Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Macc Lad gets stuck in

Macclesfield Express
SIR NICHOLAS Winterton’s latest views on British Muslims have been branded "offensive and divisive" by the region’s racial equality council.

But the unrepentant Macclesfield MP this week stood by comments made in his latest article in the Macclesfield Express, published in full in today’s edition.

In it, Sir Nick blames multi-culturalism for the terrorist threat facing the country and says that "agitating so-called Muslim community leaders" who criticise the police "should be ashamed of themselves and held to account".

He also adds: "The Australian Government has spelt out bluntly what it expects of its ethnic minority communities and we in the UK should do the same.

"They should stop politicising dress, such as wearing the hijab and burkha, they should learn English, they should not return to their homelands to get a spouse, cease forced marriages and accept once and for all that the United Kingdom is not, and never will be, an Islamic state."…

The Conservative Party Central Office has distanced itself from the comments, releasing a statement saying: "These are Sir Nick’s personal views"…
There's a surprise.
Director of the Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Racial Equality Council, Shantele Janes, said she would raise her concerns over the article with Mr Cameron.

"We are extremely concerned by the article," she says…

"We think that it is offensive and divisive and we are appalled that someone in his position would be so irresponsible as to make the comments he did, contributing to the climate of hostility towards Muslims in the UK."

But Sir Nick insisted such comments represent the views of both his constituents and the wider public.

"They are forthright and positive and express the views of many of those people who have communicated to me and speak to me about these issues," he said.

"It is time straight talking took place on the sensitive issue of integration and asylum. It is right that people should be told what the majority of British people believe."
Go on Sir Nicholas!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Rog said...

Absolutely bloody right!

2:29 pm  
Blogger Malcolm said...

Well said Sir Nicholas Winterton.
Good that at least someone in the ruling elite speaks what most people believe.

2:51 pm  
Blogger Tom said...

It would seem that a great number of people in the UK share Sir Nicholas’s view. On the ‘BBC have your say’ link provided, the overwhelming majority say Moslems should integrate to British culture and not vice versa, in one of the most commented on threads in recent times, even the beeb can’t fail to see the reality…or maybe not!


http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?sortBy=2&threadID=2421&edition=1&ttl=20060705185840&#paginator

7:12 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

Damn' straight, Sir Nicholas!

A lot of commenters on the Beeb's Have Your Say site not only pointed out in forthright language that it is up to immigrants to conform and to integrate, but added that those who do not want to become absolutely integrated should find their way to the nearest port or airport.

7:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two points for "Shantele":

1) Spell your name correctly
2) Oh, just f*ck off as well

9:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article states that other countries "envy" our multiculturalism. Are they on drugs?! Which countries would they be then? When I was last in the UK everybody congratulated me on the strict immigration controls Australia has and openly wished that the UK would follow suit. Unfortunately our immigration procedures are not as good as they appear but at least the terrorists have been kept to fairly managable numbers compared to the insane chaos in the old country. Good luck guys, you are going to need it.

1:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd vote for Winterton. I wouldn't vote for Cameron. What more can I say?

8:36 am  

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