Our politicians are not listening, time to throw them out.

Everyone remembers a great teacher. One explanation might be the rarity of such people; another, that great teaching doesn’t feel like teaching, but something closer to immersion.

It is disheartening therefore that the great governmental euphemism of our age may well be, ‘lessons must be learned’, which rather suggests learning is not taking place at all.

In the aftermath of Saturday’s terrorist attack in Reading, where Libyan refugee Khairi Saadallah fatally stabbed three gay men enjoying an evening in the park, it took Priti Patel exactly two days to put us out of our misery:

We must make sure we learn the lessons from what has happened over the weekend, to prevent anything like this from happening again.

Au contraire Priti, we’ve had enough lessons.

David Cameron warned there were ‘lessons to be learnt’ from 9/11, specifically on how to deal with violent Islamic extremism; lessons sadly ‘not learned’ in time for 7/7. We thought we’d ‘learned lessons’ from the Boston Marathon bombing, but were back to the drawing board when it came to Lee Rigby.

We were still trying to ‘learn lessons’ at the time of Charlie Hebdo, but despite the entirety of Europe coming together, linking arms in a mass hokey-cokey, and declaring enough was enough, it wasn’t enough.

The French response was ‘muddled’ during the Nice attack. Europe still had ‘lessons to learn’ after the Paris attacks, while the government was left scratching its head in the wake of the Manchester bombing; at least the NHS had learnt something.

The police were fortunately a little more prepared for the London Bridge attack of 2019, but only because an identical attack had been carried out two years previously. And then of course there were the Home Office and police failures surrounding the Parson’s Green terror attack.

Even by the standards of coma patients, the West’s reaction to Islamic terrorism has been unresponsive. Why would we learn from Reading, when we refused to learn from all the others?

Instead of reacting to terror attacks we now merely pretend to act, with Oscar-worthy recitals of sorrow. We send ‘thoughts and prayers’, for which Sadiq Khan must surely own the patent. We hold minute’s silences, and candlelit vigils. We get down on our knees, which to be fair we are rarely off these days. We recycle our hashtags, and don’t look back in anger – anything to avoid the truth: we are at war with Islamic terrorism, a war in which only one side has shown up to the battlefield.

Despite their claims, our governments have failed to learn the lessons from the past 20 years. Does fault lie with the teacher? No. Islamic jihad is an outstanding instructor, unwaveringly consistent in its message. It has the same M.O. – it kills people. It uses the same vocabulary, ‘Allahu Akbar’. And it sets the same homework: get serious, or comply.

No, it is not with the teacher, but the pupil with whom fault lies: sometimes you just have to accept the student is either brainless, or simply does not wish to learn.

In fairness to the pupil, we live in an age where learning is greatly discouraged, especially learning the wrong truth. Take former Equality Tsar, Trevor Phillips, who was fine popularising the term islamophobia. When he sat down and examined the beliefs of British Muslims however, he was forced to conclude Britain was in a ‘life and death struggle’, and here’s why:

  • 52% believe homosexuality should be illegal
  • Almost half believe it’s unacceptable for gays to teach
  • An estimated 100,000 sympathise with suicide bombers
  • Almost a quarter would like to see areas where sharia law takes precedence over British law

Phillips was naturally expelled from the Labour Party, because (you’ve guessed it) of islamophobia.

Learning is further exacerbated when senior figures like Met assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, desperately deflect attention to the ‘rise of far-right terrorism’. No matter how uncomfortable the facts, Home Office figures are crystal clear: MI5’s watchlist has doubled this year to 43,000 – 90% of whom are jihadis.

For politicians, there is no greater teacher than the ballot box. And since our government enjoys ‘learning lessons’, perhaps the British people could set them some homework:

There comes a point when the syllabus has been covered, and there are no more lessons to learn. Britain has reached that point. If the government is too weak to make defence a top priority, I suspect the British people will elect one that will. Lessons indeed must be learned, even the unpleasant ones.

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24 Comments on Our politicians are not listening, time to throw them out.

  1. Guessedworker?

    I know all about philosophy and philosophical reading.

    And I know about Reality.

    And I know what happens when there is no critical mass of Realists who are are willing to deal with Reality.

    The violence and destruction will pick up pace as anti-white non-whites and andi-West Muslims from everywhere, and their supporters, carry on up the Khyber.

    But there is a low probability of fight back -a probability to be nurtured.

  2. As others say -an excellent article.

    There’s a BUT:

    Which political party will present itself as a Government that will fix everything up?

    In the past one hundred years, in the Anglosphere, no totally new party that been able to get anywhere near forming a government.

    The campaign most likely to succeed is to volunteer in our millions at local branch level to reform the Conservative Party.

    BUT:

    That would require the millions to sacrifice their time and their money to learn how to reform the party, and to do it, and to keep it reformed.

    No other way, I think.

    BUT, it would take the millions to do the work.

    • You’re quite right Harry, it’s a monumental task. I suspect our biggest opportunity will come from Farage’s inevitable resurrection as the Reform Party, which will either pressure / supplant the Tories. Not ideal of course, as the most likely outcome is splitting the vote, but that’s the best chance I can see.

    • Harry, only someone with no philosophical reading could post such an idea.

      Give it up. Conservatism has been liberal since Reform, and even before then it could not escape the self-estrangements of the Christian dictate. A politics of re-acquaintance with self and kind which is what it will take to save our people, can’t be wrung out of the right axis of liberalism.

      • Guessedworker?

        I know all about philosophy and philosophical reading.

        And I know about Reality.

        And I know what happens when there is no critical mass of Realists who are are willing to deal with Reality.

        The violence and destruction will pick up pace as anti-white non-whites and andi-West Muslims from everywhere, and their supporters, carry on up the Khyber.

        But there is a low probability of fight back -a probability to be nurtured.

  3. What a fabulous article! We are SICK of being lethally sacrificed on the altar of political correctness in the name of ‘cultural sensitivity’ and phoney anti-racism and being treated like second class citizens. There IS real racism, and it is anti-white, anti British racism. Time to defend ourselves from the relentless onslaught on our civil liberties and from our mealy mouthed politicians and ethnic minorities who accept our hospitality and freedoms, and then turn on us and try to take over our country and culture. I believe that with the latest attack on our history, culture and democracy the fuse is being lit for serious civil unrest by the hysterical mob supporting the terrorist organisation, BLM: not to mention a Government which is incapable of governing and a politicised Police ‘Service’ which is failing to protect us.

  4. In my view, the great teachers, the ones we remember, are the ones that use their own life experiences as examples of what there was to learn.

    Since the dawn of the “comprehensive” era, students have been consistently taught “what to learn”, rather than “how to learn”.

    And teachers are have far more guilt on their hands in this scenario than students. The student is a decreasingly blank page. First you remove Janet and John, and they fail to learn how to read, and instead learn what to read. Then you take away the arithmetic tables, and the students are no longer able to cope with the simple steps required to solve more complex problems.

    The teachers that I remember, would ramble on about a problem that they encountered in life and how they solved the issue, either by changing their own pre-programmed ideas, or applying more careful analysis.

    The teachers that I have forgotton, passed out the text books and told us to complete chapter x, before they went home, in other words just go through the motions.

    One of the biggest culprits in this is top down centralised government, pretending to be the new religion, with its texts on how we should behave and what we need to know.

    They even tell us what precise text books we should be reading, since the examination questions will all be answered for us without any thought, just memory being the only natural human talent that we have exercised.

    Thinking is not easy to teach, but It seems to me that Roger Scruton understood the fundamentals… Namely teach things that have no practical value, like ancient Greek and Latin. By learning how to use what we learn from those disciplines we are equipped to apply our thinking genes to things that nobody taught us, and for the rest of our lives.

    If you teach someone how to use Microsoft Office (for instance), by the time the course is over, the company has published a new version, and our learning has to be recommenced.

    Give the same student a pencil and a piece of paper and teach the student about binary, about logic gates, about basic programming, about what a computer actually does and how, and you are ready for anything that Microsoft can dream up.

  5. We never learn. In 2016 there was a robust response to the move to take down Cecil Rhodes’s statue at Oriel. Four years later BLM have succeeded in getting the College authorities to agree to remove the statue – after a commission is formed to “consider the motion”. What has BLM got to do with this country? What had George Floyd got to do with us? Why do we put up with this grievance industry that perpetually tries to pour guilt onto us for what happened three hundred hears ago? Do we regularly call on the Germans to go down on their knees to assuage their guilt for the Nazi era? Of course not – it is over, done with – move on. We won’t of course so long as people like Neil Basu and Cressida Dick get appointed. Where is the politician to say No, No, No!

    • The BLM phenomenon did not arise spontaneously. In some respect dates from the political exploitation of the so-called “unprovoked gunning down in the street of a little black boy by a white racist”. It is however primarily a direct-action phase of the “race, gender, class” revolution launched by people like Marcuse in the USA, which has been deliberately agenda-networked through western institutions. For anyone belatedly waking up to this incremental process who wants quick access to the facts, I recommend Michael William, “Genesis of Political Correctness” & Winston Banks, “Excessive Immigration”. Useful online sites: Gatestone Institute, American Renaissance, Quarterly Review. Writers: Douglas Murray, Leo McKinstry, Rod Liddle, Ed Dutton, Richard Littlejohn, Renaud Camus.

      What to do? I am not great admirer of Nigel Farage, but he alone grasped the essence of the present problem in a Breitbart report. Maybe he could lead a resistance movement now Brexit is half-done, though we know now what his opponents will say. A few pot-bellied drunken hooligans rolling around monuments with a Sikh waving an Israeli flag wll NOT do.

  6. The ‘anti-terrorist’ industry is to deflect the real malaise in our society. These crazed murderers are not a disciplined political organisation like Sinn-Fein/IRA, they are lone foreign rejects who minds are scrambled with drugs which our ‘security services’ prefer to portray as a major threat to our nation state but, instead, simply slaughter innocent people as a rabid dog will bite anything that moves and the multicultural policy lumbers on. Not until the policy of ‘all are welcome’ – legal or otherwise, is ended will anything change.

    • Not if we let it happen,
      I repeat the advice I have given over many years since the time Majority Rights was organised with Merrie Cave, P. D. James, Alfred Sherman, Roger Scruton, Ray Honeyford:
      1. Breed more British babies
      2. Defend the heritage in every way
      3. Master the technology as well as content of cyberspace

      • Yes David Asthon -the actions you list are necessary and would help save Western Civ.

        But who will act?

        My view is that the politicians will not act to save whites and their ways of life -not unless many millions of white people mobilise themselves and push and support the politicians who must make the essential laws and enforce them.

        The non-whites who are the chief beneficiaries of White Civ will not help, obviously.

        And the marxist-inspired whites are too deluded and/or too power-hungry to comprehend that their marxist-inspired actions are destroying the very civic and economic order that provide them with their freedoms and material well-being.