11/04/2007

The persistent undercurrent of racist language from the Tory Party continues

The news that Nigel Hastilow, a Tory candidate, is to be asked to speak to senior Tory officials after he apparently praised Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" speech should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the constant racist undertones emanating from the Conservative party.

In recent months we have had these sorts of comments from MP's, from Peers and advisers to David Cameron, accusations from Tory candidates, plus we have to ask questions about the way they campaign in local elections.

You could just put this down to one rogue individuals, and I do not believe for one moment that the Tory party condones these sorts of comments. most Tories I know are as opposed to racism as I am. However, they need to start asking themselves why it is that racists are attracted to their party and why some senior people believe that pandering to racism in speeches, in newspaper articles, is something that is wanted by Tory members.

4 comments:

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Silly man (him that is!)

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

"...some senior people believe that pandering to racism in speeches, in newspaper articles, is something that is wanted by Tory members" - you really should not have made this remark, Nich.

I have yet to meet a racist Tory yet! How many have you met?

Pete (WestBrom Blogger) said...

The Labour Party should ask the same question. Brown's 'British jobs for British workers' had undesirable undertones. I would be interested to know in which speech you think Cameron has displayed racist undertones.

As i have said on my blog I have heard racism amongst Black Country supporters of both the Tories and labour. The debate and politics of the Black Country is very much stuck in the era of Enoch Powel, hence the strong BNP base. It does not surprise me at all that these comments were made.

ThunderDragon said...

Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" speech was not racist at all. It was inflammatory, but not racist in itself.

How many of the people who claim it was racist have actually read the speech? Very, very few I bet. And how many of those who did read it without expecting to see it as racist? Even fewer.

All of the sectors to which people refer to when claiming it was racist were quotes of what others had said to him or the words of an ancient philosopher.

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