It’s about 6 months since I was banned from Twitter. I closed my Facebook account 2-3 years ago when I couldn’t take the racist rape threats going unpunished anymore. To say I feel disconnected from the rest of the world is an understatement. However, I am still poring over the news and reacting in real time to the horror show that is modern times. I just don’t get to share my thoughts with as much frequency.
I’m going to attempt to address that on this here blog. I haven’t the strength to write about all the urgent issues as they arise but I could do a round up of my ‘wtf moments’ for the week.
Lord Ahmed, a ROTHERHAM based life peer (recommended by Tony Blair in 1998) has been charged with the attempted rape of an underage girl and assault on a 13 year old boy. Most people don’t read past the headlines, and the media knows this. Lord Ahmed is charged with a rape he is alleged to have committed between 1971 and 1974 when he would have been between the ages of 14 and 17. Whilst it is still an offence, it is not as clear cut as the media would have us believe. Working as a temp for social services in the early noughties we had discussions around youth sex offenders and whether it was ethical to treat a 14 year old boy with the same contempt as we would an adult male in his 30s. It is illegal to have sex with underage girls, even if the perpetrator is himself underage. However the mind of a 14 year old boy is significantly different to that of an adult male. They’re still growing and learning. Is it fair to condemn a young person to a register for the rest of their lives? Depending on the severity of crime and the mind set of the perpetrator, there’s a sliding scale of offence. Surely the punishment should reflect that?
If Lord Ahmed had committed these offences now it would lead me to question his role in Rotherham and whether he was directly involved in the grooming gang cases and whether he was being thrown to the wolves by the rest of his establishment buddies. As it is, I can only consider the actions of a 14-17 year old Nazir Ahmed, a juvenile, not fully accountable for his actions. This presentation of historic abuse in the context of the narrative; Ahmed was not a grey haired media mogul sticking his fingers in knickers without consent. He should be tried, of course, but not through the lens we’re being handed by the establishment and their media buds. Consider the way Lord Lester was protected by his peers when a prominent women’s rights campaigner, Jasvinder Sanghera disclosed the harassment she experienced at his hands, where he offered her a peerage in exchange for sex. They closed ranks, and refused to bow to pressure, instead casting doubt on her version of events. They did not believe her, as has always been the case on rainy fascist island. He quietly resigned a short while later, no doubt the turning tide threatened to drag him out to sea and he scarpered before it could.
The movements that have shaped our world the past few years are winning. This doesn’t mean the establishment are going to stop perverting the course to justice, their modus operandi is to exhaust victims and re-traumatise us over and over again so that we give up. We mustn’t.
It’s been a nerve wracking week given the tensions over the other side of the world in my motherland. I have lots of cousins, many of them dotted along disputed regions between India and Pakistan. I’d very much like for them all to live into old age but they don’t seem as bothered as I am by the escalating drama. It took my breath away to see Imran Khan inform his Pakistani parliament they would be handing back the captured Hindu pilot and the sound of their hands drumming the table in agreement seemed historic. On talking to Pakistani born relatives however I was saddened to learn this is how it always goes down, the Pakistani government and armed forces graciously hand back captives and India responds by chatting a load of guff and extending the threat in some sick display of power, as though Pakistan is weak for showing them hamdardi (empathy). India seems to have gotten ahead of herself. Right wing alliances between white nationalists and right wing Hindus only carry so far as their usefulness. India has forgotten this.
Apparently India demanded the cricket association disallow the Pakistani team or they would withdraw in protest, only to be told to get a grip or else pay a fine and face expulsion themselves. How old are you, India? Grow up.
I value Prime Minister Imran Khan for his resistance to war, it is pointless bloodshed. However I am of the opinion that humanity is so fragile and so precious that those who would deny it to others do not deserve to have their own humanity protected. The world must condemn India for its violent posturing, we don’t live in a world where we’ll be kowtowed into fighting for an arbitrary border anymore. We look back at those ‘great’ wars and the loss of life and shudder. We’ve learnt to become intolerant of the intolerant.
Modi must go, moderate Indian brothers and sisters. He is a relic and a laughing stock and is winding back the years. You belong in the future.
Sad news today, Keith Flint of The Prodigy was found at his Essex home having apparently ended his own life. The sheer number of suicides over the past few years has been unsettling, and moreso to those of us who are battling to stay alive. With each one we’re reminded that even if our problems right themselves, if we’re able to thrive and do what we enjoy, it still might not be enough. I tell myself that poverty, poor health and unfulfilled potential drive my depression and if I could just tick even 2 out of 3 my mental health would be significantly improved. Then I think of Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain and now Keith Flint, among others, and I’m stumped.
RIP firestarter, twisted firestarter, you gave me and my school friends many giggles pretending to be just like you.