Cologne exposes a crisis in our continent, yet parliament is debating Donald Trump
Sunday, January 10, 2016
As the whole world now knows, on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, dozens of German women were sexually assaulted, apparently by some of that country’s more recent arrivals.
For days the media across Europe declined to even report the story. It was only because of new media that the story began to get out at all.
Then when the media did get around to reporting the story they covered it in that now-familiar way which suggests their job is not so much to report the facts as to negotiate between the facts and their fear over how the general public might react to those facts.
Perhaps we should be grateful that there is any coverage a week after the attacks. After all, it took more than a decade for 1500 rapes in the north of England to make much news. Yesterday the Guardian (where any male doing anything is usually a
demonstration of ‘rape culture’) finally ran a piece suggesting that
perhaps we shouldn’t cover up actual, real rape-culture such as that in
Cologne, conceding that it hadn’t helped much with Rotherham.
was predictably hailed as brave and controversial because
today it has indeed become brave and controversial to report the facts.
Thinking aloud about any of the repercussions of those facts, however,
remains the pursuit only of a madman.
In particular it seems clear from Tommy Robinson’s full account of his story that if the British police and others in authority had got a grip on Al-Muhajiroun and other Islamic extremists earlier on then nobody would ever have heard of the EDL or Tommy Robinson. The EDL always were a secondary problem – a reaction to a problem.
But instead of dealing with the problem they were objecting to (Islamic fundamentalists having free reign to abuse British soldiers, just for starters) the full might of the state devoted itself to shutting down Tommy Robinson and the EDL: which is like trying to treat a disease-racked body by addressing a skin irritation. Read it all here............