See No Evil, Hear No Evil

David Blunkett, Sheffield Brightside MP and former Labour Party Home Secretary, has launched a vicious attack on Roma families from Slovakia.

“Former UK Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett’s anti-Roma rant,” World Socialist Web Site, 21st November, 2013.

When David Blunkett told BBC Radio Sheffield that the arrival of a large number of Slovak Roma migrants in his home city would lead to rioting, he wasn’t so much predicting social conflict as adding to it.

“David Blunkett is feeding Romaphobia,” The Guardian, 13th November, 2013.

As ever, it’s not nominal “right-wingers” like David Blunkett, the Labour politician whose interview with the BBC precipitated the present media furore, who are the problem, but the progressives who dominate public life, whose modal political act is to bury their heads in the sand and tell themselves that everything is fine, and who expect – no, demand – that the rest of us do likewise.

Blunkett’s comments, which could hardly be more moderate, are a case in point. Basically, a set of truisms and platitudes: consider the tail risk of violence between different communities, it would be bad, so let’s try to avoid it; since the Roma are in Britain, they should observe whatever extremely minimal standards of behaviour are in play here; there are are lot more than previously thought, so yadda, yadda, yadda.

Not good enough, Mr Blunkett. Merely acknowledging that the problem exists creates an “atmosphere of right wing hysteria.” Instead, you should pretend that all is well. I mean, all is well – right? Since immigration and diversity are always a good, a fortiori, the people of Page Hill, Sheffield must be pretty damn pleased with their new neighbours. Any suggestion that they are not contradicts this necessary fact, and so can be easily dismissed – without even our needing to elicit their views on the matter!


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