Andrew ‘I have considerable doubt as to how reliable Gilligan’s evidence really is’ opens another diatribe against Muslims with the words “I proudly present today’s post”. What is fast becoming clear is his pride in unleashing racism, violence and hatred towards Muslims. Gilligan has emphatically stated that he has a personal vendetta against IFE and its members on our show (Easy Talk) over the weekend – he followed this admission with the threat ‘Don’t imagine this to end’!
In his article of 5 paragraphs and a line, Gilligan makes no effort to distance himself from the racist comments on his blog but dedicates 2 substantial paragraphs (over 40%) of his article to criticise comments that are not favourable to his views. Examples of the racist comments Gilligan fails to condemn are:
- “… no one knows you’re a paki.”
- “don’t actually believe there is anything wrong with the word Paki.”
- “Why did Labour give them the bloody keys to the kingdom?”
- “become like us is what assimilation means … if you don’t want that then you know where the door is, if you don’t want to take the door and want to remain as a hostile guest then the time is approaching when you will be shown the door … and no we don’t apologise for our stance on how we will once again govern our country”
- “Will you still say it’s your country when we’ve sent you all back to the Punjab?”
- “barabarian aliens”
And when one commentator says “I’m looking forward to when we tear the minarets down … that will signal the beginning.”
We have silence from Gilligan even though he makes it clear that he has read these comments. Why would Gilligan feel at ease to let comments like ‘that will signal the beginning’ go unchallenged? You will recall that the Police have increased their surveillance of the Far Right groups and are fearful of a Terrorist attack on Muslims. Is this comment a veiled threat, and is the intended target East London Mosque?
This kind of rhetoric will be familiar to those that followed what happened in Bosnia and the current war crimes trial of Radovan Karadzic – you will not fail to see how this very rhetoric was the source of what was to follow – Genocide. Gilligan’s deliberate silence on these matters can only be seen as proof of his deep seated Islamophobic hatred and agenda. Thankfully, most of our fellow citizens abhor these types of comments and people who utter them, but that’s not an excuse for Gilligan’s actions and his pandering to it.
Gilligan’s hatchet job in Dispatches directly produced this placard from the EDL:
As we have shown, Gilligan makes allegations, yet provides no evidence, he misquotes from our blog, makes insinuations and has created a platform for his supporters do the rest. Where is his responsible journalism, where is his condemnation of this targeting of East London Mosque by violent extremists?
If you take his latest rant about me, he says I got the vote out for Ken Livingstone and that it was ‘astonishing, indeed miraculous’! Flattering as these comments are, they only seek to mask his Islamophobic agenda. The point Gilligan wanted to make; between the lines (pun intended), was that there was something ‘sinister’ or ‘criminal’ about this – not that people, and in particular Muslims, felt Ken was worthy of a third term. When I challenged him and said ‘are you accusing me of a criminal act?’ Gilligan back tracked like all bullies and bigots do when you stand up to them, and said no. Gilligan is not a journalist by any stretch of the imagination, it would seem Lord Hutton’s stinging criticism of his shoddy ‘journalism’ was absolutely justified. He has a personal crusade to wage against Muslims and in particular Muslims that participate in society.
The best reaction to this kind of hatred and bullying is to continue and increase the good work we are all engaged in, yes register to vote, yes participate in our civic duties and yes vote on Polling day. Gilligan acts like the ‘chief’ campaign manager for the BNP – let us unite and make sure he fails to get racists elected.
Having spoken to Gilligan a few times I would never have thought he would stoop so low– yet clearly he has, as he deliberately chose not to condemn violence and racism, yet made time to take a swipe at the name of a commentator.
Shame on you Andrew Gilligan!