And now for something completely different!
Hazel Blears – and the rest of the UK government want to cause as much fear as possible in the UK population that they will take on any stance that they think will win them votes come the next election.
I want to start this post with a few figures, just to keep things in perspective:
white (of which English 83.6%, Scottish 8.6%, Welsh 4.9%, Northern Irish 2.9%) 92.1%, black 2%, Indian 1.8%, Pakistani 1.3%, mixed 1.2%, other 1.6% (2001 census)
So, we look at those figures and see that the British population is, barring any argument – white-British.
Now, we take all that into consideration – and there seems to be a slight problem, in Mizz Blears’ eyes – and the government, that there is a need to target over 92% of the British population with draconian laws – just to focus on a few hundred people of a certain persuasion, namely radical Islamists.
People must be more willing to challenge ideas that conflict with core British values, the communities secretary has said.
Hazel Blears said there was too much “squeamishness” about condemning unacceptable practices, like forced marriages, for fear of causing offence.
Debate about the role of religion was “being sapped by a creeping over-sensitivity”, she argued in a speech.
She also said it could be possible to engage with extremist groups.
However Ms Blears said negotiation could only be held with groups that did not advocate violence.
Well – as these people who advocate violence are such a small number – why give them the time of day with negotiation? Do as you would do with any group, irrespective of ethnicity or religion, tell the police to do their job a cut out these people from society and let us all, you know, the rest of us, get on with life as we know it.
Earlier, Ms Blears told the BBC that the “overwhelming majority” of people in Britain shared the same values and there must be a “dividing line” between those embracing and rejecting British “core values”.
I want Hazel Blears – or any in the UK parliament to come here and explain what are British core values – it is a phrase used a lot – but no definition, why?
But people’s fear of causing offence and consequent unwillingness to defend what was clearly reasonable and sensible had gone too far, she suggested.
Situations, for instance, where people were afraid to put up Christmas decorations because they believed they would offend different faiths or the recent case of a nurse – a practicing Christian – who was suspended after offering to pray for a patient flew in the face of common sense.
That, Mizz Blears, is your government’s idiocy believing and promoting political correctness that has done nothing but harm to those core values – now your government enacts laws that are so authoritarian the British electorate want an election just to get you out of power! You allow local councils to promote NOT putting up a Christmas tree, decorations, come out with idiotic statements that people cannot fly their own national flag because it could offend someone – why didn’t you say such things years ago – before the terrorist started bombing the UK?
Definition Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order:
Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1% (2001 census)
2.7% of the UK population is Muslim – and I would bet 99% of those Muslims want to just to live their lives in peace along side their fellow Britons – but because of a tiny, tiny farcical radical group you and your government are willing to turn the whole of the UK into an open prison.
That is what the UK population sees and knows, Mizz Blears – and that is why so many Britons are getting very angry about you and your governments policies!
If you want to defend British core values – stop being a complete dick and deal with those who are radicalised. British core values include the rule of law and a justice system that is just. You won’t deal with the radicalised by making every British person a criminal – if you want the public’s help – ask for it, and make sure you say “Please”.