“Lyrical terrorist”? More like terrible lyricist.

The first woman to be convicted under the Terrorism Act appears to be more of a deluded fantasist than a threat to national security. Samina Malik, a 23 year old shop assistant from Southall, West London, was found guilty of owning “terrorist manuals” and could face a jail term.

The self-styled “Lyrical Terrorist” penned some lovely little ditties in her spare time: How To Behead and The Living Martyrs are just two works that will no doubt appear in a collected volume at some point. Here’s a delightful couplet from the former:

It’s not as messy or as hard as some may think
It’s all about the flow of the wrist

Yes, yes, I suppose it is. Rather like whipping cream I suppose. It’s all in the wrist, you see? Here’s a segment from the latter:

Let us make Jihad
Move to the front line
To chop chop head of kuffar swine

Lovely stuff. It brings to mind the work of Yeats, yet has the pace, the iambic pentameter, of the Bard himself.

Malik has been placed under house arrest until sentencing occurs on 6th December, which suggests that she might not be that dangerous. I think a suitable punishment when the court reconvenes would be mandatory courses in English literature and being forced to apologise for writing such awful prose and having the temerity to call it “poetry”. The war against terror is one thing, but this is brutal desecration of our language.

More seriously, this prosecution seems to be a complete waste of police and court time serving only to trivialise the cause. The monitoring of genuine terror threats is a time consuming and complex operation. Better to see resources devoted to pinpointing genuine perpetrators rather than the prosecution of a silly little girl with delusions of being a jihadist warrior. It seems to me that somebody serious about carrying out such acts would not be stupid enough to publish their thoughts in the form of verse beforehand. The likes of Liberty and everyone that considers criminal investigation of anyone of Muslim extraction as a form of instituionalised racism and unprovoked discrimination by a brutal police state are going to love this one.


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

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3 comments on ““Lyrical terrorist”? More like terrible lyricist.
  1. On Clattery MacHinery on Poetry, there is a call for poetic license, for freedom:

    World Samina Malik Day December 6th


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