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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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John Gray has written a marvelous overview of the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and victory of Donald Trump, for the current issue of the New Statesman. It contains this analysis of those attempting to convince the world, and perhaps even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at 9/11 CultWatch
The current issue of the New Statesman, features a page by editor Jason Cowley. reflecting on the US election, Nigel Farage and our shifting political times. Having read my first article for Lapido media on the Islamisation of the Labour Party, Cowley phoned me for a chat, and he makes use of several of my quotes in the section sub-headed 'Battle of Ideas'. Continue reading
Yesterday's Channel 4 News interview was the first time I had seen Yiannopoulous (I tend to back away from internet stars) but he is clearly serious and wants to discuss ideas. Whether he is correct is perhaps another matter. Newman wanted to discuss and police boundaries. You can see the video here. Whilst Milo not surprisingly gets a little bored as events progress, if anyone hates anybody else in this clip, it is that Newman actually hates Yiannapolous. I experienced much the same thing at an academic conference last year - the realisation that some others did not simply disagree... Continue reading
Lapido Media, which serves as the centre for religious literacy in journalism, have published two of my articles on the relationship between the left and Islamic actors. You can read part one here (which was published last Friday) and part two here. Topics covered include Corbynism, the conduct of figures on the Labour right such as Jim McMahon MP and Keith Vaz MP, segregation, the Muslim Brotherhood and the compromises required by groups like the Stop the War Coalition when working with religious actors. All being well, a much longer piece on these issues will be published next April. Continue reading
"The anger at both Trump and Brexit derives, in part, from epistemic hubris. People were shocked to realise that the stats weren't as reliable as they had supposed. That they didn't know their own countries nearly as well as they had thought. But the best way to react to this realisation isn't rage, but humility. Recognising the limits of our knowledge ought to encourage us to investigate more. Assuming total knowledge is part of what's polarising Western societies. It's the complacency that encourages people never to leave the Facebook filter bubble, or meet anyone who thinks – or votes –... Continue reading
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Issue 11 of Notes from the Borderland's, the UK's best (only?) parapolitical magazine is now out. What's in it? The main article is a critique of the Swedish rape accusations against Julian Assange, and the not exactly helpful role The Guardian has played in the whole Wikileaks story. Larry O'Hara offers a detailed critique of the work of Nick Davies in particular. With friends like Davies and former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, Assange hardly needs enemies. Elsewhere I pick up my pen to examine Ken Livingstone's autobiography, and join with Heidi Svenson to look at the latest developments in the... Continue reading
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9/11 Cultwatch has swapped some interesting emails with Chris Bovey. In his persona as 'Dr Hemp' Chris was for a period an activist in the UK and Ireland 9/11 Truth Movement, something he now regrets. We used to criticise him... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at 9/11 CultWatch
Well, I had £25 on Trump to win at 13/8, an extremely generous price which perhaps suggests UK bookmakers have not really got on top of political betting in the way they have horse racing or football. But, to more important matters..... There's plenty to say in the coming weeks about the almost inevitability of the US result. Especially when you take in how poorly political elites struggled to anticipate Brexit, and how badly they have taken it. I would certainly root the success of Trump (and indeed that Brexit vote) in the inability of the liberal left to come... Continue reading
Like the pub bore for whom everything comes down to race, some Remainers just cannot accept Brexit. In Monday's i, Ian Birrell had a one page review of the book Hillbilly Elegy by J D Vance, a best selling examination of small town, white America. Birrell nearly makes it to the end without complaining about the referendum result, but in the penultimate column comes this little beauty: "There are valuable lessons at this time of rising resentment. In Vance's book one acquaintance quits work from a dislike of waking early, then goes on social media to attack the "Obama economy"... Continue reading
Today sees Labour party rallies across the country against the Conservative's declared intention to reintroduce grammar schools. Labour is campaigning under the slogan 'Education not Segregation'. There is a case for separating children on the basis of ability, indeed some form of streaming has long been the norm within the comprehensive system. It certainly was when I was at school. If Labour want to debate that, all well and good. But today's campaign slogan is utterly disingenuous. The Labour party does support segregated education - providing it is segregation on the basis of a parent's declared faith. That is what... Continue reading
Attending the Manchester United v Zorya Luhansk match last night, I could perhaps be forgiven for a little fiddle with my phone. Unable to get online I looked at the available wifi options. Of about eight or nine, from the phones of fellow fans to those of different departments at Old Trafford, was one entitled 'Surveillance Van 2". I guess the presence of such entities is all part of protecting the crowd at large events in the era of jihadist violence, but it served as a rather stark reminder of the lives we now lead. Ibrahimovic took his goal well. Continue reading
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