Civil liberties and human rights
A lot of people are finding it funny, going on odd, that the UK organisation called Liberty is, in so many words, offering to take MP Philip Hollobone 'to the cleaners'. All this because of his views of the burka. The Independent has the letter to Hollobone from Liberty, it's almost gleeful in the way it's worded, a posh version of the veiled threat, "c'mon make my day". They might be right and he might be wrong, or perhaps the other way around. The fact is, a bit like Nulabour, Liberty look like they are yesterday's people. And another fact is, again like Nulabour, it's all their own fault. Liberty and its Head Honcho, Shami Chakrabati, are a regular feature of the media circuit. Theirs is a rather priggish double act, they know best and right from wrong, but alas that's all they know. If they were in a sales and marketing team living off commission they would starve to death. You may wonder how such an organisation can, so effortlessly, get so many people's backs up.
"Saint Chuck", said someone I know with impeccable leftie credentials, they then rolled their eyes, "she's never off the screen, ugh!" As far as it goes Liberty is a pseudo straight sort of organisation but it likes to play the field. St Chuck was one of the big names, and we may assume happy to be so, at the Convention on Modern Liberty. This was held in 2009 and was anything but straight, it was a very slanted and also woefully ineffective. If you remember at the time Nulabour was in full-on Stalinist mode, there was much to complain about, not just ID cards. Even so the assorted liberal-leftie-worthies failed to spot this. They took in turns to wave their credentials to the crowd who must have been mystified by the fact that not one of them saw fit to say - don't vote Nulabour. Indeed I have been told that St Chuck, like more than a few of the worthies, admitted, in the mingling part of the conference, that she was unsure of how to vote at the upcoming General Election.
Rather like smokers find it hard to kick the habit, so do professional protesters. You would have thought that if you don't want a policy of a political party to be implemented you don't vote for that party, it's really very simple. Oh no it's not! These worthies know which side their bread is buttered, principles are very well, but! The power of the network they joined as youngsters, to which they have given all, that now sustains them in adulthood, is far more powerful than nicotine! They would stand more chance of running away from a weird Californian religious sect than breaking free from the liberal-left network. The upshot of this bizarre shroud waving at the conference was that many people wrote down the whole subject of civil liberties, they will not come back in a while.
But then for the worthies this is an ideal result. Mrs Thatcher gave us the phrase "people like us", and she's not the only one who thinks that way. The worthies are terrified of opening up civil liberties to a new gene pool, of trying to build a genuine cross political platform. The dilution, for that's how they see it, would threaten some very nice jobs. Now consider Amnesty International, this organisation couldn't be straight if it tried. There is something about the worthies and Islam. In this office a packet of wine gums won't last an hour, somehow the left-liberal world cannot resist anything branded with the moon and the star, temptation overwhelms them. The results can be devastating.
And don't take my word for it, read Martin Bright. He has leftie credentials good enough for him to have worked as a journalist for the BBC, Guardian, Observer and the New Statesman. Alas, Bright developed a line of thought that had him sacked from the last named. Rescued by the Spectator he has continued to annoy the worthies. He has written about Amnesty International, it's depressing stuff and he is a man who knows his onions. Frequently attacked by the worthies for straying off message and publicising the network's dirty washing. Here it is in date order - First, - second, - third, - fourth, - last.
In the first link above, Bright looks into bullying within the left-leaning network of worthies; the names are interesting, for example, Chuka Umunna, now a Nulabour MP gets a mention. The second link is the start of Gita Sahgal story and her statement, she writes of her concern about -
Amnesty International’s association with groups that support the Taliban and promote Islamic Right ideas - Amnesty International has sanitized the history and politics of the ex-Guantanamo detainee, #Moazzam Begg and completely failed to recognize the nature of his organisation Cageprisoners.
The third and fourth links add more detail, while the last link has the description on her fight back following suspension by Amnesty International and their proposed legal action against her. Bright finishes this article with his own view -
Frankly, I can't see how Amnesty can recover from this.
But back to the Independent article, we see that -
The Equality Act 2006 prohibits both direct and indirect discrimination.
Thinking of the latter, the indirect discrimination, and all those 'Asian Women's Centres' that seem to spring up like mushrooms. We can only assume that Liberty has taken the time and trouble to write to all of them pointing out it would be illegal to prevent a Welshman, for example, from taking part in their activities. But what if they have not, what to do? Well you could write to your MP.
# Mr Begg was another of the worthy speakers at the Conference on Modern Liberty