Upon hearing Thursday’s ruling that GMP (Greater Manchester Police) are to include goths and emos under hate crime protection, Richard Littlejohn wrote a quite awful article about it. In response, Louder Than War’s Alexander Garvey Holbrook has written the following article about it.
‘If the Umbingo tribe wants to kill the Umbongo tribe, why should it be any of my business?’
Richard Littlejohn on the Rwanda Genocide, which claimed somewhere around 800,000 lives in three weeks.
‘GMP is becoming the first force to extend ‘hate crime’ status to those with ‘alternative sub-culture identity’. In future, these groups will be granted the same special treatment as racial, religious, gender identity, disabled and sexual minorities. The police are also pressing for a change in the law which would mean anyone accused of violence or abuse towards one of these ‘vulnerable minorities’ would receive a stiffer sentence. Which in the case of Black Mike could mean five years in The Scrubs if his trademark ‘Gi’ us a stick and I’ll kill it’ crack is ever overhead by a passing off-duty copper or vigilant member of the public.’
Richard Littlejohn on the ruling of Greater Manchester Police that alternative subcultures are to be protected under hate crime laws, blissfully unaware of the human cost of such crimes and entirely ignorant of the ramifications of the murder of Sophie Lancaster. Later in the same article, Littlejohn describes crime against ‘skin colour, religion or sexual proclivity are repellent.’ Given his previous statements about genocide and race, I find this man laughably insincere and wholly hateful.
‘It might not be fashionable, or even acceptable in some quarters, to say so, but in their chosen field of “work,” death by strangulation is an occupational hazard.’
Richard Littlejohn on the murder of five prostitutes in Ipswich, a subject in which only the most callous and ignorant would search for laughs.
It’s galling for me, a die-hard fan of Christopher Hitchens, to judge people upon their quotes. Having said that, it’s nearly impossible to look at Richard Littlejohn and not think of a professional troll. Furthermore, I cannot help but laugh in outrage at his opinions. To quote The Thick of It, ‘Did the last thirty years only happen to other people?’
In his superb demolition of the Daily Mail, Martin Robbins had the following to say about Jan Moir, the homophobia-peddling hack who criticised the death of Stephen Gately:
“I have to point out that every day Jan Moir continues to write for the Daily Mail is a day that Paul Dacre is pissing on basic human decency.”
The same could be said about nearly everybody who contributes to the Daily Mail, although I reserve special hatred for people like Littlejohn, a man who claims not to be racist, homophobic, ablist or sexist, yet whose columns testify to the complete opposite.
Nearly everybody who considers themselves a Metalhead, a Goth, an Emo or a Punker know that the music pertains to a lifestyle. A passing fancy it is not, and it has time and time again encouraged the more knuckle-dragging sects of our society to unleash all their worldly woes upon us in a frantic flail of fists, boots and spit. I have been on the receiving ends of such beatings and I do not, nor do any of my friends or associates, seek revenge for these atrocities.
We have been on the other side of that prejudice, Littlejohn. You, and everyone you associate with, is a sadist and a coward. We’ll continue to evolve, thank you.
All words by Alexander Garvey Holbrook. More writing by Alexander can be found in his author’s archive.