THE POLITICAL THOUGHTS OF A BRITISH TEENAGER.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Tony Blair urges for Immigrants to conform to British society.

First of all let me preface this post by apologizing for the long absence of content. School has really taken over but I feel that this site is a hobby and school is what will get me my job. It's paying off however. Thanks for understanding.

On to the article.

It seems that I was somewhat correct in my previous article. The government has recognized that it has a problem with immigrants and secular groups not conforming to british society. He has told us that "Tolerance is what makes Britain" and that "We must be ready to defend this attitude".

I don't think that Mr.Blair was speaking in general terms, indeed I feel that the speech was targeted at minority muslim fundamentalists.

The MAB (Muslim Association Of Britain ) have viewed Mr.Blair's speech as "alarming".

Tony Blair is expected to be putting more money into British communities rather than spending it on illegal wars (no matter how much oil we may get from them).

Now it is just a case of waiting to see if he will stay true to his word.

To be honest, Mr.Blair's speech was throwing the highlight on multiculturalism and trying to smooth over the problem of illegal immigrants and muslim extremists.

He was trying to demonstrate that those who are in Britain legally are completely welcome and that they are as British as you or as I. He even went as far as to say : "If you come here lawfully we welcome you. If you are permitted to stay here permanently, you become an equal member of our community, and you become one of us".

This is an interesting step forward in Britain's multiculturalism as it's had to deal with a massive increase of immigration in a short amount of time.

It can only be hoped that things will go as well as he hopes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Break in posting

Sorry about the gap between posts but school has been taking over a bit. But now there will be an even longer gap because I'm about to return to the U.K for a holiday. Sorry! I'll write something up when I get back :D

Friday, October 06, 2006

Muslim backlash to possible coup d'état?

Many seem to think that the Islam culture is a relatively new arrival to Britain. In fact they couldn't be further from the truth. The eighth-century King of Mercia; Offa, had coins minted with an Islamic inscription on them - these were copies of coins of the near-contemporary Muslim ruler Al-Mansur, and it is thought that they were minted to facilitate trade with the expanding Islamic empire in Spain. One John Nelson converted to Islam in the 16th Century (although 16th century writer Richard Hakluyt claimed he was forced to convert). Captain John Ward of Kent was one of a number of British sailors who became pirates based in the Maghreb who also converted to Islam. Mosques also appeared in British seaports at this time, the first being in Cardiff in 1860. From the 1950s, with large immigration to Britain from the former colonies of Britain, large Muslim populations developed in several British towns.

The problem has not been so much in the fact that large quantities of Muslims have moved to Britain, it's that they have suddenly become a lot louder. Muslims are often perceived as a violent race. There is some truth in that, the Koran does preach violence (killing the infidels etc) and it seems that no anti-muslim comment can be made for fear of a violent reprisal.

This is where the government have made their mistake. By making every anti-muslim comment " a despicable racist act" and pandering to the belligerant muslims, they have lost all control over the country and seem to be trying to please everyone at the whole population's expense.

I'm not saying that all muslims are violent, west hating jihadists, on the contrary many of those who live in Britain are muslim but are just as British as you or I, however there is the violent minority and they are gaining power.

The government at present is weak and some well placed events (e.g terrorist attacks or assasinations) could push the country over the edge.
In a purely hypothetical situation, if a muslim extremist were to assasinate, say, John Reid on account of his racist comments (or what are perceived to be racist by the muslim community) then it would throw the government and the population into chaos.
We could expect confrontations to break out between muslim sects and the general population. This could easily escalate into large scale combat while the government is still figuring out what to do.

This is the ideal situation for a coup d'etat. Tony Blair has lost his authority and the whole country is holding it's breath to see what will happen next. All it takes is a loud enough voice and some convenient events (as mentioned before) and you would have a new leader in power, most likely a muslim extremist. This is a situation comparable to the burning of the Reichstag coupled with Hitler's ascension to power, abeit in a more violent manner.

I was recently speaking with a Labour MP who acknowledged that "There is a large problem with the muslim population and there will be change in the near future". He was not saying that there was a problem with the muslims themselves but with the general situation.

There will be change in the near future and it will be on such a scale that it will alter Britain as a whole and force it to reconsider it's national image. All we can do is wait and see.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Time to say goodbye to Labour and greet a Conservative government?

The New Labour party's day is over, their leadership is in a mess and they've pretty much handed prime ministership to David Cameron. Here's why:

David Cameron has been handed the easiest job in politics this week in Bournemouth as he makes his first annual conference address to the Conservatives as their leader. All he needs to do is appear at the conference, smile at everyone and give the impression that he knows what he's doing. The voters will do the rest of the work for him.

Labour's 2006 Manchester conference was a catastrophe! Gordon Brown was portrayed as the scheming usurper with psychological defects. John Prescott apologized to everyone other than his wife about his questionable behaviour and John Reid tryed to demonstrate the party's machochism to whoever was interested.

For some reason however, Labour's ministers declared the conference a success! I don't know how they reached this conclusion. The party has shaken the public's belief that they are capable of running the nation without descending into a cloud of rivalries, backstabbing and silence between the ministers presided over by a charismatic crowd pleaser who doesn't know when it's time to quit.

Tony Blair has practically handed his job over on a plate to David Cameron. He made an announcement some time ago to say that he was leaving but then decided to stay on because he couldn't trust Gordon Brown. His wife thinks Gordon Brown is a liar. I'm sure there were some motives involved in believing his wife other than the well-being of the nation.

I'm fairly certain that there will be a considerable period of more backstabbing, cold shoulders and other insane beaureaucratic goings on before Tony finally does decide to leave. He has now told us that it will be sometime around March but I think that it would probably be a better idea for him to leave in January.

I don't have anything against Tony Blair, I believe that he has done a lot of good for the country and has worked hard but now he needs to know when to let go.

There won't be any ascension of Brown to power as the Blairites have done their utmost to destroy his image in the eyes of the public. He's portrayed as a cold calculating backstabber with no cares about the public and who is intent on building his own personal empire. Whether this is true or not is irrelevant as the outcome is the same.

This is manna for the Tories. David Cameron will have another year to establish himself as the agreeable leader of a relatively intelligent and united political party of the centre right. Certainly, there are concerns in some opinion polls about his policies – he doesn’t really have any. He has postures instead – on the environment, on human rights, on Iraq and not being too close to the Americans. This is post-modern politics.

However it's pointless for Cameron to worry about his policies because no matter what policies he may have, they'll look good in the eyes of the public compared to the Blair administration's pitiful excuse of a government which isn't quite sure where they are on the political map, if they even have one.

This used to be a satirical aside, but it is now plain fact. Look at what the Labour leader said about the Conservatives: he attacked Cameron for wanting to “hug” criminals, introduce a bill of rights and for having made critical remarks about American foreign policy. This was an invitation by Blair for John Reid to launch himself at the Labour leadership as the champion of the authoritarian populist right. Blair clearly doesn’t trust Brown on this agenda, and the chancellor has been largely silent on the war against terrorism and on crime.

Reid is definetly the aggresive force in the party, always ready to tell us that terrorists cannot expect to be treated fairly by the law, that muslim groups better toe the line and that immigrants are inferior to Britons.

All this is from the man who spent a lost weekend with Radovan Karadzic, punched a Commons attendant who wouldn’t let him into the chamber because he was drunk; who almost came to blows with Donald Dewar at the 1999 Labour conference over his son Kevin Reid’s involvement in “Lobbygate”; and who was accused by the parliamentary standards commissioner, Elizabeth Filkin, of intimidating witnesses in a parliamentary inquiry. What a CV.

If Reid gets Prime Minister then you can expect to remain best friends with the Americans, a whole new set of wars in the middle east and the Trident program to be re-activated.

This is all doing Cameron’s job for him. It is making him sound like the embodiment of calm reason. Presenting him as a liberal has been the PR strategy of the Notting Hill Tories as they try to undo the awful image of Thatcherism and appeal to modern voters. But now Labour is the “nasty party”, sounding like Norman Tebbit – or at least one part of it is. Civil war has broken out in Labour between the social authoritarians and the social democrats; between the populist right and the reformed left.

Blairites believe that Brown would loosen ties with America and would put civil freedoms before the safety of citizens (in a healthy manner). The vast majority of the party are in accordance. They also believe that mistakes were made over the Iraq war, that parliament needs to be strengthened against the government and overall the solution to crime is to create a fairer society.

Crime has fallen, overall, under Labour, largely thanks to the chancellor’s policies which have made work pay and created jobs. But to hear Reid and Blair talk, you would think we were in the middle of a crime wave, caused by liberal judges releasing paedophiles and terrorists to attack law-abiding citizens in their homes.

They do this because populists know crime chimes with the public. Law and order has always been an easy way to win short-term support, that’s why the Tories used to play the crime/immigration/ terrorism card. But as Michael Howard discovered in 2005, voters make a broader choice at election time, especially when the LibDem vote is added. Labour is unlearning the lessons of the last two elections.

Cameron may have lost his policies, but Labour has lost its political senses., succumbing to mad party disease, just as the Tories did after Thatcher’s fall 16 years ago. And for the first time since the early 1990s there is now a real prospect of a Conservative government.

Podcast on it's way!

That's right! I've been working hard on setting things up, getting a recording program, music intros and learning how to make nice effects. It's all working fine except my microphone sound quality is terrible. I will find another microphone and if all goes well you can expect the first podcast coming through sometime next weekend after I've had time to finalize the script.

I'm also writing up an article of Labour's leadership situation and how it's helping the Conservatives get into power. Watch this space.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Welcome!

Welcome to the blog of a politically interested teenager. I would be lying if I said that there weren't many of us (politically interested teenagers) but I'm yet to meet one in my area.

Throughout this blog (and hopefully a podcast coming soon, watch this space) I will be focusing on British politics but will occasionally add world politics when something of note happens.

I will not promise you any form of neutrality as in the 21st century it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain neutral. However I will say that I am somewhat of an agnostic when it comes to political party preferences.

Labour's leadership is in difficulty, the Liberal-Democrats have no clear goals and they are also having some management problems and the Conservatives, well Magaret Thatcher showed what their government was like.

Anyway watch this space and hopefully you'll be seeing some interesting points and if I get enough free time from school I'll start up a podcast.

That's all for now,

Regards, a 15 year old boy.