Owen Jones doesn't see the irony of the opening statement of his Guardian piece, 'Nigel Farage’s attack on Jo Cox’s widower is a new low. Enough'. He aggressively states: “No more pussyfooting around.” This is ironic in that his piece is partly about Nigel Farage's great sin of classing Hope Not Hate as a group which uses “violent and undemocratic means”. To quote Farage's words in full:
“Well, of course, he would know more about extremists than me, Mr Cox. He backs organisations like Hope Not Hate, who masquerade as being lovely and peaceful, but actually pursue violent and undemocratic means.
“And I’m sorry, Mr Cox, but it is time people started to take responsibility for what’s happened.”
Then Farage continued after a question from LBC's Nick Ferrari:
“Yes, it’s a terrible thing what happened, with the murder of his wife. But he continues to be active in the political arena and, as I say, given some of the organisations that he supports, I can’t just stand here and say, well, I’m not going to respond.”
So what would be the opposite of Owen Jones's “pussyfooting around”? Let's place that in the context of Hope Not Hate supporters having set it as their mission to use violence (“if necessary”) to destroy every right-wing group and individual (outside of the Conservative Party) in the United Kingdom. This is a group that calls for bannings and censorship of everyone to the Right of Owen Jones. This is a group that has barricaded Ukip members in buildings and fought people on the street. (See the Nope, Not Hate blog for a chronicle of Hope Not Hate's violence and hate.) This is also a group which ecstatically screamed (to paraphrase the Sun):
Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Geert Wilders are all banned from the U.K.! And it was us that did it!
So, after all that, how the hell have Jones's counterparts been “normalising” the existence of Ukip? More to the point, how would Owen Jones like his fellow Leftists “to push back”?
This is what Own Jones doesn't want: “Some say: just ignore them.” So what, exactly, does he want? He also says that if UKIP is “[l]eft unchecked, it will get much, much worse”.
All this, to me, sounds pretty violent and extreme. Indeed Hope Not Hate's very attempt to to take someone to court shows its extremeness. How ironic is that?
Owen Jones says that Nigel Farage “spotted an opportunity” to speak about what has just happened in Berlin. No it wasn't. It was his job - as a politician - to analyse and comment on the situation. After all, Farage has warned about such situations in the past. To walk passed it now would be to renege on his political position as someone who's aware of the huge social experiment in mass immigration and all the violence and death which will follow from it.
Of course Owen Jones, the Guardian, etc. did exactly the same thing; though from their own perspective. But take the BBC piece 'Berlin's Muslims “love Germany”' as just one example. Isn't that an example of the BBC “spotting an opportunity” to peddle its Islamophilia?
Owen Jones states that Nigel Farage was “talking about a widower whose wife was murdered by an extremist six months ago”. Indeed. A widower who's still involved in politics and one who felt well enough to respond to Nigel Farage. If he's still grieving, then why does he do such things? In fact I agree with the words of Arron Banks, whom Jones quotes as saying:
“I’m sorry about his wife but he chose to massively politicise it. Who does that?”
I also agree with Raheem Kassam's words, again quoted by Owen Jones. He accuses Hope Not Hate of “using threats to attempt to silence political opposition”. However, in his own article on this subject, Kassam himself quotes the words of Hope Not Hate's Dan Hodges in the following manner:
“I started working with Hope not Hate on the media campaign for the 2009 Euro elections. It was no-holds-barred, bare knuckle, PR. We used every dirty, underhand, low down, unscrupulous trick in the book. Then when the book had been used up, we tore it to shreds, set it on fire, and stuffed it down Nick Griffin’s underpants.”
I suggest that Owen Jones too should stop blackmailing people with the murder of Jo Cox. I also suggest he stop making political capital out of her death.
This is Owen Jones on the killing of Jo Cox herself:
“This was a political act: the use of violence to achieve political ends. The individual who politicised Jo’s death was the terrorist who killed her.”
This is precisely what Hope Not Hate and United Against Fascism believe in. After all, the well-known Malcolm X mantra, “By any means necessary”, was tailor-made to express the views of the Far Left. Not only that: the leader of today's Labour Party (Jeremy Corbyn) was once a keen supporter of the IRA. And then he moved onto supporting the means and ends of Hezbollah and Hamas. Corbyn also waxed lyrically about Fidel Castro. Then again, Dianne Abbott had very positive words to say about Chairman Mao's murderous reign; and she's also a well-known anti-white racist. Now how to does the killer of Jo Cox match up to these killers and bigots, Mr Owen Jones?
And, oh so predictably, the Oxford University graduate (as well as being - in his own words - the son of two Trotskyists) brings up Anders Breivik. Now if Jones can associate every patriot and counterjihadist with Breivik, then I'll associate every Muslim with what happened in Berlin the other night. Is that a deal, Jones?
Jones says that Breivik's act of terrorism “was only five years ago”. Yes, precisely, five years ago! Not five months or five weeks ago. How many acts of Islamic terrorism has there been since 2011, Mr Owen Jones? Hundreds? Thousands?...