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    Mutiny at the Spectator?


    by Sunny
    11th November, 2009 at 6:43 pm    

    Clive Davis was, until recently, a blogger at The Spectator magazine’s website. Last week he finally wrote about his reasons for leaving. He cited, among others, a general difficulty in talking about immigration and race at the website:

    There’s no question, either, that the political establishment has been mealy-mouthed about the side-effects of mass immigration. (Half my family is white working-class, so I’m allowed to say that too.)

    But as I discovered when I had my own blog at the Speccie, most of the noise comes from people who are, frankly, not worth talking to, a small but energetic brigade of green-inkers who would never normally be allowed house-room on a letters page. As well as repeating the same lines over and over, they express a degree of contempt for non-white faces in general, and Muslims in particular, that is downright scary. Shoot illegal immigrants? Why not?

    That’s the main reason why I switched off my comments facility early on. To be blunt about it, if I were a BNP apparatchik I’d be pleased with the way Coffee House has become a sounding board for the party.

    Ouch. But it’s true. A big proportion of people commenting at the Spectator website espouse BNP policies. It’s a surprise the moderators (do they have any?) don’t delete more of the comments.
    Clive Davis mentions Sarah Standing’s blog-post which contained this gem:

    We never needed a day to remind us of our worth and I suspect, should British Day be enforced on us, it will mainly celebrated by illegal immigrants living in our great country thrilled to have yet another day off.

    Apparently that’s how right-wingers talk about immigration. That’s how much class they have. And the Spectator’s editors are happy to publish such bigoted rubbish. Clive Davis also mentions Liddle Rod - who’s been obsessed with Mary Seacole for months now because of her mixed-race background - also mentioned here several times.
    Clive concludes:

    The problem, I think, is that some Speccie-ites seem to believe that generating “mischief” is all that matters.

    This is certainly true when you take into account their new editor’s recent decision to promote AIDS Denialism. They do the same with Global Warming denialism all the time.

    Alex Massie has indeed been one of the rare sensible right-wingers there, especially when writing about immigration. But in a growing sign that he too is getting annoyed with some of the wingnuttery by fellow bloggers, he takes issue with Melanie Phillips:

    Who is John Limbert?
    Well, he’s the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs who is, according to Melanie Phillips, a “fifth columnist” who is “in hock to the Iranian regime”. Melanie suggests that Limbert’s appointment means Tehran “now has its own man running the United States’s policy towards Iran” and asks “Has there ever been a situation where the President of a country delivers his country in this fashion to its mortal enemy?”

    May I quietly suggest that this is not quite the case?

    Read the whole thing. There are some right-wingers willing to challenge the wingnuttery dominating their side, but it’s only a matter of time before they get pushed or drowned out like they were in the US. The mutiny will be crushed.


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    1. Lucinda Pearman

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    1. marvin — on 12th November, 2009 at 11:14 am  

      Liddle Rod – who’s been obsessed with Mary Seacole for months now because of her mixed-race background

      I think there's just a teeny weeny possibility that actually he's having a dig at the liberal-left teaching where somebody's historical prominence is elevated to that of Queen Victoria due to their ethnicity, when there are hundreds or thousands of people who were far more notable, but alas, being in olde England, they were pasty white…

    2. Kulvinder — on 12th November, 2009 at 4:20 pm  

      I think there's just a teeny weeny possibility that actually he's having a dig at the liberal-left teaching where somebody's historical prominence is elevated to that of Queen Victoria due to their ethnicity, when there are hundreds or thousands of people who were far more notable, but alas, being in olde England, they were pasty white…

      So its a double irony then that the 'liberal-left' teaching was meant to counter the absurdly ill thoughtout prominence given to olde pasty white hanoverian people like queen victoria.

      But really i agree with you; i always found the idea of drumming in the saxe-coburg-gothas as figures of great englishness to be properly uplifting and empowering. After all a head of state descended from immigrants is brilliant.

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