There seems to be a convention at the moment to live in fear of being politically correct and to brand anybody who expresses a problem with immigration as ‘racist’. In a multicultural Britain where there are people from all faiths, cultures and various walks of life, it is easy to understand where this has come from. What is described as “politically correct” was just a simple guideline to avoid offending our fellow Britons, but now I must ask…sorry, but what?! Sensitivity towards others is understandably a vital part of human interaction. I mean, what could we possibly achieve if we offended everybody we ever spoke to? (In case you haven’t noticed in my previous pieces, this is something I’m rather good at!) But now we have reached a stage in life where being PC is ruled with an iron fist and we can no longer express a serious political view.
Is nobody at all curious as to how for years your political debates appear to have engaged bleeding heart liberals when there was a majority vote for the Conservatives and Labour were close behind? The Lib Dems were left with 8 seats! People live in fear of being branded politically incorrect or even a ‘racist’ if they discuss any serious political issue, so they silence themselves and pretend to be liberals with no opinions until given the opportunity to properly express their views anonymously. I don’t have a problem with liberals; I just have a problem with people dampening their views and pretending to be somebody they’re not.
How can anybody possibly say the phrase, ‘there is a problem with immigration,’ without the current levels of fear and the ruling streak of liberalism in politics accusing you of being a ‘racist’? That’s not the case! You would have to be blind to see that there isn’t a serious issue with immigration arising in the Europe. This year alone 55,000 people have arrived from Libya in Italy looking for a safer and happier life. Last year there was a total of 64,900 migrants who arrived in Europe seeking asylum, only 6,944 of whom were forcibly deported from Italy. Given new laws set to pass in parliament banning deportation to countries where humans rights are abused, this is only set to drop.
Had this been a direct result of conflict, with 64,900 asylum seekers from war torn countries searching for a safer life in Europe then I would understand. But it isn’t. Last year approximately 70% were from sub-saharan Africa. Why am I branded a racist if I say we need to stop this? There is such a high level of paranoia that it’s now a real struggle to discuss the serious issues frankly without some somebody getting onto their high horse and accusing you of being something you’re not, ending the debate right there.
It doesn’t matter what you say anymore, as soon as somebody brands their opponent a ‘racist’ in a debate their argument will immediately turn to defending themselves and away from the issue at hand. There is no way to win. This is not only a tragedy for political debate but is actually damaging to racism itself. Think about it. People are throwing the accusation of racism around left, right and centre. Does it not detract from the gravitas of the problem itself? The more people are branded with this term, simply for expressing their genuinely valid political views, how long will it be until people just stop caring?
It has gotten to the point where people can no longer discuss vital issues or investigate serious crimes simply due to how easily it can ruin a career if you’re accused of being a racist. It’s not just immigration problems. Go back and look at the Rotherham scandal. Ever wonder why it was allowed to get to this scale before there was any investigation into the matter? The majority of suspects were of Asian appearance and it was this fear of accusation that kept the authorities silent while 300 men groomed and sexually assaulted young girls. This fear of being branded something they aren’t is doing far more damage than good.
This all falls under the same problem with the phrase “politically correct”. Possibly one of the most offensive terms I can think of; is there a more stifling phrase? It instills an element of fear into all who try to engage in political debate. This one phrase prevents anybody from expressing a true political opinion. It all comes down to a fear of not following convention in society though. People fear being isolated and judged, which is a problem as it is becoming the primary influencer in people’s opinions - particularly with regards to politics.
I am a strong believer in the fact that the welfare state in Britain needs some serious reform. The problem is that quite a few members of the left seem to disagree with me and I tend to quickly become branded a cold hearted, politically incorrect, etc etc… But is there not a problem? Because of welfare fraud between 2013 and 2014 the British government spent £1.2bn. So why can’t we say this isn’t right? Why do we have to follow the streak of liberalism - which as I previously noted I do not have a problem with - which has suppressed British politics to the extent that we rarely see anything beyond the centre-left or centre-right? I say we stop living in fear of all the rubbish, break away from what society says we should be saying and get pissed off about what is going on in our country! Is there really any other way to get things moving?