Aidan Burley – censorship, censure and cynical agendas

A look at the ‘news’ on any given day sums up the self destructive idiocy of those who try to hold sway over the rest of us.

Life in this country is now nothing more than a mission to censor and censure anything and everything that falls outside the narrow and bigoted worldview of a small number of spiteful morons, aided and abetted by the useful idiots who are terrified of getting on the wrong side of the thought police.  Even those who are supposed to be well meaning end up doing the dirty work for the control freaks.

Just look at the furore over Aidan Burley MP.  He’s a Tory MP so he’s bound to be an idiot by default.  He attended a stag do where one guest dressed as a Nazi SS officer and another gave a ‘toast’ to the Third Reich.  This lampooning has apparently has been portrayed as grievously offensive glorification of the Nazis.

Aidan Burley, spineless in the face of the politically motivated onslaught against him and the feartie over reaction of his own party leader, lest he lose a single vote by appearing to stand firm against the thought police, issues a grovelling apology.  Clinging on to a job seems to take priority over having principles these days.  But that’s the political class for you.

Since when has lampooning Nazis by playing dress up and throwing mock salutes been cause for such craven behaviour?  Stupid, yes.  But do these thought police seriously think for a moment the party goers were dwelling on the past and longing for the vicious Nazi oppression so many died to put down?  Come off it.  Yet there they are in the media, wetting their pants in their spittle flecked fervour to hound a man into submission and out of a job so a rival they approve of can take over from him.

No doubt some will try to paint me as an apologist, but nothing is further from the truth.  I write this as someone who fights against real anti semitism and hatred.  Someone who rails against the spite filled animosity directed against Jewish people and Israel every week in the pages of the Guardian – which curiously remains free from the ire of those who are demanding the demise of Aidan Burley.  I am proud of the distinction winning roles that members of my family played in the RAF and Army in fighting against Nazi Germany and the battles against extremism carried on by their sons and daughters in the years since.

Did these people at the stag do go to a far right rally?  Did they assemble to lament the defeat of Hitler?  Have they called for the eradication of Jews, gypsies or other minorities?  Do they endorse militaristic domination by an oppressive regime?  Are their political beliefs aligned with those of Goebbels, Himmler and Speer?  No, their ‘crime’ was nothing more than playing dress up and being immature and boorish.  But in a free society that is supposed to be allowed.

So do we see the offence seekers picketing fancy dress shops demanding the removal of Nazi uniforms?  Do they call for re-runs of ‘Allo ‘Allo to be banned because of the uniforms and salutes on show?  Do they rally outside the Guardian’s offices in London demanding the removal of anti semitic rants from the pages of Comment is Free?  Or do they only selectively take offence when someone – a friend of a political rival – puts on a mock uniform and lampoons in juvenile manner the behaviour of a hated and defeated foe that sought totalitarian control of a type some of these offence seekers are exhibiting?

We seem unable to move in this country without someone seeking to take offence at something or other and demanding other people modify their behaviour to suit the wishes of others.  What will it take for people to stand up against these miserable opportunist control freaks and tell them to bugger off?

I don’t care a toss about Aidan Burley or his friends.  But I do care about this accelerating slide towards defacto criminalisation of people, who have done nothing wrong, by a self selecting tribal group of agenda-driven witch finders who are determined to bend everyone to their will and authoritarian groupthink through such cynical means.

24 Responses to “Aidan Burley – censorship, censure and cynical agendas”

  1. 1 ProgContra 22/12/2011 at 4:11 pm

    Absolutely agree 100% AM.

  2. 2 EU Hypocrisy 22/12/2011 at 4:31 pm

    The pathetic Ken Livingstone defends meeting a real anti -semitic Jew hater, Yusuf Al Qarasawi :

  3. 3 EU Hypocrisy 22/12/2011 at 4:34 pm

    Ken Livingstones “mate”, Yusuf Al praising Hitler’s anti-semitism :

  4. 4 permanentexpat 22/12/2011 at 4:35 pm

    Yes indeed…..a good part of the reason for my pseudonym

  5. 5 Bennie 22/12/2011 at 4:42 pm

    Seems to me to be the sort of thing the Nazi,s would do.Stop people dressing up as Nazi,s

  6. 6 tux1952 22/12/2011 at 5:43 pm

    Send ’em all to stay for a week at Fawlty Towers…they’d love it!

  7. 7 tux1952 22/12/2011 at 5:43 pm

    …but don’t mention the war…

  8. 8 Wat Dabney 22/12/2011 at 10:01 pm

    Yet another popular celebrity caught dressed as Nazi

  9. 9 permanentexpat 22/12/2011 at 10:41 pm

    The writing was on the wall in the 50s/60s. I remember a man being taken to court for advertising for a Scottish housekeeper (he was a confirmed porridge eater) He was admonished in that he shoulds have advertised for a person able to prepare porridge in the Scottish fashion…to specify a Scot was racist.
    Apropos Spike Milligan…I also remember seeing Morecambe & Wise doing sketches dressed as SS.
    Of course, to be a racist you must be white

  10. 10 Woodsy42 22/12/2011 at 11:29 pm

    “So do we see the offence seekers picketing fancy dress shops demanding the removal of Nazi uniforms? ”

    Why are you giving them ideas?

  11. 11 don wreford 23/12/2011 at 2:01 am

    Amusing as now dress ups appear, has as time progresses and the memory of those whom witnessed the WW2, fades, just a distant reminder of sibling rivalry upon the European stage, If Tavistock Institute, think tank had input of strategic carpet bombing of civilian targets, as suggested by “theforbiddenknowledge” web site, conserving industrial targets being banking investments, our appraisal of this historical phenomena of seven German civilian deaths to one British, becomes ominous, the bombing of Dresden as possible retaliation for Coventry, no doubt a useful reminder as a contribution to Old Testament thinking, the tactical 1000 bomber incendiary vortex of suffocation inflicted upon many innocent citizens by RAF bomber command, is a dark omen in the pages of British history, of note is the probable assassination of Hitler some time before the end of this War, this course, rejected by Churchill, he still had time to paint pretty pictures, to gain the full splendor and triumphant call, extending the full romance and glamor of War, enabling us the British to muse and luxuriate at the dinner table, not as smug and self congratulatory idolaters but more serious hedonistic easy going partiers, dressed up with the Nazi costume paraded, unabashed, having a good time, as the joker in the pack.

  12. 12 permanentexpat 23/12/2011 at 3:48 am

    @ don ereford

    Around at the time were you?

  13. 13 ReefKnot 23/12/2011 at 7:34 am

    Fully agree AM and well put. Note there is no right ‘not to be offended’ that I know of.

  14. 14 john in cheshire 23/12/2011 at 9:56 am

    Isn’t all this fuss and legal involvement about what has been said on football pitches another example of the witch-hunting tendencies of socialists. In a normal society, these things wouldn’t even come to the attention of the general public, because they are not important.

  15. 15 Sceptical Steve 23/12/2011 at 10:38 am

    Of course, those of us with a grasp of European history in the early 20th Century are aware that the Nazi regime and its domination of Europe was helped by the enthusiastic support of the establishments in the countries it occupied.
    The myth of courageous resistance to the occupation, with its inherent persecution of minorities, is a classic example of history being rewritten to suit the political elites.
    The reality was the the majority of the populations of the occupied territories were content to keep their heads down and get on with life under the Nazis, and their attitude changed only when the involvement of the USSR and the USA made the ultimate defeat of Nazi Germany inevitable.
    As AM has already pointed out, the behaviour of Aidan Burley at the stag night might have been juvenile, but the performance of the baying mob has been pathetic.

  16. 16 John Coles 23/12/2011 at 11:21 am

    Don Wreford – discover the joys of punctuation, tighten up your spelling and, above all else, seek help.

  17. 17 Span Ows 23/12/2011 at 4:34 pm

    Ian Austin labour MP… what a complete and utter disgrace his overreaction is:

    “Ian Austin, shadow work and pensions minister and Labour MP for Dudley North, said: “David Cameron and the Tories tried to brush this under the carpet, but the scandal surrounding Aidan Burley’s disgraceful conduct is not going away.

    “Surely the prime minister must take the whip off Mr Burley while this investigation is taking place.”

  18. 18 Sceptical Steve 23/12/2011 at 4:48 pm

    Never underestimate politicians’ love of “issues” which can allow them to dash off a quick press release and a sound bite or two. It’s the safe and undemanding alternaive to work!

  19. 19 Uncle Badger 23/12/2011 at 10:17 pm

    Thank heaven for an oasis of sanity! I had hoped that at least one of the Telegraph’s bloggers might have tackled this (too much to hope that one of its dead tree commentators would have risen up) but so far, silence.

  20. 20 thenuggett 24/12/2011 at 10:12 am

    Agreed. Absolutely agreed.

    The only ray of light here is that at least it has only happened to a politician.

  21. 21 Radical Rodent 25/12/2011 at 12:55 pm

    I am all for any politician grovelling in apology; what a pity more of them do not do so – to their own constituents! The sorry excuse of incumbents in Westminster should be thoroughly ashamed of how they view the electorate.

    Apparently, what was said on the pitch included the phrase, “Fucking black cunt”. Odd that the only word for which the perpetrator is censured is the word “black”, which, truth be told, the “offended” is (“coloured” now being considered even more offensive, for some totally obscure reason). What a mixed-up world we now live in, when being called a “fucking cunt” is deemed not offensive, yet to be called what is more obviously true is.

    My mother was fond of saying: “Nothing hurts more than the truth.”

  22. 22 cuffleyburgers 27/12/2011 at 9:51 am

    Hear hear, thank god for an oasis of sanity (excuse the cliché)

  23. 23 don wreford 28/12/2011 at 4:48 am

    Yes, bombed in Edmonton, London, and being in bomb shelters,at the beginning of the War, then evacuated to East Grinstead when Doodle Bugs descended, at the time I remember metal tables were shelters, the ground shook and the landings of the V1s must of been close by, as the 10 second count down occurred of silence, some time later evacuated to Devon, and remember a dog fight of a Spitfire shooting a German bomber down, at the time I and my Mother were in a field, and told to run to the hedges to escape machine gun fire from the German plane as it descended from being hit, the bombing became worst, then evacuated to Southern Wales, and witnessed German and Italian prisoners of war, remembered getting caught in the ranks of American GIs, their culture was different to British, they had Gum.
    The War trauma as far as I know I escaped, I never escaped the effects of the beatings at home and Silver Street, Secondary Modern School, Edmonton, N18. The trauma of War upon the adult population was never manifest, it had all been suppressed as if non of it happened, it now is as a dream, it is as if it happened and as if it did not.
    Australian psyche is different from the British that I once knew, the British psyche, has changed since I lived there, I feel.

  24. 24 don wreford 28/12/2011 at 5:01 am

    I mean reply to permenentexpat, I was there.

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