Dan Hodges, as with many on the Left, loses his marbles when it comes to immigration and race issues…here’s his latest effort:
The Left’s rhetoric has become as toxic as that of the hard-Right
Just before proving himself right with this rant….
I’m not going to lie. I think Ukip is a thoroughly racist, thoroughly prejudiced, thoroughly reactionary party. And I think the majority of its core supporters reflect that. Racism. Islamophobia. Homophobia. Misogyny. Rightly or wrongly, those are the values I associate with Ukip.
So maybe a few Ukippers could be racist….but Hodges extends that to the Party itself…by that standard Labour must be racist or Islamophobic etc.
Wasn’t it Tony Blair, you know him, once leader of the Labour Party, who said about Islamic radicalism that the problem lies within the religion itself….does that make the Labour party islamophobic? After all he did launch two crusades against Islam didn’t he?
I could line up many Labour vioters who express strong racist views…But it seems Hodges can’t see that…perhaps he is ‘Blinded by UKIP hatred’.
Hilariously and yes, ludicrously, he went on…
It may sound ludicrously simplistic, but until recently I genuinely thought people on the Right were the bad guys and the people on the Left were the good guys. In my mind’s eye, the Left still retained a semblance of moral authority. Yes, the Right were good at running the economy and taking the hard choices and all the usual “firm but fair” clichés. But it was still the Left who had cornered the market on compassion and fairness and basic humanity.
Has he never heard of the Soviet Union, or the National Socialists in Germany, or Mao? Difficult to believe anyone could believe that the Left has a monopoly on compassion, fairness and basic humanity when they have slaughtered millions.
And what of his claims that UKIP are, what did he call them? Oh yes…racist,homophobic, misogynist, islamophobic.
You have to laugh at the guy…..apart from the sheer bigotry of his own opinion to throw in islamophobic as well is beyond parody and demonstrates precisely what the problem is in the media…a problem long exhibited by the BBC itself….the refusal to accept or allow any criticism of Islam…at least when it comes from people they deem ‘unacceptable’.
Racist, homophobic, misogynist…..all three accusations can be made about Islam…and have been…not least by the slippery Mehdi Hasan as he tries to oil his way into the affections of the Kufr Establishment…never mind poll after poll confirming such beliefs and the Koran itself laying them out in black and white.
Curious Hodges doesn’t wish to label Islam ‘racist, homophobic and misogynist’ then…but in a bout of moral cowardice rushes to label people who raise such criticisms as Islamophobic.
The BBC itself is renowned for its pathological and irrational hatred of UKIP making frequent sly associations with ‘Nazis’ and the ‘Far Right’, happily making nuanced comments about racism and bigotry…or not so nuanced comments.
The BBC’s ‘comedy’ shows are littered with violently anti-UKIP rhetoric…even suggesting UKIP want gun laws changed so that they can shoot immigrants.
Here is Sandi Toksvig (7mins) (British citizen but still in possession of her Danish passport) telling us…
‘UKIP can’t deport me but I’m gonna make them wish they could’
Presumably in her own time and not on the BBC’s shilling….much like the good Hugh Sykes who on Twitter (Opinions all his own!) says (H/T Is the BBC biased? ) told us….
Now that’s a fascinating tweet, it says so much about what goes through the mind of a BBC correspondent.
Firstly that Austerity is a problem apparently, one that is causing us economic woes…which kind of misses out what made Austerity necessary…..the real problem of the huge debt left by Labour. Typical BBC…head in sand and lack of context.
Then the link to immigrants…who says immigrants are causing problems with the economy? They cause low wages and housing shortages, queues at the GP and in A&E, problems with schools and welfare issues but to blame them for the big picture economic problems? No, don’t think anyone blames them for the national debt. That was Labour’s fault.
Then he urges the Parties to adopt this strategy, educating the bigots, make them see sense, and beat UKIP…which apart from the anti-UKIP message shows he entirely misunderstands why people are attracted to UKIP.
Sykes, as does the pro-immigration lobby, frames the immigration debate as purely an economic issue…immigrants benefit us they tell us…ignoring the fact that they don’t and research that says they do comes from the same man who advised Labour to open the flood gates….and of course they concentrate on EU immigration rather than the total…ignoring the massive cost of non-EU immigration.
But UKIP doesn’t argue solely on economic grounds…their argument is that there are too many immigrants per se…too many, too fast, for the national infrastructure to cope with…housing, schools, roads, power, water, the NHS, prisons, all under ever increasng pressure due to a massively increasing population….and that’s aside from the cultural and social problems that entail and can’t be denied however much you want to believe in the religion of multi-culturalism.
A net migration of 270,000 foreigners came to the UK last year…and they keep on coming.
And they keep on having children.
How can any country expect to cope with such numbers….many of whom have no intention of integrating, or even of learning English. The BBC did a survey in India a couple of years back and found that most Indians who wanted to come to the UK didn’t want to integrate…the BBC report didn’t mention that little detail though.
The problem with people who want to limit immigration is that they are confused, hysterical, ignorant…vicitms of ‘a public and political debate about immigration which has often appeared duplicitous and dishonest.’
Or so says Mark Easton…and of course he is correct…we have been victims of a narrative that shapes ‘a public and political debate about immigration which has often appeared duplicitous and dishonest.’ A debate shaped by people like him who tell us we should be happy to accept immigration because after all, we are all immigrants ourselves…..
And yet we are also, I think, a tolerant and broad-minded country in the main. Over centuries, we have experienced wave after wave of migrants and seen how the new arrivals have added something to our cultural tapestry. If we look back far enough, all of us will find elements of migrant stock.
Naturally that entirely misses the point….which is the numbers…just how many migrants can you fit into the UK? If the borders remain open millions will ‘flock’ here, and continue to ‘flock’ here.
But that just doesn’t enter into the BBC equation. Immigration is good, therefore more immigration must be even better.
The problem with the BBC is that they think UKIP is the problem…get rid of UKIP and we’ll go back to the cosy consensus on immigration where nobody says nothing…and the BBC enforces that with the threat that anyone who breaks the code is labelled a racist, a bigot, a Nazi.
That cosy consensus is the problem…the political parties backed up by the Media who want mass immigration and ignore the fact that most of the population doesn’t want it.
UKIP have allowed the ‘People’ a voice, they have allowed them a genuine chance to have their say on immigration long denied them by the PPE politicians and their Media guardians…and the BBC doesn’t like it.
You have to ask what would happen if UKIP were to be crushed by the forces arrayed against them…would that make the issue of immigration go away or would genuinely scary forces be released when the ‘People’ see once again that they are being silenced and lied to?
The BBC’s dishonest attempts to engineer the debate and smother the issue will lead to something that ironically they believe they are working against as the ‘People’ demand a say.