Britain won't be a Muslim majority country
Following pathetic criticisms from the hard-Left and its fellow travellers, I thought I'd clarify some points about my work, The Commentator, and "racism"
What's really interesting about The Commentator's critics is that they will grab an article written by one of our 450-ish contributors, disagree with it, and then shout, "The Commentator is raaaacccisssttt!" as if said article was our opinion, or the editorial line.
Let's get it straight people, we're a platform. You know, like The Spectator, or Telegraph Blogs, or Conservative Home. Not everything published on these pages is an organisational or institutional line. Next time you're in doubt - why don't you ask first?
They've even started doing it with comments, news items and I bet it won't be long until our logo is held up as somehow Islamophobic.
The reason I raise the matter is because when people like Vincent Cooper submit provocative pieces about British population trends, suddenly we're racists for publishing these statistics and opinions. Bizarre, isn't it?
It's an intriguing and long-standing tactic of the Left, but some people who I know who class themselves as on the Right have been adopting their style lately too, even running to hard Leftist students in search of 'solidarity'. This is a true indictment of the fact that many on the centre-right, or centrists themselves, have no idea how to battle extremism in this country. They can't square the fact that while the English Defense League (EDL) is a nasty bunch of idiotic thugs, it's the Islamists who are continuously murdering and planning terrorist atrocities.
And you know what? If it does turn out that EDL activists are behind the recent spate of mosque attacks - I'll have no problem branding their nationalistic ideology as just as dangerous as Islamism, and in fact, on occasion, it has already been shown to be.
The EDL is less like Islamism, and more like crude thuggish nationalism, the likes of which you can find across the political spectrum. To make the claim that I, a libertarian-conservative, would have anything to do with such a protectionist and anti-intellectual outfit, is to betray reason. (For the removal of doubt, folks, I don't believe in halting immigration. I believe in free markets and free peoples).
I was sort of surprised myself, when Hasan Afzal, who set up the 'British Muslims for Israel' a few years ago, went crying to (anti)-"Israel lobby" doctoral student Hilary Aked, who has for the past few weeks been nothing less than online stalking me, attempting to bring my reputation into disrepute because of what she perceives to be racist or bigoted. She's even tried to brand me an 'extremist' on some conspiracy loon site for being concerned about environmental and development issues, but anti-statist in my way of going about it.
Yes, I dislike Greenpeace and WWF, so what? I also loathe the European Union, have deep concerns about the United Nations, and I have a big problem with government regulation of the newspaper industry and internet. Heaven forfend I dislike organisations that are inherently statist or leech from and lobby governments in ways that undermine the free market. I must be a horrid extremist.
I wonder if Hilary will raise the issue of Hasan's now defunct organisation and its connections and funding streams in her doctoral thesis. Yes I await it eagerly. I suppose not though, since the Left really tries hard to make unholy alliances whenever it needs them. I have a feeling they're just a little bitter that I refuse to partake in their political corporatism. I know guys, you want me on your side. But you can't have me. I have principles.
Nevertheless, this is a tactic that has recently also been seen in London, when the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) organisation that was linked to terrorist Michael Adebolajo sought to stop EDL marches on the streets of London. The Home Secretary kowtowed, but didn't just ban the extremist EDL, she illiberally banned all demonstrations. The UAF has thus effectively lobbied against free speech, and let us be honest - they've also bleated about how proud they are of such a fact.
Interestingly, UAF also whinged about its own 'human right' to protest, while it was happy to have the same 'right' curtailed for organisations it disagrees with. Let us not forget, it was at a UAF rally that Michael Adebolajo gave his "kuffar" speech a few years before he hacked a soldier to death on London streets.
I am of the firm belief that the EDL and UAF are two sides of the same coin. Illiberal, ignorant and ultimately dangerous. The difference is the UAF is treated as some kind of laudable arbiter of "anti-racist" entity, while the EDL is rightly rebuked. They're both disgraceful. That needs to be made apparent to everyone who knows of either of them.
So while I'm sure Vincent Cooper's assertions will cause a bit of uproar, we at The Commentator don't feel the need to curtail free speech. We're not intimidated by ideas. And we do allow space for them to be refuted. I even have a very liberal approach to our comments section, because as far as I'm concerned, as long as you're not breaking the law, you can show yourself to be as much of an idiot as you want. Frankly, you're doing our job in highlighting knee-jerk stupidity from the Left or Right for us.
So on that basis, as much as I value Vincent Cooper's contributions, I hereby respectfully disagree.
As with immigration and demographics in most periods in recent history in the West, a process of naturalisation, secularisation and influx atrophy will occur, not least when the West, as is the current trend, is no longer the best place to move to. When the Left exhausts the coffers of the welfare state, and other regions lead the way in job creation, Britain will no longer be attractive for immigrants. At least, that's my two cents on the matter.
So there you have it.
I didn't have to get my panties in a bunch over Cooper's article, nor did I have to run and embrace the Left to hold what I believe is the middle ground on such issues. I simply, respectfully disagree. Because that's what civilised people do.
Raheem Kassam is the Executive Editor of The Commentator. He tweets at @RaheemJKassam
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