Those who have listened to David Starkey’s comments made last week on Newsnight will, doubtless, have formed their own opinions on the matter. For me, I observe that he spoke some uncomfortable truths. For those in the studio with him, such truths were so unpalatable that he had to be silenced with shouting down and the usual cry of “racist” along with the straw man. He was accused of saying that black is bad and white is good. Yet it is patently obvious to even the most casual of observers that he said nothing of the sort. And, frankly, the cry of “racist” is nothing more than the tool of the pernicious totalitarian who has no truck with dissenting voices and uses it to drown out members of the awkward squad when they dare to voice heresy. Starkey may have made his point clumsily on occasion, but given the hostile viper’s nest in which he was trying to make it, that comes as no surprise.
Naturally, his detractors subsequently penned articles decrying what he didn’t say to the vacuous applause of the their home crowds in Islington and the Guardian offices. Let them, I say. This is because I want people to see these nasty buffoons for what they are; intolerant bigots who will allow no voices to air opinions that differ from their politically correct view of the world – even when that view blows up in their faces and someone points out that, perhaps, a certain type of culture being adopted by youths of different racial origins is, perhaps, not a good thing.
Now we have that loathsome arthropod Millipede the minor deciding that he should not make such points at all.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has described historian David Starkey’s comments on race as “disgusting and outrageous”.
Actually, no, they are not. They hit the nail very firmly on its head and drove it home with remarkable accuracy.
Mr Starkey told BBC Two’s Newsnight “whites have become black” after four days of rioting across England.
Mr Starkey added that “a particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic, gangster culture has become the fashion”.
Yes, he did. These were perfectly reasonable observations of what has been happening in certain parts of our country – the sink estates of London, for example. Not so for Millipede the minor:
Mr Miliband said these were “racist comments, frankly, and there is no place for them in our society”.
There is no place for them in our society. And that is why Millipede the minor is such a repugnant, disgusting, loathsome appalling little shit who is patently unfit for any form of office, high or low. It doesn’t matter whether Starkey was right or wrong. Indeed it doesn’t matter whether what he said was, indeed, racist. There should always be a place for everyone to comment as they see fit about whatever they wish. This is a matter of free speech. Not merely the freedom to utter the banal platitudes of what the political elite decide is acceptable, but the ugly, raw and frankly contrary speech that they don’t want to hear – particularly when it is the truth. If Starkey is wrong, then we can listen and rebut. But, actually, he isn’t wrong. Millipede and his fellow travellers are the ones who are wrong.
Speaking at Haverstock School, his former school in Chalk Farm in London, Mr Miliband also said it was “absolutely outrageous that someone in the 21st Century could be making that sort of comment”.
Is it? Is it, indeed? What I find outrageous is that in the 21st Century we have nasty little charlatans like Millipede deciding what we should or should not be allowed to say. And, believing as I do in freedom of speech, I am perfectly happy to allow him to say it. We can see him for the odious little totalitarian that he is.
He added: “There should be condemnation from every politician, from every political party of those sorts of comments.”
No, there shouldn’t. The only condemnation should be for the BBC and its panel who barracked and hectored a man who was trying to put across a valid observation and for the slimeball politicians who would dare to presume what is, or is not acceptable speech.