Wednesday, 20 April 2016

THE CENSOR’S ARMS: HOW O₂IS CLOSING DOWN FREE SPEECH



The idea is not that some forbidden opinion or other has been spoken. It is the speaking that is taboo. It’s the alien voice of the amateur, of the ordinary person, of the public, that is an abomination to the ears of established authority.
Martin Gurri, The Revolt of the Public



I only came back to this craphouse to find out who did it.
Get Carter, based on Jack’s Return Home by Ted Lewis

 

Returning to England, I found it more or less as I had left it. It was a week of beautiful, English spring weather punctuated by squalls and showers. I saw my family, walked my mother’s eccentric dog, took my belongings out of storage, and met up with old friends. I saw the excellent Rolling Stones exhibition at London’s Saatchi gallery. I ate fish and chips and cooked breakfast in the pub. I saw the English once again. They didn’t exactly display the glowing health of the Costa Ricans, but they are my people nonetheless, and I felt a fondness for them.

I tried to stay away from politics and current affairs and I didn’t have to try too hard. The BBC, the UK’s state news provider, was concerning itself with the Prime Minister’s tax affairs, one of many red herrings with which they will be attempting, in the weeks before a referendum on EU membership, to fool the public into watching the magician’s wrong hand. There were also some convenient earthquakes for it to gorge on to further help the elites divert attention from the coming economic and social collapse, Faye’s ‘convergence of catastrophes’.

Of course, I still kept up, using my tablet to browse non-MSM websites when the opportunity arose. Perhaps the greatest modern boon for the news junkie whose preferred habitat is the British pub is the provision of Wi-Fi in most drinking establishments. In most cases, the service providers are either The Cloud or O. Naturally, some websites are banned and, in my opinion, rightly so. I don’t think it right that drinkers can peruse pornographic sites on property open to accompanied children. But, as I discovered, it is not just pornography which is verboten in our brave new world.

Sitting comfortably in the snug of a pub I have been drinking in for thirty years, I felt like the time traveller in H G Wells’s The Time Machine as my mind replayed all the various stages of interior décor it had been through. Much had changed, much had stayed the same. As I always say, no pub is boring. You can always find something of interest there. And so it was.

Browsing over my preferred news and opinion sites in a pub using O₂, - rather than The Cloud, which used by the chain of pubs I generally favour in Blighty, I discovered that one of the sites was blocked. An anodyne little message came up about protecting children. The site was Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugged.

If you are unaware of Geller, she is the firebrand counter-jihadist and critic of Islam and Islamisation. She is a Jew, and has a focus of interest accordingly. She was (in)famously banned by the dreadful Theresa May on the grounds that her presence would not be ‘conducive to the public good.’ Her ideological colleague, Robert Spencer, who runs the website Jihad Watch, was also refused entry. Jihad Watch was also banned by O₂, presumably for the sake of the children.

Curious, I ran through some other sites. The following are all also blocked by O₂;

Gates of Vienna

Counter-Currents

Liberty GB

Islamic Truth

Daniel Greenfield

The Right Stuff

V-Dare

What all these websites have as a common denominator is that they are critical of Islamisation, and the perceived Islamisation of the West.

I tried emailing Oon my return to Central America, but my query about an email address for their press or PR office got a return email message informing me that the customer query line I had tried no longer existed. It’s extremely unlikely that they would talk to me in any case; I’m little people.

One thing we can all be sure of; this will not be a decision taken either by the pub chain involved or by Othemselves. The idea that some middle-management oaf in an ill-fitting suit knows who Daniel Greenfield is, or catches up with Counter-Currents because he has an abiding interest in Heidegger or Julius Evola is unlikely. No, through one of its many channels and rivulets in the public sector, this silencing of the critics of Islam will have come from government, almost undoubtedly from the Muslim Council of Britain or one of the other guises of the Muslim Brotherhood which operate throughout the West.

I’m sure you are familiar with the parable of the boiling frog. Throw the creature into a pan of boiling water, and it will leap straight out. Place the same frog in a pan of cold water and gradually increase the heat beneath, and it will boil to death. So it is with free speech. And if you don’t think it will affect you, I believe you are wrong. You should therefore speak out, or write against, this type of casual censorship before the silence descends in its totality. Cheers.

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