Immi-Grants Storm the Bastille (sic)
There is nothing racist about wanting one’s country to have traditions and a sense of identity. No one wants to visit Venice and find a greasy man from Brighton selling fish and chips while his dodgy brother hawks postcards of fat women and their skinny husbands paddling in the canals. No one wants to go to Paris and see camel racing in the gardens of the Tuilleries. Everything has a context. I don’t want to go to the Lake District and find it a Dubai-style highrise nightmare sandwiched with spice bazaars, mosques and America burger outlets.
It is unfortunate that the only satire that now holds currency is that which lampoons the downtrodden average Brit as a person who only just escaped from a life-sentence for racism, imperialism, sexism and any other ism you can think of. There is a sort of hangover from the 80s where otherwise sensible people would come with such claptrap as ‘every man is a rapist on parole.’ From a man-loathing culture we have progressed to a nation-loathing one.
Everyone enjoys a soupcon of multiculturalism, but if some cuts are ‘too fast and too deep’ the influx of foreigners in recent years has been ‘too fast and too many’. There is nothing racist in this comment: rather, there is something fascist about those who would close down the debate. Unfortunately free speech is everywhere curtailed and blunted. For example, BBC radio 4’s idea of satirical comedy is all one-way. The Now Show mocks the government for claiming immigrants are both ‘stealing all our jobs’ and ‘taking all our benefits’ as if this is a clever piece of oxymoron-spotting. It isn’t. It is once again a clumsy attempt to shout ‘racist’ at anyone who dares question what is happening in terms of cultural change and national identity. Other countries are less squeamish. I for example cannot up sticks and emigrate to Australia unless I have a qualification, age and education they think makes me suitable to make a valuable contribution. Fair enough. I don’t scream ‘racist bastards’ at them for having standards. No, I think ‘that is sensible.’
Satire should be more daring. Where is the satire mocking the Asian paedophile gangs and the white liberals who for years pretended it wasn’t happening? Where is the satire mocking Moslem extremism and misogyny? Nowhere. Instead we endless have satire of Christian intolerance, homophobia etc. Why? Because it is easy to attack the perceived ‘weakling’ whilst leaving the playground bully well alone. Elsewhere we have pompous windbags talking about the ‘glass ceiling’ that traps British women whilst ignoring the women who are married off against their will to stone-age patriarchs or the hundreds of girls taken out of the country to be circumcised in a barbaric ritual of religious/male/cultural dominance. Where is the comedy with teeth that dares to mock that? Because it merits mockery.
Satire and the media need to grow up. Jonathan Swift, awake from thy grave. Your country (Ireland) needs you.
Colonel Wingnut (deceased)