Welcome To Zelo Street!

This is a blog of liberal stance and independent mind

Monday 27 June 2016

Sun Brexit Incitement Busted

Although former editor Kelvin McFilth has today declared that he has “buyer’s remorse” over voting for Britain to Leave the EU in last week’s referendum, the remainder of the Murdoch doggies at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun are clearly over the moon at not just the result of that referendum, but the increasingly vicious fallout, which has included a significant amount of hate crime directed at EU migrants.
As the principals of the Vote Leave campaign - Bozza, “Oiky” Gove, and the behind the scenes polecats Dominic Cummings and Matthew Elliott - have declined to take any responsibility for the verbal and even physical assaults, which have extended beyond eastern Europeans to anyone who is not white, one might have hoped that the Leave-backing press might urge a measure of restraint on its readers.

But that hope has been dashed as the Sun has instead chosen to cheer on the bigots, telling readers “WHERE THE BREX WAS WON …  Streets full of Polish shops, kids not speaking English … but Union Jacks now flying high again … People from Portsmouth, Plymouth and Boston revel in their relief at EU exit”. “Kids not speaking English”. Shops with people talking foreign. Not flying the right flag.

The Boston story was typical: “One in six of the Lincolnshire town’s 65,000 population are Eastern Europeans - the highest percentage in the UK … Translators are employed at Park Academy primary school where half the children speak Eastern European languages … Locals yesterday talked of celebratory parties, extra busy pubs and cheering in the streets”. And then the Murdoch doggies sell the pass.

There are around 1,200 people, mostly Brits, out of work in the town and many hope the result might see a change in fortunes”. Given the eastern European migrants are generating so much of Boston’s economic activity, and their labour is propping up so much of the area’s agricultural sector, it’s more likely that if they all piled off back tomorrow, the only change of fortune would be a big increase in that unemployment number.

As for the headlines, these mix the incitement with the fraudulent, such as “We couldn’t see GP”. The reality? No-one said they couldn’t get to see their GP. Readers are told “Wages pushed down”, yet there is not one example of this. The report from Cannock claims “They have grown angry with EU meddling on UK issues such as the HS2 rail line, planned to run through countryside near the town”, yet HS2 has nothing to do with the EU.

Also, there is something else missing from this slice of triumphalist hokum: not one of those eastern European migrants gets interviewed. Nor is there any comment from anyone who is not white. That’s very telling. It confirms that the Sun is retreating to being a paper for only a part of the population. Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks aren’t interested in anyone who isn’t white. What a way to run a business in the 21st Century.

The Sun isn’t interested in stopping the hatred. That’s what sells papers. Sad, really.


Altfish said...

Since when does HS2 go anywhere near Boston??

Tim Fenton said...


That was a comment from Cannock.

Andy McDonald said...

My neighbour (Polish-born, 10 years in the UK, full UK citizen, done the test and everything) has been on the receiving end of abuse over the last few days, mostly from people boozing in the local park. As she put it, she's delighted by the result - now all those street drinkers can look forward to doing 10 hour a day shifts in warehouses and down on the farm on minimum wage, because that's obviously what they want, right?

Anonymous said...

So the Scum would have no problem if Middle Eastern countries (or what's left of them) decide to boot out Brit expats currently living and working there and "speaking English." Or the Spanish decide to expel Brit pensioners in the Costa del Sol or to try to "recover" Gibraltar.

What's sauce for the Brit loony is also sauce for other loonies. Not that gobshite Kelvin "It Wasn't Me, Guv, It Was A Press Agency" MacKenzie would remotely understand that.

Each day brings the Scum yet another step nearer to Der Sturmer. If that's possible.

J said...

At least this gave me a good chuckle as an antidote to an article by the S*n.


Knowing "tired and emotional" Danzuk, he's probably serious and thinks he has a chance - usualy right up to the point he stops being "tired and emotional" then he has to partake of a "calming influence" and is then back to being "tired and emotional".

Gilbert Keith Chesterton said...

If it's hard to see a GP, why not vote for someone that will hire more GPs?

If it's hard to get a house or a school place, why not vote for someone that will build more houses and schools?

Instead, Leave voters have voted for ultra-Thatcherite spivs that make Gidiot and Bullingdon Dave look like Nye Bevan by comparison and will take an axe to what remains of their public services. Didn't think this one through, did you Sun readers?

Shazz said...

I have a North American accent and I'm white
On Sunday in rural North Yorkshire I was having a very pleasant conversation in a pub with 4 white OAPs
When one suddenly asked me 'Have you packed your bags?'
Me: hunh?
WOAP: You have a Canadian passport, right?
Me: No, I have a British passport
WOAP: Well, you're lucky then. Everyone else is getting deported back to where they came from
Me: It was a referendum on the *EU* FFS!

Racism is getting tangled up with xenophobia. There are far too many oldies with faint memories of Empire who think EVERYONE WHO IS NOT 'BRITISH' must leave NOW because of the referendum result.

How ironic that a country which still fondly remembers how it subjugated most of the globe is now apoplectic that 'others' now live in 'THEIR' country.

Anonymous said...

Filth would say that.

He even had an input on Brexit movie.
He'll say anything to get noticed as it helps his ailing skills in an editorial capacity.

Take note UKIP.
He's a bluffer and a con man.

Still, after calling the politicians a "Collection of shits", why would they do him any favours ?.....

Leveson 2

Anonymous said...

That is not racism.or xenophobia.
That is a classic example of the misinformed.