Gems from Harrys Place ;
Labour not racist or extremist?
Is terrorism acceptable?
Miliband: “Yes, there are circumstances in which it is justifiable, and yes, there are circumstances in which it is effective.”
Are the IRA a force for good?
John McDonnell: says IRA terrorists should be “honoured” for taking part in their “armed struggle”.
The MP praised the “bravery” of the IRA, whose “bombs and bullets” had resulted, he said, in the peace process in Northern Ireland in 2003.
Can we do business with Muslim extremists?
Jack Straw: A SECRET MI5 report on Islamic extremism in Blackburn,England, has raised “potential concerns” about some radical Muslim factions…“Jack’s a bit too close to the MC— he sometimes appears to suggest they are the only game in town. There is a concern that proximity to them may colour his judgment,” the insider said.
The only game in town eh?
Do Muslims want to rule Britain?
Shahid Malik: “In 1997 we got our first Muslim MP. In 2001 we had two Muslim MPs. In 2005 we had four Muslim MPs. In ša Allah, in 2009 (or) 2010 we’ll have eight or ten Muslim MPs. In 2014 we’ll have 16 Muslim MPs. At this rate the whole parliament will be Muslim….I am confident, as Britain’s first Muslim minister, that, in ša Allah, in the next thirty years or so, we’ll see a prime minister who happens to share my faith.”
What does ‘Equality’ mean to you as a Labour MP?
In Corinth Periander, a dictator in training wanted to learn how to stay in power. He asked Thrasybulus, dictator of Miletus how to keep his people in slavish fear and subjugation.
Thrasybulus took Periander’s messenger out of the city into a field where the crops were growing. As he walked through the grain, he kept questioning the messenger and getting him to repeat over and over again what he had come from Corinth to ask. Meanwhile, everytime he saw an ear of grain standing higher than the rest, he broke it off and threw it away, and he went on doing this until he had destroyed the choicest, tallest stems in the crop. After this walk across the field, Thrasybulus sent Periander’s messenger back home, without having offered him any advice.
When that man got home, Periander was eager to hear Thrasybulus’ recommendations, but the messenger said that he had not made any at all. In fact, he said, he was surprised that Periander had sent him to a man of that kind – a lunatic who destroyed his own property – and he described what he had seen Thrasybulus doing.
Periander, however, understood Thrasybulus’ actions. He realised that he had been advising him to kill outstanding citizens, and from then on he treated his people with unremitting brutality.