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A seven-year-old branded a bigot. How on earth have we come to this?
By Melanie Phillips on 20th February 2012
The word ‘Orwellian’ has become over-used to the point of cliche. Yet there is really no other way to describe the deeply sinister, upside-down onslaught upon common sense that has extended even into the school playgrounds of politically correct Britain.
The aim was originally to create a kinder, gentler world — with a commitment to eradicating racial or any other type of prejudice.
Supporters of these beliefs profess to loathe and detest bullying, with teachers instigating school playground patrols and ‘anti-bullying weeks’ to stamp out this hateful practice.
‘Mummy, why are we both brown?’ – Telling feedback on the playground inquisition
By Melanie Phillips on 23rd February 2012
On Monday, I wrote in the Daily Mail about the shocking case of a seven year-old boy who was branded a racist by his primary school after asking a five-year-old boy in the playground whether he was ‘brown because he was from Africa’. As I wrote, this was hardly a one-off incident. Last year, some 34,000 nursery, primary and secondary pupils – including more than 20,000 pupils aged 11 or younger – were effectively classed as bigots on account of so-called ‘hate speech’ laws requiring teachers to record all such incidents.
My column provoked a storm of reaction from members of the public outraged by such state-enforced bullying of children. Among the messages I received were the three I publish below, which give more of the flavour of the thought-control from which British people have been silently suffering for years.
Cameron and Clegg give a free pass to racism
By Melanie Phillips on 23rd January 2012
The British Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg today met the Palestinian Authority ‘President’ Mahmoud Abbas on his visit to London.
Cameron said that ‘time was running out’ for the two-state solution which was why the ‘settlement issue’, or ‘facts on the ground’, was so important. Clegg went further and condemned ‘continued settlement building in the strongest possible terms’ because
‘Once you’ve placed physical facts on the ground that make it impossible to deliver something that everyone has for years agreed is the ultimate destination [peace via a two-state solution] … it is an act of deliberate vandalism to the basic premise on which negotiations have taken place for years and years and years. And that is why we have expressed our concerns as a government.’
The future of Hebron’s Jewish past
By Melanie Phillips, December 1, 2011
Until recently, I had never been to Hebron. In the past three months, however, I have twice boarded an armoured bus to make the journey. The first time was with a private, non-political group to visit Hebron’s Jewish area and the Cave of Machpelah, where Abraham and the patriarchs and matriarchs are said to be buried.
It was a shock. If ever there was a illustration of the attempt by Islam to supersede Judaism, this was surely it. This holy Jewish shrine was to all intents a mosque. Islamic prayer mats were piled high, and there seemed to be not one Jewish artefact in the place. Even the catafalques sporting labels claiming them as the tombs of the founders of Judaism were topped by Islamic crescents.
Why Iran will not ‘come to its senses’
War with Iran is a truly fearsome prospect.
25 January 2012 – by Melanie Phillips
Its likely consequences would include attacks on US air bases from thousands of Iranian missiles, the unleashing of terrorist attacks within the US and Europe, the rocketing of Israeli towns from the tens of thousands of missiles trained on Israel from Lebanon, the closing of the Straits of Hormuz thus paralysing western oil supplies, and doubtless other horrors.
But however fearsome this prospect, that of a nuclear-armed Iran is worse. The consequences are simply insupportable.
Ailing West aids its Islamist enemies
by Melanie Phillips – January 31, 2012
Was there ever a more perverse and self-destructive society than the contemporary West? In its attitude to the Middle East and the Islamic world, it appears to suffer from the political equivalent of auto-immune disease: turning on its allies while embracing its enemies.
One year ago, the US and Britain helped street protesters to overthrow president Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. Hailing the revolutionary tumult of the “Arab Spring” as the equivalent of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the West went on to help armed Libyan rebels remove president Muammar Gaddafi by military force.
So what should be done about foreign terrorist suspects and the European Court of Human Rights?
By Melanie Phillips on 9th February 2012
In the wake of the decision yesterday by Britain’s Special Immigration Appeals Commission to free the Al Qaeda mastermind Abu Qatada on bail (true to indefensible form, the BBC reportedly instructed its journalists not to make a ‘value judgement’ by calling ‘an extremist’ the man described by Home Secretary Theresa May as ‘a serious risk to our national security’ and a dangerous foreign national’), and with the prospect now looming that other notorious terrorist suspects may be similarly freed, virtually everyone from the Home Secretary downwards is outraged and declares that something must be done. But what?
Europe’s unfinished business
By Melanie Phillips – 21 December 2011
When Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westervelle came to London a few days ago to extend an olive branch in the wake of the row between Britain and the EU over proposals to shore up the euro, he took people aback by his display of emotion. As the Guardian reported:
‘Westerwelle told an anecdote about how he went on a camping holiday overseas in the 1970s as a teenager, and was shocked that the appearance of a ”blonde, slim” young German reduced one woman to tears. That, and a trip to Berlin after the Wall went up, made him realise the importance of a united Europe.’
Such emotion is not really surprising. For many Germans, the EU is deemed vital to ensure that their own country never again repeats the horrors of the past. That was presumably what lay behind Chancellor Merkel’s remark, when the euro started to implode, that it was imperative for the EU to be saved because without it there would again be war in Europe