First posted: 10th February, 2011
Martin Smith says that Cameron's death-of-multiculturalism speech was ‘a statement of intent’? What does that mean? That white Tory boys are about to go all-out with Brown Exotics - the Muslims? That the ‘victims’ of Evil Capitalism will now be blamed for everything (like 'Zionists')? Come on Smitty. Grow up. You’re not a student anymore. You’re a diseased old man.
And what a nice and convenient parallel – the one Martin Smiff draws between the miners and Islamists. Except that the miners weren’t seen as an ‘alien culture’ as Smitty contends – even if you hated them, they were still as British as bangers and mash. The Islamists, on the other hand, want nothing from British culture. They hate it with intensity. It doesn’t matter whether the Government is left or right, as it did with the miners – all ‘man-made law’ and government is reprehensible to the Islamist.
Martin Smith then talks a lot about those who attempt to ‘divide society’ or divide the working class. That is, the Marxist cliché written a thousands times. Yet Smitty himself is the best divider of communities – he has nothing but hatred for all to the right of Pol Pot. He divides for a living. That is the essence of his Trotskyism. Part of his divisiveness is his love of violence – or ‘mobilisation’.
Extreme leftist dogma and rigidity has done more to destroy the dream of multiculturalism than anything… outside of Islam. You get the impression, from multiculturalists like Smitty, that they want to punish the British working class with multiculturalism – to show us what’s really good for us. And what’s good for us is what middle-class Guardianistas say is good for us. They are the contemporary equivalents of those oh-so-condescending Fabians of yore.
So to finally state the EDL's 'intent'.
We are not against Difference or the Other, as Continental philosophers and Madeline Bunting have it.
We are simply against pernicious Difference and pernicious Otherness.
Can’t these people realise that there is a difference? The EDL is not against the Other that is Buddhism. The Other that is Sikhism… The list is endless. We are against Islamism and militant Islam. Are you getting the message yet, Smitty?
Martin Smith's (UAF) statement on Cameron's death-of-multiculturalism speech, 'More division over multiculturalism', from the Guardian:
David Cameron is attempting to drive a wedge between different communities by linking Britain's multicultural society with terrorism and national security. His speech was made on the same day as the English Defence League brought its bigotry and violence to the streets of Luton. Mr Cameron's aim is simple as it is crude – to deflect the anger against his government's cuts from the bankers and on to the Muslim community. The prime minister is aping attacks by other European leaders like France's Nicolas Sarkozy, who passed legislation banning the veil, and Angela Merkel, who has also made statements denouncing multiculturalism in Germany. We believe our multicultural society and the respect and solidarity it is built on is a cause for pride, and reject any moves by this government to undermine and destroy it.
We must not allow this coalition government to turn the tide back to the days when it was acceptable, through ignorance and fear, for people with a different religion, culture or skin colour to be scapegoated and treated as inferior or outsiders.
- By Martin Smith, of Love Music Hate Racism & Unite Against Fascism