Delingpole on Friday: Woolwich – it was all Nick Robinson’s fault…

OK so which would you say is the worse crime?

a) killing an unarmed man with meat cleavers in a London street and then trying to slice his head off?
b) describing the alleged killers as “of Muslim appearance” on BBC news?

Call me old-fashioned but I would have gone for a). Which just goes to show how badly out of tune with the times I am because the correct answer is in fact b). I know so because I checked on Twitter.
Sure there were one or two reactionary old farts like me coming up with the usual hysterical guff about how barbaric and awful and shocking it was. But the clever Tweeters knew straight away what the real problem was.
It was that bloody Nick Robinson, that’s who was really to blame for all this. He’d actually gone on to BBC news and used the phrase – “of Muslim appearance.” Which as any half way educated person could tell you is about as inflammatory and wrong as you can get.
For a start, how can anyone be “of Muslim appearance”? It’s a religion, damn it, not a race, which embraces everyone from dark-skinned Africans in Nigeria to oriental-looking islanders in Indonesia to pallid Caucasian types in Chechnya. (I’m not sure whether any of these sophisticated Tweeters went into such detail but they could have done, I’ll bet. Probably they’ve got a really good degree in Cultural Relativism studies at SOAS – or similar – because they’re not ignorant these kids. Fuck no! They went to Bali and Kathmandu in their gap year)
And for another thing, what an outrageous assumption to make when the facts of the case were still unknown! I mean, OK, sure, there’d been eyewitness reports of the men yelling “Allahu Akbar” as they went about their business; and, all right, there was video footage of one of the men telling passers-by “We swear by the mighty Allah we will never stop fighting until you leave us alone.”
Even so, that’s still no reason for Robinson to have jumped to the conclusion that this crime had anything whatsoever to do with the men’s religion. Or perceived religion. What if they were in fact Christians or Buddhists or atheists trying to give the religion of peace a bad name? Or, supposing for a moment they were Muslims, how do we know had their faith had anything to do with the killing? And even if it did, why draw attention to it? Like, when a Christian murders somebody, does his religion get mentioned? What about Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper: he said he heard the voice of God in his head telling him to do it – but no one ever mentions his crime as a Christian crime, do they?
On occasions like this I really do feel a bit of an intellectual lightweight, I must say. There am I, stuck in the fuddy-duddy mindset where you see a 25-year old father of a one year old boy being hacked to death with meat cleavers on a busy London street and all you can do is respond with the gut feeling that “This is wrong. This is totally wrong!”
Whereas if I were a bit younger, less reactionary and I’d had a proper educational grounding somewhere serious like the LSE, what I would have realised is that you just can’t judge things like this at face value. Sure, there’s a temptation to dwell on what a terrible way to go it must have been for that poor young man; to think about what his family must be going through – his wife and mother especially, who will surely be re-living his imagined death every day from now on till they die; to get quite angry, even, about the perverted political values and warped mindset that led to this barbaric act – and also about the cultural relativism that helped make it possible. But succumbing to this temptation would, of course, be a serious mistake.
No, if you’re a truly enlightened citizen of the modern world, the correct way to respond is the way all those sophisticated intellectual types on Twitter did. You recognise straightaway that the horror of the murder is just a distraction from the real issue. The real issue being, of course, that this regrettable event was the sadly inevitable consequence of Britain’s racism, intolerance and Islamophobia – as demonstrated by Nick Robinson’s bigoted, ignorant and inflammatory use of that reprehensible “of Muslim appearance” comment on BBC news for which he has since, quite correctly, apologised.
Until, as a society, we learn to face up to our collective responsibility for Drummer Lee Rigby’s death, young men like Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale ought to have every right to go on drawing attention to this rampant injustice in whatever way they deem fit. It is frankly outrageous that in order to make their point they had to resort to the blunt instrument of execution by motor vehicle and butcher’s knife. A truly considerate society would have made public funds available for them to afford some properly functioning automatic weaponry. That way these gallant, oppressed freedom fighters could have made their vibrant and refreshingly direct contribution to our national debate with a lot less fuss and a lot less mess – perhaps preventing the disgraceful public overreaction we have witnessed over the last couple of days, everywhere from the hateful, violent racist English Defence League to the hardcore, fascist right-wing BBC.

34 comments on “Delingpole on Friday: Woolwich – it was all Nick Robinson’s fault…

  1. James Dobbin
    May 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm #


  2. Stephen Morris
    May 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Not only get all service people to wear uniforms publically, but get them to carry weapons at all times. Having said that, my great uncle managed to ‘misplace’ his Lee-Enfield No4 after V.E Day in the pub……….

  3. katabasis1
    May 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Good work James, as always.

    I’ve got no love lost for Toenails Robinson but he can’t be said to have jumped to a conclusion – he was given that information from an “official source” within Whitehall. I remember him saying that several times. He took an undeserved fall on this one from the twitterati who were more concerned about accusing Robinson of being racist than grokking the fact that a white man had just been hacked to death in the street by two black men.

    It’s worth remembering that MI5, MI6 and the police all apparently knew about these upstanding thoroughly misunderstood chaps and presumably didn’t think they were worth watching on the basis that UAF et al would tell them that they were being racist and that these chaps were obviously pillars of the community.

    Or something.

    I was being lectured earlier that the flowers I left, and the note I wrote and the pictures I took outside the garrison were “ghoulish” after having shared them on Facebook.

    I just don’t know how to react to these people anymore.

    *goes to have a lie down*

  4. shoaib
    May 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    being analytical while breaking news…. truth is again the worst casuality of our times.

  5. scousemouse1
    May 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    “A truly considerate society would have made public funds available for them to afford some properly functioning automatic weaponry.” You mean like what we are doing with the ‘rebels’ (aka Al Qaeda) in Syria? It’s quite worrying that people have so little empathy that their first thought is for a misspoken word (from government sources it should be added) rather than the horrific death of a young man.

  6. Steve Brown
    May 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm #


  7. Christina
    May 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    Excellent article James. Of course it is of vital importance to keep one’s +2 politically correct armour of sanctimoniousness spotlessly clean at all times.

    It could have been worse though. He could have said they were black.

  8. Philip Foster
    May 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Ah, but read the ever so wise and wonderful words of our beloved deputy Prime Minister, thus:

    “Over the last few days London has shown itself at its best: an unbreakable city once again refusing to bow to hatred and violence. Of all the groups and faiths represented here today, I would like to pay special tribute to London’s Muslim community.

    “An unspeakable act has been conducted in their name. Yet while this has provoked feelings of frustration and anger – it flies in the face of the peace and love that Islam teaches – Muslim organisations, Mosques, Imams and community leaders have responded with a call for unity and calm. They have set an example for us all.”

    “Polishing the turd” as someone nicely expressed it.

  9. Pleiades
    May 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    What is more “of Muslim appearance” than a man with bloody hands holding a knife and a meat cleaver with the head of an infidel rolling around on the ground at his feet? Sounds about right to me.

    The apology that Robinson gave is why this kind of stuff keeps happening. If more people spoke the truth without apology, perhaps there would be fewer people admiring the emperor’s new clothes and more people with the courage to do something about the problem. Cowards. The whole lot of ’em.

  10. ukipvoter
    May 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    The best article I’ve seen anywhere on this barbaric event.

  11. Jeff Wolfers (@JeffinLondon)
    May 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Quite right James. Tis clearly your lack of cultural sensitivity and out of step character that is deeply at fault here.

    In fact, I’d submit it is people like *you* that stir up innocent youths to commit unspeakable crimes!

  12. Lord_Lupin
    May 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Racism in PPC ‘diversity’ temple. No surprises.

  13. grumpydenier
    May 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    I’m surprised to see you getting this completely out of proportion.

    You’re normally a reserved, contemplative sort of commentator, much admired by the liberal establishment for your ability to look over the port-side of life and see what the essence of a progressive ideology is and how it benefits us all.

    Heaven help us if you ever find out that global warming is not based on science. I’ll bet you’ll get really cross.

    On a more serious note, these b**tards have almost ground me into a state of abject misery as I look back on 50+ years of their constant undermining of our society.

    I’ll have to leave it to you youngsters to hold their feet to the fire; I’m plumb out of the energy to fight them anymore.

    • brwims
      May 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      You and me both mate. I live in the hope that UKIP gets in before I die

  14. Chris
    May 25, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    Nick Robinson has no balls. If he did, he would have told the PC brigade and his BBC boss to F**k Off.

    I thought he was an idiot before. Now I think he’s a coward and fool.

    • brwims
      May 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      You have to be all 3 to work for the BBC – unless you are management, when it is cynic, hypocrite, and self-serving

  15. DekkaDekkaMan
    May 25, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    For your viewing pleasure, here is the full footage of the take-down of these two lovelies by your faithful servants with the Met. Courtesy of Israel National News and the Mirror:

    • brwims
      May 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      A pity they didn’t take the head shots.

  16. Douglas Crafford
    May 25, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Well done Dellingpole – nice piece.

  17. jazz606
    May 25, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    There will now be a hugely expensive court case with m’learned friends earning vast fees. Then the perpetrators will receive long prison sentences also hugely expensive.
    They should just be strung up; that would not only be just but a better death than they meted out to Lee Rigby.

  18. Max Markham
    May 25, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    If ever there was a moment to reintroduce the death penalty, this is it; for people like that. Of course, we’d have to abandon the EU Convention on Human Rights. But we should be denouncing that anyway.

    • jazz606
      May 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      I wonder if there is a definition for a human being in the HR act.

  19. Dennis Williams
    May 25, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I blame Mrs Thatcher…

  20. paul cousins
    May 25, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    They should be charged under Sharia law – an eye for an eye and all that.

  21. longitude 0 (@longitude0)
    May 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    “there’d been eyewitness reports of the men yelling “Allahu Akbar” as they went about their business”

    But there were not. As I have already tweeted to you. So far none of the several eye-witness accounts published within minutes of the incident says anything about jidahist shouts.

    Robinson “sexed-up” his report with some lurid made-up detail from a Whitehall source who wasn’t there, apparently obtained from a police source who also wasn’t there at the time of the murder.

    Engage brain, Delingpole, before you put fingers to keyboard. Some of us live here.

  22. Michael Roc Thomas
    May 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Careful James or you’ll end up like Sally B

  23. London Car Club
    May 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm #


    Good stuff. I’d love to have a pint with you. Perhaps Moraymint could join us?



  24. anenglishspinster
    May 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Nick Robinson – what a lightweight!

  25. Julieann Carter (@MisGrace)
    May 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    “On a more serious note, these b**tards have almost ground me into a state of abject misery as I look back on 50+ years of their constant undermining of our society.”

    I think the silent majority feel exactly the same.

  26. Anon observer
    June 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    MI6 is given free rein to play these games and to provoke, instigate and ignite conflict situations. This is a GAME to them because they are NEVER held to account for anything at all. None of the players in this game care about the ‘expendables’. Only the spectators do. And spectators know nothing. The game is rigged. Intel players from the same agencies are playing the part of pro and anti-Syrian govt activists in the same way as both pro and anti Islamism. From ‘Danny Abdul-Dayem’ to ‘Tommy Robinson’. The bottom line is, Adebolajo was not part of the club. Not the Eton and Oxbridge set, but he thought he was damn clever even though he’s a bit stupid in reality.


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