by Andrew Brons
Have you noticed those daring, racially-charged sound-bites from our dear leader?
A couple of months ago he referred to swarms of would-be immigrants waiting in Calais.
Then he warned that Muslim women who failed to reach a certain. unspecified, level of proficiency in English might be sent back to their countries of origin. Notice those emotive words, Muslim and sent back. Of course the reality is that a mass murderer is unlikely to be returned to his country of origin. The chance of a woman – and a Muslim woman at that – being sent back, because her English was not up to scratch, is simply non-existent.
Nevertheless, it was enough to bring Baroness Warsi to criticise her boss, in the mildest of language, for suggesting such a thing. It was almost as though Mr. Cameron and Baroness Warsi were both reading their lines, which, of course, is exactly what they were doing.
The very next day our dear leader was quoted as saying that he was sympathetic to the idea of banning the burka. Of course when you listened to the words that followed, you understood that he was talking of its being banned only in schools and court rooms – not as robust a proposal as we might have thought at first.
Barely had we recovered from these shocks than he referred disparagingly, in Prime Minister’s Questions, no less, to Mr. Corbyn, chatting to a bunch of migrants in Calais. First a swarm and then a bunch. We are reminded that flies come in swarms and bananas grow in bunches. Bananas? Come, come Mr. Cameron, we hope you are not approaching a cockroach moment – an in-joke understood only by Nationalists.
Has that previously nice Mr. Cameron been mixing with some rough types of whom his dear mother would certainly not have approved? Possibly people with callouses on their hands, instead of on their consciences, and having a predilection for white transit vans? Might this explain his careless choice of words?
Careless was certainly what both his detractors in the Labour Party and his defenders in the Conservative Party would have us believe. However, we were reminded by one of Mr. Corbyn’s chums that Mr. Cameron does not embark on answers to Prime Minister’s Questions without carefully scripted replies, written in advance.
If Mr. Cameron used apparently robust – even insensitive – language, when talking about immigration and ethnicity, that was undoubtedly, his intention or that of his advisers.
What then was the motivation of his Labour Party detractors? It was much the same. They too wanted to depict David Cameron as a representaive of the ‘racist’ far right, which will do him no harm as Prime Minister. This will, at least, put potentially dangerous voters at their ease and in one or other branch of the Political Class. Of course, it will serve the additional function of providing the Labour Party with an issue – possibly the only issue – on which the whole Party might agree.
Just in case the Genocide of the British People lobby should be getting nervous about Mr. Cameron, I must put their minds at rest. Mr. Cameron is as stalwart a member of that lobby as he ever was. Remember, he was the only Conservative MP to become a ‘sponsor’ of the rowdies of the Political Violence Against British Nationalists outfit, the UAF.
Mr. Cameron’s comprehensive might have been Eton but he is as much a strolling player as Dickens’ Mr. Jingle. He learns his lines as diligently as did Mrs. Thatcher, who in 1979 when she said that she understood the concerns of those who feared being swamped by immigration. Swamped? It is even more emotive than swarm.
If Mr. Cameron’s detractors had really been shocked by his choice of words, whatever did they make of Mr. Sarkhozy’s use of the word rakaya (scum) to describe North African rioters in a Paris suburb during the 2005 Presidential election campaign? Strictly, he was referring only to that element of the immigrant population that was rioting but the electorate interpreted it as referring to the whole North African population of France. It worked; he was elected President.
The then leader of the Front National, Jean-Marie le Pen, might have complained in the words of the former Governor of Alabama, George Wallace: “Well he out n-worded me then and no mistake”. He might have done that but I am sure that he was far too polite.