The Brand delusion

What to say about Russell Brand that already hasn’t been said (criticism from the Sun aside)

Well I feel I should lay my cards out on the table. I’m not a massive Brand fan, I loved him in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshal’ and ‘Get him to the Greek’ and I respect him when he mentions drug abuse treatment. However for the most part I find him shallow, annoying and sounding like a first year Politics student who swallowed a thesaurus. Now his book ‘Revolution’ has been thoroughly deconstructed by people far better than me, and with more free time clearly. Usual criticism of the book is that it is devoid of content, riddled with factual errors and a waste of trees so bad it could be considered eco-terrorism.

Of course there is always more to this, for one it’s long been suspected that Brand didn’t write it and that accolade goes to Johann “I’ve changed” Hari, a man who would find impersonation very easy. Of course this makes it hard for the usual suspects on the Brand Bandwagon, take for example the Guardian.

The guardian must have struggled with this, for one they have an unhealthy obsession with Brand (although they seem to have flavour of the weeks anyway) Nick Cohen brilliantly reviewed the book here, but naturally it was a bit negative so what to do, especially since the comments from the readers went in a different direction.

Well they assembled a sort of bizarro avengers including Owen “Misinformation” Jones and a few other “of our young writers” the end result isn’t a surprise, they found ‘Revolution’ to be “a hopeful handbook of new ways of thinking.” While not agreeing with his call to “Not vote” (a message I hope returns if he decides to run for office.)

What annoys me isn’t Brand per se, I find him tedious yes, would I actively go out of my way to say, push him in a fountain?
probably not. My issue is with the media’s reaction to Brand, and the mentality of some of his followers.

Take for example the issues around the new era estate in Hackney, London. This is the story about an estate that was bought by a US firm Westbrook Partners who planned to refurbish the estate and hike rents from around £800 to £2000. Now this is a story that has been going on since March when Westbrook bought the estate. Now it’s worth noting that there were protests and 38 degrees were involved pretty much from day one. It was making news. However in marched Brand at the request of one of the organisers of the protest.

From then on the story the media picked up on wasn’t the shameful way this estate of 90 families were being treated, it was Russell Brand. The Sun leapt on him with the venom normally reserved for Paedophiles, or Ed Miliband.

We know something about being hypocrites
We know something about being hypocrites

Channel 4 gave up on journalistic standards and the golden rule of Journalism “Don’t be like the f*cking Sun” and decided to question him about his own house, because (and this is the rare moment I defend Brand) that is somehow relevant, because they clearly aren’t aware of Brands own background which isn’t exactly silver spoon.

The good news is Westbrook transferred ownership of the property to a social housing agent who has promised not to raise rents for a year and then assess the levels based on affordability (although a little piece of me still thinks we’ll be reading about Hoxton in a years time, pessimism prevails)

So this brings me to Act 2 of the Media Vs Russell Brand. Now the dust is settling how did they respond to the news that the residents prevailed. Well the Guardian went with the story, and mentioned Brand briefly, the Independent (whose demise will be welcomed since it’s been going downhill at great speed) went with the narrative the Brand saved it in the same way the US claim to have won WW2. The Metro (DM but free) went with “Did Russell Brands revolution work?”

Russell brands admirers however went with this being a massive victory for Brand, not for the residents, 38 degrees, or any of the local and national figures who spoke out. But Brand.

The truth is really, it was all of those things. Brand did bring a bit of attention to the campaign, although mostly so the media could get their claws out and savage him (for example there were more stories about C4 questioning his house value than the reason he was actually in front of the press. The reason wasn’t important he was just with the residents handing over a 38,000 signature petition) but his involvement came a bit too late for him to take the lion’s share of the credit, 38 degrees petition undoubtedly did some good, the protests at westbrooks london office would have also had an impact. Sidiq Khan, Labour and City hall calling on a reversal of the decision and the NY mayor lambasting Westbrook for their work in New York also added fuel.

But the real winners weren’t Brand, Khan, Labour or 38 degrees. It was the 90 residents of the estate who can after 9 months sleep in their houses free of the worry that they’ll be forced to move from their own homes, some of which they have lived in for decades. The losers though, have to be the media, they had a chance to help those residents, most didn’t until the prospect of settling a few scores got in the way.

As an aside it’s worth mentioning this, when “Brand’s” book was published a group I admin at over on Facebook were obviously mentioning it every 20 seconds (much to my protest) one person who never wrote or contributed chimed in saying Revolution was a serious book, full of good ideas and we should all read it and learn from it like she did.
She couldn’t answer one question about the book, or respond to criticism over the Book or Brand. Instead just went into personal attacks how we were just slaves to the system, anyway, it eventually came out that she hadn’t read the book beyond the first few pages so she got more and more personal until as admins we took the decision to remove the thread and her.

We thought that was the end of it but then some eagle eyed member saw her post in a Brand group that we were all fascists clamping down on dissent and opposing views, it had nothing to do with the drivel she was spouting or the personal attack. This is the sort of person who polluted the Hoxton stories on the Guardian for ignoring the contribution of the saviour and are claiming he won it single handedly.

So the problem isn’t really Brand, it’s the media who fawn attention/ attempt pathetically to discredit a man who doesn’t take that much effort to do that and the fanboys who think he’s the Moses coming down from the mountain.
When in fact as anyone who watched Brand on Question time knows, he’s a charlatan, a man who makes a lot of noise but lacks substance who until this week probably realised he was in way out of his depth and in the real world, it takes more than a cheeky laddish personality and a vocabulary Dr Johnson would be envious of.

In which Mo Ansar has a dream

For those who don’t know, or can’t be bothered to look 3 posts down, I’m not a fan of Mo Ansar. I should point out at first I was but then after a while there was a realisation he’s just a publicity seeking shill. His views are anything but the progressive ones he’d like the BBC, Sky news and others to know about (which they soon cottoned onto and dropped him)

However this hasn’t stopped the visiting lecturer outreach coordinator LGBT activist Diversity manager¹ from spouting some rather shady views that Channel 4 quickly picked up on and included in their article here ² this didn’t go down well with a few people, notably Jeremy Duns and Dave Allen Green who immediately challenged what the former TV darling had written.

This isn’t new but this reply from the “diversity manager” surely stood out

I imagine once Ansar realises this wasn’t a smart thing to write he’ll take it down  however as a diversity manager he should know that, well it isn’t very diverse. Ansar has of course reacted how he usually does, as a victim of white guys stopping minority (particularly muslims) from being in the Mainstream Media. However this takes a more bizarre twist.

Because Mo Ansar is just like Martin Luther King because the FBI and his detractors on twitter used the same language, such as “Fraud” which I suppose as a Lawyer, theologian, chaplain arch bishop diversity manager4 he is guilty of (see here) this is obviously completely Pathetic but not as pathetic as arguing with a respected lawyer with a media Profile Ansar craves that he’s abusing his white privilege.

1 No idea

2 Removed quite quickly

3 Unlikely

4 Still none the wiser

Anti-vaxxers play the Trump card *Boom* Autism!

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America has a problem and that problem is celebrity. We live in a world where morons like Trump can spout this drivel and people will believe it. There is a massive issue over there with the topic of vaccinations. In 1998 a group of Doctors published a paper in the Lancet. In it, the authors claimed to have identified a new syndrome, autistic enterocolitis, raising the possibility of a link between a novel form of bowel disease, autism, and the MMR vaccine. The authors noted that the parents of eight of the twelve children linked what were described as “behavioural symptoms” with MMR, and reported that the onset of these symptoms began within two weeks of MMR vaccination.

Now the paper did state there was a link with Autism and the gastronomical problems. However it did not show a link between the MMR vaccine . This wasn’t good enough for the papers lead Dr Andrew Wakefield who decided in a press conference that there was a link and that the MMR vaccine should be dropped. Cue a massive media panic and fewer and fewer parents giving their children the MMR vaccine, or worse, just not getting their children vaccinated.

This wasn’t much of a problem at the time however there was a big Measles outbreak in Swansea in 2013 linked to the decline caused by the MMR controversy.

Eventually though the truth got out that Wakefield was a fraud, he received payments from groups who were trying to bring down the MMR and the companies that produced it, had filed patents for a rival single jab vaccine and had falsified the data. The paper was retracted and Wakefield barred from practicing medicine in the UK. Eventually we realised as a nation we were duped and began vaccinating children.

In the US however the problem is the findings and the belief that vaccinations cause autism gained traction and became a personal interest of “celebrity” Jenny McCarthy.

McCarthy’s son has autism (although further research using information available suggests a mis-diagnosis) although at first she didn’t mention a link between vaccines and Autism however she then decided it did and cited Wakefields paper as exhibit A (Wakefield also wrote the foreword to her book.) Reaction to this was not that kind with many outraged at her claims and her defending Wakefield following his outing as a fraud.

The anti-vaccination movement is still strong in America and very Vocal, even though New York is in the middle of a measles outbreak there hasn’t been a significant drop in the rates of people being vaccinated. However enough have refused it to cause a disease once thought eradicated in the US to come back with a vengeance.

The Centre for Disease control recently published a new report with revised higher estimates of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. This prompted Wig-wearing-bigoted-loudmouth-Scottish-natural-beauty-hater Donald Trump to take to Twitter

Reaction was, well it’s the Internet and Trump is a prat so you work it out. However he is a believer in the idea that if you give a child 3 vaccinations their immune system gets all screwed up and Autism happens. You would think there would be lots of science done over this with charts and case studies, there is, and there’s absolutely no truth in this idea whatsoever.

What may be true thanks to a study at the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine is that Autism may begin before the vaccines, and before the child is born. If this is proven then you would think the Anti-vaxxers would call it a day. But since they’ve continuously ignored any scientific research with vaccines and autism in general it’s unlikely this is far from over.

Meanwhile the world is beginning to represent the map in the Pandemic game, all because celebrities know how to get the public to believe them, that governments are too slow and useless to put out the correct information and state their case clearly and because we trust the word of a washed up “celeb” over experts.

CNN: First for faking news.

“Rumour is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures,
And of so easy and so plain a stop
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,
Can play upon it.”

William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II

The Boston marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt is the first terrorist attack against a western target in the social media age. Not even 5 minutes had passed since the first bomb detonated changing the lives of hundreds and ending those of 3 before images were circulating on the internet, the most poignant of all is that of Jeff Bauman being wheeled away one leg missing and all that remains on the other is the bone and hanging torn flesh. For a moment 24 hour rolling news and Social media were working side by side, one feeding the other news instantaneously. Sadly that didn’t last.

Rolling news has a problem, that problem is rolling news. Just like newspapers need to get exclusives to boost sales and damage competitors, rolling news needs the same they need the next big story, with reporters and cameras at the scene before their rivals. Nowhere more clearly illustrated that than Boston.

When the AP put a flash out quoting one unnamed source that an Arrest was imminent it was quickly spread on social media, however, like a massive game of chinese whispers the “truth” became distorted.

Unless you were on CNN, in which case the truth got well and truly kicked in the nuts. When it comes to breaking news CNN used to be the master, it was one of the first 24 hour news networks and built up a respectable reputation for objectivity and good journalistic practice. Of course that was before competition from Fox news and MSNBC, now they seem more content to show celebrity or human interest stories and not actual news.
It was thought that the low point for CNN was the “hologram” used for the 2008 election in an attempt to get more viewers. However the 1 hour 40 minutes on wednesday left us all yearning for a return of the hologram.

It began with CNN contributor John King reporting a breakthrough in the identification of the bombers before describing them as a “dark skinned male” then saying that speculating on the suspect may inflame tensions, then followed up by repeating the dark skinned male line.

Shortly after King looked at his phone and broke in that there was an arrest, immediately AP tweeted this as breaking news and a media scrum ensured. Most major networks carried this as breaking news despite it coming from one unnamed source “close to the investigation.” What followed was half an hour of speculation on the suspect it wasn’t until an hour later when CNN law enforcement expert, Tom Fuentes, a former assistant director of the F.B.I., appeared on the air and reported that he had three sources who assured him no arrest had been made.

CNN then double backed and tried to distance themselves from the speculation they themselves had caused (or in the words of Jon Stewart; CNN had become the human centipede of news, eating it’s own shit in some sort of cycle)
This shows the main problem with 24 hour news on a developing story, you have 3,4 or more people with a lot of time to kill between developments, so, it’s obvious that speculation and gossip take over and now social media is such an integral part this now makes these broadcasts a bit like the drunk in the bar spouting off about anything to anyone who would listen.

Print media haven’t covered themselves in glory. Special mention goes to the -soon to be written off- New York Post, who haven’t endeared themselves to their owner, Rupert Murdoch, who is considering a sale of the paper. The NYP who faced criticism in December for reprinting a picture of Ki Suk Han trying to climb back onto the New York Subway platform. He was unsuccessful and Mr Han was killed under the headline “DOOMED.”
This time the Post headline was “Bag men” and contained an image of 2 individuals it said police were looking for. These two have two things in common, they have bags, but so did many people present. The other link is their skin colour, they’re both “brown.”

Salah Barhoun came forward to protest his innocence and now thanks to the internet and media is now fearful of reprisals. It transpired that the suspects weren’t brown they were Caucasian, in fact the only way they could be any more Caucasian would be if they were from the Caucasus, and they were. But the Post still decided to play a game of Where’s Ahmed with the crowd and along with some sections of the internet wrongfully identifies other innocent victims as suspects and again under the sole reason that they were “brown.” The MailOnline had an image under another accusing headline showing a man running away from the explosion claiming he was a suspect because “he was seen running in the opposite direction from the crowd” And also because he was Brown.

The media and internet detectives haven’t covered themselves in glory and it turns out the suspects were stopped by a combination of real police work and a vigilant city even with the hindrances of press and Internet.

Whoops

A few days ago the Prime Minister appeared on ‘This Morning’ during the interview he was ambushed by Phillip Schofield on the abuse scandal currently engulfing the country. Schofield had spent only a “few minutes” on the internet searching for the high profile member of the Conservative party who was alleged to be involved.

Now there’s no secret that there were at least one or more members involved in the scandal, some of the names are in the public domain already so it’s highly unlikely David Cameron isn’t aware of who they are. Much in the same way the Premiership footballer involved in the Super Injunctions wasn’t an open secret.
During the interview Cameron warned of a “[Gay] Witch hunt” many saw this as a veiled insult that being gay is equal to being a paedophile, it could be. Or it could be something more rational, that in the minds of some being gay is a “sexual deviancy” that is akin to paedophilia. It turns out the more widely discussed name was in fact innocent of the allegations but this was revealed too late.

Last Friday the BBC’s flagship current affairs show ‘Newsnight’ broadcast a report into the North Wales abuse scandal. In it, one of the victims Steve Messham revealed that a senior Conservative from the Thatcher administration had abused him. Newsnight had the scoop, they had the name but in the report the name was omitted  They didn’t even contact the person offering them right of reply. The report broadcast immediately added fuel to a mob mentality online and in the media on the identity. Many high profile journalists named them online, the wife of the Speaker of the House – Sally Bercow- also named him online. 2 days ago that person came forward to deny the reports.

Lord McAlpine, a former conservative party treasurer released a statement, in it he says:

“I must publicly tackle these slurs and set the record straight. It is obvious that there must be a substantial number of people who saw that I had been identified in the internet publications as this guilty man and who subsequently saw or heard the broadcasts or read the newspapers in question and reasonably inferred that the allegation of guilt in those broadcasts and newspapers attached to me.”

Last night Newsnight under the supervision of a senior BBC executive apologised for the error, it also carried the apology of Steven Messham who said the man in the photograph he saw at the time was said to be that of McAlpine and after seeing a photo of him from that time period recently he is now aware that it wasn’t him. Newsnight, Phillip Schofield and the internet got it wrong. I will admit I too have seen the list of names online, some of them I can’t see being involved. I’m guilty of passing on the names in conversation as, I suspect, has nearly everyone else who is interested in this story. David Cameron was right, this has become a witch hunt. Innocent people are being dragged into this story and the nature of the allegations are career ending for almost everyone involved. The British public despise child abusers, these stories can make even the most reasoned and rational person turn into a foaming lunatic demanding blood.

McAlpine is now pursuing legal action, it is highly likely Newsnight will be the main target they behaved irresponsibly it was a massive failing of journalistic standards in pursuit of a story. Newsnight already had a massive story linked to all this. They refused to run it.

Their story?

That TV superstar Jimmy Savile was a serial child abuser with victims in their hundreds.

Videogames, the silent killer.

“Violent video games are fuelling rise in aggressive behaviour’
Children as young as four are re-enacting scenes from ultra-violent video games at school after being given free access to consoles in the home, according to teachers’ leaders.”

“Children becoming addicted to video game fantasy worlds, teachers warn
Education union wants ‘stringent legislation’ to combat growing trend of young pupils acting out violent scenes in playgrounds”

With a school shooting in the US and a rather horrific murder here in the UK by 14 year old Daniel Bartlam the media has been obsessing over what could have caused this. Now the shooting appears to be down to bullying and mental problems but the Bartlam murder is far more surreal.

The Daily Mirror is leading the “Kieth Vaz crusade” implying that video games may have turned Bartlam into a hammer wielding killer who bludgeoned his mother to death then set fire to the body. A group of teachers today warned that kids as young as 4 are seen acting out violent scenes from video games and are worried we’re Call of duty black ops 2 away from Columbine.

Well here’s a little fact. Bartlam was apparently inspired not by the mean streets of Vice city, or the barren wasteland of a post nuclear middle east. He was inspired by something more horrid. The cold mean cobbles of Coronation street * DUM DUM DUM DUM*-oh wrong one. Video games don’t make you a killer. Legislation isn’t needed to stop kids playing violent games, better parenting is. If you’re letting a 4 year old beat up a hooker, pinch a car and run others over then you really are a horrible parent. Or possibly Liverpudlian. If you let them do it on a video game then not only are you breaking the law regarding age restricted products then you, YOU are to blame for when the child acts this out.

It’s like siphoning off petrol then blaming someone else when it bursts into flames. It isn’t getting to the source of the issue. By enforcing existing laws regarding age restricted items then you don’t need to bring in new laws. There is a serious “Blame someone else” culture prevalent in this country. It needs to stop. I suggest having those “injury lawyers fed to wild animals” as a good start.

I play video games, not once have I pimped a ho, or felt tempted to stamp on mushrooms then crawl through a pipe. I don’t hear parents complaining that “Little Timmy played Grand theft auto and now is in Mexico battling the Sanchez cartel for control of Acapulco”

Quick dust off that Armageddon DVD

Yes, Armageddon  is getting a 200th breath of fresh references over the discovery of a comet Called Elenin. Now the internet is a breeding ground for complete hysteria when it comes to a subject that is only really covered by Hollywood. But comets and asteroids bring out the crazy in us all.

Take for example Halley’s comet. Now it appears in the sky around once every 75-76 years, it’s appearance has been seen as an omen since our earliest ancestors observed it over their campfires. It was seen in the skies over England in 1066, over the near east in 1222 when the Khan, Genghis turned west to wreak havoc on Europe. As our knowledge increased and the comets went from disturbances in the atmosphere (first promoted by Aristotle) to objects beyond the moon proved by Tyco Brahe. With the publication of Newtons ‘Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica’ and the follow-up work of his friend Edmund Halley who finally determined that one comet seen over a long period of time was one comet, halley’s comet.

The 1910 appearance was a first in that we could photograph the comet and more importantly, take spectograph readings from it to determine what it was made up of. However this was slightly overshadowed by the discovery of Cyanogen in the tail of the comet. Which then led french astronomer  Camille Flammarion to claim that it would enter the atmosphere and poison us all. So sales of gas-masks went up, and companies started selling “anti-comet” pills. Obviously nothing came of it, life went on, sure the comet was blamed for massive flooding in Paris as the seine burst its banks but that was more to do with bad weather and poor planning than astronomical calamity.

With our ability to track comets and asteroids you would think that in the latter years of the 20th century we would be rational enough to take stock of findings and come to a calm and intelligent conclusion. In 1997 the passage of the Hale Bopp comet resulted in a mass suicide as the heavens gate cult killed themselves to beam to a spaceship hiding behind the comet, a “contactee” (someone who can communicate with aliens) claimed it was a distraction from the arrival of Planet X, a claim that is now closely tied in with the 2012 rubbish spouted on the internet and now hollywood

Comet Hale Bopp

News this week concerned the comet C/2010 X1 Elenin and the belief that it will hit the Earth (a so called Niburu collision, which just to tie it up with the bit on Hale Bopp may be the so called “planet X) Elenin is named after the discoverer Leonid Elenin and not as some websites claim, a thinly veiled code for Extinction level event. Which handily references the other asteroid movie ‘Deep impact’.

Astronomer and Blogger Ian Musgrave has a handy FAQ on his website which debunks most of the myths about the comet which is available here. However to condense it down for you, Yes it’s a comet and not a brown dwarf of planet X, it won’t hit the earth as it will be around 94 MILLION miles from earth at it’s closest. The reason it’s not being put up on NASA, BBC, CNN or any other news organisation isn’t because of government suppression. Last year there were over 16 comets discovered, Elenin isn’t special except on the darker corners of the internet.

Of course the bastion of truth that is the media have been quick to jump on this, one example comes from our old friends at the daily mail, who didn’t want to go down the “we’re all going to die” route but instead dug up a proposed mission by the ESA named “Don Quixote”  which incidentally has been on the drawing board for 6 years. The mission will see a small impactor slam into the asteroid (the favorite candidate at the minute is the other darling of the doomsayers 99942 Apophis) the orbiting probe will then make readings on the asteroid to see what impact the small probe has mainly on the orbit of the asteroid. Not to be outdone the Chinese are proposing that they launch an impactor mission to Apophis to nudge it out the way. And the beauty of space is that it doesn’t require a massive blow to alter it’s course.

The Daily Mail however didn’t quite read the rather comprehensive ESA page on the mission, mistakenly believing that they were going to blow it up, which by the way is the absolute worst thing you can do to a massive block of rock heading your way. They also referenced the Armageddon movie far too many times including a large picture of Bruce as he’s about to “step outside”  infact there is so many references to the conspiracy and the movies one wonders whether this article belongs in the “entertainment” section.

As for the deflection missions. Let’s just hope they hit the right spot.

They used me to sell their papers, I said no no no.

Amy Winehouse has been found dead today, she was 27. Now I’m not much of a fan of her music. Infact most “popular” music irritates me, it is for the most part bland, devoid of soul and is always ust some pretty boy singing about a girl or someone singing about how they have “loads o’ ho’s”

However Amy had a terrific voice that has produced rather a few poor imitations. some did quite well others failed spectacularly. However more than likely she’ll be remembered for her problems and not her music. While her version of “Valerie” pretty much blew the original out of the water her battles with drink and drugs were all that was in the papers. Papers which now will be lamenting the loss of a “talented singer” while completely neglecting the fact they hounded her mercilessly until the day she died.

Case in point is the Sun, today’s story is doing exactly that. Calling her troubled and it being a sad day, yet not one week ago they ran a story about her sending “Sex texts” to her ex, with comments about her from “readers” which are pretty cruel even for the internet. Yet tonight they are all in the same vein as “RIP angel”

The next few days are going to be unbearble.

“You Provide the bombing and I’ll provide the hate”

Another tragedy has once again galvanised the press into action. As mentioned here and here the media love a good personal drama, especially when they can fit it to their main narrative. Take for example the debate over who perpetrated yesterdays attacks in Norway. While the Norwegians were keeping quiet over the identity of the culprit confusion started after reports emerged that he was in fact Norwegian then came a statement from a small time terror group claiming responsibility. Now figure this out. What get’s the most attention, is it A) Domestic terrorism or B) International “Muslim” terrorism.  If you said A then you need to go back to journalism school.

While the statement from the terror group is what is classed as “an epic troll” of which Annonymous or Lulzsec can only dream of, the news spread like a norovirus on social networks such as Twitter, with the news getting more and more anxious to keep a rolling story fresh they then repeated this. The worst culprit being BBC news for a change.

9/10 Journalists can't tell the difference

The News media is having a rather bad time at the minute, it’s reputation is in tatters and in the social media age the early morning papers are more History book than News. Between clarifying facts and print deadlines, by the time they hit the shelves the information within is out of date. However those bold intrepid reporters at the Sun played it right and while other papers were focusing on the human aspect, mainly shock and sadness they loudly proclaimed on the front cover “Al-Qaeda Massacre” Which is pipped to second place as “Worst headline of the day” by the mails main story of “Animal-Human Hybrids”

This brings us to the main point. With Muslim extremists on one side and the far right looking for any old excuse to shout that it was the Muslims, at what point to does the press begin to play a part.  Luton Mosque was attacked last night with the EDL keen to leap onto this opportunity for a few cheap shots. What made this worse was the rather poor timing by a group known as “ZHC” to “Hack” the EDL fan page and print personal details onto it of their members. When it comes to acts of barbarism, it’s always nice to know that the Media, the far right and the “Anti-Fascists” all show humanity. And ratchet the hate to 11.