Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson may not be the sharpest tool in the box. But, having been the Tories’ chief whip, he does possess an abundance of low cunning. Put together with an appreciation of the kinds of stories sure to get our free and fearless press salivating, he has set a hare running which ticks all the right boxes: Law and Order, Human Rights, and of course Scary Muslims (tm).
The legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre and his obedient hackery at the Daily Mail were keen to tell readers what Gav had in mind: “Gavin Williamson told the Daily Mail Britons who have fought for terror group should never be allowed to come back to this country … And he said those who were intent on bringing 'destruction, death and bloodshed' onto the streets of the UK were being 'hunted down' and that threat ‘eliminated’”.
So what if I do get chauffeured around in a f***ing bullet-proof limo, c***?!?
Dan Jarvis, who used to be a Proper Soldier, was unimpressed: “Williamson’s comments are at best naive – the hubris of someone insufficiently experienced for their position. But at worst they are morally, legally and practically wrong. They imply a desire for extrajudicial killing to form part of Britain’s security policy”. And there was more.
“Courageous restraint requires extraordinary moral resilience … But how we utilise force is what differentiates us from our opponents. Soldiers know they lose their legitimacy when they sink to the level of the terrorists they face, and that such legitimacy is maintained through the rule of law. If soldiers understand that, secretaries of state should too”.
I'm dead hard, me. Honest
That was like the proverbial red rag to a bull: today’s Mail goes completely gaga at the idea that we should adhere to the rule of law, howling “I will NOT back down: Defence Secretary stands his ground after facing outrage from Labour and the legal establishment over his vow to 'eliminate' jihadis”. Williamson justifies going beyond Dirty Harry by simpering “The British people want to make sure that our streets are safe”.
Harry Potter and the Gobshite of Arslikhan
Also instructed to go over the top in no style at all is the odious Quentin Letts (let’s not), sniffing “Our new Defence Secretary cuts a slim and boyish figure, leading some colleagues to give him the sneering nickname ‘Private Pike’”. Quent knows all about sneering. But do go on. “In yesterday’s Mail he made bracingly plain his politically incorrect thoughts about British citizens who go abroad to fight for Islamic State … He would prefer them to be killed than readmitted to our country, comments at odds with years of hand-wringing from Establishment human-rights types”. So guess who’s next?
Yuman Rights for brahn people, Guv? Nah, iss not on, innit?!?
Yes, tedious and unfunny churnalist Richard Littlejohn brought up the rear of this particular pantomime horse with his customary pub bore tedium: “This column has long maintained that those who travelled abroad to join Izal should be stripped of both their passports and their citizenship and denied re-entry to this country … Ideally, they should be put up against a wall and shot through the head in whichever disgusting desert hell-hole they have chosen to make their home”. The manager says You’ve Had Enough, Dicky Boy.
Dan Jarvis was right. We sink to that level, we can forget claiming the moral high ground. And good to see that Dacre, Quent and Dick once again validate what Stanley Baldwin said in 1931: “What the proprietorship of these papers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot through the ages”. He was meaning the Rothermeres then. That affliction still persists with the same family today.
Given that the worst terrorism of the last few decades was from the Irish quarter, if they want to make our streets safe then the best way to do that is to make sure that there is no excuse for either side in Ireland to kick off again ...
Dear Mr Littlebrain../er sorry jon.
It seems you are very keen on encouraging others to commit extrajudicial murder. I assume this to satisfy your bizarre sadomasochistic sexual fantasies. However, I doubt that you will be able to recruit any willing volunteers. Indeed members of our fine armed forces would be especially reluctant to commit an act contrary to the Geneva Convention. But don't despair I have an elegant solution. All that is required is that you put your corpulent body and atrophied brain where your mouth is. You could join the many British 'fighters' already in the war zone, who no doubt would welcome your courageous gesture. I am sure Mr Letts would be happy to join your Crusade with that nice Mr Dacre shouting from encouragement from the rear. That way nobody could accuse you all of being cowardly swivel chair solidiers . Don't worry about the cost of the trip, I am sure His Lordship will be happy to fund any campain is object is to kll brown people. We could crowd fund the trip but don't tell those lilly liverd lefties I said so. Please keep me posted on progress over the festive season.
Yours in anticipation Pavi
Your picture caption sums it up perfectly, Tim. Another chancer fancying himself as future Tory leader, (though if IBS, Howard, Hague, Cameron and May managed it, even Harry Rednapp would be in with a chance) and going with the no-brain, tell it like it is, shoot from the hip, hard-man draft-dodger approach which was so successful for Herr Trumpf.
And the Mail falls for it (and from Quentin Letts's 'slim and boyish',it seems falls for *him* as well).
That whole front page is beyond ridicule.
Will this include such figures as Sir Frank Lowy the Australian billionaire and boss of the giant Westfield Shopping malls and currently one of the big wheels in FIFA? Lowy was a member of Haganah which the British eventually deemed a terrorist group. He was only just knighted by The Queen.
Mr Williamson hasn't really thought this through has he?. Should an MP and a lawmaker really be advocating for summary execution and the denial of basic legal rights?
Tim, we sank "to that level" many years ago.
What function do you think there is for MI5,MI6, and the SAS? Don't kid yourself it's just "gathering intelligence".
What else are drone murders?
What else is the cowardly bullshit of terms like "collateral damage"?
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