Monday, November 06, 2006

"Londonistan"

Nick Cohen writes that, "Everyone now condemns past governments for allowing London to become 'Londonistan', a centre for Islamist exiles"

To the best of my knowledge, only very right-wing Americans who choose to spend their time writing on the internet about Muslims (and Melanie Phillips) use the word 'Londonistan'. The idea that there is a consensus about the existence of 'Londonistan', and that is a failing of successive governments, shows what can happen through making excessive use of the internet to read only websites that you agree with.

Perhaps this explains why someone who used to make a living from attacking New Labour for eroding civil liberties, and more recently attacking the French for putting national interest ahead of universal principles of justice now thinks that in the case of deporting people to face torture, we should, er, prioritise our national interest ahead of protection of liberties.

2 Comments:

At 2:25 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he's beng sarcastic - what did the next sentence say?

 
At 2:48 am , Blogger donpaskini said...

It's a fair point, certainly the Nick Cohen of old would have had some fun with Melanie Philips and co. Sadly I don't think he is being sarcastic, see for yourself:

"Everyone now condemns past governments for allowing London to become 'Londonistan', a centre for Islamist exiles, but they were doing no more than working on Lord Granville's assumption that refugees didn't attack their new homes. No one believes that now and John Reid is certain to propose in the Queen's Speech sending them back to their own countries if their governments promise not to torture them."

The link to the whole article is http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1939817,00.html

 

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