Ms. Phillips starts off on a high note, with a robust protest at the banning of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from the UK:
By banning from the country as extremists the American anti-jihadis Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, the Home Secretary Teresa May has not only made herself look ridiculous but has sent the enemies of the United Kingdom the message that they have it on the run.
But then she feels compelled to emphasize her distaste for Mr. Spencer’s choice of British allies:
I do not support the approach taken by either Geller or Spencer to the problem of Islamic extremism. Both have endorsed groups such as the EDL and others which at best do not deal with the thuggish elements in their ranks and at worst are truly racist or xenophobic.
And then there’s this:
The result has been a serious blow to the credibility of these two writers, with particular damage being done to Spencer whose scholarship in itself is scrupulous. It has also split the defence against Islamic extremism, and handed a potent propaganda weapon to those who seek falsely to portray as bigoted extremists all who are engaged in the defence of the west against the Islamic jihad
Personally, I believe the EDL is not a respectable platform to join. [emphasis added]
“It has also split the defence against Islamic extremism”??
Ms. Phillips has evidently failed to realize that if it weren’t for the English Defence League, she and all the other oh-so-posh Brits who oppose Islamic extremism could easily fit in a single double-decker bus without even needing to use the upper deck.
I mean, doesn’t she see what’s going on in her own country?
Until the EDL came along, there were no more than a handful of people doing what she does. Now there are thousands and thousands, but they… have bad manners!
They say “fink” instead of “think”!
And today most of the dedicated Counterjihad activists in Britain are from — EEEEWWWW! — the working class!
What’s a well-born, Oxbridge-educated highly cultured opinion writer to do?
Defeating Islam is all very well — but in alliance with the working class? NEVER!
We’d rather succumb to the scimitar than compromise our flawless, painstakingly-acquired vowels.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
I don’t want to be too hard on Melanie Phillips; much of her essay is right on the money, pointing out the low-life jihadi dregs that the Home Office see fit to invite into Britain even as they keep out a respectable scholar such as Robert Spencer.
But the rejection of the EDL and its working-class allies is a huge, fatal error.
Britain’s chances of survival as a white Christian Western nation are dodgy at best. Does she think her country can survive at all if it rejects the majority of its own citizens — who just happen to wear unfashionable clothes, lack any higher education, enjoy their tipple, and use profanity when they speak?
She concludes her essay by asking rhetorically: “Has Britain now totally lost the plot?”
Ms. Phillips, I believe you are the one whom the plot has eluded. If you reject the help of the EDL and the working class, your descent into dhimmitude, slavery, and death will be swift indeed.
Never underestimate the power of English snobbery. Hoisting oneself above the common ruck is an active, ongoing process. It takes precedence over every other type of activity — even self-preservation.