Vote Ed for Orwellian UK, free of "Islamophobia"
It wasn't hard to predict, and it has been long predicted. Labour leader Ed Miliband is pandering to the largely fake terminology of "Islamophobia" to get the Muslim vote. So, vote Labour for an Orwellian Britain
Maybe it’s because the entire nation has a nasty dose of election fatigue, but it is surprising that there has not been a more vociferous and hostile reaction to Miliband’s latest vote-catching stunt.
To ingratiate himself with Muslim voters, he promises to criminalise ‘Islamophobia’.
He said: ‘We are going to make it an aggravated crime. We are going to make sure it is marked on people's records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime. We are going to change the law on this so we make it absolutely clear … our abhorrence of hate crime and Islamophobia."
He has been here before.
Ed voted for a clause in the 2006 Racial and Religious Hatred Act that would have criminalised ‘deliberately insulting religion’. This was defeated after lobbying by civil liberties groups. Now he wants to bring it back.
He goes on to say that, "the police will record Islamophobic attacks right across the country." Not in the case of anti-Semitism, of course; Muslims only are to be protected. So if this comes to pass, we can expect no further police enquiries into abduction and rape of under-age girls by Pakistani gangs. It will be ‘open season’ for these crimes and no doubt a good many others.
And quite what does Ed mean? ‘Islamophobia’ is a stranger to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
To the non-Muslim, there is a clear distinction between ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islamic’, and then 'Islamist'. ‘Muslim’ is your charming Pakistani doctor or nice Mr Zia who runs the shop and post office, and whose kids are at the same school as yours.
‘Islam’ if it is conjoined with 'Islamism' conjures up ISIS, Al Qaeda, 7/11 and terrorism as a political culture.
A ‘phobia’ is an irrational, abnormal, fear of something. It is a state of mind. So there you have it. Ed wants to take another step to ‘1984’ by creating ‘thought-crime’.
Vote Ed, get Orwell!
Robin Mitchinson is a Contributing Editor to The Commentator. A former barrister, living in the Isle of Man, he is an international public management specialist with almost two decades of experience in institutional development, decentralisation and democratisation processes. He has advised governments and major international institutions across the world
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