Some nasty right-wing extremists recently vandalized the war memorial in Burton, East Staffordshire.
At least that’s the opinion of the chairman of East Staffordshire Racial Equality Council. After all, who else but the far right is likely to deface a war memorial?
Here’s the report from The Burton Mail-News:
Vandals deface the town war memorial
A ROYAL British Legion boss says vandals have “dishonoured those who have given their lives for our country” by defacing Burton’s war memorial.
Roy Whenman, vice-chairman of the town’s Legion branch, received calls from members saying an extremist message had been written on the statue. Having been informed at 9.20am, borough council chiefs had cleaned the graffiti from the relic, situated outside Burton College, in Lichfield Street, by 9.40am.
If you open the linked article and look at the photo, there’s no sign of any graffiti visible. The only evidence we have of it is the eyewitness reports.
Mr Whenman, of Birches Close, Stretton, has described whoever committed the offence as “diabolical”.
He said: “There’s nothing worse, in my eyes, than discrediting a war memorial. It dishonours those who have given their lives for our country.
“What I would say to them is there are other ways of expressing your anger about certain issues.”
Aha! What might be those “certain issues” be? The article doesn’t specify, but there are theories of who the diabolical vandals might have been:
Dennis Fletcher, chairman of East Staffordshire Racial Equality Council, said he suspected someone from the far right was responsible.
He said: “My reaction is one of horror. Just two nights ago at our general committee meeting we were talking about the harmony between communities in the borough.
“I suspect members of the far right have done this to stir things up and there are generally very good inter-cultural relations in East Staffordshire.”
OK, the far right was involved. So what did the graffiti say? “Wogs go home”, perhaps? Or “Down with the Pakis”?
In any case, based on what Mr. Fletcher said, racism was definitely involved:
“Graffiti of any type is terrible but when it includes racist material it has to be considered utterly unacceptable.”
Alas, no information about what was actually written on the memorial.
Significantly, at the bottom of the report is this tantalizing disclosure:
The Mail has manipulated the main picture to remove some of the content of the message.
It seems the message was so horrible that it had to be cropped out or painted over to spare the tender sensibilities of the Mail‘s readers. At that point I was fairly salivating to catch a glimpse of the horrible extreme right-wing racist xenophobic hate screed that was written on the memorial.
To the right of that sentiment is something about “Osama”.
Oh, those diabolically clever right-wingers — mimicking Muslim extremists just to give Islam a bad name!
How could the BNP stoop so low?
You realize what this means, of course: whenever somebody spray-paints “Pakis go home” on a wall, then Labour Party activists must be responsible. Or maybe the communists. Or the anarchists. Someone on the “far left”, in any case. I mean, it stands to reason, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t work that way, you say?
Funny about that.
Hat tip: TB.