Stating the obvious truth riles the Left and corrupt political status quo.
Racist? No Nigel Farage is simply stating the obvious, writes RICHARD LITTLEJOHN
Even though his comments on extreme Islam and the need to prioritise British citizens in the jobs market will strike most people as eminently measured and reasonable, he has been greeted with a predictable, bovine chorus of ‘RAAY-CIST!’.
Labour’s Sadiq Khan hysterically accused the Ukip leader of wanting to turn the clock back 50 years to the days when boarding houses would display signs reading: ‘No blacks, no dogs, no Irish’ — even though he knows perfectly well that isn’t what Farage is proposing.
Nigel Farage, pictured, has been branded a racist following his call to prioritise jobs for British people
Downing Street waded in, alleging that Farage is in favour of ‘racial discrimination’ and calling his remarks ‘wrong and desperate’.
Call Me Dave denounced Farage’s views as ‘appalling’, which only serves to explain why so many natural Tories have deserted to Ukip.
So what has Farage done to attract this latest shower of Clarksonian opprobrium? Let’s first examine what he said about Islam.
He told Trevor Phillips, for a forthcoming Channel 4 programme, that there are some Muslims in Britain who comprise ‘a fifth column living in our country who hate us and want to kill us’.
What’s inflammatory about that? It’s a fact. Not even Phillips, a former head of the Equalities Commission, would argue against it.
Survey after survey shows significant numbers of British Muslims sympathising with Islamist terrorists and favouring the introduction of sharia law in this country.
We’ve had young British Muslims mounting terror attacks here and queuing up to join jihad abroad. You only have to turn on the television to stumble across a self-appointed Muslim spokesman spouting hatred of our values.
So Farage wasn’t being racist, he was stating the bleedin’ obvious.
Now let’s address the more contentious aspect of the interview, in which Farage called for anti-discrimination legislation to be scrapped.
He said this was a different country from the time 40-odd years ago when these laws were introduced. He’s right. Britain has changed beyond recognition, both demographically and in terms of social attitudes.
For what’s it’s worth, I don’t agree with him about getting rid of the rules preventing discrimination against people on the grounds of race or colour.
Nor was that the central thrust of his point. Farage insists this isn’t a question of ‘black v white’. But it is about nationality.
His main concern is that employers are prevented from favouring English-speaking British candidates, from whatever ethnic background, over foreign applicants.
He said: ‘I think the situation that we now have, where an employer is not allowed to choose between a British-born person and somebody from Poland, is a ludicrous state of affairs.’
Again, I’m certain most people would say: Amen to that.