Last week was a rather normal week in British politics.
We had the usual never-ending recriminations over Brexit, a decision I voted against, but which was, nonetheless, settled seven years ago. And then again with the Boris election four years ago. Like a divorced couple forced to stay under one roof by lockdown, the embittered British household continues to squabble over an outcome they can neither reverse nor make peace with.
There was, naturally, yet another development in the long-running row about Jeremy Corbyn, a man whose entire political project died those same four years ago. Like a withered skeleton proudly grasping a Palestine flag in Labour’s closet, Jezza is an inspirational figure to the loons on his side who increasingly remind one of those Japanese soldiers fierociously defending a remote island outpost long after the war is over in the hope that the Imperial Army will stage an unlikely comeback. One Hiroo Onoda apparently held out on a tiny Phillipines island for nearly 30 years. We can only hope Jeremy Corbyn has the decency to accept defeat sooner than that. After all, his mission in British politics is complete: he has made the far left unelectable for a generation. Bravo Jeremy, bravo. Now off to the allotment with you.
This rather boring and predictable state of affairs was overshadowed by news from the colonies: the Donald may find himself indicted on numerous charges, not least allegedly writing off a hush money payment to a pornstar as a business expense. Seriously, you may dislike the man but you can’t deny his business acumen.
However, before long normal service resumed back in Britain where Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, has been accused of racism for the 83rd time since Tuesday. If you’re unfamiliar with the pattern, a British politician will occassionally say, or, God forbid, attempt to do something about the fact that nearly 50,000 people are now entering this country illegally on small boats every year and we have no idea who they are and are spending £5.6 million on housing them every single day.
Nonetheless, a politician who raises this is immediately compared to Hitler and, without fail, described as a racist. This is the normal order of things and we’re all used to the charade by now. Suella Braverman, the brown woman who is the daughter of African-Indian immigrants, hates immigrants. Makes sense. What’s for dinner?
This week, however, the racism got worse when Mrs Braverman dared to suggest that British Pakistanis were disproportionately involved in grooming gangs, a statement that is extremely controversial for the sole and only reason that we all know it’s true. Truth, it turns out, can be rather embarassing at times and when you create a society obsessed with race, people occassionally start to notice things they shouldn’t.
Immediately, the usual suspects were quick to slap down any suggestion that there may, indeed, be anything to notice. Adil Ray (OBE/OBE) helpfully explained that in a country that is 86% white, SHOCK HORROR, most grooming offenders are… white:
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