28 March, 2009
A discreet silence was maintained
Sikh, Punjabi and general Indian news sources are reporting this as a racially-motivated arson attack. Yet I can find no mention of it in the British national MSM. I mean, guys, a racist arson attack on a major Sikh temple in London. That's worth at least a mensh on the BBC, in the Guardian or in the Indie, surely. Of necessity it is reported briefly in the East London Advertiser and it also, bizarrely, apparently cropped up in the Worthing Herald. (I say 'apparently' because the Google News link no longer works.)
So, what's going on?
Then I came across this report in the London Evening Standard, a paper which, whatever its faults, is pretty straight in reporting 'racially tinged' matters in London. The Standard writes
Witnesses today said a man had been run [presumably "been seen running" - don't they have subeditors any more?] into the temple during a women-only prayer session then escaped just before flames were first seen.
Having spotted the intruder, the 10 women quickly discovered the fire, which had taken hold in one of the holiest parts of the temple. They tried to put it out but were beaten back by the flames.
Witnesses described the suspected arsonist as being black or mixed-race.
Most of the temple's roof collapsed and worshippers fear all but one of its eight holy books were destroyed.
Let's look at that third para again: "Witnesses described the suspected arsonist as being black or mixed-race."
'Race' is too competitive a word as it implies winners and losers.
It's 'community' when the special people are involved in "man-made disasters"...