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Monday, 7 December 2009

Rod Liddle has grown up

As 'Today' producer, Rod Liddle was my bete noir, proof of Marxist infiltration into the bowels of the BBC. With carefully cultivated estuary accent and exquisite mockney glottal stops, the Millwall-supporting Liddle took pride in his Souf Lon|on lad made good. His hatred of field sports led eventually to so flagrant a breach of impartiality that the BBC sacked him. Since then, I have rather taken to him; writing now for the Speccie amongst others he seems to have lost his Marxist edge and to have become as disillusioned as any of us with political stupidity - including the idiocy of multicultutalism.

With dripping sarcasm he one wrote for the Speccie "Incidentally, many Somalis have come to Britain as immigrants recently, where they are widely admired for their strong work ethic, respect for the law and keen, piercing, intelligence" and earned his first shrill scream of 'racist'.

Now he's in trouble for a Speccie blog entry commenting on the just-sentenced teen rappers jailed for attempting to murder a 15 year old girl;
It could be an anomaly, of course. But it isn’t. The overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London is carried out by young men from the African-Caribbean community. Of course, in return, we have rap music, goat curry and a far more vibrant and diverse understanding of cultures which were once alien to us. For which, many thanks.
Predictably, the cultural-apologists have gone into overdrive. The teeth-jarring Bonnie Greer commented to the Standard "My response would be to say that the overwhelming majority of paedophiles, murderers, war-mongers and football hooligans are white males and all we got in return was beans on toast and Top Gear."

Any copper worth his salt will know the current cultural crime specialities; Albanians do prostitution, trafficking and protection, Romanians are organised pickpockets and bag thieves, Turks have cornered the heroin market, Nigerians stick with fraud, the Vietnamese dominate the home-grown Skunk business, Russians are contract killers, Jihadists have taken the terrorism top spot and Africans and Afro-Caribs dominate street crime.

This isn't to say these are racial characteristics; just the latest chapter in London's long history of immigrant crime. In my youth it was the Maltese who ran prostitution and porn, the Irish who did terrorism, Ugandan Asians who did the fraud and Sardinians who snatched handbags. I can't recall the ethnic cuisine that the Malts and the Sardis brought with them - unless it was the Trattoria food of the '70s - but whatever it was, like Rod, I'd say many thanks.


Demetrius said...

The online Charles Booth surveys of the 1890's are at points almost Liddlesque in their wording. I recall that of the Italians the police said that on the whole they were very polite and normally only used their knives on each other.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

I'd like to see Bonnie Greer living her life without the benefit of all the things created by white males.

She could start off by taking out all her fillings (does she think dentristry is low-tech?), then throw away her computer, walk to work, and remember if it's summer she'll need to salt or pickle all her food because she won't have a fridge.

Need I go on?

Anonymous said...

Oh my god! A left wing Jeremy Clarkson.

Anonymous said...

And it isn't a racist observation either...

The nihilistic black street culture (bling, respect, almost total lack of male parenting, the insult of "selling out" should anyone try to succeed, the rampant dimissing of education)

doesn't stop with black kids... just look at the chavs...

William Gruff said...

Thirty and more years ago, when ethnic monitoring was not confined to applications for nice, well paid jobs, it was reported that 90% of street crime in London was perpetrated by young males of West Indian origin. It seems that nothing's changed.

My father worked in the West Indies in the late fifties and early sixties. One of his most frequently recounted memories of his time there is of a conversation he had with a man who would once have been described, without 'fear' as an educated and cultured native. A 'black' man himself, he was less than complimentary in describing those coming to England.

Re. Liddle: A pendulum swings as a pendulum do, as I recall the line runs.