What is it about the Daily Mail and its seemingly insatiable appetite for Muslim bashing? After last month’s revelation that the story of the 10 year old boy being denied a drink of water might not have been quite as it seemed has come “'This is a Muslim area and we don't want to see that': Mob pelts brothers-in-law wearing mankinis on sponsored walk with stones and accuses them of being paedophiles”.
What's f***ing wrong with the EDL and BNP, c***?!?
So what was this one about? “Two brothers in law who went on a sponsored walk wearing comedy mankinis had to be picked up by police - after they were pelted with stones and eggs by residents who told them 'this is a Muslim area' and demanded they leave”. So there you have it: readers are now suitably angry at parts of the UK being taken over by those intolerant and aggressive MUSLIMS.
Or maybe it isn’t quite as the Mail would like us to believe. Strangely, last year’s Birmingham Half Marathon – yes, held in the same city as the ruckus reported by the Mail – had at least one participant who wore a mankini, and there are plenty of photos around (HERE, HERE and HERE) suggesting that he didn’t have a problem with those who lived along the route.
Then consider what the wife of Steven Ellis, one of the two brothers-in-law, told the Mail: “We had stopped at a supermarket car park to give the dogs a drink as it was a hot day”. They had taken along their dogs [plural] when the sponsored walk passed through an area where many of the residents were followers of The Prophet. And what kind of dogs might they have been?
Well, we can get an idea by looking at the photos on Ellis’ Facebook page. And while on that page, check out his “Likes”, which include the British National Party (BNP). The Mail is usually so good at trawling social media sites, so why have they missed this one? Ah well. It doesn’t fit the narrative: it’s the kind of inconvenient fact that the Mail discards to ensure the narrative is free of shades of grey.
Then there is the EDL (you’re surprised?): Ellis’ wife told the Mail “We didn't even know there was an EDL march planned for that day - we had nothing to do with it”. She could always have asked her husband’s brother-in-law and fellow mankini wearer Jason Hendry, whose Facebook page features, amongst its various “Likes”, you guessed it, the EDL.
Hendry also made the following comment on Facebook: “Our story has made mail online and midlands today are coming tomorrow may justice be done!” to which the obvious question is, what is this “justice” he talks of? Exactly what happened that day? Someone will find out, although the Mail seems to be beyond bothering, if it doesn’t fit the Muslim bashing line.
Otherwise, it can only be concluded that the Mail has been suckered yet again.