And how we are diminished

A decade ago it was an argument among such female labourers that suddenly flared into an accusation of blasphemy and set in train bloody events that are still unresolved.

The accusation against a Christian mother-of-five called Asia Bibi and the death sentence that followed divided Pakistan and prompted religious extremists to assassinate two senior politicians who spoke out for her.

The 54-year-old was in October acquitted on appeal, but remains in protective custody until the ruling has been reviewed. She is widely expected to be freed to flee to the West and claim asylum.

Pakistan’s supreme court demolished her conviction saying it was fatally undermined by procedural problems, contradictory testimony from her accusers and an apparently forced confession.

But even settling her abroad is not without complications. Wary of a reaction from Britain’s Muslim community, prime minister Theresa May reportedly shrugged off the pleas of cabinet ministers that the UK step forward and offer a route to safety. Australia, the US or Canada are likely alternatives.

Is that actually true?

Sure, there’s no legal reason why we should offer Bibi asylum or refuge. No real reason at all other than being the ex-colonial power and thus the grown ups in the room.

But the reason why not? There’re enough from there here that’ll cut up rough if we do?

Time to bring Charlie Napier’s management method back from there to here then isn’t it?

26 comments on “And how we are diminished

  1. May’s pusillanimity is a stain on all of us.

    There are things we can do:
    Ban “family reunion” via marriage. If they want to unite, do it back home.
    Insist on mastery of English for all aspiring immigrants.
    Check birth records: cousin marriages debarred from entering UK, due to strain on NHS through genetic defects and likelihood marriage was coerced.
    Suspend the £400 million annual foreign aid to Pakistan.

  2. If you’re afraid some group is going to kick off, then the adult way of dealing with that is to provoke them into kicking off at a time and place of your choosing and give them a fucking good hiding. Pity we don’t have any adults.

  3. As has been said here before, there is clearly something in the water at Marsham Street. May hasn’t shown too many signs of it – her reflexive Remainerisms are actually her (along with the vast majority of the political class and the rest of the metropolitan better-than-thou-ists) _honest_* beliefs**. (It’s the ‘we will enact the will of the British people’ that is the outrageous lie.)

    But a bit of “secret intelligence reports say, Prime Minister, that this would be dangerous for national security” and she’ll fold like so many Home Secretaries and ex-Home Secretaries have before. And, anecdata, I’ve seen the same over-belief in the power of secret stuff both in the military and, politically, up here with a now-ex Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

    * In so much as a politician can be said to ever be truly ‘honest’.

    ** In so much as a politician can ever be said to actually ‘believe’ in anything other than their own career. Actually, and unfortunately, Sajid Javid seems to be turning out to be an egregious and particularly oleaginous exemplar of the breed.

  4. Politicians: ” Islam is the Religion of Peace”.

    Also Politicians: “They”ll kill us if we upset them.”

  5. Is no one going to suggest that May’s alleged wariness of a supposed negative Muslim response to offering Asia Bibi asylum might be as unjustified an expression of patronising dismissal towards ordinary Muslim Britons as her concept of the Brexit sought by Leave voters was towards ordinary Britons in general?

  6. A.P. No… She, like most of our “betters”, apparently cares a lot about offending the “protected groups” in the UK. She doesn’t give a flying shyte about “ordinary Britons”, AKA “oiks”.

  7. @Julia

    I think if Asia Bibi lives here, in a few years she will be saying. “Stop Muslims coming here, I know how this will end.”
    I think we should invite her to give her safety and deal with the jihadis. East Falkland is empty.”

  8. Wary of a reaction from Britain’s Muslim community, prime minister Theresa May reportedly shrugged off the pleas of cabinet ministers that the UK step forward and offer a route to safety.

    Remind me – again – why my contempt is unwarranted.

    Cattle. Led by sheep.

  9. ”Remind me – again – why my contempt is unwarranted.”

    So soon? Because your ship is holed by the same left leaning iceberg. You have no room to talk.

  10. I can’t help notice, PJF, that all you can muster are attempts to deflect (rather than refute) my criticisms:

    “Oh yeah, well so are you.”

    That’s the argument of a school child.

    And it isn’t true, either. Try this thought exercise: Can you imagine this sentence being written?

    Wary of a reaction from the USA’s Muslim community, president Donald Trump reportedly shrugged off the pleas of cabinet members that the USA step forward and offer a route to safety.

    If you say you can imagine it, then your are a liar.

  11. ”I can’t help notice, PJF, that all you can muster are attempts to deflect (rather than refute) my criticisms”

    That’s because when you actually make specific criticisms about the UK, I don’t necessarily disagree.

    But your repeated question is to why your contempt is unwarranted. To which the correct answer is that you are in a similar sinking boat and thus in no position to dish it out.

    Rather than address your pointless fantasy scenario, I’ll remind you that an activist judge has just ordered the Trump administration to return ejected foreigners back to the US. So much of Trump’s remaining time is going to be spent fighting this type of relentless assault from the left. Leftwards and downwards is your course also.

  12. Canada as a refuge can be ruled out. Trudeau is importing 100,000s of RoPs and giving them more preferential treatment than even UK has.

    Rebel Media has been covering. MSM in Canada is broken as Trudeau removed their independence by bunging taxpayer “grants” to all.

  13. No, I don’t think it is true. I traced it back when the rumour first appeared in print – it was some bloke’s opinion. She hasn’t even applied for asylum here and she has offered from elsewhere.

    But it has been repeated so often that it is now fact.

  14. “No, I don’t think it is true. I traced it back when the rumour first appeared in print – it was some bloke’s opinion. She hasn’t even applied for asylum here and she has offered from elsewhere.”

    No one is saying that the UK received an asylum claim and refused it on the grounds of not wanting to upset Muslims. The allegation is that people at the heart of government wanted to make an offer of asylum here, and others in government refused to make that offer because they didn’t want to upset the RoPers. And given that the UK did not make such an offer (while other countries did) suggests that the allegations have a significant amount of truth to them.

  15. She would not be safe in the UK.

    Just think about that.

    Careful what you say around here. That sort of insight will get you called a daft old bint.

  16. To which the correct answer is that you are in a similar sinking boat and thus in no position to dish it out.

    Sure I am.

    I’m trying to fix the boat while you’re in the corner prattling on about why it will never work and we’re all gonna die anyway so why bother.

  17. ”I’m trying to fix the boat…”

    Of course, how could I forget your grand tale of threatening to kill one of your imported success stories for saying something disagreeable. In one of the local mosques, wasn’t it?

    Keep bailing, Dennis.

  18. Of course, how could I forget your grand tale of threatening to kill one of your imported success stories for saying something disagreeable. In one of the local mosques, wasn’t it?

    Evidently you did forget, as the incident was nothing like that. Nor was it in a mosque.

    In any event, what actually did happen was defense of culture (one of my four elements of assimilation listed above) and in fact it was successful, both for the young man and myself.

    You can’t understand why you get spit on by your politicians and your fellow citizens, and then you mock anyone who refuses to take the way you do.

    Cattle. Led by sheep.

  19. “Is no one going to suggest that May’s alleged wariness of a supposed negative Muslim response to offering Asia Bibi asylum might be as unjustified an expression of patronising dismissal towards ordinary Muslim Britons as her concept of the Brexit sought by Leave voters was towards ordinary Britons in general?”

    I believe the Muslims in Britain did precisely that! 🙂

    “There are unfounded media reports that Pakistani national Asia Bibi is being denied asylum into the UK because of concerns from British Muslims. We find such insinuations to be as nonsensical as they are divisive. We see no reason why Asia Bibi should be denied asylum into the UK”.

    https://mcb.org.uk/mcb-updates/asia-bibi-asylum/

    If there are intolerant fringe voices who would object, they must be robustly challenged, not indulged.

    http://www.britishfuture.org/articles/muslim-voices-uk-asylum-call-asia-bibi/

  20. “Evidently you did forget, as the incident was nothing like that…

    Oh, I’ve little doubt any “incident” was like that. However, your ludicrous, blowhard description was like that. I remember Steve ripping the piss out of you something rotten for it.

    You really are a preposterous fellow.

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