Yes, obviously Richard Littlejohn is a lying cunt; and as with the Moslemhass crew passim [*], I\’d normally not even bother mentioning his drivellings. However, since he\’s lying about my direct experience here, with reference to the silly bishop\’s no-go-area ranting:
All Bishop Nazir-Ali did was state the bleedin\’ obvious. Yet even William Hague has attacked him, saying the idea that Christians are made to feel uncomfortable by Muslim extremists is not a Britain he recognises.
In which case, I suggest Hague heads a few stops east of Westminster, along the Mile End and Whitechapel Roads, where Muslim monoculturalism holds sway.
No it fucking doesn\’t. The most Muslim bit of the area he\’s talking about is just over 50% Muslim. That happens to be the ward where I live. I\’m very blatantly not a typical Muslim by appearance [**], and I\’ve not been given the slightest grief of any kind by anyone (unlike some people in some areas by some groups of other people).
The only sense in which Littlejohn\’s assertion could be considered accurate is if the mere site of non-white people clad in funny robes makes you uncomfortable. And frankly, the fact that having areas with large ethnic minority populations makes bigots uncomfortable doesn\’t strike me as A Terrible Thing.
Update: in a better world, Jamie K would have a nationwide column and Richard Littlejohn\’s head would be pickled in a butcher\’s shop:
Thereâ€™s quite a lot of Poles on this side of Cheetham Hill Road. The local grocers sells tins of pickled pigs head along with Special Brew and other fine Danish products. Thatâ€™s because itâ€™s one of those Muslim no go areas the Bishop talks out of his arse about.
[*] I can\’t think of an appropriate semantic variant of \”anti-semitism\”, for obvious reasons, so I\’m going by analogy to \’Judenhass\’. This is more appropriate than \’Islamophobia\’ because the latter is overused to refer to anyone who doesn\’t like every aspect of Islam, rather than people who talk like a 1933 German tabloid with the subject changed (or a 1250 English tabloid, if we\’d had them. Doubtless Private Eye have done this at some point…)
[**] \”typical\” inserted through pedantry, since there are doubtless some Muslims who look like me. While it\’s irrelevant to the discussion, I\’m about as far from being a Muslim as you can be without being Christopher Hitchens: I just don\’t like Moslemhass is all…