“I am a Racist”

Paul Weston

Paul Weston

My title to this blog is in quotes because it is not a statement of my belief; indeed, I do not believe I am a racist.  It is the title of a U-Tube video from Paul Weston who is Chairman of the British Freedom Party.  I do not support Mr Weston or his organisation neither do I subscribe to all of the views to which he has subscribed in his video but I do think they need wide circulation, challenge and debate. In particular, I believe there is validity in his suggestion that prohibiting healthy debate around the issue of Islamic culture and policies under the pretence of being “racist” will create a pressure cooker mentality that will eventually explode.

As a small digression, I will start by quoting a tweet from a Banbury Labour Party activist rejoicing in the e-name of @RedRose97 and in response to the recent Daily Telegraph poll on support for the royal family as follows:  Royalist drivel that has no place in [the] 21st cen[tury], multi cultural Britain where we celebrate gay marriage, Diwali & pos[itive]  discrimination.  The Daily Telegraph poll demonstrates that this particular little flower is in a significant minority in her apparent hatred of the royal family and I think her enthusiasm for:

  • gay marriage ahead of the traditional family unit;
  • Diwali ahead of Easter and Christmas in a country that still has an established Christian church and a monarch who is head of the Church of England;  and
  • positive discrimination that will ensure women, ethnic minorities and disabled people who secure top jobs will struggle with the suspicion that they got there because of their gender/ethnicity/disability rather than their personal ability

reflects a minority view that embodies the politics of the far left madhouse rather than the views of the majority of our country of all genders, ethnicities and faiths.

Turning now to the U-Tube video from Paul Weston of the Freedom Party, here is the link:   http://www.youtube.com/embed/RWcVguB0GaY.  Take a deep breath, listen all the way through and reflect.

What he says will be deeply offensive to many good and genuine Moslems and I do not promote it or support it in its entirety.  However, what he says will reflect the deeply held fears of many citizens of the UK and there is no doubt what he alleges reflects the aspirations of some hard-core Islamic fundamentalists.  The danger in what he says is that people will believe it is true of all Moslems and I do not believe that is so.  However, there are a frightening number of fundamentalists out there who do believe in the Caliphate and the imposition of Sharia law and who clearly have the ability to indoctrinate  British men and women into these views.

For this reason and to allow the refreshing winds of truth, honesty and rigorous debate to blow, I think Paul Weston’s dangerous pedagogy needs widespread circulation to enable us to distinguish worrying fact from frightening fiction.

I will be interested to see how many think I am a racist for what I have said.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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