In defence of Priti Patel

The media-class loathing for the home secretary has a nasty racist undertone.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill
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Andrew Marr’s rebuke of Priti Patel on his BBC TV show on Sunday morning was a very revealing moment. Halfway through telling the home secretary about the terrible economic things that might happen if we have a No Deal Brexit he said to her ‘I can’t see why you are laughing’, in the style of a headmaster telling off a wayward child. It felt rude and paternalistic and more than a little sexist. Patel wasn’t even laughing. Her face was simply in its resting position as she patiently waited for Marr to finish reading from his script of doom before she gave her answer.

Yet the people who would normally kick up a fuss about a snooty BBC man needlessly reprimanding a female politician have been curiously quiet. In fact some of them have lapped up Marr’s insulting of Patel. They have cheered him for putting this allegedly arrogant, smirking woman back in her box. Know your place, Patel.

Among the chattering classes and the Twitterati, there is a curious loathing of Patel. She gets more stick than any other member of Boris Johnson’s cabinet. And strikingly much of it focuses on her appearance, on her facial mannerisms, on what her detractors presume to be her cockiness. Members of the Remainer elite denounce her ‘creepy smirk’. ‘Why does Priti Patel always bear the look of a dastardly villain?’, asks one. She’s a ‘sociopath’, apparently. Even when people are criticising her for her policy – such as her opposition to freedom of movement or her determination to be tough on crime – they tend to add a comment on her smirking, her outright temerity.

The obsession with Patel’s smirk – or what many might simply see as her smile, as her natural resting face as she listens to people – feels distinctly like an attack on Patel for being… well, uppity. This uppity Asian woman behaving so arrogantly – who the hell does she think she is? The middle-class, largely white Remainers who have a particular loathing for Patel are really wondering out loud why this daughter of immigrants believes she is allowed to behave in such a right-wing way. Doesn’t she know that immigrants are not meant to believe or say right-leaning things, and certainly not while wearing a smirk? Perhaps she needs some lessons on how to be a good immigrant in 21st-century Britain.

The loathing of Patel speaks to a key prejudice in middle-class political circles – the prejudice against Indian-origin Britons who lean towards the Tories. Britain’s well-integrated and successful Indian-origin communities have been moving towards voting Tory for a few years now. In the 2015 General Election, the Tories received more than one million ethnic-minority votes for the first time – and a great many of those votes came from Indian-origin communities. A post-election survey found that the Tories enjoyed 49 per cent popularity among Britain’s Hindu and Sikh communities, where Labour enjoyed 41 per cent popularity. British Indians were also more likely than any other ethnic-minority group to support Brexit.

Some on the left view Indian support for the Tories as tantamount to race betrayal. This became clear when Patel was made home secretary by Boris Johnson. Instead of celebrating the fact that Patel was the first Indian-origin home secretary – her predecessor Sajid Javid was the first Pakistani-origin home secretary – the woke, identitarian lobby essentially accused her of being an Uncle Tom.

She was denounced in the Huffington Post as a ‘pawn in white supremacy’, as if she has no agency at all. A Guardian writer said she was a minister ‘with brown skin wearing [a] Tory mask’. Patel’s opposition to freedom of movement is frequently bound up with the issue of her race – she is effectively seen as a traitor to brown and black people.

Describing Patel as an agency-lacking pawn of ‘Tory racism’ and a brown-faced enforcer of white male supremacy is explicitly racist. It reduces Patel to her skin colour. She is judged entirely on the basis of race. Worse, it is presumed that as a member of a particular race she ought to conform to certain political views. Non-whites are all meant to believe the same things and support the same parties, right? Such racial reductionism, where ethnic and immigrant groups are expected to behave like an indistinguishable and obedient political bloc, is explicitly racist.

In the hatred for Patel, in the hints that she is an Uncle Tom, in the weird media-class obsession with her smirk, we can see how easily identity politics crosses the line into old-fashioned racism. The identitarian set’s reduction of people to mere representatives of groups, to little more than racial and cultural creatures, erases the space for individual thinking and active agency and demands that non-whites think and behave in one way only. That’s a more racist idea than anything I have ever heard from Priti Patel or the rest of Boris’s cabinet.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Comments

Mark McDermott

30th October 2019 at 4:41 pm

Brendan you’ll really are a complete hack. There’s absolutely no evidence for your thesis. It’s absolute speculative tosh. You know what I think Jeremy Corbyn suffers prejudice because he has a beard. Yes clean shaven people don’t like beardies. Ridiculous? Not anymore than the rubbish you’ve written here. Patel’s unpopularity stems from the fact that she is a bought politician for whom honesty, integrity and compassion are for the birds. Shes a self serving extreme right neoliberal zealot and her race and gender don’t come into it.

hannu gosolo

23rd October 2019 at 2:29 pm

From an ethnic minority perspective, I should feel proud to see a female Asian stepping up to the mark in politics. However, this is not a woman I feel any affinity with, or respect for. She represents all the things that I completely despise and reject. Any human being who speaks in favour of corporal punishment is nothing but a gutter animal. Any human being whose parents were migrants should consider carefully their own good fortune, vis a vis those who are less fortunate. It represents a view that speaks: “well I’ve got my cake and enjoying it. Sod the rest of the gutter scum that my dear dada left behind back in Uganda (and India for that mater)”. There is nothing wrong with having an opinion and expressing it, but be prepared to be scrutinised by all and sundry. Politicians are not the cleanest, honest and transparent of people. This woman is a classic example! Probably whilst filling her mouth full of the tobacconists’ gold, she clearly had her eyes on bigger things! It is not her race or her facial ‘expressions’ that make me cringe. It is her snake-like ability to manoeuvre her way back from the back benches (she should have been sacked from the Party) to this position of power. This is a woman who wandered quite deliberately past her pay grade whilst on ‘holiday’ in Africa and Israel. Not to be trusted. It matters not what she looks like, what colour her skin is, or her sex. It is more important to understand what she stands for in a progressive society, and to a lesser extent whose posterior she has her head buried up – today. If the opportunities are better the other side of the fence, I expect she’ll be the first across the road. A nasty human being, probably born with that idiotic smirk painted permanently on that dumb-ass face! God forbid she goes any further than this in politics. GB is a multicultural society and I for one welcome people of different backgrounds (and I have no issues with being called a BEM) establishing themselves in society and making a real and meaningful difference for the betterment of our society. This woman represents a breed of human being that is filled with self aggrandisement, power and selfishness. Judge my comments as you will. I am not dissimilar to this woman in terms of colour, religion and background. But, I can see the nature of this woman in her behaviours, opinions and track record, for what its worth. Based on what I have seen to date, I have little respect or time for her and her ilk….

Mark McDermott

30th October 2019 at 4:31 pm

Completely agree

Christopher Mooney

23rd October 2019 at 10:54 am

The internet has just been the death of serious journalism. All Brendan does is troll people. And he gets paid handsomley for it. Because it’s the biggest driver of traffic

Christopher Mooney

23rd October 2019 at 10:53 am

The thing is, Brendan genuinely is a massive racist/white supremacist, who says some genuinely nasty things about ethnic minorities. And the minute anyone calls him out, he either labels it political correctness, blocks them on social media, or insists they are a “snowflake”.

So I don’t know what to make of this article. I can’t believe it is actually a seriously written piece. So I have to assume Brendan is basically paid to troll people, and drive traffic to the site.

Tim Alford

22nd October 2019 at 9:44 am

This is disingenuous schlock. You know peoples’ opposition to her views has nothing to do with her race, but you’re going to paint it that way anyhow. You’re a hack, Brendan.

Stef Steer

16th October 2019 at 6:33 pm

Of like all identitarians they are racists and sexists, but also Patel scares the hell out of them and that is why they hate her so much. She is literally beautiful, she is from an ethnic minority, she is a decent performer, I have no doubt she is bright and best of all she is in touch with popular opinion. If the Tories have any sense after Boris goes Patel should be their leader.

Liam Hennessy

16th October 2019 at 7:32 am

She’s simply projects an unlikeable personality in interviews and on-screen; she may well be an amusing, sensitive and warm person but this does not come across.

What comes across is coldness, arrogance and cynicism – with a dash of conceit to spice the mix up.

That’s regardless of one’s politics. It doesn’t take a lot of insight or perception to see this – nor does it make those that do racists.

A Game

16th October 2019 at 1:22 pm

Everything you have just described about Patel is possibly correct. And in the eye of the beholder, most definitely so.
It doesn’t justify being treated differently than any other politician. Does BBC Hack normally do this?
(And frankly, you’ve just described the vast majority of politicians on the planet. Some hide it better than others, most of the time. You know, I think your description of Patel would apply very well to that oaf, Keir Starmer. He’s cold and characterless, with the added yuckiness of that blank, mindless stare. He’d do well if he had some cynicism. Might give him some depth.)
BBC Hack ever demanded of him to blink or to look like he has a clue what is being said to him?

Jerry Owen

17th October 2019 at 8:15 am

I tend to judge people on their content .. try it sometime !

Dave Swift

15th October 2019 at 9:51 pm

It’s a weak argument that remainers, the left and “the woke” are united in dislike of a Tory Brexiter because of her colour (or gender or sexuality or heritage).

‘The woke” describes who exactly? 0.01 percent of arts graduate millennials in Brighton? No 50 year old man walks around South London giving it all ‘I’m woke, mate”. It’s not really a thing.

Thought experiment:

How much racist and sexist abuse would Patel be getting if she were a Labour MP in favour of a people’s vote, from Brexit supporting white English men?

For what it’s what – anecdote alert – the only racist disdain for Patel in my family comes from the Brexit Party voters: “How can someone called Patel be in charge of anything? She’ll have no loyalty to this country” which reminds me of some of their earlier claims when I was growing up: “you can’t have a black archbishop- this is England, not Africa” etc etc.

16 million people voted remain which means some of them are going to be racists, wife beaters, drug dealers etc etc – that’s just statistics and human diversity. No side can claim to be saints but we – us adults – understand that it’ll be the brexiters who had/have the major decades long problem with “the Patels”.

Andrew Leonard

15th October 2019 at 11:29 pm

“16 million people voted remain which means some of them are going to be racists, wife beaters, drug dealers etc etc – that’s just statistics and human diversity.”

No doubt you also apply that reasoning to leave voters

A Game

16th October 2019 at 10:12 am

Why BBC Hack’s error of judgement is in the spotlight is because he’s on the ”good” side. The anti racists, anti sexist, anti whatever whatever. Which means they just shouldn’t make these mistakes, cause if they did, it would make them liars.
The anti Semitism row is the same thing. Those who are so broadminded and wonderful, refuse to discriminate against anyone for anything, discriminate their asses off when it suits them.
Leave voters as racists… yeah… that’s been established for 3 years. But BBC woke journalist? Has he been called a racist/sexist for 3 years?

The article cites the “Uncle Tom” frenzy that surrounds Tory politicians who are not white. Spiked have also covered this racist attitude when the Tory Cabinet was announced. Someone may not be Conservative if they are not white. Lo and behold, someone who is anti everything bad, has this bizarre moment of going a politician in a way that grated. What was he thinking? (Being a card carrying member of the “Good Persons Club”.)

David Allen

15th October 2019 at 7:05 pm

Astonishing naive comments. Just because you got away with calling for riots doesn’t mean people will believe this drivel. The suggesting of racism is because her behavior as a politician cannot be defended. Why don’t you speak about why she had to resign last time? Her idiotic attempts to end FoM on 1st November and the total chaos this would have caused? People don’t like her because she is a political halfwit and your pitiful attempts to suggest it is racism reinforces your inability to defend her behaviour

A Game

16th October 2019 at 10:18 am

Yep, make it about everything except the article and the point. Patel is a bad, bad politician, with bad, bad policies… so BBC Hack is allowed to be unprofessional towards her. But if she was a good politician with goooood policies… he’d have no need to be a bossy, reprimanding, judgemental dick. So its all her fault.
Get back in your box, Priti, until you know how to behave yourself. (Which is being for open borders and taking BBC Hack VERY seriously, at all times.)

Tim Wheeler

15th October 2019 at 12:46 pm

It’s war on Brexit and the gloves are off – simple as that. I used to like Marr but like the rest of his Beep colleagues he’s been outed as an Establishment Ruling Class Anti-Democrat. When they failed to manipulate the majority of voters into supporting their agenda the had nowhere to hide. They had the choice of playing fair & accepting the popular but they hate populism (ie Citizen Democracy) so they chose not to.

Dave Swift

15th October 2019 at 10:11 pm

Marr isn’t an antidemocrat.

David Icke is a Brexiter who thinks shapeshifting aliens have built mind control machinery on the dark side of the moon. Marr would have to question him if he appeared on the show, otherwise he’d be reduced to saying: “You’re very popular Mr Icke and you have lots of interesting theories that I’m not going to dig into here. When is your next speaking tour on, mate? ‘

You are free to disagree with Marr on anything, just as millions of voters disagree with Mark Francois or the judges on Structly, but we have no evidence he’s opposed to democracy or interested in turning England into a totalitarian state.

G. kls Wilson

16th October 2019 at 9:26 am

Your theory on Marr’s “questioning” falls apart on the fact that Marr was dishonest in his attack on Patel.

She wasn’t laughing.

Marr’s decision to make a false claim needs to be explained. His bias, as previously observed, against those attempting to make good on a democratic mandate seems to fit the facts.

Amelia Cantor

15th October 2019 at 11:42 am

How many times does Comrade-Commentator Brendan need telling?

The rightard tactic of calling us folk in the Woke Community “racist” does not work and never will work. If it were “racist” to condemn the despicable Priti Patel for her despicableness, members of the BAME communities would be leading the way in calling out the “racism”.

As it is, members of the BAME communities simply laugh when cis white males like Comrade-Commentator Brendan try to tell them what is and isn’t “racist”.

But rightards never learn, thank G-d. And they’ll continue using the same useless political strategies as BAME communities grow ever bigger and ever more politically powerful and aware. When Trump and the Bullingdon Buffoon are out, that’s it: a permanent progressive majority will lock in on both side of the Atlantic. No more “free speech”, no more “Enlightenment”, no more cis white male nonsense of any kind. And good riddance!

Jerry Owen

15th October 2019 at 4:41 pm

AC
We have
1 Trump
2 Brexit
3 Conservative government
Just not going your way is it !!

Dave Swift

15th October 2019 at 10:25 pm

Hi Jerry,

What do you mean “we have Trump”? Has your family adopted one of the Trumps and is charging him/her for bread and board?

Is Donald Trump helping you pay your council tax next month?

You don’t have Trump for the same reasons you can’t lay claim to having snooker champion and DJ Steve Davis – Steve Davis isn’t going to help you if one of your relatives is in an accident and needs long term care.

Only a select handful of women can lay claim to having had sex with someone from One Direction – although they are a British boy band, they don’t belong to the rest of us and they’re not our best mates singing their tunes to keep us in high spirits as we graft in the factories.

Trump cares for you as little as the women who work in Cornwall branches of McDonalds although we can assume the women would actually help you out if you were in trouble such as if you had a heart attack in the bogs and needed an ambulance.

Trump – the ex-presenter of The Apprentice – exists and he is temporarily President of the USA, true – at least until he is replaced by a similar sort of rich man. But he’s not yours just as Macron and Dennis Skinner and Piers Morgan and Stephen Fry are not yours or mine.

You’re not on a winning team. Your council tax bill is coming next month – you don’t get a rebate because you recognise that Trump on the telly.

Jerry Owen

17th October 2019 at 8:17 am

It was comment written in haste , I meant populists like me, hope that clears it up.

Ven Oods

17th October 2019 at 10:36 am

Dave Swift –
How would those Cornish McDonalds ladies know some bloke had collapsed in the men’s bog? You saying they’re peepers?

Amelia Cantor

17th October 2019 at 10:46 am

How many BAME folk have entered the UK and US in the past week for permanent settlement, Jez? What’s the birth-rate for white wombyn and the birth-rate for BAME women?

But don’t let reality get in the way of your fantasies.

Andrew Leonard

15th October 2019 at 4:43 pm

“The rightard tactic of calling us folk in the Woke Community “racist” does not work and never will work.”

Yet it does work, as evidenced by your constant touchiness on the subject. BAME community attitudes are irrelevant in this respect – the accusation is made at you lot, it hurts you lot, and we know it hurts.

“If it were “racist” to condemn the despicable Priti Patel for her despicableness, members of the BAME communities would be leading the way in calling out the “racism”.”

Society does not determine what is racist by sampling the responses of ethnic minorities to the issues of day-to-day politics. Furthermore, the stronger association of left-wing parties with the welfare state and high immigration levels, is obviously going to generate solidarity between these parties, and the social groups that gain the most from these institutions and policies. There is no logic here that demands the impossibility of the left being racist.

The welfare state creates great opportunity for cognitive distortion. Welfare state customers are deterministic – in other words, people are dependent on it. Once an social entity has deterministic customers, the entity and its supporters can attribute all sorts of attitudes and beliefs, with impunity. This is one reason that leftists are so in love with themselves and each other – they exploit the fact that much of their fan base are dependents.

“When Trump and the Bullingdon Buffoon are out, that’s it: a permanent progressive majority will lock in on both side of the Atlantic. No more “free speech”, no more “Enlightenment”, no more cis white male nonsense of any kind.”

So you are gleefully looking forward to the United States becoming like 3rd world California, and the UK becoming an Islamic state. Wow, Amelia, I’m really impressed by your humanitarianism and vision for humanity. Seriously, its almost worth staying alive for, and presumably the BAME communities share your wonderous vision?

Amelia Cantor

17th October 2019 at 10:37 am

Yet it does work, as evidenced by your constant touchiness on the subject. BAME community attitudes are irrelevant in this respect – the accusation is made at you lot, it hurts you lot, and we know it hurts.

It doesn’t hurt in the slightest, you autistic simpleton. Do you think Diane Abbott is “hurt” when a cis white male says the criticism of Patel is racist? She laughs. As do I.

Society does not determine what is racist by sampling the responses of ethnic minorities to the issues of day-to-day politics.

“Society” is not a political actor. BAME communities are political actors and they do not think criticism of Patel is racist.

Andrew Leonard

17th October 2019 at 11:36 pm

Amelia, I sense the merest whiff of infatuation in your brutal jibes.
You know, we really should get together and discuss politics some time.
I’d be keen to hear about how you arrived at your convictions, and what the ideal society means to you.
In my case – the wonders and benefits of Capitalism, Libertarianism, free speech, healthy Nationalism, limited immigration, and the general superiority of Western liberal democracy to all other socio-economic systems.
Oh, and I promise not to talk more than ¾ of the time.
Now, I cannot claim to be tall, dark and handsome, as I have lovely white skin, but otherwise not too bad at all.
My only problem with talking to people is that I have a condition that makes it difficult for me to make eye contact. Just wanting to let you know in case I come across the wrong way.
Anyway, what do you think?

A Game

18th October 2019 at 7:55 am

A Leonard:
Nah, you’re gonna have to go the Full Trudeau on this one, I think.

John Millson

15th October 2019 at 8:51 am

Patel is a nasty piece of work…
Starve the Irish – pressure of no-deal as a bargaining ploy.
Death penalty – ‘captial punishment would act as deterrent’.
Breach of ministrerial code whilst on holiday in Israel
Calling for smoking [in public] ban to be overturned…

Ven Oods

17th October 2019 at 10:39 am

“Patel is a nasty piece of work…”
Because her opinions differ from yours? Interesting definition.

Andrew Leonard

15th October 2019 at 2:46 am

So Intersectionalist boundaries exist for the benefit of whitey, and not ‘the oppressed’.
Imagine my shock at discovering this.

Martin Bishop

14th October 2019 at 11:20 pm

She looks like she’s a little kid trying not to laugh to me, so I can understand Marr’s response (understand, but not agree with) . People in a Child ego state are likely to trigger a Child or Parent ego state response in another. In Marr’s case he seems to be responding from his Parent ego state. I only saw the clip of the transaction, so I don’t know if this is the general state he’s in interviewing. I would like to think if I’d have been interviewing I would have remained in the Adult ego state, but I wouldn’t like to bet on it, as we all are susceptible to being hooked at times.

These types of responses occur regardless of race, gender, religion,immigrant status, class or Brexit/Leave preference, so to state any are a factor simply because someone is white and middle class doesn’t make sense to me.

A Game

15th October 2019 at 8:02 am

Well, where’s his track record that he makes this mistake frequently? That it is just a character flaw of his, whilst interviewing? Saw an interview with Rees-Mogg where he went into voluntary deafness when JRM had to keep correcting him, pretend that bit didn’t happen, move on with his plebby dogmatism. Only to be wrong again and need correcting. And on and on and on… He didn’t pause to look at Moggy and ask, I don’t know why you are acting smug?
Why, when faced with this currently unique politician (Powerful cabinet minister, Indian, woman, very feminine woman) did he feel it was okay to, you argue he went to child ego state, I think he went into parent ego state on steroids? He admonished. Admonished the Home Secretary to what her reaction may or may not be. The impulse, unchecked, is what is being analysed.
So… he got a track record for this?

Martin Bishop

15th October 2019 at 2:09 pm

I didn’t say he was in a child ego state, I said “In Marr’s case he seems to be responding from his Parent ego state.”. Does he have a track record of behaving this way? Do people he interviews have a track record of having facial expressions that some people perceive as looking like they’re trying not to laugh? Not something I can say, but on the basis of innocent until proven guilty, I can only state that I see a leap being made from patronising to racist/sexist based upon some unknown.

A Game

16th October 2019 at 9:56 am

M Bishop:
” People in a Child ego state are likely to trigger a Child or Parent ego state response in another. In Marr’s case he seems to be responding from his Parent ego state. ”

That was what I was going on. That implies that PP is the child and her state could trigger BBC Hack’s either child or parent state… and BBC Hack responded from “HIS” parent state.
I think I get the victory lap on this one. You may have meant something different, but that’s not what you wrote.
You also completely sidestepped whether he has a track record or not. He’d get all sorts of demeanours and responses… when he doesn’t like one… does he usually throw that at the interviewee? (And a big part of this is, how he did it. He’s in the middle of reading something, and instead of just getting on with it… takes the time out to lay judgement (inaccurate, she wasn’t laughing) on the person captive to what he is reading. “You aren’t listening the way I think you should”. Its nuts.
I don’t think there is a question that his behaviour in that moment was wrong. The questions is… what place did it come from? I wouldn’t be surprised if it was man/woman, not racist… but as people have offered up examples that he would never reprimand in an interview… its still up for grabs why he had a brain fart.

Martin Bishop

16th October 2019 at 4:40 pm

Martin attempts to respond from the coffin he was told to go back into and stay there. All that can be heard is a muffled voice. He attempts to open the lid, but a tombstone with ‘white, woke, and self loathing’ weights the lid down.

Jerry Owen

15th October 2019 at 8:04 am

So are you saying that all these years working for the BBC, Marr hasn’t yet mastered professionalism for his job ?

Claire D

15th October 2019 at 9:55 am

Just to muddy the waters, I think it is possible for you all to be right. Brendan first and foremost, but Martin makes a fair point. It does’nt excuse Marr because of course A Game and Jerry are right that there is an expectation on the professional journalist to behave professionally, ie, not allow their psychological vulnerabilities to surface in so pronounced a way on national TV.
The bottom line is Marr would never have spoken like that to a man, white or black. Whether he would have spoken like that to a white woman of similar prettiness and engaging facial expression I’m not sure, possibly not.

Claire D

15th October 2019 at 10:00 am

Will we ever be free of these petty distinctions (race, sex etc) ?

Jane 70

15th October 2019 at 2:06 pm

I can’t imagine Claire, that he would even consider admonishing any of the following: Abbott, Thornberry, Lucas, Mhairi Black, to name but a few.
As to male MPs, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Frank Field, Mark Francois, or John Mann get the Marr put down.

Jim Lawrie

15th October 2019 at 10:19 am

Unless his subject is compliant, Marr is always “angry parent on the brink” – leaning over the table, elbows pulled back, neck out, ready to strike.
Ms Patel’s state is that of a woman being patronised – annoying smirk, designed to wind up.

Hugo van der Meer

14th October 2019 at 11:09 pm

Actually, it’s all mind games on a dying planet. Additionally, in a thousand years nothing will be left to argue over…apart from the cockroach that is the rictus grinning Marr.

Hugo van der Meer

14th October 2019 at 11:11 pm

Marr…he’s making eyes at me…

Ven Oods

17th October 2019 at 10:46 am

Chuckleworthy.

Poppy Piway

14th October 2019 at 10:41 pm

I was brought up in South Africa during the apartheid era and Britain is now looking worse than the SA apartheid years. The progressive liberals are living a lie, suppressing our God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as individuals and instead reducing us to categorised groups of people who are in effect, second class human beings, or sub-species of the genus Homo Sapiens. It is saddening to see this great country brought to its knees by marxist / communists posing as the liberal progressive leftist luvvies who are clueless about democracy, justice and fair play and who hide behind their privileged white backgrounds while sneering at non-whites who have made something of their lives.
I too am non-white and this may sound really strange but I had to change my double-barrel surname to a single name in SA because non-whites where not supposed to have double-barrel surnames!! Who did we think we were?
I see the same parallels in the UK – which now looks more and more like a third rate, banana republic run by marxist / communist whites!
I really resent this because I am British, first last and always and I love my adopted country but as a non-white I am powerless to do anything, except exercise my right to vote, but even that has been taken away from me.
Priti Patel and Suella Braverman are a beacon of light to people like myself, disenfranchised and vilified for not belonging to the “correct” race or supporting the “correct” political party.

Martin Bishop

15th October 2019 at 12:16 am

The country is run by the Conservative Party and has been for the past few elections. The Conservative Party is a right wing party. Marxism is a left wing ideology and Communism would be found on the far left. There are no left wing political entities in power in this country.

James C

15th October 2019 at 1:47 am

Other than the Civil Service, 100s of Quangos, Universities and groups like Common Purpose.

Jerry Owen

15th October 2019 at 8:05 am

I used to believe that Martin .. about forty years ago !

A Game

16th October 2019 at 9:47 am

Mate, own it. It was the daftest correction to have made. That you felt a correction had to be made, and the entirety of the point left unaddressed, when none was needed… Yep… get back in your coffin and stay there.

Martin Bishop

16th October 2019 at 2:58 pm

Good point James C.

A Game

15th October 2019 at 8:13 am

Oh, look out, a white knight has charged in to correct your black wrongness. That you never said anything contrary to his white opinion, that you never conflated actual party in government with who holds all the power currently (James C, nice riposte) in societal diktats (and we all know political parties are just faithfully trotting behind the institutional wokeness machine) of what people are allowed to think, let alone, vote for, in other words, you weren’t incorrect, but needed correcting by the white woke bloke. (And I’ve read other comments of Marty’s… he suffers from internalised working class self hatred)

That’s his version of trying to make the truth stop. His side just can’t be wrong about this. They just can’t. And people who know more about it than them, you may not opine freely. You are not allowed to let the cat out of the bag, that you are being oppressed by the woke white. Its their little secret.

Martin Bishop

15th October 2019 at 6:09 pm

Martin Bishop now enters the room with his villainous helmet of wokedom, dastardly cloak of misanthropy, and bares his communist teeth, haha I vill suck the lifeblood from your economy. Do doo dooooooo.

A Game

16th October 2019 at 9:48 am

M Bishop:
(Repost cause I hit the wrong reply button.)

Mate, own it. It was the daftest correction to have made. That you felt a correction had to be made, and the entirety of the point left unaddressed, when none was needed… Yep… get back in your coffin and stay there.

Martin Bishop

16th October 2019 at 4:28 pm

Martin attempts to respond from the coffin he was told to go back into and stay there. All that can be heard is a muffled voice.

A Game

17th October 2019 at 4:18 am

I think that is an extremely progressive thing for you to do at this point in time. Hey, look… they can learn to unwoke themselves. (Fighting all the way. Good for you. I’d hate for your ideology to be no more than a trend, handed over like an unfashionable dog breed to the pound without pause.)

Martin Bishop

17th October 2019 at 10:09 am

Martin attempts to leave the coffin again, but the enemy woke uniform he was dressed up in as a character assassination weighs him down. Martin is left contemplating the dirty tactics of the authoritarian echo chamber police.

Martin Bishop

17th October 2019 at 12:15 pm

As Martin’s coffin is lowered into the ground to the famous tune called “differing viewpoints should remain silent” , John Stuart Mill starts doing an impression of a Bosch drill bit on max speed, and that night, in the full light of the moon, a zombie with Spiked hair climbs out of the ground.

A Game

18th October 2019 at 7:58 am

“…contemplating the dirty tactics of the authoritarian echo chamber police.”

What, has your side disowned you? I hear they are good at that, normally called “eating their own”. Ouch.

Michael Lynch

14th October 2019 at 9:08 pm

Racism, hypocrisy, anti-democracy and downright lies are perfectly fine and upstanding traits if you happen to be a Left-wing progressive.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

14th October 2019 at 8:54 pm

Wouldn’t surprise me if Patel is an anti-white racist.

Pedro Dias

14th October 2019 at 9:09 pm

lol … I heard she’s Sadiq Khan’s friend… But that was on an Irish Pub in Scotland full of Welsh. Don’t know if it’s true.

Michael Lynch

14th October 2019 at 9:09 pm

Like you, you mean?

Pedro Dias

14th October 2019 at 9:15 pm

Ohh Michael, mind your own business. No one called you, so don’t take it personal.

Hugo van der Meer

14th October 2019 at 11:04 pm

Does your mother know you’re up this late.

Pedro Dias

15th October 2019 at 1:18 am

My mum don’t, but yours yes lol

Danny Rees

15th October 2019 at 12:21 am

She’s right wing ffs. Right wingers are never anti white.

bf bf

14th October 2019 at 8:50 pm

Priti is very Pretty

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

14th October 2019 at 8:52 pm

Shame Johnson looks like a sack of potatoes.

Ven Oods

17th October 2019 at 10:53 am

You may be dissing potatoes, there.
I often wonder, when he’s on TV, how much his suits cost – and think ‘What an utter waste of money.’
He should also buy shorter ties, or stop borrowing them from Trump.

Pedro Dias

14th October 2019 at 8:34 pm

I can’t see anything wrong on her expression. Is exactly the same expression Brandon O’neill does on Sky News when he’s next to a remainer making silly comments!

Pedro Dias

14th October 2019 at 8:31 pm

“Members of the Remainer elite”… There is no elite among the Brexiteers? As well as a establishment? Ahh… no… sorry… All good lads acting on behalf of the “people”, or may I say “their own people”?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

14th October 2019 at 8:53 pm

Apparently, the 16,141,241 people who voted Remain (about 25 percent of the UK population) are now classified as the ‘elite’ lol. That is one mother of an elite!

Pedro Dias

14th October 2019 at 9:04 pm

Let’s keep calm and welcome the super Saturday. Brexit it’s almost delivered on a cold plate, and Priti Patel’s face might change.

Jerry Owen

15th October 2019 at 8:10 am

BON refers to the politicians, courts, media , and wealthy movers and shakers as the ‘elites’ you do of course know this fulwell , but having no case to put for the EU you have no choice but to deliberately misconstrue BON.
We can all see straight through you, it’s not a good look !

Pedro Dias

15th October 2019 at 9:07 am

Oh Jerry… having no case for what? The hilarious thing about right wingers is that they can distort anyone’s opinion by saying something that is completely out of context, and make it as it if was the main subject of debate. You live in a world of fantasy, my friend. In fact you need psychiatric help, because you think the World is a huge conspiracy against you and the way you think. I did not misconstrue your all mighty BON… I said the “elites” are present on the right wing too, but the way BON refers to them, it seems a left wing exclusivity.

Jerry Owen

15th October 2019 at 12:06 pm

PD
My response wasn’t to you, however I notice you don’t offer up your case for the EU !
‘Remain or leave’ isn’t about left or right anyway , do keep up .. If you are able !

Pedro Dias

15th October 2019 at 5:15 pm

JO keep cool the second referendum it’s on its way, and on that one you will have to choose between accepting the “fantastic deal” BJ is doing, or remain. Glad this Brexit thingy it’s getting to the finish line. It’s about time.

Jerry Owen

15th October 2019 at 5:28 pm

Pedro Dias
‘Brexit thingy’ .. you mean you don’t know what Brexit means ?

Pedro Dias

15th October 2019 at 6:02 pm

Jerry Owen, Brexit? There’s no such thing. It’s a dream… Forget about it…

A Game

14th October 2019 at 7:37 pm

When are the evil woke set going to be conquered? This is at a stage where its just… boring. These games being played… The Trudeau brownface showed them up… okay for him, not good for someone on the right. Patel can be whatever she wants… as long as its in the box they have designated for her.
She is very individualistic. That is a good thing. For a politician, for a woman in public life… That she is representing for young British Indians… even better.
They are so racist and vile. There’s no expose to be done on this. Its in every single thing they say, what they write. Brown people must be X. Black people must be Y. White dictators to the coloured masses.
Carl Jung would have a had a field day with lot. The conscious zealotry to compensate for their unconscious truth.
Calling her a sociopath. Go look it up, dickheads. She wouldn’t smirk or be “uppity” if she was a sociopath. Its not a mistake they make. That is what makes them effective. They know how to hide everything. They are never impinged on, they don’t show boredom or impatience. She would have a much more wholesome, earnest veneer, because that is what sells. Mmmm… who comes to mind, always banging on about the NHS and democracy? And so nice whilst they do it?
I love how an indian politician who isn’t grateful gets labelled a sociopath.
Please. Make.It. Stop.

You notice the Sikh politician in the Labour party… he knows his place. Remember his impassioned speech, which got lots of back pats, at Boris for his racist article about letterboxes? I thought, not a bad performance, you’ve built an argument nicely, you’ve built the emotion quite well, good performance values… I just wonder if you are ever allowed to take centre stage about… I don’t know… an economic policy that has nothing to do with race? A social policy? Something about the military? Something that represents the UK, not the brown/black of the UK. You know… a regular politician.
And its a pity he put so much energy into going after something that wasn’t actually racist. Next time, if something actually is… he’s cried wolf. He’s got nowhere to go. Used up all his outrage for the cheap shot at BoJo…
I know if I was a minority in Britain, which party seems to see me as a human being and not a pet monkey. No, they aren’t as slavish with the welfare, but they see me as a person, at least, free to be.

Danny Rees

14th October 2019 at 7:04 pm

H McLean

15th October 2019 at 12:04 am

Come of it, Danny. Just because some people tactically use accusations of racism to shut down debate doesn’t every mean every accusation of racism is doing the same. To infer they are takes a huge dollop of wilful idiocy.

Danny Rees

15th October 2019 at 12:22 am

Tell that to Brendan who after people complained Diane Abbott was a victim of racism on Question Time he declared people were crying racist to shut down debate.

Odd how he now does this with Priti

Jim Lawrie

15th October 2019 at 10:43 pm

With Diane Abbot Brendan dealt with what she said and the fact that it was her and her supporters who played the race card.
Piri Patel’s critics don’t like what she says but instead attack who she is in terms of her ethnicity being Indian, and think that debars her from making a political choice to join the Conservative Party. They think they own her.

jessica christon

14th October 2019 at 5:24 pm

No surprise. As far as the BBC and woke remainers are concerned, un-woke, Brexity ideas are never acceptable even when (or rather, especially when) those ideas come from someone with ‘protected characteristics.

Jane 70

14th October 2019 at 4:55 pm

Priti Patel is a breath of fresh air; she’s shaping up to be one of our most effective Home Secretaries, she’s a committed, stalwart supporter of Brexit and a loyal friend of Israel.
Marr was disrespectful; his open display of bias shows once again how partisan Aunty is.
Finally, Jezza has put his Marxist foot in it, managing to antagonise the UK’s successful and valued Indian community:

https://order-order.com/2019/10/14/110-british-indian-organisation-claim-corbyn-sown-seeds-disharmony/

Michael Lynch

14th October 2019 at 9:09 pm

Second that. Always been a fan of hers.

Ven Oods

17th October 2019 at 11:01 am

“Marr was disrespectful; his open display of bias shows once again how partisan Aunty is.”
With the honourable exception of A Neil, who manages to give everyone a torrid time during interviews. Of course, the Beeb has limited his onscreen presence. Got to keep the balance!

Jerry Owen

14th October 2019 at 4:53 pm

Perhaps they feel she has culturally appropriated a ‘pale male tory scum smirk’.
Personally I think she is one of the prettiest female MPs we have had for a while.
I would also suspect that Priti (!) Patel can well look after herself judging by her ‘far right hang’em and flog’em’ attitudes.
Another glaring example of the jingoistic racist hypocrisy of the left, very astutely written by Brendan.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

14th October 2019 at 8:55 pm

‘the jingoistic racist hypocrisy of the left’. Hilarious.

Jerry Owen

15th October 2019 at 8:10 am

ZP
Glad you agree, perhaps there is hope for you yet !

Dominic Straiton

14th October 2019 at 4:32 pm

The uber racialists are simply racist.

A Game

14th October 2019 at 7:20 pm

And that is it in a nutshell. Everything described, every insult, every gloat… racist as f**k.
I think the description BON has given for the BBC hack’s efforts is spot on. Extremely patronising thing to say to a politician… then you put it on the Home Secretary… the contempt it shows, that she isn’t taking him seriously enough. (Easy mistake to make, plebby, dogmatic twat that he is.

Jim Lawrie

15th October 2019 at 10:24 am

Marr takes himself so seriously that he leaves no room for anyone to add to that.

I’d go for a pint with Priti, and if Marr turned up, I’d take him outside.

A Game

16th October 2019 at 1:24 pm

Take him outside for a toilet break… up against a lamppost.

Yes, you lads love Priti. Dags.

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