On 19 August 2011, David Starkey, whose earlier Newsnight comments had provoked much frothing at the mouth from the left-wing, quoted Ed Miliband, "the son of a (Jewish) refugee who fled from Nazi Europe to preserve his life and freedom of thought" thus in The Telegraph:
“Racist comments! There should be condemnation from every politician, from every political party of those sorts of comments.”
"The following statements are verbatim quotations of some of the principal points I made on Newsnight: “A particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic, gangster culture has become the fashion.” “This sort of black male culture militates against education.” “It’s not skin colour, it’s cultural”...
Those who agree with Miliband must believe the opposite of all these. They are therefore convinced that gang culture is personally wholesome and socially beneficial...
(However), Tony Sewell and Katharine Birbalsingh defend(ed) the substance of my comments on “gangsta” culture, as well as Tony Parsons, who wrote in the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror that, “without the gang culture of black London, none of the riots would have happened – including the riots in other cities like Manchester and Birmingham where most of rioters were white”...
(Enoch) Powell’s views were popular at the time and the London dockers marched in his support. The reaction of the liberal elites in both the Labour and Tory parties... was unanimous: THE WHITE WORKING CLASS COULD NEVER BE TRUSTED ON RACE AGAIN. The result was A SYSTEMATIC ATTACK OVER SEVERAL DECADES: ON THEIR PERCEIVED XENOPHOBIC PATRIOTISM, ON SYMBOLS LIKE THE FLAG OF ST GEORGE, EVEN – AND INCREASINGLY – ON THE VERY IDEA OF ENGLAND ITSELF.
The attack was astonishingly successful. But it left a void where a sense of common identity should be. And, for too many, THE VOID HAS BEEN FILLED WITH THE VALUES OF “GANGSTA” CULTURE.
Consider the converse. One of the most striking things about the England riots is where they did not happen: Yorkshire, the North East, Wales and Scotland. These areas contain some of the worst pockets of unemployment in the country. But they are also characterised by a powerful sense of regional or national identity and difference that cuts across all classes and binds them together. And it is this, I am sure, which has inoculated them against the disease of “gangsta” culture and its attendant, indiscriminate violence.
Scotland, Alex Salmond says smugly, is a “different culture”. It is indeed, since THE SCOTS ARE ALLOWED - AND EVEN ENCOURAGED - TO BE AS RACIST AS THEY PLEASE AND HATE THE ENGLISH WITH GLAD ABANDON.
I do not want a similar licensed xenophobia here. But an English nationalism we must have. And it must be one that includes all our people: white and black and mixed race alike.
Fortunately, there is a powerful narrative of freedom that runs like a golden thread through our history. “The air of England is too pure for a slave to breathe in,” counsel declared repeatedly in Somersett’s Case, about the legality of slavery in England, in 1772...
There is a final point. If all the people of this country, black and white alike, are to enter fully into our national story, as I desperately hope they will, they must do so on terms of reciprocity. In other words, I must be as free to comment on problems in the black community as blacks are to point the finger at whites, which they do frequently, often with justice, and with impunity.
For the other pernicious legacy of the reaction to Powell has been AN ENFORCED SILENCE ON THE MATTER OF RACE. THE SUBJECT HAS BECOME UNMENTIONABLE, BY WHITES AT ANY RATE. AND ANY BREACH HAS BEEN PUNISHED BY OSTRACISM AND WORSE. As the hysterical reaction to my remarks shows, the witch-finders already have their sights on me, led by that pillar of probity and public rectitude, Piers Morgan, who called on Twitter for the ending of my television career within moments of the Newsnight broadcast.
But the times have changed. Powell had to prophesy his “Tiber foaming with blood”. We, on the other hand, have already experienced the fires of Tottenham and Croydon. Moreover, the public mood is different from the acquiescent and deferential electorate of the Sixties. WE ARE UNDECEIVED. WE ARE TIRED OF BEING CHEATED AND LIED TO BY BANKERS AND MPS AND SOME SECTIONS OF THE PRESS."
This was my reply to David Starley's article:
"We're not interested in "nationalism... that includes... white and black and mixed race alike", David. That's the wet dream of the traitorous "liberal elites" who, quite rightly, didn't "trust us on race" and so launched "a systematic attack over several decades" on our "xenophobic patriotism... the flag... and increasingly, on the very idea of England itself."
The "white working-classes" want their country back and their country includes neither "the gang culture of black London" nor the "liberal elites" who have betrayed them so profoundly. Most want the former gone and the latter punished to the max.
“The air of England is too pure for a slave to breathe in.”
Fine words, David. Unfortunately, having been "cheated and lied to by bankers and MPs and some sections of the press" all of their lives, the dumbed-down, drugged-up, un-English chav who apes black gangsta culture gives the lie to that antiquated little platitude. He will never restore our country's to its unenslaved status. Nor will the honest historian who "desperately" hopes that "all the people of this country, black and white alike" will "enter fully into our national story". You see, David, to wish for that is to concede victory to the chav, the liberal elite and the "violent, destructive, nihilistic, gangster culture" of "black London".
In 1941, George Orwell said this: "For the last twenty years the main object of English left-wing intellectuals has been to break down" any feelings of "patriotism" and "racial pride."
We've suffered under the cosh of left-wing intellectualism for ninety long years and what do we have to show for it?
Black gangsta culture and chavs.
Those who have "hated the English with glad abandon" since the early nineteen twenties should beware. There is an ever increasing number of English men and women who are prepared to tolerate chavism, liberal treachery and the violent, black nihilist no longer.
England is waking up. Now that we know what you've done and how long you've been doing it, many of us hate you almost as much as you hate us. It's not the riots of the chavs and the gangstas you should be worried about. It's the revolution of the waking classes."
The above response to Starkey's piece was removed three times by The Telegraph censor.