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I agree with almost all of Boris’ column in today’s Telegraph, “Anders Breivik: There is nothing to study in the mind of Norway’s mass killer,” but feel a little insulted by the particular quotes he decides to print from Brevik’s manifesto.
But I have read enough to grasp the gist – and there is something both curious and troubling in his obsessions. He goes on and on about the EUSSR and “Eurabia”. He attacks multiculturalism as a “big lie”, and asserts that “political correctness now looms over Western European society like a colossus”. “Can the European Union be reformed?” he asks. “I doubt it. The EU is bound together by a self-serving class of bureaucrats who want to expand their budgets and power, despite the harm they do.”
He goes on to say,
My friends, there is no easy way of saying this: a lot of what this evil nutcase says could be drawn from the blog-post threads that you will find in the media, especially the “conservative” media, in Britain.
Boris is right in saying that any justification Brevik uses for these killings is absurd, and yet he decides to list the “conservative” ‘justifications’ in his own column. I haven’t seen this much pandering to the centre since David Cameron’s election last year.
When we “conservative” bloggers talk of the EUSSR, it is the undemocratic, expensive and forceful politicisation of a continent we are talking about. The religion of Islam or its followers, does not come into it. Nor, for many if not most of us, does EU immigration actually come into it.
The fact that Boris quotes legitimate issues such as the EU and political correctness in his column is insulting to that conservative media that he seems to want to distance himself from.
Boris was spot on when he said we shouldn’t analyse Brevik’s thinly veiled ideology; he was a mad man and there is not much more to it.Then why does he go on to include that ideology.
Boris is far more liked amongst the conservative press that Cameron is, but if his election is fought on pandering such as this, then I imagine that support will diminish. To say nothing of the London-wide appeal Boris already has.