Thursday, June 08, 2006

Ridley Didley Doo

Respect's Yvonne "Don't Panic, I'm Islamic" Ridley on the recent police shooting of a young Muslim man in East London:

"I don't think the Muslim community should communicate with the police any more until they start showing some respectto the community."

Oh yeah, like that's gonna help. Nice one Yvonne...

What I'm wondering though, is what Yvonne wants non-Muslim South Asians, Arabs, Turks etcera, to do? And about the (religiously Islamic, culturally secular) Turks, are they Islamic enough for her? And whilst we're at it, what would she like white Respect'ers to do?

It's notable that Galloway doesn't appear to be commenting on Ridley's statement. Presumably he's got more sense.

Yvonne, if you're reading this, I'd refer you to my post below about the Left becoming a gaggle of competing sectional interests. Now, you wouldn't want that to happen, would you?


Blogger LaLaMiMi said...

I watched Question Time and G Galloway has disassociated himself and Respect away from her comments. I personally think she is either dilusional or this is a knee jerk reaction.

In some sense I can understand where criticism is coming from - because of the climate of fear and paranoia - people are being slandered.. I have no idea what happened to being innocent until proven guilty - it is quite atrocious how the identity of these 2 suspects were leaked into the media.

I believe the Muslim community should fully co-operate, just as anybody should if they have any vital information, that might prevent any future attacks.. Something else though, I believe most information that is revealed to the authorities is thanks to vigilant Muslims, who want to live in a safe society as any sane person does.

2:41 PM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

Have written a little salutation to the Georgester, on this very subject ;)

4:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would Yvonne Ridlay give a monkey's about "the left?"

7:14 AM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

Because, at least nominally, she is supposedly part of it, being a member of Respect.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Thierry Ennui said...

Respect is a party of the Left...? Ridley's class position and politics are quite plain: she sends her daughter (whom she charmingly and publicly refers to as "a mistake") to private school. She's a communalist, plain and simple. And the fact that the SWP's in bed with an individual with such transparently anti-working class politics is yet another example of the degree to which they've abandoned any loose concept of class analysis.

9:12 AM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

Easy there tiger...

I'm not saying that Respect is a top political project. It clearly isn't, and I'm not a member of it. It does, however, proclaim itself to be a party of the left. And I think it's on that basis that Ridley (and more particularly her buddies in the SWP) should be held to account.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Meaders said...

Respect is a party of the Left...?

You think it isn't? Don't be absurd.

11:51 AM  

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