When a forthright message comes from a non-political, trusted, respected opinion-former, people rightly sit up and take notice. Someone from outside the immediate political sphere, but with the knowledge and foresight that perhaps can shackle those who have been elected, really can wake people up. I say this – first – because politicians from all sides are presumed, often rightly, to have an agenda that suits their purpose. As a member and deputy leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), for example, I do appreciate and accept that there are those who occasionally will disagree with me, or downright think that whatever I’m saying is purely down to party politics. It’s not, though. I haven’t put my heart and soul into UKIP without meaning or belief. I absolutely believe in what I say, and do. And I absolutely believe in a better Britain. And a better Britain can only come about when the entire country – all of us, to borrow a phrase from a certain Chancellor of the Exchequer, in it “together” – thinks largely as one. So I found the words of Trevor Phillips, the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, and also the Equality and
On the night of the Oldham West and Royton by-election result I accused the Labour Party of engaging in “dangerous identity politics.” The result of me uttering this sentence on TV was that the political journalists both local and national went into a spin. Labour politicians were also horrified and tried to suggest I was being racist, which of course I wasn’t, and they knew it. Indeed, calling someone is a “racist” is the fall back tactic for Labour politicians when they know they’ve been rumbled. By “dangerous identity politics”, I meant ditching one’s own values and pandering to the prejudices of others. And the Labour Party is doing this on an increasingly regular basis, which I maintain is dangerous politics. They did this on a minor scale in Oldham when Labour politicians (both Oldham MPs and local councillors) attended a meeting that was segregated on the basis of gender. This meeting was organised by the Labour Friends of Bangladesh and was a political meeting, not a religious one. Labour of course denied the meeting was gender segregated, but it was obvious to anyone who saw the photos that men and women were sitting on opposite sides of the room.
Over 1,000 men of what the local police chief described as “of Arab or North African appearance” sexually assaulted around 90 women in a mass attack in the German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve. Yet astonishingly the Mayor of Cologne’s response to his outrageous attack on her own female voters was not to unequivocally condemn it, but to suggest some blame lay with the victims. Henriette Reker says women should adopt a “code of conduct” to prevent future attacks by what is almost certainly members of the one million asylum seekers Germany has mistakenly welcomed in. According to the Daily Telegraph, “dozens of women reported being touched and groped. There was also one case of rape”. In response Ms Reker said it was important to prevent such incidents “from ever happening again” which I at first thought was a sensible suggestion for Germany to rethink its disastrous migrant policy. But no. Instead, her proposed “code of conduct” – an instruction on how German women should behave around these men of “Arab or North African appearance” – will include staying at arm’s length away from strangers, remaining in their own groups, and asking bystanders for help or at least
Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury was pilloried last week for some of his views about homosexuality and women – his nomination for BBC Sports Personality of the Year being called into question. For those who have missed the furore – and you must have been on a holiday to Mars to do so – let me remind you what Fury’s views actually are. Fury believes homosexuality and abortion are wrong and believes a woman is better suited to the kitchen than at work. Views which were non-offensive and pretty commonplace in pre 1960s Britain. Fury’s background must also be taken in consideration if we are to understand his traditional view on life. He comes from a large Irish traveller background, which holds strong traditional values about things such as sex before marriage. Fury is also a born-again Christian, his Twitter feed is littered with references to God and his beliefs. He thanked the Lord publically as soon as he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko of his world title belts in Germany a fortnight ago. Fury is a regular churchgoer and one can conclude that his views about homosexuality, abortion, a woman’s role and sex outside marriage are the norm within many congregations,
So Brussels is on lockdown due to the heightened terror threat. Trains have been cancelled, people have been told to stay away from crowded areas, meaning that the centre is deserted and sporting events have been postponed. It’s no surprise really because about half a mile north-west of Brussels city centre lies the shabby suburb of Molenbeek. It is one of Brussels’ nineteen districts. This run down area of the Belgian capital has become the epicentre of a media storm during the past week as a number of the terrorists behind the appalling Paris attacks came from Molenbeek. Having an inquisitive mind, I wanted to find out what Molenbeek was really like. So when I bumped into Breitbart London’s Raheem Kassam in Brussels and he asked if I would go on a fact-finding mission to Europe’s centre of Jihad, I thought I’d give it a go. So we planned to take a lengthy walk around the area the following day with the leader of the Swedish Democrats Jimmie Akesson. Before we set off, I decided to learn a little bit about the history of the suburb and find out why it has become so notorious for Islamism. Well you won’t
The wise words of the international relations guru Benedict Cumberbatch have sent me on a road to Damascus, if you will pardon the pun. I think I may have been too rash in suggesting that we protect our borders and communities from hordes of young economic migrants. I now realise that I have been unhelpful and a tad Islamophobic worrying about the fact that Islamic State have said they’re going to flood our continent with jihadists. How stupid of me. How could I have been so unprogressive in wanting to protect our own citizens? Well not to worry, Benedict Cumberbatch wants more migrants. And his troop of right-on North London luvvies have shown me the light. In fact, I now reckon old Benny could be on to something when he says that Britain isn’t doing enough to help the ‘refugees’ – although as an international relations expert he should know that the majority who are coming to Europe are in fact economic migrants and not bona fide refugees. But we’ll let that slip of the thespian tongue pass. He is the voice of reason we’ve been waiting for and if I were Home Secretary Theresa May I would have a