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Paul Stott
Hackney
Academic, studying British Jihadism. A libertarian and a family man.
Interests: Politics, parapolitics, libertarian beliefs, cycling, boxing, Manchester United, studying terrorism and counter terrorism.
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Last weekend saw the most succesful leader of a British fascist organisation, Nick Griffin of the British National Party, leave its leadership, from the undefined role of 'President'. He has been replaced by Adam Walker, a former teacher from County Durham. In a quickly written but detailed analysis of these events, Larry O'Hara of Notes From the Borderland magazine has given a wonderful summation of Griffin's 15 years in charge of the BNP: "For some time now, Griffin has been a politically dead man walking, but this should not blind us to the strategic breakthrough he made in far right... Continue reading
Whilst Islam struggles to bend with the times, the Christian church in England leans like a weeping willow in the breeze. As the Church of England's General Synod votes to accept female Bishops, consider the gem below from Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney: This is a significant moment in history and for me the overwhelming emotion was one of liberation: for me this is about stating that from now on men and women can use their gifts in the Church in whatever way they are called. This is about God-given equality. Rachel Treweek, the i paper, 15/07/2014, p.7 The last... Continue reading
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Today marks the ninth anniversary of the bombings in London on 7 July 2005, when 52 civilians were murdered by Islamist suicide bombers. Overnight, it appears the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park has been vandalised, with stenciled graffiti appearing on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at 9/11 CultWatch
There was an interesting blast from the past at the "Putting Birmingam School Kids First" public meeting on the 26th June. Who should be amongst the concerned parents but Helen Salmon. Both Ms Salmon, and her five year old son Ben, spoke at the event. When the Respect party split in 2007-8, in Birmingham the dispute centered on the inability of the organisation to field diverse slates of candidates. Muslim men, one of them a recent defector from the Conservative Party, predominated. Helen Salmon of the SWP objected. Salma Yaqoob inferred she was racist, and things got very nasty indeed.... Continue reading
Amongst the flurry of World War One related posts and comments, there seemed little point in adding my own - it is not my field. I do though want to share the words of Atatürk on the graves of those Allied soldiers who fell in what is now Turkey: "Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who... Continue reading
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The article below is one I wrote yesterday, for the Harry's Place website. It considers a new initiative from the former leader of the Respect Party, Salma Yaqoob, in the wake of the scandal about Islamist influence at state schools in Birmingham. Thank you to Mehrdad Amanpour, who first compared the promotional poster for "Putting Birmingham School Kids First" to the old Benetton adverts, and thus inspired me to pick up my pen. Putting Birmingham Children First? Islamists can certainly be slick when it comes to propaganda. Salma Yaqoob is busily promoting a public meeting tonight in the second city... Continue reading
The article below is a report I wrote for the The Backbencher webite last year, following a Northampton University conference. Whether it was something I said or not, I was not invited back for the 2014 follow-up! Anyway, as The Backbencher lost my original article when they swapped servers, here it is. Assessing the Far Right and the Ground It Stands On? Friday 28 June saw a conference at Northampton University entitled “The Far Right in Transition”. This brought together approximately 100 people to hear speakers discuss the contemporary and historical far right, its activities and some of the responses... Continue reading
I wrote the article below almost exactly 12 months ago - 0n 22 June 2013. It is re-published here as it is was since lost from The Backbencher site where it originally appeared, and I never got round to pubishing it in full on this blog. Hopefully it has stood the test of time over the past twelve months. A Strange Kind of Glory: Life Undercover Monday 24 June sees a Dispatches documentary on Channel 4 at 8pm. From its scheduling, the programme will examine the use of undercover police officers by the Met, and some of the resultant sexual... Continue reading
This is an article I wrote on the 13 June 2013, and had published on The Backbencher website. As it was lost due to some technical issues, for the record I re-prooduce it below. Domestic Terrorism in the UK – Time To Calm Down Dear? The murder in Woolwich of Drummer Lee Rigby refocused attention on the United Kingdom’s issues with both terrorism and radical elements within British Islam. Woolwich was new on certain levels. For the first time since 2005 terrorists had killed in mainland Britain (there were several murders by dissident Republicans in Northern Ireland in that period)... Continue reading
Last summer I had three articles on security, policing and the far-right published on The Backbencher, a UK based libertarian website which deserves a wider audience. It was recently pointed out to me that the articles had now been taken down, which happened as The Backbencher had switched to a new server. Checking on this blog, I had not put all the articles on here either, which was an oversight. I will put each article on this blog, over the next three to four days, and hopefully The Backbencher will also do the same. As ever, comments are welcome, especially... Continue reading
A decade or so ago, I was thrown out at Stonehenge, having climbed over a fence with my then girlfriend and walked over towards the stones. English Heritage then expected individuals to pay £4 or £5, to view what is our national heritage. Yet the stones existed long before this 'custodian', its board or its paper shufflers - and will be around long after they are forgotten. On BBC2 tomorrow evening at 8pm, some of the controversies and debates around this most important of sites are discussed in The Culture Show: The Battle for Stonehenge. According to the write-up in... Continue reading
This is from Michael Scheuer, a former CIA officer best known for heading the agency's anti-Bin Laden unit. He states: "For now, however, the beginning of wisdom is to look at what is going on in Iraq and Syria and see it clearly. In both places all of those folks that multiple U.S. administrations have identified as enemies of America are killing each other. In Syria, the Assad regime, Iran, and Lebanese Hizballah are killing Sunni mujhaedin from all over the world, as well as their local allies and supporters. In turn, the Sunni Islamists in Syria are killing Assad’s... Continue reading
The historian Niall Ferguson has recently picked up one of the more dishonest intellectual batons around - the claim that Margaret Thatcher would have 'seen off' radical Islam. Speaking at the Centre for Policy Studies inaugral Margaret Thatcher Liberty Conference, Ferguson as good as sank the project before it began, by making the bizarre claim that Mrs Thatcher would have 'whole heartedly' have fought radical Islam. In fact, Mrs Thatcher empowered radical Islam. Most disastrously via our support for the Mujahideen in Afghanistan (who of course a few years later begat the Taliban, providing the sanctuary to Al Qaeda which... Continue reading
Take a walk around the EC1 and N1 areas of London and you will see - these fashionable postcodes are home to many of our biggest charities. Even I was surprised though at the news that Greenpeace has lost £3million in currency bets. To quote from Simon Neville in the i newspaper yesterday: "Greenpeace has lost €3.8m (£3m) of public donations on a series of blundering currency bets that went wrong, the charity has admitted". Continue reading
The Independent's excellent Defence Correspondent, Kim Sengupta, has an editorial in the i paper today on the latest developments in Iraq. It serves as a reminder, compared to all the waffle on the motivations of fighters in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, of the motivations of ISIS: The jihadists have created what their name suggests - the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - winning control of Iraq's Sunni heartland and the bloodiest of the rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad's regime. When discussing jihadist fighters - from Afghanistan to Algeria to Zanzibar - we would do well to remember not just who... Continue reading
Julie Burchill once said that the thing which made her most proud to be British was our pop groups - I think she was talking specifically about the brilliantly named St Etienne. With that in mind, and for the start of the World Cup, it seems appropriate to turn to Russian Linesman. Continue reading
Tuesday evening sees a debate in London on developments in the Basque country, as the conflict between ETA and the Spanish state reaches another stage. Endgame for ETA: Elusive Peace in the Basque Country: Book launch and discussion Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA Tuesday 10th June 6:30 pm The violent Basque separatist group ETA took shape in Franco's Spain, yet claimed the majority of its victims under democracy. For most Spaniards it became an aberration, a criminal and terrorist band whose persistence defied explanation. Others, mainly Basques (but only some Basques) understood ETA as the violent... Continue reading
I have submitted the letter below to the Evening Standard, which should appear in todays edition. Back in January and February the Standard's letters page, and Channel 4 News (amongst others) featured a debate on to what extent our security is threatened by the Britons who have gone to join some of the rebel factions in Syria. That discussion featured people like Asim Qureshi of Cage arguing we have nothing to fear from those taking up arms against Assad. Others compared the Syrian fighters to those who left these shores in the 1930s to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil... Continue reading
Listening to some of the arguments ahead of tommorow's elections to the European Parliament, I can't help but note how much attitudes to the European Union have shifted during our membership, none more so than on the political left. The quote below is from the 1975 history of Hackney Trades Council: "The Common Market Campaign saw the Trades Council give its full support for the Hackney Keep Britain Out Campaign and although disappointed at the result of the referendum, delegates felt that it meant that their work as trade unionists would have to be intensified in the next few years."... Continue reading
I have just finished reading a fascinating article on individualist anarchism by Peter Ryley, an author many visitors to this blog will be unfamilar with. His "Individualist Anarchism in Late Victorian Britain" examines the views of activists and writers such... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at 9/11 CultWatch
This is from Helen Pidd's Guardian article yesterday, on Yorkshire and Humber UKIP MEP candidate Amjad Bashir. She reports his sons were fined for employing illegal immigrants at their restaurant business in Manchester. Ms Pidd closes her article by analysing the constituency and the likely outcome of the election. She writes: At the last European poll in 2010, Ukip won one seat in the county:Godfrey Bloom become the MEP. He is currently serving as an independent MEP after being thrown out of the party for making disparaging remarks about women and foreigners from "bongo bongo land". Bloom is not standing... Continue reading
Looking at Yvonne Ridley's timeline on Twitter, she now seems to be adopting a curious mixture of Islamism and Scottish nationalism, from that well known redoubt of both, the Scottish borders. A thought suddenly occurs. Am I the only person who imagines Sister Yvonne gets home of an evening after a hard day's activism, throws her hijab on the sofa, lights a fag, pours herself a large scotch and declares "At least that's the end of that nonsense for another day"? Continue reading
This is easily my favourite Chumbawamba track. As we import coal from Colombia, have millions in fuel poverty, and listen to green idiots trying to convince us wind power will work, listen to it and weep at what we have lost. Continue reading
The editor of Hope Not Hate, Nick Lowles, has an article on the Huffington Post website this morning concerning UKIP - "Challenging the Politics of Fear". My comments in reply to this are below: Is the author of this piece the same Nick Lowles who approached the European Movement as far back as 1996, when part of Searchlight magazine, offering to do research into anti-EU groups in the UK? In that letter, Nick Lowles offered to use informants in such organisations to "provide your organisation with invaluable ammunition to your cause". (The letter was leaked and appeared in Notes From... Continue reading
I know I should not take the 'Home' supplement of The Sunday Times too seriously, but Charlotte Vowden needs to be flayed through every high street in the country for this nonsense in a feature "Turning up the heat" on the economic prospects in Birmingham: "Unemployment has blighted Birmingham - despite its four universities - so giving its young folk the best start in life is high on the agenda here. To tackle the problem, some schools such as Perry Beeches the Academy, in Great Barr, have added balti cooking lessons to the curriculum." So there you have it. What... Continue reading