"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik

Opinion:The Death Of Jimmy Mubenga.

By now many will have heard of the death of Angolan freedom fighter Jimmy Mubenga who died at the hands of immigration security while being restrained on a plane during his deportation.

What was Jimmy Mubenga’s crime? To flee to this country from a regime that killed members of his wife’s family, and had threatened his life due to his activities as a student leader opposing the government of Angola. There isn’t a family in Britain who wouldn’t do the same to protect the lives of their families.

Whilst living here for 15 years he was involved in a pub brawl an event that could happen to anybody at anytime in any public house in Britain. He was given a two year jail sentence and his ‘exceptional leave to remain’ status was revoked.

While many on ‘the left’ such as the UAF concentrate their efforts on the likes of the English Defence League, the State, to appease the ‘anti-immigration’ fever that has been sweeping the country scapegoating immigrants, runs a system that imprisons children and causes deaths ‘in custody’ just like this one, and has just lifted a ban on deporting refugees from Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.

The left need to sort their priorities out.

The EDL may be bigoted racist fools, in the main their members are just full of beer, fear and self percieved ‘pent up anger from years of neglect’, but the biggest threat to minorities doesn’t come from a tiny section of ‘the white working class’, it comes from the STATE ITSELF and always has done.

The left helped to create the EDL phenomena when they should have been outside the immigration detention centres trying to pull down the walls and freeing the likes of Jimmy Mubenga.

‘Despots and Dictators of the world, don’t kill freedom fighters who oppose your stinking murderous regimes…send them to Britain…and we’ll do it for you..’ you can almost hear the British state say…

Meanwhile the left busy themselves publicising and creating a public platform for bigots from some of Britains most disenfranchised communities. They should be inside these communities building links and addressing the problems within them, and outside detention centres shouting ‘tear down the walls’ so that deaths at the hands of immigration services never happen again!

Jimmy Mubenga leaves a wife and five children behind, another family torn apart by the actions of the British State and those that work for them.


3 responses

  1. Gail Something-Else

    It’s insanity bred by apathy..

    Folks might suck air reading about this for a minute..but then Coronation Street will start..and the off switch firmly clicked..


    October 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

  2. In my experience if you take the time to talk to people about these issues you’ll find more people supportive than not. I set up a stall in Swansea city centre while the Yarl’s Wood hunger strike was going on and out of everyone who stopped I only got one negative reaction. The public is not as much a bunch of right wing racists as the press and political parties seem to believe. At least not in South Wales.
    Waiting to see what Jimmy’s family might call on people to do. G4s and UKBA offices around the country should definitely be picketed at the very least.
    I’ve got a tentative space here to do a benefit for the Ian Tomlinson fam as y’all did (respect for that – including to Rick who I called a twat on another blog once – apologies). Depending on what the Mubenga family call for, maybe we’ll do a joint benefit. Less money raised for each cause that way but to be honest we’re not going to be raking in the megabucks here given the average turn out to events in Swansea, so connecting the two issues might be worth raising slightly less funds for each one. Cos just like murderous foreign regimes kill their own citizens, so does the murderous british regime.
    R.I.P. Jimmy Mubenga and to the family, stay strong.

    October 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

  3. Rick Dutton

    No problem Rasta, nothing wrong with a bit of fiery passionate argument!

    Good luck with the benefit if it goes ahead, the public awareness is just as good as raising lots of money….although lots of money in the Tomlinson Campaign coffers can’t be a bad thing when we look at what they’re up against…


    October 16, 2010 at 7:09 am

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