Kassam in Daily Caller: The White House Should Never Hold A Press Briefing Again

At peak hubris, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had not held a press conference in 278 days. There was a plea of ignorance from the media at the time — “we didn’t realize it had been so long!” but that was about the extent of the criticism aimed at the 2016 loser.

It has been around 30 days since a Sarah Sanders-led, White House press conference, but the entire nation’s media are already up in arms about it.

Is it because they learned the lessons of not having held Clinton to account during the campaign? Fat chance. No establishment journalist regrets the kid-gloves with which they treated Mrs. C. Most of them wish they had tried harder to help her.

Is it because the White House is quite different from the campaign and it is therefore more serious when Team Trump ignores the caterwauling of the press? Can’t be, since they were all convinced Hillary was about to take residence in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and they didn’t apply said rules to her.

So I suppose it must just be that good old fashioned bias again, right?


Kassam in Daily Caller: Thanks To The Shutdown, Americans Have Found Out They Don’t Need Part Of The Government

America’s government shutdown isn’t a public relations win for the country, but to channel President Trump when he responded to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling him a racist: “Who cares?”

Trump has never cared about what may seem embarrassing; he has cared about long-term goals. An added bonus to the shutdown? A number of U.S. officials have told me that they have been able to work much more effectively without the drag of anti-Trump, life-long government apparatchiks.

A senior Trump official wrote as much in an op-ed.

Another benefit is that as time drags on, the American public will begin to ask further questions of why they pay so much for government in the first instance, when so much of this shutdown is scarcely noticeable.


Kassam in The Detroit News: Romney Stands for Failed Politics of Past

Did you hear the one about the failed presidential candidate who took to the pages of The Washington Post to lecture someone in his own party who actually won?

If you haven’t yet, you soon will, because former Massachusetts Gov. Willard “Mitt” Romney is back in Washington, trying once again to advise his party — presumably on how to lose.

Romney has clawed his way back to semi-relevance by becoming a U.S. Senator from Utah, handing the media another useful pundit inside of the Republican Party to replace Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker.

It gives them no end of pleasure to know that Romney is the same person who ran and lost against Barack Obama in 2012.

Romney launched the first anti-Trump salvo of 2019 in his op-ed entitled “The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.”

Romney’s interventions against Trump can only be described as an act of sabotage against conservatives in the United States today. They should be viewed as enemy political combatants in the same way the Democrat Party is.


Kassam in Asia Times: Brexit Needs Farage

From the Asia Times:

Britain’s political-party conference season draws to a close this week, with highlights including Prime Minister Theresa May’s “Dancing Queen” stage entrance, as well as would-be Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson again stopping short of making a direct leadership bid against her.

Another consideration over the past month – Britain’s most insularly active political period – is the fate of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), otherwise known as the organization that gave the world Brexit.

For more than 25 years the party has withstood all manner of difficulties, including but not limited to: mockery, irrelevance, a lack of money, being ignored by the media, security concerns, infiltration attempts, and of course the kicker – that no one believed its raison d’être, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, was ever a serious possibility.

Now, after Brexit has been voted for (though not yet enacted), the party finds itself in a real existential crisis.

Whatever the brave face the new leader Gerard Batten MEP (member of European Parliament) and the party faithful may try to put on it: UKIP has never faced such a massive implosion as is taking place right now.

This has major implications for Brexit itself: once a rebellious phrase, now a sobriquet for bureaucratic entanglements vis-a-vis trade, borders, and the interests of the corporate classes in the City of London.

UKIP has never faced such a massive implosion as is taking place right now. This has major implications for Brexit itself: once a rebellious phrase, now a sobriquet for bureaucratic entanglements vis-a-vis trade, borders, and the interests of the corporate classes in the City of London

Over the past few months, a number of UKIP’s elected officials have left the party, including some in the upper echelons of their powerful group of MEPs.

Yes, party membership has increased slightly since Batten took over the reins from the curious Henry Bolton (who himself took over from the 18-day leadership of Diane James MEP).

But polls of polls show the party still – even at a time of peril for Brexit – unable to push above 5%. This was a party polling at 20% as recently as 2015.

This in effect means there is no current guardian of the Brexit promise: the democratic decision made by the country to leave the European Union, currently being fudged by Prime Minister May, who herself was a pro-EU activist during the campaign in 2016.

Observers of UK politics will be aware that I am not soft on issues like radical Islam or free speech, and even pulled together three major rallies with a bevy of international guests over the summer to oppose the imprisonment of radical Islam critic Tommy Robinson.

But these issues are not necessarily ones for political parties to hitch their bandwagons to as their full-time occupation.

In short, Batten’s attempts to play to a right-wing base in the United Kingdom has left him toothless on the core issue of Brexit.

This is the most serious source of frustration for Britons on either side of the argument. It is also frustrating European partner nations, the United States, and other allies that are keen for something to be resolved so that the world’s economies and political alliances can grasp where Britain now stands in the world.

Curiously, UKIP – a party of around 25,000 members – holds the key to all of this. They’re just currently refusing to use it, which is even more strange given the expertise of Batten in this area. The new UKIP party leader authored the 119-page manual on leaving the European Union just last year, but has since become driven to distraction by other issues which could be addressed after March 29, 2019 – the UK-EU Article 50 leaving deadline.

All this means the only two major political voices on the subject of what Brexit actually looks like are the Labour and Conservative parties, neither of which is committed to fulfilling a serious “leave.”

It puts Britain in a situation of greater instability as Brexit becomes bastardized, vague, or perhaps abandoned entirely.

Markets won’t know what to do, nor will investors, and certainly the public will be left scratching their heads. To put it mildly.

I am not dissimilar in my world view to someone like Gerard Batten. I also do not believe he is stupid, or doing any of this out of malice.

I do believe, however, that in a media environment dominated by Britain’s two major parties; and in a 21st-century Britain mired in issues surrounding social cohesion, security, and free speech, Batten is being dragged off the reservation by his laudable philosophical instincts.

If UKIP can’t get back in the Brexit game fast, it will cause great problems for both Britain and indeed the world, with a suspected extension of the two-year Article 50 negotiating period being privately mooted.

So next time you talk to someone about Brexit, remember: Its fate rests on the shoulders of the self-described “People’s Army” – a small gaggle of Britons who come together once a year to drink thousands of pints of warm ale and wear garish purple rosettes on their lapels.

Personally, I’ve always been proud to be one of them.

Enoch Was Right: ‘Rivers of Blood’ 50 Years On

April 2018 saw the 50 year anniversary of one of the most incendiary and contentious speeches British politics has ever known.

Enoch Powell MP’s intervention became known as the “Rivers of Blood” speech, and was widely misinterpreted by Britain’s political establishment.

Powell was cast aside and repeatedly misrepresented and pilloried for his views on immigration.

My book, released on the 50th anniversary to the day of the speech, re-analyses Enoch’s claims, and exhibits where and why the UK media and political classes got Enoch so wrong.


“A very important part of the continuing debate… Enoch never goes away”


– Nigel Farage, former UKIP leader and leader of the Brexit Party

Get your copy of Enoch Was Right: Rivers of Blood 50 Years On by Raheem Kassam on Amazon. 

“An insightful, intelligent appraisal of the real Powell, and of his motivations, by a challenging and highly original thinker.”


– Simon Heffer, author of ‘Like the Roman – The Life of Enoch Powell’


Kassam in The American Spectator: Burka Brawl; Britain Finally Standing Up to Islamism?

The Boris Johnson Burka row has raged much longer than it should have. It is almost becoming boring.

Yes, I’m getting tired of winning.

But like any semi-competent writer, I can still squeeze the last drops of juice from this festering orange of pseudo-shock and intimidatory outrage.

One of the recent protests against Boris — in his constituency and my hometown of Uxbridge — saw a Muslim fundamentalist, niqab-clad, also sporting a sign which read “#MyDressMyChoice.”

The hashtag was popularized in 2014 after a number of Kenyan women were brutally beaten for daring to wear short skirts.

The irony of this caption being co-opted by the adherents of the antithetical position to the victims of abuse has clearly been lost on Britain’s Muslim fundamentalist community, who have engaged in a coordinated campaign of both threats, victimhood, outrage, blasphemy enforcement, and political leverage wielding.

The same gaslighting approach as those predominantly male abusers of Kenyan women, and of other women in Iran, to give another example, who cruise around in public looking for other women to shame and attack for their failure to cover up.

In truth, the reason Britain’s Boris burka saga has continued on so long (apart from the alliterative possibilities that mean tabloid editors don’t want it to die) is that everyone — right, left, center, up, down, and all over the political spectrum — realizes this is a litmus test for Britain.


Kassam at FoxNews.com: Trump More Popular than most Western Leaders

America is a nation obsessed with political approval ratings like no other. But the U.S. media seems ignorant to the fact that President Trump is currently one of the most popular leaders of a major Western nation in the world today.

Guffaw if you like, but those who are both regarded and regard themselves as “better” leaders have lower numbers than the American president — and while his are trending up, some of theirs are in free fall.

When Barack Obama left the world stage, having commanded a mid-40s average approval rating over the course of his presidency, the New York Times declared German Chancellor Angela Merkel to be the liberal West’s “last defender.”

Less than two years later, after an election upset and an ensuing struggle to form a government, Merkel is horribly bruised and close to being ousted by her coalition partners in Germany. Both for having encouraged mass inward migration to her country, and failing to come up with a solution once the Germans figured out it wasn’t working for them.

More to the point, her approval rating stinks.