Wednesday, 20 August 2008

So much for freedom of speech

Random House has cowardly 'postponed' the release of a novel concerning Muhammad's relationship with his child bride Aisha. In a country whose Constitution guarantees freedom of expression, that is truly frightening.

The novel is not strictly accurate, of course. The author, Sherry Jones, has used poetic licence (as she is entitled to), and had Muhammad consummating the marriage when Aisha was 14. According to the Hadith of Bukhari (generally considered to be second only to the Qur'an as an Islamic scripture), Aisha was in fact six years old when Muhammad married her and nine years old when she was raped (I'm afraid there is no other word for it) by him.

Western civilisation is under attack like never before. Not from Muslims or any external enemy, but from the enemy within: the liberal lefties who hate Christianity and everything else that has made our civilisation great. Having the right to offend each other is one of the basic human rights that distinguishes our traditions from those of totalitarian tyrannies and, once compromised, we have taken a fatal step towards tyranny.

Public sector strike in Scotland

According to the Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation, 200,000 members of the GMB, Unite and Unison unions are expected to strike today, causing disruption to people across Scotland.

David Prentis, General Secretary of Unison, is quoted as saying that members feel they have no choice, and indeed they don't. But perhaps he does.

The Liebour Party right now is massively dependent on unions for support, more than it has been for years and years. Except, where the donations used to come from a wide range of unions, it is now only a small number of super-unions keeping the show on the road. Including, er, Unison.

On 31 March this year, when Unison donated £427,635 of its members' money to Liebour, did Mr Prentis not consider whether this was an appropriate use of cash? Rather than play games with members' jobs, why did Unison not simply tell Gordon Brown that the life support machine was about to be disconnected? The one-eyed bogey miner would have had no option but to crawl to the unions for support.

Ditto, Unite's donation of £875,844 on 28 March, and the GMB's donation of £356,997 on 19 March.