Magazine article The Spectator

Why Should We Pay?

Magazine article The Spectator

Why Should We Pay?

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New York Puerto Rican pride has to be the greatest of all oxymorons. It ruined my last weekend in the Bagel, as two million Puerto Ricans invaded Fifth Avenue for their annual Puerto Rican pride parade. Never have I seen a more motley collection. They were fat, squat, ugly, dusky, dirty and unbelievably loud. None of them spoke English except for two words: f-and motherf--. They turned Manhattan into Palermo quicker than you can say spic.

`We're celebrating the enormous contribution of Puerto Ricans to America,' said Mayor Rudi Guiliani. In a civilised society, this abuse of language by the Mayor would carry the death penalty, but we are, after all, living in the age of Clinton. If ever there was a case for generalities, the Puerto Ricans are it. There has never been - nor will there ever be - a single positive contribution by a Puerto Rican outside of receiving American welfare and beating the system. (A civil servant who warned Fifth Avenue shopkeepers to barricade their windows was instantly fired by City Hall. Veritas odium parit.)

Listening to the politicians grovelling for votes, you'd think Socrates, Plato, Aristotle; Mozart, Beethoven, Goethe and Shakespeare were all Puerto Ricans. Never have I seen a ghastlier group - but then I am never in the Big Bagel during the gay and lesbian parade.

Which brings me to the point I wish to make. Why in hell should the taxpayer carry the load for a bunch of semi-savages to march down Fifth Avenue and turn it into a mini San Juan? Ditto for the perverts? Why should one of England's best historians - see Alistair Horne in last week's Speccie - have trouble getting a visa, while Caribbean and Central American criminals cruise our streets with impunity. The last American election saw foreigners illegally voting, and possibly decisively, against conservative candidates - encouraged by the Clinton administration. There was great voter fraud in Texas and in California, where Rep. …

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