Now if such complacency didn’t chill you to the bones, then we must have been watching a different documentary. Okay, watching a gang of Islamic fundamentalists roaming the streets of London was indeed shocking in itself, but much more shocking was the programme makers immunity from the true reality of what they were filming.
They seemed to be under the impression that they were shadowing nothing more than a slightly eccentric bunch of cartoon characters. Perhaps that’s how they rationalised things. Dangerous, but perhaps understandable.
After all, what better way of pandering to Liberal denialism by creating and sustaining the myth of the Islamic bogeyman?
At one point, the maggot who came to be known as ‘Jihadi John,’ stated quite matter of factly that one day, in the not too distant future, the flag of Islam would be flying over 10 Downing Street. Were you laughing over your Prawn cocktail Pringles?
Because you shouldn't have been. And remember pride usually comes before a fall.
As British schools come under pressure to change GCSE examination schedule to accommodate Ramadan, as that vile and barbaric practice of halal butchery takes hold upon these shores and as women in certain parts of Europe are advised to dress ‘modestly’ and as Muslim schools teaching Islamic values become not only an accepted, but growing part of the British landscape and as more Jews flee continental Europe than ever before, can we really afford to laugh at such ‘eccentricity?’
I think not.
And there's always the next wave of migrants about to set sail for Europe - an estimated 4 million in 2016. And then there's Turkish accession to the EU, which will grant free movement to 75 million more.... Oh and London is also about to elect it's first Muslim mayor...
Stuff and nonsense? Over-reaction? When Islamic fundamentalist are openly handing out propaganda on the streets of London, recruiting future jihadists while at the same time preaching loud and very clear anti-British and anti-democratic messages under the very noses of the police, is it not time to squeeze our heads from out of the old sphincter?
Ok, so we got to see a couple of instances when fellow Muslims got agitated, but blimey such incidents were few and far between. Now the programme makers were clearly asking us to differentiate between ‘moderates’ and ‘extremists,' but it rather backfired somewhat.
Rocked up outside the East London mosque, spewing hatred and intolerance towards the West and Britain, the presence of the Jihadis did not seem to unduly disturb the majority of worshippers.
The same was true as they set up shop in various locations in London. Yes, a Sunni Muslim took umbrage, but it seemed to be directed more towards the motivations of a British convert to Islam rather than condemnation of hate preaching against Britain and its values.
Still such ‘evidence’ of anti-Isis/Islamic extremism seemed more than enough to satisfy these particular programme makers that all is well on the streets of Merry Olde England. Can’t say I was too re-assured.
The other really disturbing feature of this programme happened inadvertently: the documentary picked up the moment a group of marching Kurds had a nasty confrontation with the Jihadis as the poor old Metropolitan Police struggled to keep the two groups apart.
What was truly shocking here was the realisation that the streets of London have now become not only third-world dumping grounds, but places of inter-tribal rivalry between Islamic factions. Viva multi-culturalism!
Not that the programme makers seemed to notice any of this. They were too busy being bemused at the antics of their jolly jihadis.
So sleep well boys and girls from Channel 4, after all, it couldn't happen here, could it?