Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Truth at Last

The Mail's Richard Littlejohn has finally owned up to his Nazi roots - you'll see what I mean here. Trouble is, he's closer to the truth about himself than he wants to believe.

UPDATE (in response to comments): For a start, let's be clear - Richard Littlejohn writes in the Daily Mail and has extreme right-wing views. He is all but a Nazi sympathiser, I have no qualms in declaring that that's my belief. If you've seen him on telly before you'll also know that he's a complete arsehole who refuses to listen to anyone's views and who, based on one interview I saw, clearly believes women should stay at home and do the washing rather than being allowed to present serious political programming.

Having had that bit of lefty rantage, I find it quite strange that my first point against you involves me leaping to Littlejohn's defence. Even he hasn't said in that article that 'people in Britain should be able to speak English'. Not that I doubt he'd say that. But the bigger point is that people in Britain *can* speak English. You and I speak English every day - the arrival of new and exciting languages doesn't place English under any threat; maybe it allows it to diversify by taking on new words from cultures we've never before experienced, but that should be something to proud of surely, rather than being petrified of and cowering away from?

You've also clearly misunderstood his basically racist point about workers. Nowhere does he mention legal and illegal workers - no one doubts that legal workers (of any nationality or colour) should be given preference over illegal workers, but his point is that someone should earn brownie points in a job selection process purely on the basis that they are white British. This isn't just his point of course - he overplays this, but it is a suggestion that's been made by Labour MPs and indeed ministers, and that fact in itself concerns me. I'm certainly not about to start agreeing with them just because they're Labour party members.

Pretty much the same point stands as regards the social housing issue. Council houses are at present - and very much should - be issued on the basis of need, entirely independent of any factor like race, colour, nationality, or indeed gender, religion or sexual orientation. Why having lived in an area all their life gives someone more right to a council house than a newly-arrived immigrant is beyond me. Does it mean that the wealthiest white British bloke in a borough takes precedence over a Pakistani man who's been in the country for a week? Absolute lunacy - if that too has been spouted by Labour MPs (and I think Margaret Hodge is the one responsible, rather ironically given her outcry that the BNP are gaining ground in her constituency) then I condemn them fully, and certainly I don't want anyone with those views in our new leadership team. But to deny that Littlejohn is a bigot is just foolish.

13 comments:

Chairman Mo said...

Well haven't u been busy? Exams over then?

You know Mr Littlejhohn does have a point. All he's said is that he thinks people in Britain should be able to speak English and that legal workers should be given priority over illegal immigrants. Nowhere has he said people must speak ONLY English, and nowhere that illegal immigrants should be kicked out. Quite frankly this is a typical piece of Lefty Rantage. It's not like he's arguing forced deportation, expansion into the east and world domination.

richc153 said...

Erm actually he's not even saying that (though those are undeniably his opinions). He's actually quoting Labour MPs on those topics and making the point that it's because of left-wing morons (not mentioning any names) that no one has been able to make these points before out of fear of being labelled a Nazi.

Chairman Mo said...

When was the last time Littlejohn attended a torhlit rally? When wa sthe last time he advocated territorial expansionism? When has he ever presented a pseudoscientifically-based concept of racial hierarchy and the active pursuit of such a hierarchy? When has he advocated totalitarian, one-party rule based on a Nietschian, anti-rationalist philosophy?

This is why people hate the left. This arrogant, jump-on-the-bandwagon let's-accuse-everyone-of-being-a-fascist viewpoint. And although I diagree with many if not most of his views he's quite entertaining on Question Time.

Epicman said...

Errrr surely people need to be able to speak English!! If they're living in England!! Cos otherwise they're gonna get into difficulty. Aren't they!

Chris said...

As I've said above, I don't think even Littlejohn makes the point (in this article, at least) that people in this country are unable to speak English. I'm all for encouraging and enabling people to 'learn the lingo', as the Sun puts it in its headlines, and think it's an important part of their taking up citizenship in the UK. But there's an important distinction to make - just because they should learn to speak English, that doesn't mean that they should have to speak solely English, or indeed that we should all suddenly frown upon someone daring to speak Urdu as well, if they so choose.

Chris said...

And just for the record, I think if we gave him half the chance he'd go for most, if not all, of those things, Will.

Chris said...

One more thing - welcome to the blog, Epicman. Do stick around.

Chairman Mo said...

I agree there is an important distinction to make regarding language etc etc, but where in his article does mr L say we should force imigrants to speak only English, other than at the beginning, which is clearly a satirical comment? (and frankly if you can't work that out you should be deported).

Point 2: being a memeber of a democratic pluralistic society he has a full chance of doing all those things but doesn't. He's not a memeber of the BNP. He may write for the Daily Mail, but he doesn't for the Express or Facist Weekly. I would imagine he likes big business. He dislikes Labour's authoritarianism so he wouldn't be all that keen on facist totaliatrianism. He would also, I'm sure, draw a much needed distinction between racism and nationalism, and racism and cultural prejudice. I doubt he's all that keen on imigrants, but I equally doubt that that's based on racist motives. More likely he disagrees with foreign culltural values. It's about time people woke up and worked out that Muslims are not a race, for example. To rail hate-filled rhetoric against a religion and its followers may be foolish, and may not be very nice, but it is emphatically NOT racist. When Nick griffin denounced Islam as a 'wicked and vicious faith' it was not racist. it was a legitimate political point that ougth to be treated as equally as any other political point in a liberal society. You would not be charged with incitement to racial hatred if you accused Conservatives of belonging to a wicked and vicious party. Disrespect for culture isn't racist either.

Point 3: Epicman wrote extensively on my blog first so hahahaha.

Point 4: Your website is sadly living up to its title. This post is frankly nothing more than a purposeless rant. It's not even a proper political point. Had you systematically gone through Littlejohn's article point by point and then made an informed critique of it, then fine. But instead you just saw Daily mail and equated it with Nazi. For shame.

Point 5: Good luck with French next week.

richc153 said...

Well said fake Will

Chairman Mo said...

ta very much ;)

C H Daly said...

Hmmm I doth think that Littlejohn spends a little too much of the article abusing his position with his Nazi satire before essentially just listing Labour ministers who have held views that could be regarded as right-wing.

His points regarding these supposedly left-wing representativess views remain valid despite his journalistic self-gratification. However, I will not pass judgement on the man himself.

Chris said...

Will - of course I can work out that it's satire. My point is precisely that he doesn't say anything of the sort about forcing people to speak English. I think you'll find it was you who first suggested that he did.

I'm not sure you'll find he doesn't base his opposition to immigration on racial issues, but I agree with your point that to call criticism of religion 'racism' is inaccurate, but that's not to say the original criticism is justifiable either, when it's of the nature espoused by Nick Griffin and co. And when people like Griffin take it from calling Islam a wicked faith to slating 'P*kis', it definitely becomes racist. You are in your comment above effectively justifying the BNP's stance on these sort of issues, and that definitely needs a correction. Nor am I convinced that your point is valid, that the Express is any more racist than the Mail. They're both trashy rags which call themselves 'middle market' to make themselves sound better, but both are essentially disgusting tabloids.

Thank you for your last three points, I'm not going to fight over readers though :)

Chris said...

I certainly agree with the first part of your post, Conor. And I think to pass judgement on him would probably get my blog shut down for "profanities", you'd have to use so many of them.