There are two things to know about the British newspaper The
Guardian. One is that it is comically, even ludicrously far left. The
second is that, though militantly secular in all other respects, the
newspaper remains a staunch apologist and Defender of the Faith, as long
as that faith is Islam. Morrissey (he goes by a single name), a former singer for the British
pop group The Smiths, and Mancunian by birth, wrote the following on his Facebook page the day of the Manchester bombing:
Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop? Theresa May says such attacks “will not break us”, but her own
life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need
to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues.
not break us” means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies
on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already
broken – thanks all the same, Theresa. Sadiq Khan says “London is
united with Manchester”, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who
have claimed responsibility for the bomb.
The Queen receives absurd
praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not
cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no
criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy
Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist”. An extreme what?
An extreme rabbit?
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are
unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when
one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such
The Manchester-born singer Morrissey has hit out at
politicians for their reaction to the bombing in his hometown that has
killed 22 people and hospitalised 59 more. In his statement, the former Smiths frontman claimed that politicians
are safe from attacks, while the rest of the country is left
vulnerable. The MP Jo Cox was murdered by a rightwing extremist last
That last sentence about the murder of Jo Cox is an attempt by The
Guardian reporter to undermine Morrissey’s first claim, by suggesting 1)
that politicians are not as safe from attack as Morrissey claims (just
look at what happened to Jo Cox); and 2) since Morrissey clearly has in
mind the Manchester attack, by a Muslim.
The Guardian is quick to divert
attention to the “rightwing extremist” who killed Cox, implicitly one
among many examples of rightwing violence that might be cited.