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Dr Paul Stott
East Midlands
Academic researching British Jihadism. A libertarian and family man.
Interests: Terrorism, Islamism, Jihadism, Conspiracy Theory, the political fringe, Boxing, Manchester United, Cricket, Lancashire CCC
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M & C Saatchi, the advertising company founded by Maurice and Charles Saatchi, was responsible for the advertising run by Remain in the EU referendum. The doom, gloom and pestilence predicted by Remain's project fear has not only failed to materialise to the man on the Clapham omnibus, it has failed to effect..... M & C Saatchi either. "M & C Saatchi, the advertising agency enlisted to run the unsuccessful Remain campaign in the recent EU referendum, says Brexit has given the business a positive currency boost as it reported a rise in sales and profits." Kate Palmer, Daily Telegraph... Continue reading
I very rarely delete posts on this blog, but today have taken the rare step of doing so. I don't see a lot of point in allowing anonymous people to make accusations against Trevor on this site, nor do I want to host them - I therefore deleted the comment by 'Anon'
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On the 16th August Anjem Choudary and Mohammed Rahman were convicted of offences under the Terrorism Act - inciting support for Islamic State. In the wave of media coverage which followed, the public was informed that the convictions relied in part on the work of an undercover police officer, 'Kamal' who had infiltrated Al-Muhajiroun in Luton, in order to gain information on its members. It is unusual for the police or the Security Service to admit infiltrating an Islamic organisation in this manner. Whilst the work of Kamal would obviously come out at trial when he gave evidence, here the... Continue reading
The only major political party in Britain which practises segregation is the Labour party, as it has demonstrated at a series of public meetings from West Bromich to Oldham. The only major political party in Britain which contains people openly supporting Hitler and circulating neo-Nazi material is the Labour party as evidenced by Cllr Aysegul Gurbuz and the former Mayor of Bradford Khadim Hussain. Would you care to venture a reason as to why Shami Chakrabarti's 'inquiry' into Labour's anti-Semitism did not dare examine such cases before she rushed to the House of Lords?
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Will - I'm sure our conversation will shortly be proved academic, as your revolution against neo-liberalism will arrive. I am sure there are racists in UKIP (although they tend to get booted out) as there are in all parties. There is though only one major political party in Britain which holds segregated public meetings, and has contained members who publicly praise Hitler. The Labour party. As I am sure you will be going on pro-Labour blogs to denounce this bigotry, do check out details online of the segregated meetings Tom Watson held at the last election, or Jim McMahon in the recent Oldham by-election. On Labour officials praising Hitler, consider Cllr Aysegul Gurbuz and the former Mayor of Bradford Khadim Hussain. Then there's Kensington Cllr Beinazir Lasharie, who thinks the Jews are behind ISIS. I could go, but I don't want to detain you.
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Will - You've suddenly found the time to comment again. I think UKIP have been correct on some of the big issues in recent years. They were right on the Euro, the EU and at least grasped that immigration can be bad news as well as good news. I have done enough work in shitty jobs, and had enough housing problems in my life to know that controlling immigration is a better bet in addressing low pay and the housing crisis, than waiting for socialist revolution. But what do I know, I'm just a man of a certain age who has gone rather strange.
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Indeed so pressed for time have you been, you have managed to post five comments on my blog in one morning.
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I take it you were in favour of political and economic union with Erdogan then, Will? Good job we exercised our veto against that in June.
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Thanks Will - any chance of addressing any of the points in the article? If you can.
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The law of unintended consequences has rarely played out as harshly. Such has been the wave of Islamic State and Islamic State inspired violence in Europe this summer, it seems those activists in the 'counter-jihad' movement (sometimes categorised on the left as the 'islamophobia industry') are struggling to keep up. On 1 August the Gates of Vienna blog wrote: "It used to be that Vlad and I would get a break of a week or so between major crises. We’d get a chance to catch our breath, have a couple of nights’ sleep, maybe do something else besides jihad-jihad-jihad for... Continue reading
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Last night a 60 year old woman was stabbed to death at Russell Square in London, and five others injured. A 19 year old man was arrested at the scene. Early reports are focusing on the attacker's mental health issues, with terrorism not being ruled out. Here we meet the authorities greatest PR challenge, and a potential boon for Islamic State whereby they achieve some of their aims, whilst doing little or nothing. The authorities, political elites and religious organisations have spent so long enforcing the view terrorism is nothing to do with Islam, large swathes of the general public... Continue reading
How best do we respond to jihadist terrorism? In the same way we that we should be responding to every other stripe of Islamism. That is what the murderers of St-Etienne-du-Rouvray are, Islamists, with the jihadis best described as the violent protruding end of a much bigger stick. A stick that seeks to gradually clear and then control space, at all levels in our society. Respond without fear, and with the utmost confidence in your own life and values. After the Brussels airport bombing in March, Charlie Hebo published an editorial which emphasised the inherent danger of living in a... Continue reading
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I don't think there was a jihadist attack anywhere in Europe yesterday. I may be mistaken. There will probably be one today or the day after. These are the times we are living in. The most recent attack, in Ansbach in Germany, saw a Syrian Islamic State supporter attempt to bomb a music concert, before detonating his suicide rucksack at a bar. Once, we were told that such actions were solely related to our foreign policy. But Germany has avoided militarism since 1945. Countries with at times aggressive foreign policies such as France, appear to face the same risk and... Continue reading
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Those of us hoping the British government will eventually take a tough line on Turkish state terrorism and Ankara's sponsorship of terrorism, will allow ourselves a brief surge of expectation at the appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. It is only two months since Boris won The Spectator’s President Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition for this little ditty: There was a young fellow from Ankara Who was a terrific wankerer Till he sowed his wild oats With the help of a goat But he didn’t even stop to thankera. Lets take down the section of the UK embassy in Turkey's... Continue reading
I was intrigued this morning to read a former academic colleague argue it was impossible to imagine the Leave campaign without Boris Johnson. This is part of a wider narrative by angry Remainers which paints leading Leave activists as having somehow destroyed the country for their own political gain, then deciding, in the words of The Jam's 'Eton Rifles' to "run off home for your tea." This is a view that can only be obtained by ignoring Leave voters, and writing them out of your analysis. In Kettering we set a target to get 60% of the town to vote... Continue reading
The beauty of popular music is that just when you get bored of waiting for something new to come along, it does. I could not be more excited by Lets Eat Grandma - this is Eat Shiitake Mushrooms. Continue reading
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There will be much more to come on the religious and political affiliations of French jihadist Larossi Abballa, killed by the French police in Magnanville on Monday. Abballa had seemingly murdered two French police officers and held their three year... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at 9/11 CultWatch
It is hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the 'Find the Facts' intervention by Hope Not Hate, a charity which seems to spend most of its time involved in political campaigning. With an air of neutrality and a supposed desire for facts, HnH has today launched a new service entitled 'Find the Facts', following up on its highly selective voter registration drive for the EU elections. HnH have some work to do if they are to convince anyone they are capable of providing a rounded introduction to the referendum debate. Indeed a series of key HnH leaders... Continue reading
Today marks the anniversary of the death in 1809 of Thetford's finest son, Thomas Paine, who went on to become one of America's founding fathers. When we have the EU referendum, do consider the quote below, and merely replace the word 'King' with the letters EU: Is the power who is jealous of our prosperity, a proper power to govern us? Whoever says No to this question is an independent, for independancy means no more, than, whether we shall make our own laws, or whether the king, the greatest enemy this continent hath, or can have, shall tell us "there... Continue reading
One of the universities I work for has put an inordinate amount of work into ensuring students register to vote in time for the June 7th deadline to take part in the EU referendum. There have been emails, public meetings, articles on websites and pro-EU statements both online and on campus by the Vice-Chancellor and a local MP. Last week I received an email from the European Movement (harvested from the university website, where my email address is displayed) inviting me to a local rally. According to the TMS diary in the Times, at Oxford, Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson has messaged... Continue reading
The quote below is from a BBC report last week into an NHS doctor from Sheffield who has joined Islamic State in Syria, although it could just as easily be from a score of similar reports in recent years. "Dr Abuanza is a Palestinian doctor with British citizenship who spent seven years working for the NHS. He is the first practising NHS doctor known to have joined the Islamic State group. Security minister John Hayes said IS "target vulnerable people". In what way is a professional man in his mid-late thirties, married with two children and a job for life... Continue reading
I am always fascinated when politics appears in places it does not normally intrude. Earlier this week The Times had an interview with the former Southampton and England footballer James Beattie, last seen as a somewhat unsuccessful manager at Accrington Stanley. He talks about the sacrifices his father, a lorry driver, made for the Beattie family before he was stricken with cancer: "All he could think of was to try to get to 65 for the pension. But he passed away two days before his 65th birthday. Mum never got the pension. Scandalous. He's been paying contributions all his life... Continue reading
On this day in 1948, Witold Pilecki was executed by the Communist government in Poland. Pilecki is probably the only man to have entered Auschwitz voluntarily, in order to afford the Secret Polish Army with information on just what was happening inside the concentration camp. "In this great mortuary of the half-living - where nearby someone was wheezing his final breath; someone else was dying; another was struggling out of bed only to fall over onto the floor; another was throwing off his blankets; or talking in a fever to his dear mother and shouting or cursing someone out; {while... Continue reading
The current issue of the New Humanist has a short article "Opium of the Masses" where I reply to moral philosopher Peter Singer, and his desire to work with religious groups to achieve social justice. You can read 'Opium of the Masses' online here, or download it as a pdf below: Download Stott New Humanist Summer 2016 Vol 131 No 2 pp 14-15. Continue reading