Magazine article The Spectator

PC and Moolah

Magazine article The Spectator

PC and Moolah

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A quick visit to Paris and London - and an even quicker one to The Spectator's offices - where I failed to meet the divine-looking Mary Wakefield, a lady I have never met but one I'm dying to in order to discuss . . . racism. The divine one recently wrote in the Daily Telegraph that all one needs is a bang on the head and, presto, one's a racist. Something to do with the prefrontal lobes and the limbic system and the fact that people who take lotsa shots on the head often behave in an unrestrained and egocentric way.

Although I don't agree with her, I'm afraid she's quite right. Most boxers I know are racists, as are football players (American football) and karatekas. These are sports dominated by young black and brown people, and if the beautiful Mary Wakefield thinks her 90-year-old granny was a racist she's got a thing or two coming when she meets some of my fellow martial artists. The best of these artists, the Japanese, think that non-Japanese are clumsy cowards, just as many Latino and black boxers think white pugilists are pixie poofters who belong in dress shops selling women's underwear.

So much for white racism. South Africans of the white persuasion must have had a good laugh reading the divine one's essay, along with white Zimbabweans and other folk around Africa. As Miss Wakefield pointed out, old people enjoy their bigotry, choose and nurture their prejudices as lovingly as they do their cats. Which proves that Africa is populated by very old cat lovers. As is black America and parts of black Britain. Which brings me to Kilroy-Silk and the Arabs. I admit that Kilroy did a Taki, but the latter survived Puerto Rico, he did not. (The Spectator, thank God, is not the BBC.) His only mistake was to include the Arabs in general, rather than their crooked leaders. We owe the Arab leaders nothing, should have been the message. Many Arab and African leaders have oppressed their people, stolen their countries' wealth, murdered and tortured their subjects, and enriched the world's banks, casinos, brothels and arms manufacturers. Muslims and race campaigners in Europe should be screaming against the Arab and African kleptocracies, instead of trying to get publicity by going after small fish like Kilroy and yours truly. It's a bit like the Allies prosecuting German traffic wardens instead of those responsible for the death camps.

Andrew Alexander got it right last week when he wrote in the Daily Mail that our legislators don't give a rat's arse about public opinion, just about that of the chattering classes. …

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