New blogs and other weekend links


by Sunny
25th October, 2009 at 10:58 pm    

A new blog by the name of The Samosa has started up, with a focus on South Asian issues. Various people including Laurie Penny are occasionally writing for it.

The excellent Clive Davis, previously at the Spectator, now has his own blog here.

Political Betting crunches the numbers to show new BNP votes are coming from apathetic voters than from any of the three parties.

Nick Griffin caught on video joking that black people ‘walk like monkeys’. And yet there are people out there claiming we should listen to the BNP.


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  1. Laban — on 26th October, 2009 at 12:38 am  

    Isn’t the Samosa taxpayer-funded Quilliam style ? I think it gets some Community Cohesion dosh from somewhere – unless I’ve been misled.

    Strangely, no one’s offered me any.

  2. douglas clark — on 26th October, 2009 at 12:44 am  

    Nor me, nor I think David T. And what about KB Player?

    We are deserving of billions of government cash.

  3. douglas clark — on 26th October, 2009 at 12:58 am  

    For we are victims, I tell you, under the cosh of white middle class alienation. Do you want to join our funding stream Laban?

    I’m sure there’s room for one more minority….

    I think I’ve got this about right, but correct me if I am wrong:

    We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims and obtaining compensation on their behalf.

    We understand that accidents, whether they result in serious injuries or less serious injuries can be very upsetting and the consequences can be long lasting for the victim and indeed those close to them.

    Our aim is to provide a high quality legal service to all our clients. We are committed to ensuring that the individual needs of clients are met by an experienced Lawyer.

    These are our friends…. Substitute ‘accident victims’ with ‘victims of the BNP’. I’m sure somebody would take it on. Especially if they knew that Lee John Barnes (LLB Hons) was in the opposite corner.

    Money, money, money, it’s a rich mans world….

  4. Jay — on 26th October, 2009 at 3:56 am  

    The Samosa? Are they for real? A blog named after a savoury Indian delicacy, that focusses on ‘South Asian issues’, and receives government funding? We are living in a strange world.

  5. Jay — on 26th October, 2009 at 4:01 am  

    The Samosa is a platform for the promotion of human rights and equality and is non sectarian. We’re seeking to challenge bigoted views about ethnic minorities and Muslim communities on the one hand, and the equally bigoted doctrines of extremist Islamicism on the other.

    We intend to make The Samosa a platform for new talent for film makers, journalists, writers, media activists and a base for developing related new media businesses and projects.

    http://www.thesamosa.co.uk/

  6. Jay — on 26th October, 2009 at 4:02 am  

    The Samosa is a new startup, not for profit social enterprise and all income generated and grants raised will be invested in content and operations and growing of the company. Full accounts of all trading and business activity will be published annually and all grants, trust, sponsorship or any other funding declared. The Samosa will not accept any funding that is politically driven or connected to lobbyists of any kind. The Samosa has received sponsorship of £15K from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to support new writing and new voices in journalism.

  7. Jay — on 26th October, 2009 at 4:04 am  

    Laban you should apply for some funding, your blog template is looking a bit old. Can’t you come up with something more modern and sexy looking? OK, maybe not sexy looking, at least something a bit, you know, different. I see, following that quote, a picture from Dad’s Army as your blogs masthead.

  8. damon — on 26th October, 2009 at 5:07 am  

    I’m going along to this event next weekend.
    I went last year and it was a good thing to attend
    Contrarian maybe, but interesting.
    http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/index.php/2009/session_detail/2567/

    http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/index.php/2009/session_detail/2554/

  9. douglas clark — on 26th October, 2009 at 8:37 am  

    Jay,

    I am completely sure that you got the money on a fair and equitable basis. It is, however, reasonable to ask you whether or not you got community cohesion dosh or not?

    It seems to me that there is a considerable amount of money available for community cohesion concepts.

    Given that. I don’t actually understand why Sunny Hundal shouldn’t be paid a zillion pounds for running this web site. It does more for social cohesion than most. And, as far as I know, isn’t troughing.

  10. Reza — on 26th October, 2009 at 10:21 am  

    “And yet there are people out there claiming we should listen to the BNP.”

    Of course Griffin’s a scumbag. But we should be paying attention to what the BNP are saying. Because of this:-

    “One in five ‘would consider voting BNP’…”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/6417906/One-in-four-would-consider-voting-BNP.html

    Which is a direct result of this:-

    “…Labour ‘deliberately let migrants in to make Britain more multicultural and so Tories could be accused of racism’…”

    “…Mr Neather said the published version of the report focused on the labour market case for immigration. But he added: ‘Earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.’…

    …Home Office Minister Barbara Roche, who pioneered the open-door policy, was also said to have wanted to restore her reputation on the Left of the Labour Party. She had come under fire for attacking the use of children for begging by asylum seekers as ‘vile’…

    …Ministers were reluctant to discuss the move publicly for fear that it would alienate Labour’s core working-class vote, Mr Neather said. But they hoped it would allow them to paint the Conservatives as xenophobic and out of touch…

    …Labour strategists went on to attack Tory leaders William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard as out of touch when they raised questions about immigration policy…

    …Mr Hague was accused of ‘playing the race card’ in 2001 when he said Mr Blair was turning Britain into a ‘foreign land’…

    …Mr Howard was called a ‘racist’ in 2004 after he went to the BNP stronghold of Burnley to denounce Labour’s stance on asylum seekers…”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1222998/Labour-open-borders-storm-Demands-inquiry-claims-migrants-let-Tories-accused-racism.html#ixzz0V21kwSRR

    You Sunny, and your leftie chums are complicit in this appalling and wicked conspiracy.

    As is anyone who has routinely yelled “racist” over the last few years at criticism of our free-for-all asylum and immigration policy.

  11. Reza — on 26th October, 2009 at 10:21 am  

    “And yet there are people out there claiming we should listen to the BNP.”

    Of course Griffin’s a scumbag. But we should be paying attention to what the BNP are saying. Because of this:-

    “One in five ‘would consider voting BNP’…”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/6417906/One-in-four-would-consider-voting-BNP.html

    Which is a direct result of this:-

    “…Labour ‘deliberately let migrants in to make Britain more multicultural and so Tories could be accused of racism’…”

    “…Mr Neather said the published version of the report focused on the labour market case for immigration. But he added: ‘Earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.’…

    …Home Office Minister Barbara Roche, who pioneered the open-door policy, was also said to have wanted to restore her reputation on the Left of the Labour Party. She had come under fire for attacking the use of children for begging by asylum seekers as ‘vile’…

    …Ministers were reluctant to discuss the move publicly for fear that it would alienate Labour’s core working-class vote, Mr Neather said. But they hoped it would allow them to paint the Conservatives as xenophobic and out of touch…

    …Labour strategists went on to attack Tory leaders William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard as out of touch when they raised questions about immigration policy…

    …Mr Hague was accused of ‘playing the race card’ in 2001 when he said Mr Blair was turning Britain into a ‘foreign land’…

    …Mr Howard was called a ‘racist’ in 2004 after he went to the BNP stronghold of Burnley to denounce Labour’s stance on asylum seekers…”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1222998/Labour-open-borders-storm-Demands-inquiry-claims-migrants-let-Tories-accused-racism.html#ixzz0V21kwSRR

    You Sunny, and your leftie chums are complicit in this appalling and wicked conspiracy.

    As is anyone who has routinely yelled “racist” over the last few years at criticism of our free-for-all asylum and immigration policy.

  12. Rumbold — on 26th October, 2009 at 10:27 am  

    I think this is a very interesting development, as it marks the beginnings of the state’s (note: not the government’s) attempts to enter the blogosphere. To spend taxpayers’ money on a blog that writes about things that plenty are already writing about for free smacks of an attempt at influencing what is being said. It is also a waste of money. Anyone can blog, providing they are willing to spend a small amount of money and devote a few hours a week. I worry that this will be the future, with bloggers increasingly turning to, and expecting the, state to pay for their blogging (a la many modern artists), or else they won’t do it.

    I also find it odd that a blog dedicated to “new writing and new voices in journalism” would hire Laurie. She is an excellent writer and easily good enough to write for them, but since she already writes for the Guardian and others she is hardly a “new voice.”

  13. BenSix — on 26th October, 2009 at 4:56 pm  

    I endorse this attempt to gain Laban funding; it’d be richly entertaining. Within a week, we’d hear that “things can only get better“, and be directed to “this interesting argument by Madeleine Bunting“…

  14. Leon — on 26th October, 2009 at 10:57 pm  

    I also find it odd that a blog dedicated to “new writing and new voices in journalism” would hire Laurie. She is an excellent writer and easily good enough to write for them, but since she already writes for the Guardian and others she is hardly a “new voice.”

    Yep I thought the same. Not sure what the point of this new blog is…

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