So that paragon of newspaper journalism, the Daily Express, recently ran a story claiming that officials at the Lothian and Glasgow health boards had issued instructions that staff should not eat their lunch in offices during the month of Ramadan for fear of offending their Muslim colleagues. The story also claimed that instructions had been issued that vending machines selling food should be removed and that the lunch trolley “be wheeled out of bounds” during the same period.
Except that wasn’t the case and the health board released a statement denying this.
That wasn’t the end of the matter of course. Writing on the Social Affairs Unit blog, some twit called Theodore Dalrymple clearly finds a conspiracy and thinks the health board is just itching to form alliances with Muslim extremists. Quite. I suggested in the comments that he has far too much time on his hands in trying to find a conspiracy where there is none. They’ve
not now published my comment.
After all, the Daily Express never publishes racist or outright rubbish in its stories of course. When supposedly serious “think-tanks” or writers start following a paranoid trail started by the Daily Express, you know they’re intellectually bankrupt. This is the cutting edge of thinking on the right in this country.
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