1984 Revisited

Not the book. An article by Ray Honeyford. Twenty eight years after he was hounded from his job for criticising multiculturalism, the BBC asks, was he racist or right?

Ray Honeyford, the head teacher who caused a national controversy over his outspoken criticisms of multiculturalism in schools, has died. But have his views, which once polarised opinion, become mainstream?

He was, taken at face value, an unlikely critic of multiculturalism.

Ray Honeyford was the head teacher of a school in inner-city Bradford where more than 90% of pupils were non-white.

But he had had enough of the prevailing educational beliefs.

Honeyford dared to criticise a culture that taught children in English schools in Urdu rather than the native tongue. He complained about an alien culture that sought to create ghettos in our inner cities –  disparate and aloof from the indigenous culture surrounding it. Some of his criticism was specific and barbed:

“…growing number of Asians whose aim is to preserve as intact as possible the values and attitudes of the Indian sub-continent within a framework of British social and political privilege, ie to produce Asian ghettoes”.

He also criticised “an influential group of black intellectuals of aggressive disposition, who know little of the British traditions of understatement, civilised discourse and respect for reason”.

This was in 1984. With hindsight, we’ve seen this policy come home to roost and can we, with hand on heart, say that he was wrong?

Of course, the right-on, righteous of the day were happy to impose thought crime and he was hounded from his post. It is odd, looking back, that this was in the very midst of Thatcher’s Britain. I was aware of the loony left that had taken root in some of the councils across the land, but didn’t recall this particular story until I read the BBC article. What he saw then is much worse now. So much so that even one of the leading racemongers of the day, Trevor Phillips, has had to concede that multiculturalism is probably not a good idea.

There are those who are happy with their actions back then:

Mohammed Ajeeb stands by his actions more than a quarter of a century later.

He told the BBC: “The article was very critical of the Muslim culture and the race relations situation in the city was not very good at that time.”

Yes, of course, because we cannot be having criticism of the ROP’s culture of misogyny, violence and bigotry, can we?

So, Honeyford was right, then?

8 comments for “1984 Revisited

  1. 6079SmithW
    February 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Immigrant ghettos become immigrant colonies as they expand in population and area as numbers swell with continued immigration and high birth rate. Our children’s future may be a rerun of the history of the American Indians.

    Our government dissembles over immigration, hiding the true picture by quoting net figures: net immigration can come down if the number of native Britons fleeing their homeland increases.

    E.g.: “Net immigration down from 250,000 to 200,000.” (Say, 500,000 in, 250,000 out ‘down’ to 1,000,000 in, 800,000 out.) “Happy now?”

    They play the same game with our contribution to the EU.

    Winston Smith

  2. February 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    There has been a concerted campaign by the globalists to enforce all sorts of wrong-concepts, for political reasons, onto teachers, through teacher training institutions via curriculum branches. The post on this site pooh-pooing the bringing to the attention of readers the doings of the Frankfurt School has obviously not read through their recommendations – theirs was the main thinktank, along with the Rockefeller Wundtian psychology and funded schools, through to the IB programme worldwide now, along with the World Core Curriculum, driving all these policies. The agents within the academic community were the facilitators, e.g. the professors and teacher training admissions staff.

    People have been too head in the sand over this – it is easy to trace the path [there was a post yesterday and will be another tomorrow], detailing how it was done. Multiculturalism was but one of the recommendations in wrong-thinking and this man you write of, LR, was way ahead of his time in recognizing the problem and its implications, particularly in non-assimilating ethnicities. Labour knew exactly what it was doing and admitted it publicly when it was done.

    Only trouble can ever come from deliberate attempts to skew the natural way.

  3. February 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Honeyford was indeed right.

  4. wiggiatlarge
    February 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I’m old enough to remember the appaling attacks ,totally without foundation that Honeyford recieved ,he was not without supporters but the even then defensive they shall not be offended brigade won out ,and so it continues.

  5. Mudplugger
    February 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Mohammed Ajeeb stands by his actions more than a quarter of a century later. He told the BBC: “The article was very critical of the Muslim culture and the race relations situation in the city was not very good at that time.”

    And, as a local in 2012, I can confirm that it’s 100 times worse now !

    R.I.P Mr Honeyford, along with Mr Powell – they were both so prescient, the rest either couldn’t or wouldn’t see it. And too many still don’t.

  6. February 11, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I regarded Mr Honeyfords stance as admirable at the time, my only mistake was to see it as the begining of the end for political correctness.

  7. David C
    February 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    The message of the Honeyford debacle was loud and clear – “don’t mess with lefty teacher groupthink or else”. Memories of Honeyford have dulled so it was necessary to slay another rebel – Birbalsingh. I do know some teachers (not many) who don’t confirm to the socialist mindset, but they are wise enough to know they must keep their mouths shut if they want to keep their jobs.

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