A family group who also happened to be Muslim were prevented from boarding a flight from Gatwick Airport to the USA recently. They were not given an explanation. Their MP, Stella Creasy, has had no success in getting the US authorities to explain themselves, and has now written to the Prime Minister. But one pundit knows all about what really happened: pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins has been on the case.
Viewers may want to look away now
Ms Hopkins has the nudge-nudgery on the go from the start: “This lovely big British family aren’t exactly conventional. They are two brothers – and 9 children… between 8 and 19 years old … I’m sorry? Two brothers and nine children. All called Mahmood … When was the last time two grown men, took nine ‘kids’ abroad on their own?” But one of the brothers was accompanied by his sister in law. Katie hasn’t bothered checking.
And then comes a really clumsy smear: “And then there’s their address in Waltham Forest, a known hotbed of extremism … Anjem Choudary - Britain's loudest extremist hate speaker - came from Waltham Forest”. And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One, Choudary comes from Welling, in the borough of Bexley - not Waltham Forest. And two, he now lives in Ilford, which is in the borough of Redbridge.
So that’s more smears combined with crap research, or, as many people call it, lying. But on she goes: “And if it wasn’t enough that two Muslim men from an extremist area of England, plus their nine children were flying together without any women, to set off alarm bells there’s the fact that they have confirmed links with Al Qaeda … Yup. Intelligence was received about a Facebook page connected to the family address, containing extremist material sympathising with Al Qaeda”. Not really, no.
Over to CNN, that hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism: “A check by CNN on Wednesday of traveling family members on the UK Electoral Roll showed an email address associated with 18-year-old Hamza Mahmood that links to a suspicious Facebook page … The page appears to belong to a Birmingham resident with a similar name, whose occupation is listed as Supervisor at Taliban and Leader at al-Qaeda”. There’s more.
“When asked by reporters about the Facebook link, the family said the email listed on the electoral roll is incorrect, missing some characters, and that the son lives in London, not Birmingham”. So Katie is talking out of the back of her neck once again. Have another go: “Tariq’s brother was also detained in Tel Aviv for 8 days before being ejected from the country”. No and no. He wasn’t detained in Tel Aviv. He never got past the airport.
He was refused entry to Israel, and was detained overnight. But readers should know to expect this from a pundit who talks about “playing my usual game of ‘spot the terrorist’ at the airport, (beard -5 points, rucksack – 10 points, sandals – 5 points – be honest, you’ve all done it)”. No Katie, we haven’t all done it. You’re just a cheap and nasty bigot.
And your pants are on fire too. No wonder the Sun sacked her.
Does Katie ever take her kids on holiday? Because if she did, either home or abroad, she is bound to see large extended families holidaying together.
She thinks everyone is as thick as she is.
Just when you think that arsehead can't get any stupider......she does.
Doubtless she'll end her days at the end of some slummy Essex bar spouting a load of drunken reactionary shite to the assembled track suits, tattoos, thick make up and bling "jewelry."
They were all called Mahmood? Isn't that the same as saying "they were all called the Smiths" in reference to a family of Smiths. So she obviously doesn't understand the concept of family names - thick cow.
@Ann Particularly at this time of year, when most people have work/school breaks at exactly the same time
An ignorant, nasty person. Best that she is deprived the oxygen of publicity.
Yeah, yeah keep slagging me.
I'm not like those chavs and Jeremy Kyle types. I never leave my kids to put myself first like going in to Big Brother house.
Neither do I do stupid stuff like name my offspring after places.
I simply name them after opium and that hot area where they eat lots of curry.
Have some respect will you.
You will give me a bad name.
To answer your question, my Children do have holidays.
Just September of this year they spent 3 days in Weymouth.
They had a great time.
I myself had a great time too as I was actually in the USA gearing up for my big break over there.
My next petition is about to go live.
I believe some of you might be interested.
Katie, this will interest you.
I am proposing a ban and capital punishment on creators of websites and blogs who mouth off about politicians which in turn causes misery.
I couldn't be like it myself.
Send them to the tower. Let the Queen and courts deal with them - You know, the Queen and legal system I refuse to acknowledge unless it can get me huge sums of money.
Anyway, see you later hypocrites!
'ang, draw an' quarter 'em I say. It's the only thing dey unnnerstand.
I 'ad that Markey dee Sade in the backer me cab once.
Ang em by wot?
Too many of them don't have any.
When you are as high profile as moi then I might heed your comments.
This woman is in demand and when the Daily Mail offers work your way, you know you are doing well in life.
Wait until you all find out I have been offered a chance to host the next Miss world contest.
Although, it is quite apparent they did so to up the pretty stakes!
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