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Friday 26 June 2020

Brendan O’Neill Abhors Racism, BUT

The only mystery was why it took him so long: after Jake Hepple, the instigator of the “White Lives Matter Burnley” aerial banner stunt, was sacked from his job as a welder at specialist engineering firm Paradigm Precision, it took almost a whole day for Brendan O’Neill of Spiked, so called because it should have been long ago, to tell the world that the sacking was wrong, despite having no access to the firm’s HR department.
He was given a platform to pontificate in his usual tedious style by TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley Brewer, whose stream-of-verbal-diarrhoea delivery, rabbiting ceaselessly while actually saying very little, may explain why she is at the Murdoch broadcaster with an audience somewhere in the noise floor, and not at her former berth, LBC.

Ms Hartley Dooda teed him up. Should Hepple have been sacked? “No. And I’m really worried about where this is all going [you shouldn’t be, Bren, it means more paycheques for you]. I think we have a situation now which is almost McCarthyite [there is no nationally broadcast denunciation of individuals because of their political views, either] where you can be sacked from your job for having the wrong opinions”. There was, sadly, more.

Was Hepple a racist, though? “I detest racism … BUT [yes, it’s a big but] … I would also defend people’s right to hold racist views [that wasn’t what got him sacked]. That’s the nature of freedom of thought and freedom of speech [no-one is saying otherwise]”. OK, hold it right there. The Spiked Online Twitter feed has summed up O’Neill’s views thus: “Employers should not punish workers for their political opinions”. They didn’t.

The totality of what Paradigm Precision laid before Jake Hepple is not known, and rightly so. But what we do know, because it is out there in the public domain, is that he not only said “Thanks a lot, no apology will be coming out as I’m not apologising for stating that white peoples lives matter as well”, he also dealt in forthright racism.
Jake Hepple - sacked this week

Such as “Why would anyone in their right mind pay £90 for the new England shirt when it probably cost a company full of tree swinging spear throwers about 80p to make? Not a chance I'm paying that”, and “I'm not even going to go into detail of how fucked up Sharia Law is, which is what some 'people' want in this country, absolutely mental this government”. What else may have been in his social media history?

On top of that, he was a former EDL adherent and supporter of Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson. Yes Brendan, he was free to make those affiliations, and it was not illegal for him to do so, BUT [as the man from Spiked might have put it] Paradigm Precision cannot afford to have employees bring the firm into disrepute.

And there’s the rub: while O’Neill, aided and abetted by Julia Hartley Dooda, rambles on about people being free to have abhorrent opinions and talks about “thought Police” and “identity politics”, businesses up and down the land have to face the reality of the modern world - which is that old school racism is out of order, and out of time.

Brendan O’Neill wouldn’t understand that, though. Cos he hasn’t got a real job.
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Anonymous said...

Hepple must know he's a loser when Spewer and O'Neill show up.

Steve Woods said...

I suppose "racism, but..." makes a change from the usual "racist, but...".

Ceebs said...

perhaps it's a typo

Anonymous said...

Anyone physically hurt? Meanwhile in Glasgow, here we go again . .. ...

Burlington Bertie from Bow said...

Jumped too soon there, Anon @ 17.01.
Still, nobody will have noticed so you can get ready for your next kneejerk......

Anonymous said...

Free speech and free expression seem an anathema here. What are you frightened of? Ever thought you might not have all the answers, you'll never know unless you listen to voices outside your echo chamber. In this respect Hepple is a hero!

PS: Bertie. please pray for the criticially injured police officer.