Condemned as a racist for his comments on 'Newsnight' following the riots, the historian David Starkey speaks out against those who tried to silence him for confronting the gangster culture that has ruptured our society.
From Starkey's article, where he also lashes back at Piers Morgan:
One of the most striking things about the England riots is where they did not happen: Yorkshire, the North East, Wales and Scotland. These areas contain some of the worst pockets of unemployment in the country. But they are also characterised by a powerful sense of regional or national identity and difference that cuts across all classes and binds them together. And it is this, I am sure, which has inoculated them against the disease of “gangsta” culture and its attendant, indiscriminate violence.
Fortunately, there is a powerful narrative of freedom that runs like a golden thread through our history. “The air of England is too pure for a slave to breathe in,” counsel declared repeatedly in Somersett’s Case, about the legality of slavery in England, in 1772.
For the other pernicious legacy of the reaction to [Enoch] Powell['s 20 April 1968 "Rivers of Blood" speech about immigration] has been an enforced silence on the matter of race. The subject has become unmentionable, by whites at any rate. And any breach has been punished by ostracism and worse. As the hysterical reaction to my remarks shows, the witch-finders already have their sights on me, led by that pillar of probity and public rectitude, Piers Morgan, who called on Twitter for the ending of my television career within moments of the Newsnight broadcast.
From one reader comment:
I believe Mr. Starkey is right and the only way to reverse that trend is by...honestly voicing our opinions about race. I'm well aware that I'm creating a charter for ignorant racially-biased cretins to spew thinly-veiled hatred but I would much rather deal with that than have to continue to live in this mute and mutant condition we have endured for so long.
Another reader's observation:
There are moments when the Celtic/Saxon divide in British politics is manifest. The raging Scottish accent is a leit motif of militant unionism, and almost every Labour Party leader has been Scottish or otherwise [C]eltic.... The Conservatives do well in England, England is currently almost entirely blue,* but the [C]eltic fringe, and the immigrant populated inner cities, vote, as a population, for 'anyone but' the Tories.** There is not one single Scottish Tory MP.
More from The Coffee House, the blog of the British publication, The Spectator (est. 1828).
*the color of the Conservative Party
**the Conservative Party