Sunday, August 14, 2011

Another liberal gets mugged by reality

Andrew Gilligan is the London editor of the Telegraph newspaper. He is a fairly purist kind of right liberal. Unlike left liberals he identifies positively with and wants to defend the West but only insofar as it embodies liberal values of multiculturalism, pluralism, diversity etc.

This means that he is ready to attack sharia preaching Muslims in his columns. For instance, in one recent piece he revealed that a group called the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) was attempting to infiltrate the Labour Party. This group has plans to convert Europe into an Islamic state. In its training documents the IFE states:

Our goal is not simply to invite people and give da'wah [call to the faith]. Our goal is to create the True Believer, to then mobilise those believers into an organised force for change who will carry out da'wah, hisbah [enforcement of Islamic law] and jihad [struggle]. This will lead to social change and iqamatud-Deen [an Islamic social, economic and political order]."

Andrew Gilligan goes on to list other statements by the group:

Or the leaflet where the IFE tells us that it is dedicated to changing the "very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed ... from ignorance to Islam." Or the document where the IFE says it "strives for the establishment of a global society, the Khilafah ... comprised of individuals who live by the principles of ... the Shari'ah." The IFE's "primary work" to create this state, the document goes on, "is in Europe because it is this continent, despite all the furore about its achievements, which has a moral and spiritual vacuum."

But how does Gilligan finish his column? He believes he is standing with the majority of Muslims as true believers in a liberal world view:

My Muslim friends and I believe in a world that is, in Louis MacNeice's fine words, "incorrigibly plural". We see no reason why we should have to be defined by our faith, unless we want to be. Like the poet, we feel the drunkenness of things being various. The cold Islamic supremacists of the IFE are the enemies not just of democracy, but of multiculturalism and pluralism itself.
There's a bit of liberal autonomy theory thrown in there: the idea that what matters is that we are self-defining individuals. There's also an endorsement of multiculturalism.

And how does Andrew Gilligan think that multiculturalism is going? Well, he believes that it's going just fine, the evidence supposedly being that people are mixing together (which suggests that he doesn't want pluralism after all, just the breakdown of ethnic identity). He writes:

there are very few areas indeed – particularly in London – where a single ethnic minority or faith group dominates. Even in the most ‘non-white’ places, there is usually a mix of Muslims and Hindus, or Asians and blacks. Far from growing levels of ‘crime and conflict’, race crime in London fell by 10.7 per cent last year.

....Overall racial integration in Britain (as measured by rates of mixed marriage) is among the highest in the Western world. Multiculturalism works.

You have to wonder about liberals when you read stuff like this. Even if he were right, and the different ethnic populations were intermarrying and creating a single hybrid population, how does that lead to greater diversity or pluralism in the world? Surely it just knocks out one of the world's distinctive peoples and replaces it by another less distinctive one.

Anyway, as we know, Gilligan's multicultural London - the one that is "working well" - has now exploded into fire, violence and looting. And, to press this point home to Gilligan, he himself was caught up in the middle of it. He was riding his bike to work, found himself in the middle of a mob, got pushed off and had his bike stolen. He was mugged by a multicultural reality.

Gilligan is a good example of why right liberalism is not enough. He needs to acknowledge that liberalism itself has contributed to the social dysfunction that is clearly growing in all Western countries, so that any solution has to come, at least in part, from preliberal traditions - particularly those relating to family, to morality, and to common forms of identity.


  1. Many British people have been leaving Britain. Some would say that it resembles an exodus.

    Emigration soars as British desert the UK

  2. And those who stay aren't thrilled about what their country is becoming.

    There ARE too many immigrants in the UK

  3. Liz, working class English people have been leaving England in numbers for years now, it is one of the reasons why the demographic transformation has been so quick in some areas.

    The government drives away the workers leaving the work shy then imports more people who came to England just for the NHS.


  4. 7 of 10 people think there are too many immigrants.

    Alas, the only people whose opinion counts (the media and the political elite) are among the 3 in 10 who disagree.

  5. Damn straight. Every time I try to have a discussion here in Australia with people my age about the realities of immigration, it seems to come down to 'well, we're all people and we can decide our own destinies, so it's fine'.

    Liberalism seems to be what you get when you start with your conclusions.

  6. "well, we're all people and we can decide our own destinies, so it's fine"

    That's because if you simply agree with the nice words you don't have to think about the problems.

    If you disagree with the nice words then there is a real problem, and no-one wants more problems.

    The establishment have given people an easy way out. Make nice noises about "one race the human race" and you no longer have to think about or deal with changing demographic realities and the very real problems that result.

    You solve a problem by explaining in a VERY LOUD VOICE that there is no problem after all.

    People have a lot of problems in life, one less to think about for most people is a relief.

  7. 'well, we're all people and we can decide our own destinies, so it's fine'.

    Too bad most of the immigrants don't believe in that, and once they have a majority they'll decide YOUR destiny for you.

  8. Yes it always amazed me that when preaching their doctrine of 'Race as a social construct' they never thought to introduce it to new arrivals.

    Did they not think through what was likely to happen, or is this insanity actually what was planned?

  9. Gilligan was a Left-Liberal; Gilligan used to be a BBC journalist until he got in trouble with Tony Blair over Iraq - excessive honesty in investigative reporting, reporting the 'sexed up' nature of the 'dirty dossier'. Getting fired for that may have shifted him rightward.