Sunday, April 02, 2006


Britain's heavy controlled Politically Correct mass media continue to ignore one of the most unpleasant cases of suspected racist murder - which probably involved gang rape as well. 14-year-old Charlene Downes is believed by Blackpool police to have been turned into kebabs and tile grout after her disappearance in November 2003. Two Muslim men - one a former social worker - have been charged with her murder or with assisting in the disposal of her body.

The combination of murder, the appalling likelihood that scores of unwitting customers actually ate Charlene, and the unasked question as to whether this was another case involving the grooming for sex and drugs of a young white girl by a Muslim sex predator gang should have made this killing national front page news.

But, with the sole exception of the Metro (Manchester version) Friday 10th March 2006 (report reproduced here) not one significant newspaper has even mentioned Charlene and her terrible fate.

Perhaps this will change when her alleged killer and his accomplice come to full trial. But the media bias is already all too clear. Cases such as the murder of Anthony Walker became national news within hours of their murder, running with ever-increasing media frenzy until - and beyond - the actual trial of his moronic drug-using killers....

Metro report:

"The body of a missing schoolgirl may have been turned into burgers and kebabs and served up at a seaside fast food outlet. Police fear the remains of 14 year old Charlene Downes, who went missing in November 2003, may also have been ground up into tile grout. Iyad Albattikhi, 28, who ran the Funny Boyz takeaway in Blackpool, is charged with her murder. The co-owner of the business Mohammed Raveshi, a 49 year old former social services worker and foster father, is charged with assisting in the disposal of her body. The men appeared at a hearing at Blackpool maistrates court yesterday.

The teenager whose body has never been found left home on Halloween saying she was meeting friends on Blackpool's North Pier. It was initially thought Charlene, a pupil at St George's Church of England High School, had run away. Appeals for her to come forward were subsequently posted in missing persons' columns.

However six months after her disappearance police searched freezers at three Blackpool curry houses looking for her remains. During the investigation some 3000 men were DNA tested and a TV appeal for information was broadcast on the BBC's Crimewatch show. Darren Day, Charlene's favourite West End performer, even made a plea for help in finding her.

During the ten minute hearing yesterday the two accused, who were flanked in the secure dock by four security officers, spoke only to confirm their names and ages and to state that they understood the charges against them. Neither of the defendant's lawyers applied for bail.

More here

Whitewashing academic debate

A student of Dr Frank Ellis - the Leeds lecturer suspended for his racist views - asks why the university couldn't handle a heated argument

Dr Frank Ellis was suspended from his job teaching Russian at Leeds University last week, after comments he made in an interview with the Leeds Student suggesting that ethnicity played a role in determining IQ. Ellis claimed it was 'beyond any reasonable doubt [that] there is a persistent gap in black and white average intelligence'. A succession of people have come forward to denounce him, from the university authorities to a local MP. According to the latest edition of the student paper, he is even under investigation by the West Yorkshire police on the charge of incitement to racial hatred.

As someone taught by Dr Ellis, the presentation of this case doesn't tally with reality. Dr Ellis is certainly an eccentric, but I had no idea about his views on race before the student paper published them; he's always found far more diverse topics to talk about, from his dislike of the BBC to how to survive a bomb going off near you. His particular topic of interest is Stalingrad.

The main accusation that Ellis' attackers raise is that he is using his position of authority to indoctrinate students. Russianists are presented as delicate, naive creatures, who are incapable of forming their own opinions. There's been no shortage of people eager to protect us from Ellis' subversive doctrines, but as far as I'm aware no students from within the department have raised any concerns along these lines.

When seven former students wrote to the Observer complaining of his 'offensive comments' during seminars that undermined their confidence in his ability to assess them on merit, it left most of us baffled. Leeds has a fairly strict system of staff-student committees, at which any issues about teaching can be raised anonymously; if these former students had put forward their concerns at the time, disciplinary proceedings would have been brought against Ellis long ago. Some have complaints about the way he conducts lectures, but the campaign has shown no interest in the quality of his teaching.

The level of student support for the campaign has been overestimated by the media. After the Leeds Student interview, the Unite Against Fascism group managed to get over 500 signatures on a petition calling for Ellis to be sacked. This was hailed as popular support for the campaign. This is a little optimistic, however; when a petition like this is waved in people's faces outside the main union building, it's rare that they even read the whole document.

Unite Against Fascism then organised protests outside his lectures two weeks ago; this was written up as a 'boycott', as if large quantities of his students had refused to attend out of disgust for his opinions. I did know a few people who weren't planning on turning up, before the department cancelled the day's classes - though some of those were more motivated by the prospect of a few more hours in bed than by political principles. The people I've talked to mostly find Ellis' views repugnant, but have no desire to see him lose his job over them.

The university authorities have tried to silence and repress the debate, out of an apparent fear for their public image. This isn't the first time they have come into conflict with Ellis; they attempted to ban him from attending an American Renaissance conference in Virginia, at which he would attack the findings of the Macpherson Inquiry. During the recent debate, Ellis has been asked repeatedly by the university to remain silent - one of the reasons given for his suspension was his failure to do so.

Although the university naturally wants to protect its image, it needs to realise that there is still a debate on race and multiculturalism to be thrashed out. Objectionable opinions are best defeated with argument rather than suppression. More to the point, the university has completely misjudged how to handle Ellis, someone who thrives on the opportunity to air his views and take the moral high ground of free speech. He's been arguing for many years that the multiculturalist system imposes a regime of Soviet-style censorship, under which the expression of controversial ideas is not tolerated; recent events allow him to confirm his claims.

Ideas as offensive as those held by Ellis should have their flaws revealed by reasoned debate and scientific research. If the University of Leeds doesn't have the self-confidence to allow a debate on the important issues of modern society within its walls, then we really should be worried.


Some Statements about Race now Illegal in Australia

Australia's political correctness court, the "Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission" has just declared illegal statements made by Prof. Andrew Fraser about racial aspects of Australia's immigration policy. Prof. Fraser has a response to the verdict here. It appears that he will refuse to comply with the verdict.

Fraser has set out his views both in the popular press and in an academic journal article -- an article which was suppressed before it could be published. You can however find the article here. It is a very thorough defence of his views. Predictably, the only substantial scholarly riposte to Fraser that I know of comes from a moderate conservative -- Windschuttle. The only talent the Left have in these matters is for hysteria and abuse.

Just for the record, I should perhaps note that I personally disagree with much of what Fraser says -- particularly with regard to Asians. I do however find it utterly bizarre that statements can now be declared illegal that would have attracted near-universal assent (including assent from many Leftist intellectuals) in the Western world up until about 60 years ago.

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