DAY 161: Disturbing

February 1st, 2016 § 0 comments


Those of you who follow this blog regularly, if there are any of you, may have noticed a preoccupation (since September) not to say an obsession with the misery of the jungle in Calais and the need to do something about it. Those (probably more) who read the Daily Mail, which has a wider circulation than this blog, will have learned on Friday that an organization called London2Calais, with which I became involved in mid-September, was led by ‘London newly-weds with chilling links to the migrant anarchy in Calais: The young couple who spent their honeymoon in the Jungle Camp’.

‘Syed Bokhari and his bride Mona Dohle’, says the Mail. were pictured before they left to spend their honeymoon visiting migrants at the squalid ‘Jungle’ camp at Calais last year. 30A1085000000578-0-image-a-2_1454106272682-1They were portrayed in the Communist newspaper Morning Star as an ordinary West London couple who had suddenly been inspired to make the humanitarian trip. there is ‘another, more disturbing side to this inspiring tale about Syed — himself a former asylum-seeker born in Karachi, Pakistan — and his pretty German bride, Mona’. Besides being pretty, Mona is a ‘sophisticated political activist’ – and you can’t accuse the Mail‘s writers of being either,

Well, I and many a naive young SOAS student were drawn into the net of this sinister conspiracy, thinking that we were taking convoys of blankets and chick-peas to cold starving refugees when we in fact intended to spread communism and anarchy. (Hang on, that’s always been my main intention, I just never thought you could do it with chick-peas.) Of course the conspiracy’s aims were achieved when the French State, which regards being nice to refugees as subversive, started topolice stage confrontations. Worse still, the pair planned to whip up a campaign against the hatred of refugees which has been part of the Mail‘s agenda since the 1930s (when the refugees in question were mainly Jews fleeing Nazism).

At this point I should interpose that a mathematical study has examined how long alleged conspiracies could “survive” before being revealed – deliberately or unwittingly – to the public at large. (Dr David Grimes, from Oxford University, devised an equation to express this, and then applied it to four famous collusions.)

The equation developed by Dr Grimes, a post-doctoral physicist at Oxford, relied upon three factors: the number of conspirators involved, the amount of time that has passed, and the intrinsic probability of a conspiracy failing. I’ve thrown this fact in because I thought the blog needed some mathematical content. In this case it would seem that the ‘London2Calais’ conspiracy – to smash capitalism by driving trucks of provisions and coaches of enthusiastic students on monthly trips to the jungle – survived about six months between the date when the newlyweds hatched it and the date when the Mail, desperate for some dirt on ‘migrants’ to fill up the Friday paper, blew its cover. In case its readers weren’t worried enough that pretty sophisticated Germans were sowing anarchy among the migrants in the jungle the article threw in the word ‘disturbingly’ four times. (No I’m not going to give you the link to the article. Free publicity for the poisonous Mail‘s propaganda? I have my standards.) I don’t know how many conspirators were involved, if any, but I do know loads of rank and file members who think more in terms of marches and coaches and gigs than overthrowing anything.

Robert Creeley seems to have a different idea of conspiracies from the above.

You send me your poems,
I’ll send you mine.

Things tend to awaken
even through random communication

Let us suddenly
proclaim spring. And jeer

at the others,
all the others.

I will send a picture too
if you will send me one of you.

I can relate to it

Nothing to do with conspiracies or disturbing; but the Ghanaian duo Fokn Bois are performing at the British Library, of all unlikely places  Here they are performing ‘Brkn Lngwjz’

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