Peaceful protest is ‘bullying’ according to Louise Mensch

Louise Mensch, the Conservative MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, used Twitter to describe a peaceful demonstration outside Nick Clegg’s house in Putney as “intolerable bullying”. I can only say that Ms. Mensch and her millionaire cabinet colleagues had better get used to the ‘bullying’, because the protests are bound to increase as we approach the next election. Late in 2013 and early 2014 will be memorable for the protests against the politics that allows benefits to be cut whilst millionaires have their taxes cut.

Ms. Mensch also tweeted: “I would normally never do this. I am Tory to the marrow of my bones, but how about £5 to the LibDems today? If you believe targeting home & family of a politician you disagree with is intolerable bullying – £5 for Nick Clegg.”  She seems to believe that ordinary people shouldn’t bring their protest to the streets where the politician’s live despite the fact that it is these very same politicians who bring their policies over the threshold of your door.

Louise Mensch serves as a reminder to us of the astonishing beliefs of rich Tory politicians. It was Mensch who made herself look completely foolish on the BBC current affairs comedy programme, Have I Got News For You, by saying that the anti-capitalism protesters “should not enjoy the good things” that it brings. This in response to the news that the protesters from St. Paul’s Cathedral were causing massive queues in the nearby Starbucks. It was Ian Hislop who voiced dissent by saying that he thought it was not necessary for such people to “want return to a barter system and the Stone Age to complain about the way that the financial crisis affected large numbers of people in the world.”

Millionairess Mensch revels in appearing on our screens telling us what we should think and do, but doesn’t want the matter brought to her door. Tough.


Suck it and see?

Many UK newspapers ran a story yesterday about anti-smoking advertisements in France that depicted teenagers in a pose suggesting fellatio with a cigarette. They reported that this had caused an uproar in France, with critics arguing it is offensive and suggests a false analogy between oral sex and smoking.

They even quoted Antoinette Fouqe of the French ‘Movement for Women’s Liberation’ as saying “As far as I know, the practice of fellatio does not cause cancer”.

Perhaps Ms. Fouque should undertake more research before she criticizes these ads because there is robust and generalisable evidence showing that oral sex is now the leading cause of cancer of the mouth and throat, caused by the HPV virus. Fellatio and cunnilingus have overtaken tobacco in recent years as the primary cause for this type of cancer, particularly among young people.

This injudicious comment by Ms. Fouque could leave young adults ignorant of the risks of this type of sexual behaviour.

The blind leading the blind on …

The government are set to drastically reduce the numbers who will receive the new Personal Independence Plan (PIP), the replacement to Disability Living Allowance, from next April.  The blind and partially-sighted will have reduced access to the new disability payment because government sources are concerned that those with a vision disability are not sufficiently disabled to merit PIP benefit payments.

Every day details of some policy or another leaks from this government and usually a great deal of criticism follows.  The government has claimed that the PIP when implemented will save £1.4bn, so it is easy to see what is being focused on by Ian Duncan Smith. This savage cut in the disability benefits system is one of the worst examples of pinchpenny legislation from a government that disqualifies blind and partially sighted people from benefits whilst reducing the top rate of tax for the rich.

The sooner this millionaire cabinet is relegated to the history books the better. What is evident from their actions is that these people have no understanding of those who face financial difficulties as a result of disability.

Child rapists and traffickers jailed …

 The trial of the Pakistani child-rape gang in Rochdale  has finally come to an end with nine of the accused being found guilty, while two were acquitted. Eight of the men are of Pakistani origin and the other was an Afghan.  Commenting on the case, Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood denied that it was about race. He said: “It is not a racial issue. This is about adults preying on vulnerable young children. It just happens that in this particular area and time the demographics were that these were Asian men. However, in large parts of the country we are seeing on-street grooming, child sexual exploitation happening in each of our towns and it isn’t about a race issue. The street grooming issue is about vulnerability and who has access to that vulnerability.”

Keith Vaz, the longest-serving Asian MP and the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee since July 2007 said that the “focus should be taken off the origin or religion of those involved”.  

Those statements were made without a shred of evidence to back up their assertions. Evidence appears to confirm a link to racial grouping in a recent study. In research carried out by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, which looked at 230 gangs and their involvement in child exploitation, the ethnicity of half that figure was unknown; presumably indeterminate. Of the other half 36 were white  gangs and 41 were Asian.

Now for the statistics. According to the 2001 UK Census, there were approximately 2,331,423 South Asians, constituting 4.0% of the population of the UK. That is a fractional representation of our population. However, more is to come. Those who of Indian origin numbered 1,053,411 (1.8% of the population), 747,285 people were of Pakistani origin (1.3%), 283,063 were of Bangladeshi origin (0.5%), and 247,664 were other Asian (0.4%). South Asians make up 50.3% of the UK’s non-European population. Thus, in 2001, Pakistanis represented only 1.3% of the total UK population.

So of the gangs studied by CEOPC, 36 gangs were of UK white origin – they number 50,366,497 and therefore represent 85.67% of the population. Other whites (non-UK origin) numbered 3,096,169 and thus represent 5.27% of the UK population. Thus 36 white gangs sexually exploiting children were extracted from the UK white ethnics who made  just over 91% of the population. The UK Pakistani population is now (2012) 977,285, or 1.6% of the UK, and yet they have more gangs exploiting children, seemingly children from white families. How can a group that totals 1.6% of the population have 41 gangs when the UK whites, whose ethnic grouping totals 91% of the population, only has 36 gangs? Either these figures are hopelessly biased or inadequate or they indicate that British Pakistanis have a problem in their midst.

A few months ago I wrote an open letter to Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadan Foundation. I criticised him for not looking the problem in the face and encouraging the Pakistani community to deal with this problem robustly. He obviously took my comments to heart, because he accused  Pakistani community elders of “burying their heads in the sand” on the issue of on-street grooming. “There is a significant problem for the British Pakistani community,” he said “There should be no silence in addressing the issue of race as this is central to the actions of these criminals. They think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought; it is this sort of behaviour that is bringing shame on our community.”

Contrast Mr. Shafiq’s brave and timely comments with those of Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood of Greater Manchester Police who denied that the ethnicity of either the defendants or the victims was a factor. “It is not a racial issue,” he said. “This is about adults preying on vulnerable young children. It just happens that in this particular area and time the demographics were that these were Asian men.”

The white British establishment in the UK are too scared to nail this vile crime by many Pakistani men – if they were white ‘paedophiles’ they would rightly be hounded down. So why is the establishment so afraid to upset Pakistani sensibilities? If only they had the courage of Mr. Shafiq.