The weekend’s violence in Egypt is an important development. Not simply because it is a test of the increasingly authoritarian, Muslim Brotherhood-aligned Morsi Government, but because it has provoked the football “ultras” who were on the front line of the original revolution into all-out conflict with the Brotherhood.
The coverage has been mixed in its analysis and insight, but perhaps the top prize for Egyptian oddities goes to the Metro, who used a Getty/AFP photo of a “protester throwing a stone at police” to illustrate their story this morning. Looking at the image, it’s fair to say that throwing a stone is perhaps not the most notable thing about the man in the picture…
Maybe they fell down by accident and he didn’t notice in all the excitement, or maybe he went a size too small buying some skinny jeans. Who knows?
Maybe this is a clever message, though – Morsi’s Government is pants…
The BBC does generally try hard to be balanced – but their leanings often leak through onto the screen regardless, due the the impossibility of any human truly leaving their bias at the door. There’s a great example in the media at the moment, reporting the jailing of five members of the odious group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).
Nicole Vosper, Sarah Whitehead, Thomas Harris, Nicola Tapping and Jason Mullan have been sentenced to up to six years in jail for a sustained international campaign against people and businesses involved in animal testing at Huntingdon Life Sciences. They attacked houses, destroyed property, posted blood and semen purporting to be infected with HIV to people and sent hoax bombs to their offices and homes. This is par for the course as far as SHAC are concerned – they’ve been ruining people’s lives for several years now.
I can think of a good word to describe them: terrorists. They sought to force people to change their way of life by inspiring terror.
Strangely, the BBC doesn’t use that term – they are “animal rights activists”. If an Islamist or White Supremacist group did this they would rightly be given their proper name – not “religious activists” or “racial activists”. So why do SHAC not get the same treatment – does terror in the name of fluffy bunnies get you off the hook?