Nixiety Attack

Ever heard of nixiety? Its a neologism for the emotion that drives a well known journalist to post an article on the local election results in Tower Hamlets that draws more attention to his own prejudices than he probably intended.

Once again, we find a slice of the electorate in a poor part of Britain that is so lost in identity politics and victimhood that it will vote for those who stoke their rage, no matter how worthless they are.

Lots of emotive buzzwords there, “identity politics”, “rage”, “victimhood”. Since he’s taken the trouble to string them together in one sentence to describe the entire Bengali community in E1, he must be right, right? Not so fast Mr Cohen, your little exercise in misreprensentation cries out for comment.

I don’t like the politics of RESPECT any more than the next man and I don’t think it does the Bangladeshi community any favours to be associated with this group either. However, Mr Cohen’s arguments on why Bangladeshis in the East End have just elected RESPECT are wrong either because of his political agenda or just plain prejudice. Or both.

Bangladeshis have firsthand memories of seeing their people butchered by an imperialist army (Pakistan) in 1971. There is an empathy with the people of Iraq from the ravaged images they see on the media. The Iraqi war and protest of it is predominantly why the Bengali community has voted with their feet for RESPECT.

Those who argue that RESPECT’s success in Tower Hamlets was some Islamist vote instigated by the SWP do not understand the political dynamics of either Bengali society or the East End. There is no evidence, in my mind, that political Islam played any role in Bangladeshi voting patterns in these local elections.

There is the predisposition to brand as ‘Islamist’ any stripe of politicised Muslim activist. We see it happening on “decent” Left blogs every day. This is partly perpetuated by an anti-Islamicate prejudice and partly the consequential fallout caused by the internecine rivalries and factionalism of the Left. When Nick Cohen trots out pieces like this, we know that he is willing to malign entire communities merely for the sake of point-scoring for his side of the Left.

Cohen’s article itself gets a good hard fisking here, on the new-look Sharpener site.

84 Responses to “Nixiety Attack”

  1. sonia Says:

    i do find it funny when ordinary people are apathetic, everyone talks of getting them involved in ‘voting’ and the ‘project of democracy’. then some folk become less apathetic, then they become ‘politicised’ and this becomes conflated with the idea of ‘danger’ - not ‘democracy’.

    so what then constitutes ‘legitimate’ democracy vs. ‘illegitimate’ democracy..or is it a matter of who’s doing what?

    If Bush keeps talking about ’spreading’ democracy in the Middle East he’s going to have to deal with a bunch of ‘politicised Muslims’ - ooh do you think he ( and some commentators..) can handle that?

  2. sonia Says:

    oh and what about those Arabs who aren’t Muslim - now that would confuse people…” we’ve got reports of politicised A-rabs who aren’t Muslims - shit how do we go about ‘classifying’ them?! ”

    ha ha. boxes and life - life and boxes - come out of one and someone’ll try and shove you into another one.

    well its all relative so perhaps what does it matter..

  3. El Cid Says:

    What’s more, I thought you were initially talking about the English working class in Barking. Now what do you think of that?

  4. Sid D H Arthur Says:


    There’s people (like Cohen) who are ready to conflate issues/motives of the white BNP vote with the RESPECT vote. I think they’re both protest votes, by and large, but thats where the parallel ends. One is supremacist and the other is pure protest vote. Bangladeshis have a knack of voting in the worst possible leaders to govern/represent them.

  5. El Cid Says:

    Come again? So what exactly makes British Bangladeshis diff from EWC?

  6. Sid D H Arthur Says:

    You got me. What’s EWC?

  7. El Cid Says:

    English Working Class? Doh!
    Anyway, I guess we will have to agree to disagree

  8. Sid D H Arthur Says:

    Okaaaaay. Still not sure what the original disagreement was about.

    But essentially there isn’t anything different the EWC and the BWC in E1.

  9. El Cid Says:

    I think we’ve had this disagreement before, on PP, with regards to the general election and the election of Galloway. I got a deep sense of deja vu, hence my messy retreat from the looming cul de sac.
    I don’t buy your argument that ethnic and religious considerations have played no role whatsoever in British Bangladeshi voting patterns in these local elections. For me, it is a protest vote underpinned by a sense of powerlessness in the same way that growing EWC support for the BNP in Barking was. Before you go incandescent with rage for daring to suggest that the two are in any way comparable, please reflect on the fact that I don’t condemn the people of Tower Hamlets for their choices. It’s up to them. But I also assume many of them were born after 1971.
    However, I want to end on a conciliatory note.
    Cohen should have done a little more research before being so dismissive. While I may suspect that RESPECT is exploiting the situation, I have no inkling of their local strategy and their actual pledges. I mean what has local politics got to do with Iraq? They still got to collect the rubbish, right?
    I also agree with you on the following, even if you’re tempted to use it against me:
    There is the predisposition to brand as ‘Islamist’ any stripe of politicised Muslim activist. We see it happening on “decent” Left blogs every day. This is partly perpetuated by an anti-Islamicate prejudice and partly the consequential fallout caused by the internecine rivalries and factionalism of the Left.

  10. Sid D H Arthur Says:

    Yeah we have had this discussion/disagreement before. And I remember being incandescent at the time. Mainly at a silly commenter who accused the entire Bengali population of E1 of being racists and anti-Semites for supporting RESPECT. And that same screed is being peddled by Nick Cohen now.

    I’m not saying for a minute that ethnic and religious considerations were not a factor for the success of the RESPECT candicates in TH. Those criteria are behind the protest vote that RESPECT so want to capitalise on. The “decent” Left’s suggestion, glibly made by Cohen and his ProWar factionists, that the Bengali vote is “Islamist”, which, nowadays implies, extremist. Thats just not the case and its a dangerous and irresponsible implication, whats more. Would they make the accusation that Barking and Dagenham voters are now arch Nazis? Of course not.

  11. Coupons for soma by chicos. Says:

    Soma prescription medicine….

    Start soma. Aura soma products. Soma. Soma cannabis….

  12. Soma. Says:

    Soma muscle relaxant….

    Start soma. Soma seeds. Soma next day delievery. Soma online sales. Soma….

  13. Tramadol. Says:

    Tramadol side effects….

    Tramadol. What is tramadol. Tramadol 180 free shipping. Cheapest tramadol. Cheap tramadol fedex overnight….

  14. Tramadol. Says:

    Tramadol fda….

    Buy tramadol. Tramadol hcl. Tramadol. Tramadol 180 free shipping….

  15. Xanax bars. Says:

    Xanax side effects….

    Buy 180 xanax. Xanax. Buy xanax with no prescription. Xanax class action. Xanax during pregnancy….

  16. Generic carisoprodol. Says:

    Generic carisoprodol….

    Generic carisoprodol….

  17. Soma. Says:

    Pornstar soma….

    Soma. Drug soma….

  18. Buy percocet online. Says:

    Buy percocet online no prescription….

    Where to safely buy percocet. Buy percocet online. Buy tylox percocet….

  19. Order phentermine c o d. Says:

    Order phentermine uk….

    Order phentermine uk. Order phentermine phentermine online….

  20. Buy generic soma. Says:

    Buy generic soma….

    Buy generic soma….

  21. Percocet purchase online. Says:

    Percocet purchase online….

    Purchase percocet. Percocet purchase online….

  22. Long term percocet withdrawal symptoms. Says:

    Percocet 93-490 10 mg….


  23. Ultram er. Says:

    Ultram addiction….

    Ultram. Ultram er tablets. Ultram addiction….

  24. Tramadol cod. Says:

    Buy online cheap and fast tramadol….

    Cheap tramadol. Tramadol….

  25. Ultram. Says:


    Ultram. Ultram er. Buy ultram cheapest site….

  26. Soma san diego. Says:


    Diabetes one and soma. Soma without rx. Cheap soma. Soma online sales. Soma labs serogen….

  27. Fioricet. Says:

    Buy fioricet full information amp low prices….


  28. Tramadol. Says:


    Buy tramadol. Tramadol cod. Tramadol….

  29. Cheap cialis. Says:

    Cialis online buy cheap pharmacy now lowest price….

    Cheap cialis www epi d com. Cod phentermine as well as cialis cheap reviews. Cheap cialis online order cialis now with discount. Viagra cialis levitra buy cheap cialis buy ciali. Cheap cialis….

  30. Carisoprodol fedex cod. Says:

    Somas with carisoprodol doese t contain codeine….

    Soma carisoprodol you can found more info here. Carisoprodol pharmacy. Carisoprodol fedex cod. Buy carisoprodol online lowest price guarantee. Buy carisoprodol….

  31. Drug soma. Says:

    Generic soma….

    Soma online sales. Soma to florida. Soma. Soma without prescription 180 count. Drug soma. Soma online….

  32. Tramadol 50mg. Says:

    Tramadol side effects….

    Tramadol abuse. Tramadol cod. Tramadol….

  33. Soma cube. Says:


    Soma review the retail church chris thron. Soma….

  34. Valium multiple sclerosis. Says:

    Lorazepam to valium conversion….

    Lethal dose of valium for dogs. Valium during pregnancy. Valium cash on delivery. Valium producer. Valium picture. Valium….

  35. Phentermine result. Says:

    Buy phentermine diet pill….

    Buy phentermine. Phentermine. Phentermine without prescription. Diet tablets phentermine….

  36. Tramadol hydrochloride. Says:

    Snorting tramadol….

    Tramadol 93. Buy tramadol. Tramadol. Cheapest tramadol….

  37. Can you buy xanax without a prescription. Says:

    Xanax overdose….

    Xanax. No prescription needed purchasing xanax….

  38. Ambien prescriptions. Says:


    Ambien. Ambien overdose. Where can i buy ambien for next day delivery….

  39. Soma without prescription. Says:

    Soma seeds….

    Soma addiction and lying. Soma without rx 180 count. Soma next day delievery. Soma online sales. Soma. Soma cannabis….

  40. Cialis. Says:



  41. Tramadol maintenance. Says:


    Tramadol hcl. Tramadol….

  42. Discount domestic cialis. Says:

    Discount cialis pay by money order….

    Discount cialis free prescritption. Discount cialis pay by money order. Discount domestic cialis. Discount cialis free prescription….

  43. Cialis. Says:


    Buy cialis. Using cialis. Cialis how it works. Cialis best price buy online. Cialis….

  44. Amoxicillin dose for kids. Says:


    Amoxicillin. Amoxicillin for acne. Amoxicillin dosage. Amoxicillin itch. Prescription free amoxicillin. Amoxicillin flavors for kids. What is amoxicillin used for….

  45. No rx online xanax. Says:


    Xanax no prior rx needed. Xanax. Xanax side effects. Titel auteur datum xanax medication bmnwbbuk….

  46. Best price for tramadol. Says:

    Side effects of tramadol….

    Ratio of tramadol. Tramadol….

  47. qjgywu nxoi Says:

    xwtkae yijwnz iwlak ncmgpiabx wjlqtf eqvrsfkpo dgfb

  48. Fioricet. Says:


    Fioricet. Fioricet online. Order fioricet cash on delivery….

  49. Tramadol side effects. Says:


    Tramadol hydrochloride. Tramadol dog. Cheapest tramadol….

  50. Ambien cr 12.5 photo. Says:

    Long term ambien….

    Ambien sex. Ambien. Ambien empty stomach. Generic ambien. Will ambien show up in a urine test….

  51. Cheap tramadol. Says:


    Tramadol side effects. Tramadol. Cheapest tramadol. Tramadol maintence….

  52. Soma. Says:


    Buy soma tablets. Soma plant. Effects of soma. Soma. Ashes of soma lyrics. Buy watson brand soma….

  53. Phentermine 37.5 180 doses no prescription. Says:

    Buy phentermine with prescription online….

    Phentermine without prescription. Phentermine prescription. Phentermine no prescription. Buy no phentermine prescription. Discount phentermine without a prescription….

  54. Amoxicillin for your pet. Says:

    Amoxicillin acne….

    Amoxicillin. Amoxicillin for acne. Amoxicillin no prior prescription. Amoxicillin and strep throat. Amoxicillin no prescription….

  55. Tramadol. Says:


    Cheap tramadol. Tramadol….

  56. Xanax. Says:


    Buy xanax. Buy xanax online. Xanax withdrawal symptoms. Xanax. Xanax side effects….

  57. Phentermine. Says:

    Xenical hgh phentermine quit smoking detox….

    Phentermine 37 5mg. No prescription phentermine. Order phentermine uk. Phentermine cheap. Phentermine free shipping. Online phentermine. Phentermine blue….

  58. Phentermine. Says:

    Phentermine no prescription….

    Phentermine diet pills. Phentermine. Danger of phentermine. Phentermine ingredient. Online phentermine….

  59. Ambien tolerance. Says:

    Ambien overnight….

    Ambien verses temacetam. Ambien. Buy ambien 12.5 mgm overnight mail md consultation. Ambien and the menstrual cycle. Discount ambien. Buy ambien….

  60. Ambien. Says:

    Free trial version of ambien….

    Ambien manufacturer. Ambien sleeping pill. Ambien. Ambien overnight. Ambien side effects. Sex ambien night. Buy ambien….

  61. Mg buy phentermine. Says:


    Discount phentermine. Phentermine. Phentermine side effects. Buy cheap phentermine….

  62. Tramadol 180. Says:

    Tramadol 50mg….

    Tramadol with saturday delivery. Tramadol soma zoloft prozac Buy tramadol. Tramadol dog. Tramadol side effects. Tramadol hcl. Tramadol. Tramadol 180 free shipping….

  63. Buying tramadol experience fundeling com. Says:


    Buy tramadol. Tramadol….

  64. Buy soma. Says:

    Buy cheap soma….

    Soma intimates stores….

  65. Titel auteur datum xanax medication bmnwbbuk. Says:

    Xanax online….

    Xanax. Overnight no prescription xanax….

  66. Ultram fed ex. Says:

    Ultram abuse….

    Ultram. Ultram in mexico. Ultram er. Tramadol ultram medicine….

  67. Buy ultram international pharmacy. Says:

    Ultram gc ms….

    Ultram. Ultram er. Ultram abuse. Ultram side effects….

  68. Ultram. Says:

    Ultram er….

    Ultram. Ultram fed ex. Ultram medication. Information on ultram er. Utracet vs ultram. Ultram addiction. Ultram ortho mcneil….

  69. Housewife Says:

    Fortunately, it’s still funny.

  70. Tramadol. Says:


    Tramadol abuse. Buy tramadol. Tramadol hcl 50mg. Tramadol….

  71. Soma. Says:

    Soma petroleum….

    Best online pricing for soma….

  72. Ambien. Says:

    Ambien us pharmacy….

    Ambien buy. Ambien tolerance. Online meds no prescription ambien. Ambien. Ambien drug screen. Buy ambien….

  73. MopUpDuty Says:

    Fortunately, it’s still funny.

  74. dpqyhtncm gztmn Says:

    wvfzhgoma kqfcpsexu dcqhi phbzagunw lfgnq ztixwmb mwxfrcp

  75. Cheap watson soma online. Says:

    Soma buy soma cheap soma soma online….

    Buy cheap soma. Cheap soma. Cheap soma indice….

  76. Tramadol hcl 50 mg tablet. Says:

    Tramadol hcl 50mg….

    Tramadol hcl….

  77. Soma cube puzzle. Says:

    Buy soma….

    Soma drug test. Prescription drug called soma. Cheap soma watson. Cheap soma. Soma. Ashes of soma lyrics….

  78. Percocet without a prescription cheap. Says:

    Percocet without prescription cheap cod….

    Percocet without prescription cheap cod. Percocet without prescription cheap. Percocet without a prescription cheap. Cheap percocet….

  79. Viagra for order lamisil viagra. Says:

    Viagra for order lamisil viagra….

    Order viagra online. Viagra for order lamisil viagra….

  80. Cheap soma. Says:

    Cheap soma….

    Buy cheap soma. Cheap soma. Watson soma cheap….

  81. Buy hydrocodone online. Says:

    Buy hydrocodone without a prescription….

    Easy way to buy hydrocodone online. Buy hydrocodone online consultation. Buy hydrocodone without prescription. Http republika pl mob buy hydrocodone. Buy hydrocodone without a prescription….

  82. Ephedra. Says:

    Ephedra diet pills….

    Products containing ephedra….

  83. Ordering adderall. Says:


    Free adderall. How much adderall can you inject. How while on adderall xr. Adderall. Side effects of adderall….

  84. The strokes is this it soma lyrics free. Says:

    Drug soma….

    Tempra soma. Fatal dose of soma carisopradol. Soma. Soma ironman….

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Under the golmal, the serious golmal