Today Tim Stanley wrote in the Daily Telegraph:
Bijan Ebrahimi’s murder had nothing to do with class. We are all capable of horror and of tolerating it
On July 14 this year, two men dragged the unconscious Bijan Ebrahimi onto his front garden, doused him in white spirit and set him on fire. They suspected the quiet Iranian immigrant of being a paedophile and had decided to “take the law into their own hands”. The incredible thing is that they were surrounded by a silent jury: local residents watched from their windows and did nothing. It’s a tale of horror to rival the Bulger killing or the patio graveyard of Fred and Rose West.
What does it tell us about anything? Dan Hodges (the Telegraph’s politically correct, blairite, Labour supporting token leftie – Boggart Blog) has written a powerful piece arguing that it undermines the Left’s narrative of working-class life as an “oasis” of solidarity. On the contrary, it exposes the “the other side of working-class Britain. The intolerance. The suspicion of distinctiveness. The naked hatred of anything, and anyone, that dares not conform.”
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After forty years of watching Labour drift from being “the people’s party” to now being the “millionaire, academic and elitist party” why are you surprised that a Blairite fool like Hodges does not understand the working class.
I’ve employed a fair few working class people over the years, they are a very mixed bunch, far from the stereotypes Labour elitists like Hodges would like to apply to them. What they do have in common however is a strong feeling of having been totally abandoned by government and the political parties, of their concerns being ridiculed and derided and of their social class being as despised by these new elitists as the old peasant classes were by the gentry.
It is because the left is now the new elite and Labour are their party that the working class vote has become more volatile and the atmosphere across the nation is so angry.
And when our police are such wusses they have an emotional crisis if someone calls them plebs, is it any wonder that vigilante law, with all the prejudices and injustices that contains, is becoming the law of the streets.
It is not that Bijan Ebrahimi to whom Stanley refers, a totally innocent man from what I read of the case, was suspected by the mob that led to this horrible crime, it is that the people who carried out the attack and those who stood by and did not intervene, suspected the authorities, from the local police to the highest in the land would do nothing; that the man would be protected by his race, just as Jimmy Savile was protected for decades by his celebrity status and the fact that he did a lot for charidee (which he never talked about but made sure others did) as well as the tendency of all elites to close ranks and protect their own.
It was widely rumoured from the 1960s onwards that Savile was a paedophile, everybody in the north west knew from the 1970s that Stuart hall was a paedo too (though as least hall was a good broadcaster). The media luvvies and lefties in broadcasting and the press, for whatever reasons, saw fit to cover it all up.
The victims were not part of the elite so they did not matter, their lives and feelings were worthless.
And that is why the working class have turned against labour (although they will still vote for the party because the guilt tripped posh boys and girls will keep the benefits flowing). Prof. Tim Stanley knows absolutely nothing, Dan Hodges MA knows even less.
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