Multiculturalism and the Olympics

To suggest that the sporting achievement of multicultural athletes is proof that immigration policy is working is akin to putting Keith Richards on a pedestal as a poster boy for the effects of drugs

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Was Mo Farah's spectacular victory proof that multiculturalism works?
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Mark Aylward
On 7 August 2012 09:53

Right. I cannot leave it any longer. I shall get my Wellingtons from the shed, put on some old flannel and fetch the heavy duty gloves from the attic. It is time to get my hands dirty. Time, once again, to tackle race.

Free speech is no longer a privilege enjoyed by writers in a ‘progressive’ society which demands such necessities as tolerance and diversity. Not diversity of opinion, no, just ‘diversity’. Having the audacity to hold a contrary viewpoint is no longer deemed simply taboo, but in the case of the multiculturalism question – illegal.

The highlight of the London Games thus far has undoubtedly been the success of both Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis in their respective disciplines. Ennis didn’t need to win her final race to claim gold in the heptathlon, but the hunger which is so evident in all great athletes, drove her to be the best and finish in style.

Farah was equally magnificent in his medal race, the manner in which he analysed his opponents over the last 800 metres before calmly passing them with ease brought tears of joy to millions, including this writer. The look of shock and disbelief as he crossed the finish line will surely live on in Olympic folklore.

What followed, and what has me bashing away at the keyboard, was the usual, predictable bullshit of the political left, namely Alastair Campbell on Twitter.

Campbell retweeted George Eaton 

“Guessing the Daily Mail will quietly forget that it called Mo Farah a "plastic Brit".”

And Gervase Webb 

“So, Aiden Burley; this is what your 'multicultural crap' can achieve.”

These victories, they claim, are a two-fingered salute to The Daily Mail and other ‘racist’ elements of the press who have questioned multiculturalism.

Now, I may not be an expert on British society but to suggest that the sporting achievement of multicultural athletes is proof that immigration policy is working is akin to putting Keith Richards on a pedestal as a poster boy for the effects of drugs.

Mass immigration and the sheer irresponsibility of a political class to ignore the effects of it for fear of being labelled ‘racist’ is a scourge that the likes of Campbell should not be encouraging. The word racist carries more venom and is more dangerously thrown around now than ever before.

Thatcher was called racist, as was Reagan and Bush. Herman Cain, the black businessman who had the tenacity to tell African-Americans to stop blaming everyone else for the high levels of crime and unemployment in their communities, was also reduced to the label.

Any report on the recent French presidential election I read in Ireland referred to Marine Le Pen solely as the ‘anti-immigration’ candidate. Tell me, was Barack Obama ever called the ‘pro-immigration’ candidate during his campaign in 2008?  Of course not, he had other policies which the press also felt the need to report on, but Le Pen, like her father before her, was not granted such privilege. And they tell me we have a problem with a right wing media.

The problem which those calling for immigration control encounter is the BNP element. The BNP is stereotypical of the characters in South Park who objected to outsiders moving in on their patch. The “They Took Our Jobs” mob is usually the last group of people applying for jobs in the first place. They tend to live off a generous welfare system and a diet of cheap lager, fast-food and tobacco.

The casual racism comes as second nature; it is not so much vindictive as it is simply bred out of ignorance.

The European media usually makes the mistake of associating the BNP with the Tea Party in America, but they couldn’t be more different. The Tea Party are opposed to big government and an excessive welfare state and spending, they ask for stricter border control because they disapprove of illegal aliens seeking a cheap, tax-free ride in the American dream.

The Blair policy of opening up the borders and expecting all to be rosy was both irresponsible and idiotic. A politically correct culture which looks upon minorities as a protected species which must be given superior standing through quota systems and positive discrimination is a ticking time bomb.

The equality dogma, which should have died with Marx and the fall of the Soviet Union, is still intent on legislating not through common sense but with the desire to be viewed by the electorate as ‘tolerant’, nice guys. If governments want to be nice they can start with reviewing my tax bill.

The London riots of last year were a depressing sign of the times and showed many from the immigrant community in a bad light. What both Farah and Ennis have achieved, on top of their sensational medal winning efforts, is the chance to become figureheads, to become icons.

They are an example to millions that a life of crime, anti-social behaviour and the lure of gangland is not the only option. If their success can resonate amongst the multicultural communities torn by social unrest then they have done more for their country than the last two Westminster governments.

Their victories should not, however, give fuel to those looking to muddy a legitimate debate. 

Mark Aylward is a freelance journalist based in Dublin, Ireland. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAylward1

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