Yes, congratulations are well deserved for Britain’s National Express long-distance coach line for putting passenger safety ahead of worrying about political correctness. What they have allegedly done is to evict from a coach a passenger, said by one person to be a Muslim, for being abusive, shifty and, according to one account, having suspicious inappropriate baggage.
Now, there are many organisations, commercial or otherwise, who when faced with a ranting Muslim, or someone their staff or other customers may consider to be a ranting Muslim, will fold and let the ranting Muslim have their way on the grounds that it is less aggro than being accused of ‘Islamophobia’. However, not National Express, and not this time.
According to the Bristol Post newspaper it was claimed that other passengers felt unsafe because of the presence of this alleged Muslim who boarded the coach in Bristol and who was subsequently ejected from the vehicle. National Express have denied that there was anything discriminatory about what went on and said that the passenger in question was abusive and had a considerable amount of excess luggage. National Express should be really complimented here as they could have caved in to whiners like Tell Mama who lost no time in putting this story out on their Twitter timeline (without checking the back story which is to say the least interesting, but then we’ve all learned not to expect accuracy from TM haven’t we, folks?)
The Bristol Post said (as usual the original text is in italics and this blog’s comments are in plain text)
Sadly, there are a growing number of people who are uncomfortable with Islam and also uncomfortable around Muslims. I can’t for the life of me think why that should be? Could it be all the murders, mass rapes, sedition, welfare poncing and terror that far too many Muslims are involved in? It might.
The man had boarded the service, which runs to London Victoria, at Bristol Coach Station at 10.30am on Thursday morning, but was promptly told to leave by a member of National Express staff after a woman onboard the coach said she would feel “uncomfortable” travelling with him.
This woman must have had a reason to feel uncomfortable but someone who gave the appearance of being Muslim who was kicking off and refusing to put a large cumbersome printer in the coach’s hold would make many people nervous. As it is common knowledge that Islamic terrorists have, in the past, used printers and printer cartridges to conceal improvised explosive devices, then I can see another legitimate reason for feeling uneasy.
Fellow passengers looked on in disbelief as the man left the coach with the member of National Express staff.
If I saw a shifty looking cove with odd baggage I’d feel relived that the man was off of my coach.
Passengers were told the man had been asked to leave because he had too much luggage, but University of Bristol student Rebekah Makinde said the complaints were clearly made because of the man’s religion.
It does appear from comments on the Bristol Post’s page on this story that the man in question had refused to stow bulky luggage where it was supposed to go and kicked off about it.
We now need to pay some attention to Ms Rebekah Makinde who has made the allegation that this removal from the coach was down to the man’s religion. It seems that we have only Ms Makinde’s evidence, which has been placed at the core of this story, that the passenger was ejected on the grounds of religion. I did as the commenter suggested and Googled Ms Makinde and found nothing concerning and was only interesting because I found out that she may well be doing a MSc in Public Policy at Bristol University and has done some catering and waitressing work. However that doesn’t take away from the fact that Ms Makinde is the sole source for this story. Never a good idea to rely on a single source in cases like this. The only other quoted witness to the alleged incident was a man named Nick McDonald, who I will come to in due course.
“I couldn’t really believe what I was seeing”, the 21-year-old told the Bristol Post. “As soon as he got on the coach, the women at the front were just silent and staring at him. They were making their feelings very obvious.
There must have been something about this man or about his baggage that would have given reasonable cause for alarm?
“As soon as the man sat down, one of the women went to speak to the driver. Another member of staff then came on and asked the man to get off. He didn’t protest or anything, he just got off.
“What disgusted me the most was that someone actually thanked the woman after he left.”
Full marks for National Express for dealing with this problem quickly. As I said earlier this passenger gave other passengers the jitters and in these current times of Islamic terror it makes sense to protect first and worry about political correctness later. I’d probably thank someone if they had spoken up to remove someone who other passengers may have thought could endanger the vehicle.
Miss Makinde said she then asked the driver why the man had been asked to leave and she was told it was because he would not put the printerin the undercoach storage with the rest of the luggage.
“It’s ridiculous. Everyone had luggage with them on the coach, I had bags and my laptop on my seat next to me and nobody said anything about that. The coach wasn’t even that busy and there were plenty of free seats.
“It was only when the woman raised her concerns about the man saying she felt uncomfortable that he was asked to leave.
Ms Makinde seems to be adding two and two together and making five here. She also fails to comprehend that laptop bags are normally considered as cabin luggage whereas a large printer is plainly not.
“I heard the entire exchange between the woman and the driver and I know luggage was not the reason he was asked to leave.”
So, Ms Makinde, if you heard the whole exchange then can we have it please so that it can be compared to the accounts of other passengers. I’m sure that if Ms Makinde can gain a legal qualification, which she appears to have, she could understand the importance of providing as much of a verbatim account of the exchange as she can. Again we only have Ms Makinde’s assertion that the man was ejected because he was Muslim. Mind you, I, and probably many others would be more than happy to travel on a coach line that had a policy of ‘no shifty looking Muslims with ticking or potentially ticking printer boxes’ National Express on this occasion have put safety and security of passengers first and that is the correct thing to do.
We saw from the horrors of the San Bernardino massacre recently what happens when people feel uneasy about the behaviour of someone they know or consider to be Muslim, but don’t report it for fear of being ‘racist’. In the San Bernardino case neighbours of the jihadists who murdered 14 people and injured 17 others, saw suspicious movements in the jihadists flat and a large number of deliveries being made there, but didn’t report it to the authorities for fear of being ‘racist’. In that case 14 people are now dead because someone worried more about political correctness than security.
She added: “I understand that drivers want their passengers to feel comfortable. But not if it stems from someone’s unfounded and Islamophobic beliefs and at the expense of another paying passenger. I am truly appalled.”
Ms Makinde needs to realise that with so many rapes, murders,acts of terror and sedition being carried out by Muslims, is it any surprise that people are critical of and nervous about Islam? Personally I see being called an Islamophobe as a badge of honour, it means that I’ve seen through the lie that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’. It’s wise to be ‘phobic’ about an ideology like Islam, it really is.
And now we come to Mr McDonald, the other named witness in this story, who doesn’t back up Ms Makinde’s ‘Islamophobia’ claim but only that the passenger in question was ‘shifty looking’. As for too many bags, this passenger might have thought he could get away with it or done the ‘me no speaky English, boss’ line when challenged by the driver about the luggage.
Nick McDonald, from Redland, was also travelling on the coach on the way to a work conference in London
He said: “I heard the group of women at the front of the coach say he looked ‘shifty’. She got off the coach to make a complaint and the next thing a man wearing a National Express vest got on and asked him to get off. If the man was carrying too many bags, why was he allowed to board the coach in the first place? It wasn’t until the woman said she felt uncomfortable that he was asked to leave.
National Express said the man was asked to leave the coach following a complaint about his “bulky luggage”. A company spokesman said: “National Express staff responded to a number of complaints from customers regarding a fellow passenger’s bulky luggage and electrical equipment. In trying to resolve the issue quickly, as the service was running late, the customeragreed to catch the next available coach. When he was asked to store the luggage in the hold he refused and walked out of the coach station.”
I’m really on the side of National Express on this one and seriously questioning the veracity and accuracy of the account by Ms Makinde. She may have misheard or thought she heard something different or even heard something that she wanted to hear. There is so much threat from Islamic terror at the moment that Muslims should do the right thing and accept that they will be profiled by the police and transport providers and that ordinary Britons may becoming more and more wary of them. That’s quite natural when the followers of your Islamic religion have murdered 1455 people worldwide in November and staggering 445 people for the week commencing November 28th 2015.
What may well have happened here is that Ms Makinde saw a aggressive brown person being told to leave and may have assumed ‘Islamophobia’ when in fact it may well have been a case of a person, who merely happens to be brown skinned, acting the arsehole and getting kicked off the coach.
If there was anything suspicious about this man, his demeanour, his words or his luggage then without doubt many will join me in congratulating National Express for putting the safety, security and comfort of other passengers first.
Original Bristol Post story
Printer Bomb plot case
A person who may well be the Rebekah Makinde who is named in this story
Interesting site with some very interesting statistics on Islam and Islamic terror
Here is someone who could well be the Ms Makinde mentioned in this story.