Friday, 9 January 2015
While France is still suffering the shock of Wednesday’s murders, most politicians uttered the usual statements of condolence etc., but none addressed the elephant in the room.
Most people love or loathe Nigel Farage. He was pilloried by all other UK political leaders on Wednesday for mentioning the presence of a fifth column within Western societies. Why? I too believe there is there is a small minority of people living in UK (and other Western countries) who are hell bent on destroying the culture and traditions of their host countries.
They do this in the name of Islam and of course this reflects on the Islamic population. Rather unfairly all Muslims are tarred with the same brush - but the Muslim population cannot continue to stick their heads in the sand and neither can our political leaders. 'It’s nothing to do with me because I’m peace-loving’ isn’t good enough anymore. Every Muslim needs to become involved in rooting out the minority of radicals in their midst and reporting them to our authorities.
Some years ago Scotland’s football supporters gained a reputation for drunken and loutish behaviour. They weren’t welcomed at matches overseas. Did the Scots who didn’t have an interest in football say ‘It’s nothing to do with me’? No. They accepted responsibility as a nation/culture and pressurised politicians into action. Today, because of intense action, supporters of Scotland’s football team are welcomed all over the world.
Attitudes can be changed if our leaders accept there is a problem. For too long we’ve been over-tolerant with those who abuse our country. We’ve allowed the problem to be buried as we’re only too aware that if it was mentioned we would be labelled racist. Strangely enough, since the exposure of the 1400 young girls who were groomed for sex in north of England towns, the racist labellers have been rather quiet. No official heads have rolled as yet for that atrocity and that is, to say the least, shocking.
A change is attitude has to come from all peace and law abiding citizens, not just those directly or indirectly affected by this vile violence.
On the news last night I heard mention of our intelligence services and how poorly funded they are in comparison with other public services. This needs to be addressed with immediate effect. They work hard, very hard, but with the threats of violence increasing rapidly more manpower has to be employed. The Westminster government is happy to give the police service more funding to root out stupid remarks made by silly people on social networking websites but are failing to address our basic security.
I have no answers to this serious problem. Our freedoms have been gradually reduced in recent years to suit our reputation as being a tolerant society. Has our tolerance level reduced to soft-heartedness? Many of my generation were brought up to believe in firmness and fairness. Maybe a return to such values are now impossible.
H/T to Frank for the video.