Richard Littlejohn calls new mother a ‘gypsy’ who ‘contributes nothing’ to society

A glimpse into the mind of a bigot, published as comment in a national newspaper

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Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn has written a bizarre attack on a women he knows nothing about.

He points to a story in the London Evening Standard, in which police officers helped deliver a baby in Marble Arch after a woman suddenly went into labour.

Littlejohn accepts the story could be seen as ‘heart-warming’. However, our intrepid scribbler believes the story has a broader significance.

He notes that the identity of the women, described as ‘homeless’ or a ‘rough sleeper’ in reports, has not been released to the public.

Littlejohn writes:

“A couple of the reports do say she is a ‘migrant’ and point out that Marble Arch has become a magnet for Eastern European vagrants […]

So I think it’s fair to assume that she’s one of the many Eastern European gypsies camped out around Hyde Park, who do so much to enrich the diversity of our capital city, bringing with them their traditional skills such as aggressive begging and pickpocketing.

Really? It’s ‘fair to assume’ all that?

Based on this ‘fair assumption’, Littlejohn goes on to defame the woman by association:

“A group of these valuable and talented folk recently decided to make their home at the memorial to all those slaughtered by Islamist suicide bombers on the London transport network ten years ago.

They had converted the memorial plaque into a dinner table, and were using the nearby bushes as a toilet.”

He then laments:

“Even in the unlikely event of a referendum vote to pull out [of the EU], this particular woman is now the mother of a British citizen and will never be deported.

And, presumably, now she has a baby, we will be expected to provide her with suitable accommodation and the full panoply of welfare benefits.”

This is an amazingly vivid screed considering the imaginary nature of this woman’s offences.

It’s a fascinating insight into the mind of a bigot, published as comment in a national newspaper. 

Here’s Littlejohn’s conclusion, in all its breathless hatred:

“But, honestly, what was she doing here in the first place? What special gifts do she and her fellow ‘rough-sleepers’ bring with them?

Do any of those responsible for promoting ‘diversity’ and open borders really believe that it’s a good idea to invite itinerant people with no job and no home; with whom we have nothing in common and no duty towards; and who have no intention of contributing anything positive to our society; to travel across a continent and establish an open-air gypsy camp in one of our world-famous royal parks? […]

We are all going to hell in a handcart.”

Will the Daily Mail offer the new mother, (who one hopes has recovered from the emergency birth in full health, and with a healthy new baby), her right of reply to this garbage?

Adam Barnett is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow MediaWatch on Twitter

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14 Responses to “Richard Littlejohn calls new mother a ‘gypsy’ who ‘contributes nothing’ to society”

  1. GhostofJimMorisson

    He’s only articulating what many people think.

  2. GTE

    Go out on Westminster Bridge on a weekend.

    There you will find 100-150 Romanian mafia operating frauds and picking pockets.

    I’ve even seen their taking their children out to steal.

    So they aren’t contributing anything positive.

    They are doing outright harm to society.

    They are damaging the tourist trade.

    They are committing benefit fraud.

    They are cost us huge sums if and when the police have a go.

    They are money laundering

    They aren’t paying tax.

    So how do you justify their existence in the UK?

  3. scandalousbill

    Oh, so what you are saying is that they are just like you?

  4. stevep

    People are told what to think by papers like the Daily Excess.

  5. Jacko

    Unles, of course, it’s the Daily Mirror or The Guardian. Then it’s simply articulating the voice of reason, which any right-thinking person should agree with.

  6. GhostofJimMorisson

    Another delusional leftie who thinks the right-wing press is solely responsible for Labour’s defeat. Most people can and do make up their own minds without the help of the Mail or the Express.

  7. Jacko

    “….who one hopes has recovered from the emergency birth in full health, and with a healthy new baby…”

    Pass the sick bucket.

  8. Doc Martin

    Why all the fuss? As far as i can tell the woman has not broken one single law. If you don’t like do not vilify her or her child, instead vent your anger at the lawmakers, the politicians, the EU bureaucrats… As for benefits last time I checked the Tories were boasting about how they had tightened up access to benefits and services precisely to stop migrants abusing the system. also it is Cameron who has failed miserably to keep his promises about net migration so maybe Littlejohn should be pointing his finger at him and not this women who, as I said, has done nothing wrong – except maybe in the eyes of xenophobic bigots.

  9. Doc Martin

    Ahhh… the Straw Man fallacy…

  10. stevep

    Then ask yourself, why do they buy it? It`s hardly a source of impartial information!

  11. stevep

    Most of our so-called “free” press is biased. Some more than others.
    They all serve their masters.

  12. Harold

    I assume you have evidence and have presented this to the police? If not you are either complicit, silence is consent or breaking the law by failing to report a crime, might I ask how law-abiding citizens and the Justice system is meant to succeed if people fail to report?

  13. Harold

    He may well be but where is the evidence, if his knowledge is that good he knows that 100-150 people are from Romania, using children to commit crime, money laundering and benefit fraud then presenting the evidence to the appropriate authority must be easy. The not paying tax, I am intrigued to how they avoid paying any tax as today I bought a TV, 20% tax on that is there a way round it or are they VAT registered? On another note I have a work colleague who thinks Littlejohn is a liberal lefty in disguise in that the more outrageous he is it will drive people away from supporting right-wing parties.

  14. Cole

    Or is just stirring up nastiness and racism. Of course the Mail have a long history in this regard, having been vile about the Jews in the 1930s. Plus ca change.

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