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Dont call a spade a spade!


The head of a race watchdog has warned political parties not to inflame racial tensions in the heat of the election campaign.

Trevor Phillips called on politicians to "reduce the temperature" following reports from around the country of racist violence, including attacks on gypsy sites.

The Head of the Commission for Racial Equality urged the parties to think before launching into tirades.

He said: "We want politicians to calm down, take a step back and and realise what their words, and the tone of their words, may do to people on the ground.

"I'm probably the most worried person in the country at the moment. I can't give you survey evidence, but we know what's happening in schools. We know what's happening in factories and so on.

"And I am worried that some of the atmosphere is sour and it is fractious and it is brittle."

Asked if pre-election debates had made the situation worse, he told The Times: "We're beginning to see the signs of it. I don't like what I'm hearing. I think it is becoming ugly".

Conservative leader Michael Howard is expected to spend the day campaigning in the West Country and the East Midlands with a speech on focusing on crime and law and order.

The Prime Minister and his Chancellor will resume their attack on the Tories' spending plans.

But the Liberal Democrats have postponed their manifesto launch as leader Charles Kennedy's wife has given birth to a baby boy.

Frontbench treasury team Vince Cable and David Laws will set out their detailed tax and spending plans.

The latest campaign opinion poll, by NOP for The Independent, suggests Labour has widened its lead over the Conservatives compared to a week ago.

It puts Labour up two points on 38%, the Tories down one point on 32% and the Lib Dems unchanged on 21%.
Clam down? Step back? Realise what actions their ill-considered words cause? Behave like rational humans?

Clearly, ARRSE doesn't tolerate racism, but that's not my point here. What on earth are the electorate supposed to think when their leaders are behaving like total buffoons? How can these people attack the BNP for 'segregational' politics when they're clearly just as guilty?

Congrats to the Kennedy family btw! :D

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Racism be damned; its not about race with gypsies - it is about their complete disregard for the accepted social norms that the majority of people put up with sans bleating. They say they want to live an alternative life-style outside our society but they don't mind using society when it pays them too.

If I build that extension I so dearly would love and don't get planning permission et cetera, watch the council stosstruppe deploy. If one of the Sullivan family (to name a noted passel of tinkers) do it, then it gets put in the "too difficult box" for enforcement but they still collect his rubbish from outside his illegal, non-council tax paying bungalow-gaff...

Yes, I will be voting for the Toryistas. If Bliar visits Glos. then he needn't waste his energy coming up the drive because I'll set the dogs on him. Or the wife. Actually if he does come up the drive he'll probably break his fat little ankles because I really need to do something about those pot holes...
I recall Roy Hattersly being asked in 1983 (?) whether Labour were afraid to discuss the 'race issue', and would use politically correct terms. He replied that he wasn't afraid "to call a spade a spade".
He said he wasn't afraid to call a spade a spade. It was either at a press conference during the election or a Question Time special. Either way no-one made much of it, suspect no-one saw it as meant in any other sense than 'plain speaking'. Common sense was allowed in those early PC-lingo days.
Surely this is no more than poltical opportunism as ever. Any opportunity for a sound bite justifies an excess of hot air, regardless of the party!
Trevor Phillips is a trouble-maker. He's always looking to stir up a problem where there really isn't one - to wit his call for racial segregation in schools to give black kids better teaching, and so on & so forth...
Does anyone else find it coincidental that on the day that Michael Howard makes a speech on "law and order" and therefore probably immigration, in the west midlands (large immigration drop-off zone), that the Times (labour leaning paper) produces an article by the Head of the CRE (Trevor Philips - hmmm, Labour member perhaps!) makes this ridiculous statement.

Good to see someone is able to conduct Joint-Up Operations!
Talking of Law & Order and Racism in the same breath - What's the legality of a Black Policeman's Association? Isn't it about time we had a White Policeman's Association too, just to balance things up. While we're at it, a Yellow one would be nice, and a Coffee coloured one would blend in!
Queensman said:
Talking of Law & Order and Racism in the same breath - What's the legality of a Black Policeman's Association? Isn't it about time we had a White Policeman's Association too, just to balance things up. While we're at it, a Yellow one would be nice, and a Coffee coloured one would blend in!
Ah, leave them be. If some people want to consider themselves "different", then they shall be. It's a shame there can't just be one association, but a lot of non-white coppers probably feel they have a hard time breaking into the upper strata of any association or union that's still run largely by white people. More pangs of tribalism, methinks...

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