When inciting hatred is easy 

You may have seen Paul Watson, Tommy Robinson, Katie Hopkins  and others sharing and retweeting a Muslim housing association advert on twitter and Facebook. 

This is nothing but incitement to hate. There are literally hundreds of Christian and Jewish and Muslim housing assocIitons in the UK. A simple google search will reveal this to be the case. Many of those housing associations that were set up ornignally to help members of the BME community have now moved into housing all in need, as the need as increased accross the UK.

Take this housing association as an example 

The North London Housing Assocation does target the Muslim community. It specialises in housing larger families who might otherwise find it difficult to find housing. Indeed the association has close links with another housing association that has a tradition of large multi generational families .. Agusdas Isreal, a Jewish housing association. This could also been found out with a simple search of google. It houses people regardless of religion .. as thus statement makes clear. 

In conclusion these type of tweets and social media posts by Stephen Yaxley Lennon and Paul Watson are nothing but incitement to hate and violence to their band of followers who are too lazy to research what they hate.  


Spinning a tragedy, part two 

The right wing commentators on twitter have taken two avenues when spinning a human tragedy to suit their usual narrative. 

If you are Stephen Yaxley Lennon, (formally the leader of the EDL and now the leader of those who were in the ELD plus UKIP hangers on, BNP organisers and Americans whose knowledge of Britain comes via Farage on Fox News) you initially post sympathy for the victims and then you go down the route of questioning why people (Muslims and other people not the same as Stephen) protested about the fire but not about terrorism. The oxygen he was getting from terrorist incidents was being withdrawn because of another tragedy, this one involving the very people he demonises. How galling for him. The narrative needed to be adjusted to suit him so let’s make it about Muslims .. spinning a tragedy. 

This goes hand in hand with this .. a need to make the victims non British and therefore not worthy of sympathy  .. or at least not equal sympathy with the victims of terrorism. 

For David Vance and others the approach has been two fold: 

One, ignore the fact that the block was a mix of social housing and privately owned flats and attack the residents as somehow not being poor .. as well as being foreigners .. or in receipt of huge housing benefits (as if this somehow makes their death less tragic) 

Two, make it about Muslims and left wing activists. (Vance completely ignores the fact that the spokesperson at the demonstration has lost friends in the fire, was questioned and released 10 years ago, whilst Richard Kemp associates him with a known hate preacher when no association exists) 
This is what Vance posts: 

This is what Richard Kemp posts .. notice Raheem retweets it to his followers .. 

And let’s not forget Jack Montgomery, Breitbart journalist and chief brexit bod in Scotland: 

In the knowledge that it will act as a dog whistle for their followers who reply thus: 

For Raheem it was disgust that a Labour MP who lost a friend in the fire should dare to suggest that safe social housing was as much of the social contract that the government has with society as the NHS and education. Raheem spins it into a request from Labour for penthouses for all. Those like Raheem can not allow the left to determine the narrative, they need to make the request for decent social housing look obscene, over the top .. an attack on the working population. Forgetting it was working men and women who lost their lives. 

For David, Raheem, Paul (Prison Planet) Watson and their hangers on it has developed into an opportunity to spin against the left, the young, the politically active. When a group of local people went to the council building the knifes were out. You could see the hope that overnight there would be riots. The real need of people to find out what is going on is lost in the desire to call people thugs. 

One comment on the left, yesterday one commentator printed a blog claiming a D Notice had been issued. This was irresponsible – for people who are suffering, who are grieving for friends and family, who have lost everything it gave them the fear that the authorities were already lying to them. It inflamed an already tense situation, it was not necessary and was not true. 

How the far right spin a human tragedy. Part One 

Find Part Two here 

The far right are in full swing on social media. The fire at Grenfell Tower is a human tragedy, it’s a tragedy that has devastated the lives of a group of people that they normally like to vilify, Muslims, the poor, lefties, refugees .. foreigners. Their reaction has been predictable displaying a visceral need to divide society whilst fulfilling their followers need to have a hate figure that often is the weakest in society, the group with the least ability to get their voice heard.

I was asked this week why I share their hate, there is a simple answer hate should not be ignored, it should not be swept under the carpet .. it should be challenged. Failing to challenge hate allows those who peddle it to do so without having to justify it, if they refuse to justify it, if they can not justify it then they show themselves to nothing other than click bait for those who take comfort in blaming the “other’. 

On the morning after the fire as people are still looking for their friend and relatives, still standing in the street in their pyjamas looking at the wreck of their homes the message on the far right was that this was about race and terrorism.

Why do they do this? Is it a need to find a reason for a tragedy that is not to do with money, human error or short sighted actions? Or is it a need to reinforce their beliefs through any tragedy that occurs? Or is just hate, a hate of people who are the same as them? 

If they can blame people who are not the same colour or religion as them, can they then assume believe it will not happen to them. That they are safe from tragedy. 

If you can blame immigrants for something then just do it .. 

If you can’t blame migrants blame the EU ..

If you can’t blame a terrorist it’s the fault of foreign workers .. 

Or it’s a refugee unhappy with their apartment ..

On Facebook there is the option to go much further with your hate ..

There are many other comments I could share, but what has really upset me has been the way that social media commentators who have real influence have used the tragedy to spin the tragedy for their own ends and I will be writing about that later.