It is now time, if not past time, to grasp the nettle of multiculturalism which has taken root in our country. The news of the last week, from British jihadis in Iraq to the child abuse in Rotherham, should have made clear that this is now a debate we cannot avoid any longer.
While Nigel Farage’s statement about re-defining the 1870 Foreign Enlistment Act and to recall Parliament to do so has made hardly a wavelet in the debate, Boris Johnson jumped in with both feet here in yesterday’s DT – coming up with the plaintive cry that “we must do something”, that ‘something’ being spread far and wide, even to the demand that Turkey close her borders to our jihadis.
However, this misses the root of the problem. Our media, and sadly our politicians in all three legacy parties, still regard these jihadis as aberrations that have appeared from nowhere, with some Labour members coming up with the usual excuse that these are ‘alienated youths’, and thus it is our fault, yet again. If only we’d spend more money on them! They overlook the fact that those home-grown jihadis who have been identified have apparently all come from well-off middle class families. One Labour MP has even tried to argue that these ‘British jihadis’ are in Iraq for humanitarian reasons.
Coalition politicians keep wringing their hands and tell us that they do all they can. Yes indeed: it turns out that the Home Office managed to prevent over 1,000 known football hooligans from travelling to the World Cup in Brazil, but is ‘powerless’ to do so for the 500 or so jihadis allegedly having gone to the Middle East.
So what do we need to do? First of all, we need to try to open up the isolated, insular communities that have established themselves, Tower Hamlets being the first and foremost. It is insufferable that estates are flying the ISIS flag. It is even more insufferable that they ban dogs, ban drinking, and attack gay men walking down those streets. Where, by the way, were the various LGBT groups denouncing that? Groups which are quick to defend their rights against Christian hotel owners?
There are smaller measures which can be taken. The wholesale distribution of halal meat, unlabelled as such, has to be stopped. In a secular society, which we pride ourselves to be, it surely is insufferable to deny people the choice of buying meat which has not been prayed over, never mind the atrocious slaughtering method?
So-called ‘faith schools’ which are nothing but madrassas must be run under the same strict rules as Christian faith schools, where for the sake of diversity a quota of muslim children is demanded. Gender segregation in schools and universities must be forbidden. Sharia courts have to be dismantled, as have ‘islam-compliant’ banking instruments. While we work and fight to get our sovereignty back from Brussels, what is that sovereignty worth if a group – not even a majority – is allowed to install courts, to enforce their ‘laws’, and to further affect our laws so that for example Muslim women do not enjoy the same protection as British women do?
Above all, we must talk about these points and we must disregard the accusations of racism and islamophobia which are certain to follow, used by the diversity-mad talking heads in the media.
The horrendous results of the inquiry into the Rotherham scandal were published yesterday and are now public knowledge. The fact that this has been going on for 14 years is the clearest judgement yet on the systematic failure of a ‘culture’ which turns a blind eye to the depredations of one group, because taking measures, by local government or police, was deemed to be racist.
We must ask those politicians who facilitated that cultural attitude why it is that they have campaigned so vociferously against rape on the one hand, but brushed it under the carpet when committed by a certain group, on vulnerable children, mostly of working class parents, the ‘class’ which that political party says it represents.
It was not about lack of funding (the six figure salaries scattered around Rotherham council like confetti prove that), it was and is about a cultural ideology – an ideology which saw fit to deny a couple to foster vulnerable children because they were members of UKIP.
In the coming election – let them not forget what they did
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