is no longer right for Britain-says CRE Head Trevor Phillips
That means, at an
absolute minimum, teaching English as the first language, so that immigrants,
and the children of immigrants, and the children of segregated ethnic ghettos
which disgrace so many of our inner cities can earn a living and participate
properly in the society of which they are a part.
It also means teaching
the history, culture and customs of this country to all British children, black
brown or white, so that they can identify with this country and with each
My ‘crime’ in the 1980’s
was to insist, as far as I was able, that English should be used as the first
language in school.
That was deemed to be
racial prejudice on my part. Yet, as the witch-hunt developed, I discovered I
had the broad support of most of the parents, governors and teachers.
If I had to express my
philosophy at the time, it was, I suppose, a belief in integration, and a
rejection of both racial prejudice and multiculturalism, which \I felt from
experience was dangerously divisive and contained the seeds of future conflict.
I suspect most decent
people felt pretty much as I did – but not the organised mobs of ‘multiculturalisms’
in the street outside my school demanding the sacking.
political groups locally orchestrated these demonstrations, and the frightening
verbal attacks by letter and phone, and an unrepresentative handful of Asian
extremists- today, I suppose they would be Islamic fundamentalists.
Their demands, though
not perhaps their methods, were endorsed by the race relations industry, led by
the CRE, which was as determined as the most extreme of them to drive me out.
That is why I am
suspicious of Mr Phillip’s sincerity. Rarely since Saint Paul’s conversion on
the road to Damascus has a sudden and complete volte-face taken place?
And that is why, if the
CRE is to prove my suspicions ill-founded, it has a lot of hard work to do
repairing the ravages of its politically-correct obsession with multiculturalism
has done to the education of a generation of a children both white and
In particular, the CRE
must ensure that families from ethnic minorities, and their parents are not
treated with a leniency, which is denied to families from the host country.
Mr Phillips may care to
consider the following: on Saturday, the Daily Mail reported that the
Manchester city council has reported plans to open a primary school in Sylhet,
Bangladesh, so that British children of Bangladeshi origin who are systematically
taken out of school in order to go on prolonged trips back to their ancestral
homeland can be given some sort of education while they are away.
The cost of this fatuous
exercise, undertaken, no doubt in the name of multiculturalism, would be £100,000
To be fair, the
Government has now moved to block the scheme. But what a waste of public money
it would have involved.
Contrast this with what
happens to the white parents who keep their children out of school for some
cultural reason, however compelling. They are, rightly followed up by the
authorities and could eventually find themselves in prison.
Three years ago, Lord
Ouseley, a former head of the CRE, issued an official report on the 1999 race
riots in Bradford. He concluded that many local people did not dare challenge
wrongdoing because they feared being labelled ‘racist’.
And he stressed his
belief that schools would be crucial in any attempt to close the great racial
divide which has opened up in Bradford down the decade.
In short, he wants Bradford’s
schools to assert a core of ‘Britishness.’
That Lord Ouseley was asking
exactly what I was calling for 20 years ago. It cost me my job. Are you
surprised that I am a little cynical now?
* * *
The introduction of the Commission for Racial Equality
those many years ago has done a great disservice to the majority of the people
of these Islands who have always had a great tolerance for people from what
ever the part of the world they came from.
The CRE have admitted themselves that over the years they
had very few reasons to complain and that it is more than possible that the name
itself has brought more antagonism which could have been avoided by ignoring
the liberal attempt to blacken the name of the population. What was need ed was
not a new name which could tare the whole population with the same brush, but the
implementation of the Rule of Law to protect all citizens of our country of
Over the past 50 years tens of millions of peoples from the
Indian and African Continent and the Balkans have been slaughtered in vast
In Africa alone there has been well over a hundred tribal wars
over the last four decades. If there was need of a CRE? If there was another
location where their influence might have secured success? It most certainly
would have been abroad.
But it was easier and safer ground in those early days for
the CRE to take root in one of the most tolerant places in the world than endeavour
to take root in other lands and to save those countless millions who would have
very much appreciated their help and advice.
Instead, here, the natural trend of the CRE over the years has
been to explore everywhere in society for any remote example of complaint to
justify their agenda and in so doing they were carried along to justify their
The recent comment
by Mr Phillips the head of the CRE about the way away from multiculturalism to awareness
in ‘Britishness’ is at least a step in the right direction to restoring some
sense for once after these many years. We hope this will be followed by the
eventual demise of the CRE- at least in this country.
They have many opportunities overseas available to them to
help those many millions who have suffered and still suffer from racist attacks
in so many other parts of the world.
wish them every success.
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