Andrew Gilligan has sought to establish himself in recent years as a one man crusade against the Muslim community. As a logical extension to this work, he has also sought to demonise non-Muslims who reject his paranoid and delusional fantasies about the monolithic and evil intent of Britain’s Muslim communities.
Taking rather vigorously a leaf from the books of Nick Cohen and David Aaronovitch, et al, he has pursued, in the most virulent and reactionary terms, Muslims who stand up in defence of their communities.
Let’s take a look at the titles of his ten most recent blog posts on the website of the Daily Telegraph:
- Fundamentalist liar loses another complaint against us
- Lutfur Rahman channels Richard Nixon
- Ken Livingstone: sometimes no words are needed
- Lutfur Rahman: the racists’ choice
- Boris Johnson nine points ahead in first mayor election poll
- Western extension of C-charge could stay, says Boris aide
- Lutfur Rahman: OAP fails to get the memo
- Lutfur Rahman: Eleven are expelled from the Labour Party
- Lutfur Rahman: more proof of his links with fundamentalism
- Family courts: an important victory
Out of the ten, you will see that five directly involve themselves with smearing a Muslim independent candidate for the mayoralty of Tower Hamlets. One rakes up old and malicious dirt on another Muslim political figure in Tower Hamlets, Abjol Miah, and two promote Boris Johnson in his forthcoming electoral contest with Labour’s Ken Livingstone, whom Gilligan regularly denounces for his support of the Muslim community. How this balance justifies the ‘London Blog’ title that the Telegraph has bestowed on Gilligan’s rants is anyone’s guess.
Now it is important to say that on many occasions Andrew Gilligan has protested that he is not a racist. I am pleased that he has done so.
Whether his audience believes him is another question.
The best way to illustrate the role that Gilligan’s blogs have is to look at his readership. Gilligan’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed amongst the hardline racist internet-prowling fraternity.
Let’s for example select some choice comments that have been posted beneath Gilligan’s most recent offering, Fundamentalist Liar Loses Another Complaint Against Us. The post concerns a British Bangladeshi man and community activist. (Each line is a separate comment.)
“Our only salvation is with the BNP !……”
“How did our country ever pollute itself with such mohammedan effluence?”
“The problem is not going to go away, in fact it’s going to get a lot worse … Now where did I put my .44?”
“this is why the ability of British (indigenous) to carry handguns should be re-introduced.”
“Well done Andrew … any news on when the bu**er is being deported.”
“Now that Muslims have a permanent presence in Western society, we have condemned ourselves to an eternal struggle.”
“Demographics gives us one choice … repatriation.”
“stop financing the ethnocide of our own kinfolk … Make it as difficult as possible for non-indigenous to balkanize and fracture society with demographic warfare … Cut of child benefits and anything that promotes our own dispossesion.”
One commenter even criticises Gert Wilders from the right:
“He is correct to assert that (Dutch) society is failing to rejuvenate itself, instead being replaced by a non-Dutch, aka Islamic society, and this is not acceptable.
Where he is not correct is in wishing to preserve the current hyper-liberal Dutch lifestyle, a lifestyle that results in a declining and ultimately terminal indigenous population.”
At the time of writing there were only 47 comments below the article, so my sample size doesn’t really distort the point I am making. Besides, there are more comments in this vein. The majority of the threads beneath Andrew Gilligan’s other articles are similar in content to this.
It is clear from this that Gilligan’s articles attract a variety of European and North American white supremacists, racists, Islamophobes and fascists. Two main thoughts occur to the Friendly Lefty:
1. Why does the Daily Telegraph not have a policy of removing racially inflammatory posts? Many of these posts clearly incite racial hatred and some of them, racist violence, against Muslims and members of immigrant communities.
2. Why does Andrew Gilligan, as a declared anti-racist, not wonder why his articles promote such comments? He has not said anything to my knowledge that distances himself from the majority of his readership. Most journalists would I am sure be ashamed that their work was admired by these people.
It’s natural that some opponents of the Iraq war should once have had some sympathy for Gilligan, given his treatment by the government. But that was a long time ago. The leopard has most definitely changed his spots, and today Andrew Gilligan is firmly an untrustworthy anti-progressive whose writing attracts the most vicious and backward racist sentiment.