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Friday, March 09, 2007

Dave sees pink on the Moral High Ground!

David Cameron acted swifty and precisely, according to his acolytes. Doing what exactly? Sacking a frontbencher called Patrick Mercer. Apparently for racism. I say apparently, because I doubt Patrick Mercer would stand the test of a normal person's idea of a racist. Dave Cameron, though, has a position to protect and he certainly doesn't want a politically incorrect man raining on the parade of his pink brand of conservatism (or is it pea green or light blue?).

No matter that Colonel Mercer was explaining, in the light of this new trade union set up to protect the sensibilities of soldiers from Commonwealth countries, that some (he didn't disparage anyone personally in racist tones!) ethic minority soldiers were a tad idle. They tended to hide behind the "racist" excuse. Mercer says, "I came across a lot of ethnic minority soldiers who were idle and useless, but who used racism as cover for their misdemeanours. I remember one guy from St Ann's (Nottingham) who was constantly absent and who had a lot of girlfriends. When he came back one day I asked him why, and he would say: 'I was racially abused.' And we'd say: 'No you weren't, you were off with your girlfriends again.' "

What would David Cameron say to an idle black soldier? "Good night, was it? Which girlfriend - oh, shouldn't ask. Don't do it again, though, will you.....pleeeeze?" In Cameron's new world of correct conservatism, any verbal confrontation with a non-white person is "racist", so he sacked Mercer more or less as soon as he heard about this. I think it shows Cameron up far more than it reveals anything about Mercer. Virtually all the black soldiers who served with Mercer have nothing but praise for his leadership.

I have a suggestion for Dave. Why not find a safe seat for one of Colonel Mercer's sergeants or corporals. How about Leroy Hutchinson, a black corporal who served with Mr Mercer for 12 years, who said, "He never tolerated racism and not a single one of his men would consider him to be racist." Leroy, your country, at least, needs you!

So I say quite openly that I think David Cameron is guilty of something a damn sight more sinister. Humbug!

And, of course, it has let the political weasels and stoats out into the open. Labour MP Shahid Malik said this showed the Tories "still are the nasty, racist, sexist, homophobic party they have been for years".

And your party is clean, respectable, and on a par with Caesar's wife? Grow up Malik! You are just a gadfly jumping from one silly remark to the next!


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