Registered On: August 1, 2014
I think that the above discourse is robust, intelligent and informative on the whole. So why am I out? Let me respond to Deerey’s challenge for me to dismiss Gurney’s association of me with another poster. First of all this is not me saying that Gurney isn’t entitled to his views. What I can’t tolerate is his attributing someone else’s views to me … even your statement ‘whether the association of you to Les is accurate or not’ shows that a seed of doubt on that matter hangs in the air. How would it sit with you Deerey .. or BRI .. or anyone else to be linked with another poster whose views you know nothing about? In the lengthy post above I am referred to as JustLes and then vilified for comments on immigration, race and nationalism. Somehow, in my ‘dual identity’, I am to be associated with Oswald Mosley, the cutting and pasting of dodgy websites and the promotion of sensationalist articles (from five years back!!) about a wave of Turkish immigration to the UK! To me this is contemptible and simply an attempt to shut down someone that Gurney has taken an intense dislike to. I have been at least as open as any other poster on the forum about my background and views … including our work for two years with Bosnian Moslem refugees both here and in the camps and our adoption of a young Vietnamese girl trafficked into the Uk .. so I refuse to ‘entitle’ Gurney to any of his inferences regarding support for racism or racially motivated violence. He should hang his head at resorting to this infantile strategy just because he can’t fit me into his rigid ideological narrative. When the discussions around ‘straw manning’, ‘whataboutery’ and ‘gaslighting’ surface again I trust that you will recall this particularly obnoxious strategy by Gurney that ensures that my undoubtedly flawed perspectives don’t get aired on the forum.