LONDON, UK, 16th June, 2014 — Yesterday the British Prime Minister said that British people shouldn’t be “bashful” about being British.
David Cameron attempted to specify what he meant when he referred to teaching British school kids about the Magna Carta. Why the Magna Carta? Cameron explained:
“The remaining copies… may have faded. But its principles shine as brightly as ever, and they paved the way for the democracy, the equality, the respect and the laws that make Britain, Britain.”He also said that “British values” include the following:
“A belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law.”All the above, Mr Cameron said, are “as British as the Union Flag, as football, as fish and chips”.
He went on to elaborate on that by saying:
“That if you don’t want to believe in democracy, that’s fine; that if equality isn’t your bag, don’t worry about it; that if you’re completely intolerant of others, we will still tolerate you.
“This has not just led to division, it has also allowed extremism – of both the violent and non-violent kind – to flourish.”Clearly the above is an implicit – or explicit? – reference to what has been called the (‘Islamist’) Trojan Horse plot to take over various British schools. It may also be a reference to the other Islamists and Muslim militants within our midsts.
There are problems with what the British Prime Minister said.
David Cameron has often played down Britishness. And then he’s played it up… and then he’s played it down… For example, not so long ago Cameron said that rather than British Muslims embracing “British values”, he said that British people should embrace the “Asian way of life”. He said that after staying with a Muslim family (in Birmingham) for two days. It’s clear, then, that at least in this instance Cameron meant that Brits should embrace the Muslim/Islamic way of life.
“Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around.”He also said:
“Integration is a two-way street…. we have to recognise that it won’t happen unless there’s something attractive to integrate into.”As for Islamic terrorism, like Barack Obama (‘Don’t say “Islamic terrorism”!’), David Cameron doesn’t think it so much as exists:
“Calling for people to stop using the words ‘Islamist terrorists’. It’s hard to overemphasise the importance of language. Every time the BBC or a politician talks about Islamist terrorists they are doing immense harm (and yes I am sure I have done this too, despite trying hard to get this right).”Cameron’s public patriotism, therefore, seems to depend on what’s in the news at the time. And what’s in the news today is a lot of trouble with British Muslims; whether that’s the Trojan Horse affair, forced marriages, Muslim sexual grooming gangs, British Muslims going to Syria and Iraq to do their “Islamic duty” (i.e., jihad), Muslim corruption and Islamisation in London’s Tower Hamlets or Muslim electoral and council corruption throughout England.
No, this isn’t exactly a case of Islamists being “under the bed”. More like a case of Islamists being in some of our schools, national newspapers (well, The Guardian), universities, law firms, Muslim ghettos, mosques, etc. It’s an attempt to stop Islamists from being under every bed.
Again, David Cameron’s patriotism seems to wax and wane depending on the political wind (to mix metaphors). And, in this instance, that political wind, as I said, is the fallout from the Trojan Horse affair.
Cameron explicitly commented upon the Trojan Horse plot. He has called on teachers to promote “British values” in the schools. Why not? British schools have been teaching the values and ideologies of our unelected Leftist “hegemony” since the 1960s. Sure, not all the time and everywhere; just much of the time and almost everywhere.
Cameron also said that Brits shouldn’t be “bashful”. In fact he said that Brits should be “far more muscular” when it comes to our “values and institutions”. The problem is, rather than being bashful, the British - along with their values and institutions - have been ceaselessly bashed by a Leftist ruling class which thrives everywhere there is no vote or popular mandate required (e.g., the law, the race and rights industries, the interfaith circuit, newspapers like The Guardian, the Fabian Society, universities, etc.).