A L Kennedy told a German newspaper that Blair is a "deranged war criminal" and that Muslims were being marked out as criminals. The author said the situation reminded her of the Nazi era " She retracted slightly later on:- " What we have right now, is not the way the Jews were being treated in 1940 or 1941, but maybe where they were around 1936." (Hat tip:- Norman Geras).
Yes, Britain was heading to the abyss in 2007 and it was eerily reminiscent of the German Third Reich of 1936. The following document may be of interest to the social historian of that darkening time.
Haven't been in touch for soooooo long, sorry, girlie. Bad bad me!!!! Too sad about the rising drought in your casa, how annoying!!!
And how are things back for us here under the rainy grey skies? We-e-e-ll dearie I don't see so much of Brian these days. He's become a real Party member -you have to be you know - and Brian has taken to attending the Birmingham rallies in the beige rib-cage hugger (lycra) and tight trousers uniform they wear. I can't say it does much for him as he's on the chunky side, is darling Brian, but the outfit is getting baggy as it has to be washed every time he wears it - he says it's the excitement. He's always late getting back from rallies even though the railways have got much much better. There are huge queues getting out of the station.
Anyway, he got a good promotion as quite a lot have been cleared out of his department since the directive about the professions - no M's you know. Ali Osmani who used to be the head of his department was given an hour to clear his desk and go - there was an atmosphere, Brian says, no-one knew where to look, but now everyone has adjusted and moved up a rung or two.
Those new Birmingham Religious Purity Laws are making things a bit difficult, though. Sophie's face is tripping her because I say she can't have Bismah round the house - now I know I always said that Bismah is a nice polite girl, but she has brothers - one, Ahmed, was studying medicine at University but of course he's not allowed to do that any more - and I think Sophie had a wee bit of a crush on him, harmless in fact I am probably just getting daft ideas into my head- but you never know. It's against the LAW!!! I keep saying to Sophie. No hanky panky with one of Them. "Not even if we're married?" says lippy little Sophie. "Married!!!!" I scream. "That's against the LAW!!!! as well." So Sophie is in a strop and Brian snarls that he never liked that little madam Bismah either (first time I've heard of it) and home is just a wee bitty tense at the moment.
As for work, there's another atmosphere as well. Y'know how we girlies Linda, Mags, Crystal, Sheila and I used to go out regularly for lunch and a goss. Sheila is Sheila Cohen, so she says, but Mags (who can be a bit of a trouble maker, I have to say) has put round that she's really Shalimar Khan and that she had her name changed. Of course none of us are going to ask but we don't dare take risks and so now we have to give up our lunches. But Mags says that if it's true Sheila/Shalimar will be fired anyway and we can go back to having our lunches again.
Have I told you about my brother James? He's a bit down at the moment. His wife Cynthia used to mention (just once or twice!) how her dark colouring was from her Indian ancestry - seems her grandfather worked on the railways in India and married a girl out there, and Cynthia used to go on about being a proper Brahmin (whatever that is) - anyway we're a little doubtful now that it might be the wrong sort of Indian - the M kind - and if that's so Cynthia loses her citizenship (I'm not sure how that works - do they send her back to India? But she's never been there in her life!!!). So James thinks he may have to divorce her and as he's very fond of her he doesn't really want to do that but of course I said he should do what's best for the children.
Brian is all for it - he's says that he always said Cynthia is a snotty cow. (The first time I've heard that - he used to try flirting with her and would go on about what a great tan she has, unlike pasty me). Brian really is a bit up himself at the moment. He's always chortling and chuckling over the news these days. There was that total rabble rouser MP for Dewsbury, Shahid Malik, he's got the sack of course and possibly. . . And that lady extremist, Yasmin Alibi-Brown (spelling?????), who wrote for The Independent (closed down now of course) - she's disappeared altogether.
Oh and another one - that Scottish writer A L Kennedy. We read one of her books at our book club. Anyway she's been going around saying all sorts of treacherous things in the foreign press so of course she's not allowed back in the country. In fact she and all her family and the people she drinks with and so on have had to exit smartish and are now refugees in Saudi Arabia. And her books were publicly burned (along with Iqbal Sacranie's writings - he's not Sir any more - they took away his knighthood).
She was foolhardy of course but I have a sneaking kind of admiration for her - she really is very brave (don't tell Brian I said that!!!!!). There's this nasty rhyme about her going the rounds now:-
Your great pal Al
Is a stupid gal
The Guardian prints
Her words of mince
A waste of any tree.
Her frothing rants,
Are total pants,
Count how many flee
From the loony dribbles
And paranoid scribbles
Of A L Kennedy.
Well, it all has to be done I suppose for a religiously pure place and Our Leader for Life is very right - and if we don't like it we shouldn't have voted for him in the first place - it was all in the manifesto and part of the PR and the rest of it. So mustn't grumble as my old ma used to say. But you do have to be careful.
Anyway I've been a wee smidgin indiscreet I think. I'll end it here. Delete this. Say hi to Carlos.