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Who ate all the mince pies?

2nd January.

On this post I stand to be corrected.

There's a website called http://www.islam4uk.com/ which claims to represent a group of people who campaign for Sharia Law to be introduced into this country. Many of my collegues in the media have reported on their 'plans' to march through Wootton Bassett, a town which is nationally famous for honouring dead British soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

Apparently they want to honour the 'real' war dead with "symbolic coffins" being carried to honour Muslim victims of the conflict. The group’s leader is called Anjem Choudary and he's quoted in the papers as saying the protest will involve 500 people.

The whole story seems to me like an expression of the McKenna media model where exceptional events are exaggerated by the need for a story. To paraphrase The Discordian Bard he used to explain that when measuring an electric current passing through a wire you work out the average voltage over a short period of time. So for example if, over a period of one minute, we measured every second the current passing though a cable and discovered that mostly it's passing 4 volts we'd clock that as a 4 volt current. If there was one second when our meter read 30 volts we'd simply view that as an anomoly to be disregarded. Not so with mass media, if they were involved the 30 volts would be front page news! They'd have an agent and be being broadcast on the 24 hour news channels as their kiss and tell story was prepared for the sunday papers. Soon you'd be watching a reality TV show where it was complaining about the paparazzi and how intrusive journalists can be.

The point being that the media amplifies the unusual and exaggerates the spectacular. After a few enquiries I started to think this Islam4UK operation looked like nothing more than the 40 volt incident.

I'm going to make you a bet that the march itself will never happen.

Here's the news coverage it's had so far:

The Guardian.

The Daily Mail.

ITN NEWS.

The Times.

The Daily Star The Sun.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

I wonder if I'll be proved right?

Oh, by the way, remember those stories a bit back about a protest planned to call for Sharia Law in the UK? Same group. What do you think happened? Nothing.

Sharia Law Protest Cancelled.

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