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Thursday 3 November 2016

Rod Liddle Exhumes Enoch Powell

Once upon a time, so it is alleged, the Sun’s resident Miserable Git (tm) Rod Liddle was a member of the Labour Party. He may still be, but in name only: today, Liddle has crossed the floor in no style at all to exhume the body politic according to one of the most infamous of past politicians, one John Enoch Powell, whose dismissal from the shadow cabinet in 1968 was one of the soundest decisions Sailor Heath ever made.
I've only had one, honestly

Following the Murdoch goons’ recent move from coded bigotry to forthright racist stereotyping, Liddle’s rant today is modestly headlinedWhy should whites live in ‘ethnic’ area? Can’t they be among their own kind too?” Ah, describing people who are not “White British” as “Ethnics”. The bracing whiff of race hate. The sharp taste of intolerance. And the craven submission to the warped worldview of Don Rupioni.

But it is the text of Liddle’s article where he digs up Powell, telling “Britain is becoming a more, not less, segregated country … White people are getting the hell out of areas with high ethnic minority populations”. That rather sounds like Powell spinning hisEight years ago in a respectable street in Wolverhampton a house was sold to a Negro. Now only one white (a woman old-age pensioner) lives there” story (which was probably invented).

He went on to tell “the immigrants moved in. With growing fear, she saw one house after another taken over. The quiet street became a place of noise and confusion. Regretfully, her white tenants moved out”. Back to Liddle, who goes on “areas with lots of ethnic minorities are becoming ghettoes, where there is scarcely a white face to be seen”.

After a teensy exaggeration, where Liddle moans “In some places there are virtually no white British people left - Newham in East London, Handsworth in Birmingham, and Slough, Berks” (“virtually no white British people” in Slough equals 34.5% of the population), he gets on to integration. “First, the greater the influx of immigrants, the less integrated the country becomes. Moderate numbers are easily dealt with and it’s more likely the incomers will assimilate”. Now back to Enoch Powell.

Now …  integration is difficult though, over a period, not impossible. There are among the Commonwealth immigrants who have come to live here in the last fifteen years or so, many thousands whose wish and purpose is to be integrated and whose every thought and endeavour is bent in that direction … But to imagine that such a thing enters the heads of a great and growing majority of immigrants and their descendants is a ludicrous misconception, and a dangerous one”. He said what Liddle is saying now.

And both were wrong. While Powell, the great classicist, told “As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood’”, Liddle the tap-room loudmouth can manage nothing better on what he perceives to be forced integration than “Really? How are you going to do that? Bung them a few thousand quid for the pleasure of living in Tower Hamlets? Lecture them about how nice ethnic minority people really are? Cook them a biryani and tell them what a peaceable religion Islam really is?” Tower Hamlets is an area where everyone tends to get along fine.

Thus Liddle shows the ignorance of the Metropolitan pundit establishment, as Enoch Powell showed the ignorance born of incomprehension, intolerance and belief that his superior intellect would prevail. Both were wrong. And bang out of order.


Alan Clifford said...

Gore Vidal once told of a talk he delivered to an international audience. Part of the subject was demographics and “ethnicity.”

In it he made the fairly mundane observation that, since the world population was composed overwhelmingly of “non-white” peoples, it was only a matter of time and common sense before it told decisively in socioeconomic terms. He then said he hoped “non-white” peoples treated us a good deal better than we have treated them in former times. When he looked up from the lectern he saw a small semi circle of glum white faces immediately in front of him. Surrounding them was a vast sea of “coloured” faces grinning through immaculately white teeth.

No doubt a racist moron like Liddle wouldn’t see the irony in the tale. Anymore than he would understand how his kind of idiotic nonsense is precisely the sort of stuff that brings on needless tragedy. The man is beyond saving and rational human thought.

Anonymous said...

It must be an awful position to have to be openly racist to earn a living.

If he ever says he isn't being racist I'd ask him when he will have a rant about Golder's Green being a ghetto.

Stephen said...

I've never got the thing about Powell being a great speaker: that "like the Roman, I seem to see..." cliché was used something like 30-40 years before by Charles Hamilton ("Frank Richards") in his Billy Bunter stories: but he was using it as a joke.

Andy McDonald said...


Stuart Maconie nailed it when he described that line of Powell's as "pathetic hauteur", the sort of faux-intellectualism that sounds like genius and classical patricianism to the right kind of idiot.

Rivo said...

Integration is a two-way street. Perhaps if Liddle and his ilk took the time to speak to members of these ethnic minorities he's so quick to demonise he might realise that thay are, fundamentally, people. Some are nice, some are arseholes, and virtually all of them want the same things as the rest of us; a nice comfy life, to be loved, maybe have children, maybe not

J Jones said...

There is nothing more racist than ensuring the purity of one's bloodline. Often this is based on ethnic and national origin factors. Real BNP territory.

It may have escaped some people's attention but almost 60 years after the start of large scale immigration from the Indian sub-continent that racist characteristic remains almost totally intact.

Passed off as cultural, it is fact an ugly and acceptable face of racist behaviour.

But for some reason it appears easier for some to talk about 'white', non-ethnic minority racism.