had no complaints. A spokeswoman said: "Our readers are entitled to their opinions and, within the law, they're entitled to publish them on the My Telegraph blogging platform. We believe our readers are intelligent and discerning enough to avoid the content they dislike and report that which offends. That doesn't mean the Telegraph necessarily endorses their opinions nor promotes them."

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1 Response to "Fascist attacks 'immigrants' in UK national newspaper blog"

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Wed, 05/28/2008 - 06:45
<p align="justify">I was inspired to track down your article via the <em>Guardo </em><u>newspaper</u>, and track it down I did.</p><p align="justify">I&#39;m fascinated to learn that you consider Mr Barnbrook a &#39;fascist&#39;. For me, fascism epitomises the NuLabour inspired fancy for suppressing debate and the aggressive opposition to alternative views. Moreover, an important characteristic of the contemporary fascist is their promotion of one agenda to the detriment of any other.</p><p align="justify">Given that the vast majority of stabbings and shootings, which have taken place on the streets of London over the last decade can be attributed to those born of immigrants or immigrants themselves, wouldn&#39;t it be more productive to investigate why this is happening? Further, in the vast majority of cases other immigrants or the descendants of immigrants are the victims.</p><p align="justify">What is it that makes multiethnic communities such as New York, London, Paris and Berlin so crime-ridden? By contrast, major conurbations such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, New Delhi and Cairo, which dwarf their counterparts in the Western world, are relatively crime free. One can stroll around in comparative safety in any of the aforementioned metropolises.</p><p align="justify">Mr Barnbrook who, whilst his pedigree deserves closer consideration, appears more &#39;in touch&#39; with Londoners than his colleagues at the Assembly, should not be victimised for expressing his feelings on a weblog in cyberspace. His article does not incite violence and simply expresses an, albeit unpalatable, concern.</p><p align="justify">As an Islamologist and Arabic scholar, I am interested to note the comments of Coptic friends who travel frequently between London and Cairo. Many are concerned by the perceived gradual Islamisation of London and the prevaling climate of fear they note when partaking of a walk on the streets.</p><p align="justify">Indeed, one academic collegue of mine has seen fit to write a paper on the effects of Islamism on modern London. She, having read the Qur&#39;an and Sirah like myself, is concerned about the creeping Islamisation of London, as well as the effects of multiculturalism.</p><p align="justify">Coming from someone whose culture, people and religion have been systematically discriminated against in her country of origin, this is particularly worrying. She, like many Copts with links to the UK, is horrified at the increasing perception of modern London as a foreign country.</p><p align="justify">Another friend, who has subsequently decided to emigrate to the US, was mugged by a Somalian on her last visit to London. She is determined that such an incident would not have occurred when she first visited the capital in the 80s.</p><p align="justify">Despite the abhorrence with which most Britons viewed the arrival of the BNP on the political scene, myself included, we must uphold freedom of speech unless it expressly contravenes our notion of what is unacceptable. Unfortunately, the perceived sentiment that immigrants and their progeny are responsible for the vast majority of violent crime on Britain&#39;s streets today is not confined to the likes of Mr Barnbrook: a brief safari of the blogosphere is enough to register this as a genuine concern, whether valid or not.</p><p align="justify">In this case, I feel suppression is not the correct reaction to posturing such as this, however irksome. Far more dangerous is the repression and censorship of an elected politician. This is routine for Egypt, where Islamofascism is waiting in the wings to establish a horrifying and ghastly perversion of a modern state. Let&#39;s not allow that that to happen in the UK.</p><p align="justify">I very much enjoyed your article though! </p>