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A message from the edge of the cliff

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AS LAST week’s political machinations drew to a close I reflected upon the events in Parliament, the debacle over the Speaker and, for the first time, the danger of a government and opposition both on the brink of political suicide. We have witnessed, with increasing horror, the direction of travel of the political juggernaut now perched precariously on the edge of a figurative cliff. So how do we extricate ourselves from this self-inflicted danger, created by power-crazed Parliamentarians and a public who have been asleep at the wheel for the last few decades?

First of all, we need to question how we have allowed the abuse of our own language. Over the past few years we have seen it butchered on the altar of woke piousness and generated by a rabid fear of ‘causing offence’ (to everybody who is viewed as a ‘minority’). We have seen personal pronouns invented and reinvented until it has reached the point that anybody can now self-declare as a duck-billed platypus and expect to be treated as such.

Then there’s that old chestnut, ‘race’.

It’s time some people understood the actual meanings of words.

Let us look first at the definition of ‘racist’. This is a favourite insult of the woke left. Something to hurl into the middle of any argument like a verbal hand-grenade to silence anybody who does not succumb to their hectoring, bullying doctrine.

Its actual definition is ‘showing prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is minority or marginalised’.

As far as I can see, that is what ethnically English people are being subjected to right now, in their own country. Even those whose ethnic origins lie elsewhere and who have adopted this country as their home are subjected to this kind of discrimination – this means anybody who dares to identify with our flag, our traditions or culture. All of this despite our relatively small nation offering an open door for anyone of any origin, free to enter without documentation or intention to integrate.

‘Islamophobe’ is another accusation spat at anyone who dares to question events such as the pro-Palestine marches or Islamist extremism. It actually means fear of Islam: the last time I looked, fear was an emotion, not a racist trope.

Try this one: Anti-Semite – definition: ‘hostility, prejudice and discrimination against Jews’.

This prompts the question, which of these constitutes ‘racism’ – fear of or prejudice against? It’s obvious that prejudice is the more damaging. Prejudice can take the form of hatred and violence and can ultimately lead to war and widespread deaths.

Here is the Oxford Reference definition of Semite: ‘A member of any of the peoples who speak or spoke a Semitic language, including in particular the Jews and Arabs. The name comes via Latin from Greek Sēm ‘Shem’, son of Noah in the Bible, from whom these people were traditionally supposed to be descended.’

Jews and Arabs come from the same Abrahamic root! Anyone who questions the rights of people to protest in a way that is openly hostile and clearly racist in its truest sense, by projecting anti-Semitic messages on to Big Ben, is a racist? How did that happen? Imagine a similar insulting message being projected on to a mosque.

Looking at the footage of the baying mob outside Parliament last week, I saw multitudes who appeared not to be Muslims, many of them young and white, hurling hatred and abuse. Such people are sowing the seeds of their own destruction because, as Winston Churchill said, ‘An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.’

The big problem here is the influence over the last decade or so of the education system, which is now so mired in its own self-loathing wokeness that it’s no surprise a lot of young people leave school often with poor spelling, grammar and maths ability, but full of enough twisted, incomplete and, in some cases, totally fact-free ideology to make them a prime target for religious and political hate groups.

Coupled with that, it appears that the average general knowledge nowadays is significantly lower, dumbed down by social media, television, advertising and just about any form of printed or broadcast matter.

So many young people are consumed with a warped view of themselves, their skin colour, their history and their culture that it’s no wonder the mental health problem in this country has rocketed, especially since that other big exercise in controlling the populace: the covid lockdowns.

All these factors have now combined until it is ‘cool’ to hate your own people and your own culture. Young people are taught about slavery but not about the West Africa Squadron of the British Navy which ended slavery two centuries ago by intercepting slave ships and freeing the slaves. They are not taught about the Barbary pirate raids on Cornwall 400 years ago. They are taught that slavery is entirely something inflicted by the white man on the tribes of Africa and other countries. They are not taught about the Ottoman Empire’s own prolific slave trade which lasted from the 14th to the early 20th century.

Instead, their heads are being filled with confusing gender politics (I’ve lost count of how many genders there are supposed to be), self-loathing, a rabid opposition to any viewpoint that is contrary to what their woke overlords have drilled into them and that other monster looming large in the teachings of the Woke Moronocracy: ‘climate catastrophe’.

The insanity has now reached such levels, with small children being actively encouraged to change sex, sometimes by their own parents, that we have polarisation on a scale never seen before.

There is only one way this wide-scale self-flagellation can end, and it doesn’t look pretty. Think about it: extremist religious and gender-ideologist groups which despise gay and straight people and see biological women as second-class citizens and children as mere toys for self-gratification. Worse still, indigenous and immigrant quasi-political organisations which stir the pot until the ugliness of violence and murder rears its head. And now a total breakdown of the democratic process in Westminster.

The catastrophe is entirely due to the failure of this Parliament’s mismanagement and total inability to be fit for purpose. Together with that, the unimaginative, cowardly and downright careless voting of the British public, especially the ones who cannot be bothered to follow current affairs and politics, and who subsequently scream the loudest when things go wrong.

If people don’t open their eyes and ears, and pledge to put some decent politicians in Westminster at the next General Election, this country is done for. Period.

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Kim Rye
Kim Rye
Kim Rye is a former Fleet Street copytaker. She is a sub-editor on 007 Magazine & Archive.

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