Only hours after two Nigerian Islamists ambushed and hacked a serving British soldier to death in the streets of Woolwich as he was walking back to the Royal Artillery Barracks yesterday, the BBC made a catastrophic error by inviting on its World News channel one of Britain’s worst Islamist terrorist sympathisers - Asghar Bukhari of the vile MPAC(UK), in the guise of a so-called “expert on extremism”.
Written By Aisha Patel
Let’s remind ourselves of who Bukhari really is:
In 2006, Bukhari had sent David Irving a £60 cheque and a letter headed with a quote from John Locke, "All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to stand idle”. This was reported in UK paper The Observer as David Irving had made statements in the past supporting Holocaust Denial. Bukhari said that he felt that Irving was, "being smeared for nothing more than being anti-Zionist" and that the "pro-Israeli lobby often accuse people of anti-Semitism. He said he felt that Holocaust denial was wrong, and that he did not know that Irving was a Holocaust denier when he donated money to him.
“The UK economy, bloody hell” might the retiring Sir Alex be inclined to say if he had been the manager of government rather than of the far more successful and popular Manchester Utd. Unfortunately Sir Alex’s career successes were mostly restricted to football and the Man Utd organisation, though many may wish someone with his conviction was running the economy rather than the Tory-Lib Dem coalition at the moment.
Alas, this isn’t the case and amid unpopular leadership, the Tories are completely divided on Europe and gay marriage, the Lib Dems are a cumbersome bed-fellow and the economy’s recovery has been even tougher than anticipated. It seems that rather than Ferguson’s Man Utd the UK government is probably more akin to the laughably relegated QPR of the season just passed.
It’s not all bad though. Despite Osborne playing the role of the austerity chancellor/pantomime villain with aplomb, the economy has shown seeds of recovery. We are no longer in recession and a glimmer of light is beginning to seep through a previously obstinate end of the proverbial of tunnel. There has even been some praise from the International Monetary Fund which has said that the UK has gained international praise for its relative economic conviction in what have been unconvincing times around the world.
The ‘79 Group’ was an internal faction within the SNP, named after the year that it was formed.
The group sought to persuade the SNP to take an active leftwing stance, arguing that it would win more support, and were highly critical of the established SNP leaders.
The Loony Left Town Council of Radstock Somerset angered and alarmed the town’s English residents yesterday after the Council banned the English national flag from being flown on the grounds of the publicly owned Town Hall there.
There was red-on-red action for Ed Miliband yesterday as Blairite Lord Mandelson came out all-guns-blazing against the opposition leader’s official party policies, leaving the startled Miliband gang reeling in complete disarray.
Pope Francis hit out at World poverty yesterday by slamming Global Capitalism as a “Money Cult” and calling for drastic ethical reforms throughout the international markets for the creation of a humane global society.
The lingering European curse of the Tories. Well, lingering is not the right word really. It is as abundant as it ever has been and if anything, with traditionalists and euro-sceptics reacting against the party leadership’s attempt at modernisation with protest votes for UKIP (though I speak in hope more than conviction in saying ‘protest votes’), the ongoing, multi-decade schism that Europe has wrought upon the party could completely undermine hopes of a unified Conservative party going into the next election.
The Green Party is, in a sense, in a momentous 40th anniversary, if you go back to the founding of the People’s Party in 1972/3 out of which the Green Party was created in 1990. There has been little celebration of this, with most people still only really seeing the party as an outsider, a means to rejecting the established parliamentary megaliths of Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. They’re no longer perceived as the ‘hippy tree-huggers’ in lieu of Greenpeace, but while they are established as a viable option for people to vote for in local and European elections, their national presence is still that of a small party.
“Bizarre” and from “another age” are the terms used by Greg Martin, head teacher at Durand Academy, to describe the comments by former Conservative Party councillor John Cherry that claimed Pakistani children struggle to “rise to the top” because such nationalities were “uncertain” when it came to hard work.
"Ninety-seven per cent of pupils will be black or Asian” he told the Mail on Sunday. “It depends what type of Asian. If they're Chinese they'll rise to the top. If they're Indian they'll rise to the top. If they're Pakistani they won't.”
Such comments are undeniably stupid. Stupid in two ways: a PR way and more importantly in terms of helping to foster a successful modern society, which is kind of the job of a councillor. Of secondary importance is the PR idiocy of the comments – how can a politician in the 21stcentury not realize that comments like these are going to be widely condemned in modern society? Whether you believe these views or not, on a practical level if you’re going to be a successful politician you should surely know that such comments are inconducive to any political success.
The Liverpool V Chelsea game (Sunday 21st at 4pm) at Anfield this weekend should be a cracking game.
Liverpool are in No-Man’s Land at the moment, six points behind arch local rivals Everton and in danger of finishing seventh in the league (and out of the European places) after an indifferent season. They have nothing to lose and will want to beat one of the so-called bigger teams in the Premier League.
Chelsea meanwhile have much more to play for even though they are out of the BetFair Fa Cup. They are in with a good shout of finishing in third or fourth spot in the Premiership and thereby getting a lucrative Champions league spot. However they cannot afford to slip up with Tottenham and Arsenal yapping at their heels.
This is also the major story of the return of Rafa Benitez to Anfield, where he worked miracles as a coach – bringing home the European Cup in 2005 to Liverpool after perhaps one of the greatest finals ever in Istanbul that year.