|What We Think||Nationalist comment on the month's news|
A cause célèbre for the 'anti-racists'?
Since the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, seemingly by Whites, in a street in Eltham, South East London, back in 1993, the British public has never been allowed to forget about the incident. With the encouragement of his politically militant mother, Lawrence has become a cult figure for 'anti-racists' everywhere - although a racial motive in his killing is still far from certain, least of all proven. The Lawrence affair has been milked for all it is worth by the political left - and not only the left but 'liberals' right across the spectrum. There have been marches, demonstrations, public meetings, political speeches, never-ending TV documentaries, and even TV plays on the Lawrence theme.
Part of the element of cause célèbre surrounding the Lawrence episode was the failure of the authorities to bring a successful prosecution against anyone for the killing. This was blamed on the local police for the allegedly casual way they handled the investigation; and - wait for it! - yes, police 'racism' was named as a factor in all this. Indeed, the very fact that Lawrence's killer, whoever he or she may be, is probably still at large has been a boon to the leftist and anti-racist grudge industry in Britain: the whole saga makes so much better propaganda in consequence.
But now let us shift the scene to a street in Oldham, Lancashire, one night in February 2002, where 19-year-old Gavin Hopley was walking with two friends away from a night-club. They strayed into the Glodwick area, which many members of the local Asian community regard as their own exclusive territory. The three were set upon by a gang of young Asians, and Gavin was brutally beaten. He died six days later in hospital. Gavin and his two mates were white.
Eight Asians were later arrested and charged with the murder but the charges were then dropped because of lack of evidence. Then the case was reopened in March 2003, when two of the Asian gang agreed to testify against one of their number, Mohsin Raza, who they claimed delivered the crucial kick which led to Gavin's death.
But Raza walked from court free last month when a jury - including some Asian members - accepted an alibi that he had been working at an Indian restaurant at the time of the murder.
An alibi supplied by others working at the restaurant, needless to say - in other words, by Asians!
Gavin's parents issued a public condemnation of certain members of the Asian community for protecting the culprits. "With their evidence the outcome could have be different," they said.
The killers of Gavin Hopley got off, just as those of Stephen Lawrence did.
But will we now see the murder of Gavin Hopley turned into a decade-long political circus, with rent-a-mob marching in the city in protest against the 'racism' that caused this and led to the culprit not being brought to justice? Will we hear politicians making impassioned speeches about it? Will there be years of TV documentaries and plays devoted to Gavin's memory and the ghastly 'racism' of those who killed him and those who protected the killers? Will Gavin Hopley become a cult figure of the 'anti-racist cause?
Something tells us that pigs growing wings and taking to the sky is more likely!
Typical Guardian journalismMeanwhile, how's this for another sample of reporting by the liberal-left? An item in The Guardian of the 23rd December, written by Ted Oliver, focused on certain alleged racial incidents in Belfast - a place not normally associated with such happenings and therefore making for added sensationalism. A Ugandan family and a group of Chinese were apparently driven from their homes in a run-down southern area of the city. One of the Ugandans was a woman in an advanced state of pregnancy. Police were searching for a gang responsible and, according to the report, thought they could be 'racists' and that groups based in England may be organising them.
So what did The Guardian do? It headlined its report as follows: "BNP could be behind brutal racist attacks in Belfast." Just like that! There was not a shred of real evidence that the British National Party had anything to do with the incidents. The party has a fairly small branch in Northern Ireland and from our knowledge of the people involved it is extremely unlikely that they would get up to such behaviour. "Could be..." "May be..." Equally, the culprits "could be" or "may be" ordinary criminals. They "could be" or "may be" little green men from Mars, for all we know. This is all these press hounds have to go on, but that doesn't deter them. The holier-than-thou Guardian, as an almost automatic knee-jerk reaction, decides that it is probably all down to the awful BNP! Indeed, even if the BNP was in any way responsible, the party - according to Guardian thinking - would no doubt have approved of what happened. So it's all perfectly fair, as in love and war, to print a headline aimed at planting in the public's mind that the BNP goes around ill-treating pregnant women.
Ain't we lucky to have a free press!
Eligible to vote!
They're pouring in, as we all know. But what many do not know is that large numbers of them are getting themselves on the electoral register almost as soon as they get here!
Marion Roe, Tory MP for Broxbourne (Herts.) noticed a lot of Turkish names appearing on the register in her constituency. No doubt this caused her some apprehension because she guessed most of them would vote Labour; nothing concentrates the mind of a politician better than things like this!
Mrs. Roe made some enquiries and found that people get registered as voters by the simple act of filling in a form testifying to their eligibility. Theoretically, making any false declaration in this form is a criminal act and could lead to prosecution; but, as Mrs. Roe found, there is seldom any check and, even more seldom, any action if a check should find some irregularity.
In protesting about all this to Broxbourne Council, she was told that it was considered "inappropriate to investigate" because it could be deemed racist!
So she took up the issue with the Electoral Commission, warning that in elections in marginal seats such falsely registered voters could quite easily determine the outcome. In the Commission's reply, its chairman Sam Younger endorsed the council's anxiety over 'racism'. He went on to say:-
So immigrants voting illegally is alright then!
Police incompetence behind Soham deaths
In-depth investigation into the roots of the Soham tragedy, involving the murders of youngsters Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, has unearthed a staggering trail of incompetence on the part of senior police officers, both in Cambridgeshire, where the murders took place, and in Humberside, where killer Ian Huntley originated.
Humberside Chief Constable David Westwood was challenged in a BBC TV interview as to how Huntley's record as a paedophile, already well established while he was still in that area, was erased from police computer records and local police not alerted to his presence in the area to which he moved. Westwood, stuck for an answer, stormed out of the studio.
But after the murders of the two girls had taken place the investigation by Cambridgeshire Constabulary descended into chaos. The Chief Constable, on holiday at the time, would not return of his own free will and had to be ordered home to lead the hunt for the killer. Numerous leads that could have wound the matter up much more quickly were ignored. One of the officers involved was himself found dabbling in child porn.
Is there is a political lesson in all this? Not directly but indirectly. What is happening in police forces all over the United Kingdom is that promotions to the highest rank are being determined, not on ability and performance, but on the candidates having the 'right' political credentials; they must be officers who go along with the new 'liberal' culture of policing, with its emphasis on softly-softly methods of law-enforcement, leniency towards offenders, respect for criminals' 'rights' and, needless to say, 'anti-racism'.
The result of all this is that a growing number of senior positions are being held by weak incompetents whose chief driving power is their personal ambition, who are of small ability, have little sense of duty to the communities they serve, and whose sole credential is their preparedness to kow-tow to the commissars of political correctness.
We used to have one of the best police forces in the world. Now, by being relentlessly politicised, it is being rapidly ruined.
Uncle Sam's mercenaries
It was as good as admitted in a Government defence review last month that Britain is no longer capable of fighting a major war except as a junior partner of America.
In a Daily Mail report, it was stated that:
This reasoning is being given as the justification for yet more substantial cuts to forces already dangerously undermanned, under-equipped and over-committed.
This is a national scandal but one which should cause us no surprise; it is a policy which has been creeping up on us ever since the end of World War II when, with the full complicity of the then Prime Minister Winston Churchill himself, Britain was reduced to satellite status vis-a-vis the United States. Since then there has been almost nothing that could realistically be called a British foreign policy or defence policy. All this has been based on the supposition - contradicted by a whole catalogue of issues: the Falklands War; Northern Ireland; Europe, just to mention three - that the interests of America and Britain will always coincide and be complementary.
Tony Blair is merely the latest premier to serve willingly, and almost gratefully, as America's lackey. It is impossible to think of one single other one since 1941 who has been any different. Right now, British service personnel and civilians are being killed pointlessly in Iraq in obedience to this idiotic tradition.
It is not 'anti-American' to demand that Britain reassert herself as a sovereign nation with interests of her own and policies of her own - friendly to America (at least her ordinary people, if not her ruling clique) but subordinate to no one. We do not have to be a weak, pathetic, powerless nation, incapable of looking after itself, we have the latent strength to be something much more than that. What we lack at the moment is the political spirit and will.
A victory for common sense
Shock and dismay in the establishment greeted the successes of Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party in the elections to the suspended Northern Ireland Assembly in late November. The DUP won 30 seats, making it the strongest single party in the province, leaving the official Unionist Party second best with 27 seats.
We do not share in the shock; least of all do we share the dismay. The Rev. Paisley is a strange political animal in the eyes of 'liberal' opinion. At Westminster he sticks out like a sore thumb: he is a real man in a Parliament comprised mostly of wimps; he has absolutely genuine political convictions, upon which he will not compromise and which he expresses with great sincerity and force. Last but not least, he is a patriot - for Ulster and for the United Kingdom, in whose union he believes passionately.
Apart from all these things, Ian Paisley is a realist. He has always known that the cosmetics used by the politicians of the day in pretence that Unionists and Sinn Feiners can coexist within the same body politic would all fall apart at the end and leave us back where we started when the present phase of the Ulster troubles began in the late 1960s. He has always recognised that these things amounted to a mere papering over the cracks. More topically, he recognised that the Good Friday Agreement was utterly unworkable and would fail.
He was compelled, unwillingly, to operate within the terms of the Agreement because his party was weaker than the official Unionists, and he had to watch with chagrin as one Unionist leader after another prevaricated and compromised in the face of republican terror, while the Northern Ireland electorate continued to support them.
Now all this has changed, and Dr. Paisley holds the cards. It is early to say exactly how he will play them. But one thing is sure. His party has been voted into a majority by people whose watchword is "No surrender!" That, at least, augurs well.