Fake news in the Guardian? Curiously, despite the BBC’s rabid interest in exposing ‘fake news’ it seems not to be so concerned here….. though Robinson is given a voice, he is essentially shouted down and dismissed by the other three…including Neil at the end.
Tommy Robinson was accused of being a white supremacist by the Quilliam Foundation...in the Guardian…
That the far right has moved from the fringe into the mainstream demonstrates the massive support that white supremacist movements have attracted from digital natives. Their online followership often exceeds that of mainstream political parties: with over 200,000 followers, Tommy Robinson’s Twitter account has almost the same number of followers as Theresa May’s.
Quilliam of course denies this and claims the article was ‘clumsily worded’….it is not…the narrative was maintained throughout the article not just a bit of sloppy wording in one paragraph…the intent was clearly to demonise anyone who criticses Islam.
Quilliam’s Haras Rafiq in the interview actually claims that Robinson is an extremist…equivalent to an Islamist group…all because he entered Quilliam’s office to ask the reporter why she had written such libels about him….so are BBC journalists ‘extremists’ when they, for example, fly helicopters over Cliff Richard’s house to ‘doorstep’ him? Or how about this classic?….
Quilliam, as an anti-Islamist group, has always been suspect…its founder, Ed Husain, was in the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir for five years which he subsequently left…but reading his book, The Islamist, you get the impression that he still adheres to the same beliefs and values of the group….and Quilliam is still of course a pro-Muslim group run by Muslims…and Islam is an ‘extreme’ ideology when compared to any other in the West….so is Quilliam ‘extreme’?
Quilliam tells us that its aim is to explain ‘The difference between Islam as a faith and Islamism as a radicalising political ideology which justifies violence’ which if you know anything about Islam, its origins and its laws, you will know to be a lie….as is this other aim…..’develop a Western Islam that is at home in Britain and in Europe’.….there can never be anything like a ‘Western Islam’…there is Islam, and that’s it….the same the world over….no sects, no cults, no separate groups with their own interpetations…that’s the whole reason for the Revelation, the basis of the so-called religion….the Jews and Chritians failed to follow their scriptures and made up their own rules and divided their religions into sects….God was not happy and so he sent another, and final, unchangeable, revelation to be followed exactly as written.
By rights Andrew Neil should ask the question, is Islam or Quilliam extreme?…of course he doesn’t, instead he, after being reasonably impartial, then accused Robinson of being an extremist because he’d once been in the BNP…for a very short time as a teenager…Neil is trying to discredit Robinson as a ‘witness’ with this tactic…Neil of course has been through all this before in what was a hatchet job for the Muslim supremacists as we’ve looked at previously….
When Tommy Robinson was interviewed on the Today programme the Left had a moment of anguished horror….someone whose views they disagree with had been allowed onto the radio…the Left’s ‘house radio’ at that….the BBC.
Mehdi Hasan was so outraged he penned a quick note in the Huffington Post advising the BBC where they went wrong. He even went so far as to formulate some questions that the BBC could have asked Tommy Robinson.
Someone at the BBC read his advice and decided to run with it. They decided to bring the unsuspecting Tommy Robinson back onto the airwaves and subject him to a vitriolic show trial, designed to attack him personally and assassinate his character and reputation.
Andrew Neil was given the task of skewering the upstart EDL ‘racist thug‘….the questions Neil asked coming almost word for word from the pen of Hasan with no pretence at an attempt to debate or engage in an intellectual argument…it was an out and out exercise in abuse and mud slinging to blacken Robinson’s name….and all done to appease the BBC‘s left wing censors and Islamist propagandists.
Did someone try to sabotage Tommy Robinson’s appearance on the Daily Politics?…Car promised…no car…taxi promised…no taxi….you might be paranoid but it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you…..