Enjoy the silence

Readers may recall that I sent an e-mail to the Respect ‘coalition’ three weeks ago seeking clarification of their position regarding their biggest contributor, Dr Mohammed Naseem. Dr Naseem is an executive director of the Islamic Party of Great Britain, who believe that ‘lewd displays of homosexuality’ should be punishable by death.

I was curious why a party of the left which advocates (or so you’d think, anyway) socialism, sexual and gender equality, worker’s rights, etc., was comfortable being associated with someone who holds such medieval views. Maybe I’m being old fashioned, but I was under the impression that the radical left stood in opposition to people who believe this sort of thing. I guess I was wrong. Apparently, it is instead acceptable to share a platform with them and benefit from their financial backing.

Funnily enough, I have yet to receive any answer or acknowledgement. So I suppose there is only one conclusion to draw.

Of course, the actions in recent weeks of their most famous member and sole MP on a certain reality TV show have probably kept them very busy in terms of correspondence. So maybe I should cut them some slack and presume they have a backlog of emails to answer.

But I shan’t be holding my breath.


Centrist. Atlanticist. Dry liberal. Anti-totalitarian. Post-ideological pragmatist. Child of The Enlightenment. Toucan.

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2 comments on “Enjoy the silence
  1. mAc Chaos says:

    This is old news. The radical left has always taken the other side. During the Cold War we all know there was no shortage of commie-loving liberals and other apologists, and the Vietnam War certainly brought out the soldier-stoning leftists.

    Private property, individualism, capitalism, respect for tradition, they simply hate everything that makes up our society.

  2. Citizen Sane says:

    That’s the common American definition of “liberal” of course. Not to be confused with the true liberalism espoused on this site, where private property, individualism and capitalism are all celebrated.

    The “left” encompasses an enormous political spectrum (to which I still consider myself adhered – just about); and to be “left wing” does not automatically mean any of the characteristics you list. I’m sure you agree.

    But you’re right, there is and always has been a poisonous, blinded hardcore sect of the left that cannot see beyond their hatred of America and western democracies generally: Noam Chomsky, Harold Pinter, Michael Moore, George Galloway and readers of the Socialist Workers Press all spring to mind. They’re happier getting into bed with the likes of Chavez, Castro and, more recently, jihadist Muslims who would happily kill anyone who does not believe the same things that they do.


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