From ‘The Truth Is Bad News” Department:
Nigel Hastilow: he was forced to go after refusing to retract his remarks
Francis Elliott, Deputy Political Editor/Times Online
A Conservative candidate who said that Enoch Powell was right about immigration resigned yesterday, insisting that he had done nothing wrong.
Nigel Hastilow, a former newspaper editor and until yesterday the Tory candidate for the marginal seat of Halesowen in the West Midlands, quit after a meeting with Caroline Spelman, the party chairman.
He had been asked to apologise for an article he wrote for the Express and Star newspaper in Wolverhampton in which he invoked Mr Powell’s infamous “Rivers of blood” speech. “When you ask most people in the Black Country what the single biggest problem facing the country is, most say immigration,” he wrote. “Many insist: ‘Enoch Powell was right.’
“Enoch, once MP for Wolverhampton South-West, was sacked from the Conservative front bench and marginalised politically for his 1968 ‘Rivers of blood’ speech, warning that uncontrolled immigration would change our country irrevocably. He was right. It has changed dramatically.”
The candidate, the former editor of The Birmingham Post, was asked during the one-hour meeting at Ms Spelman’s home in Solihull to make a full public apology as a condition of staying a parliamentary candidate.
In the official statement announcing his resignation Mr Hastilow said that he was sorry if his article had “undermined the progress David Cameron has made on the issue of immigration” but he failed to retract his remarks. Afterwards, he said that he had been unable to “come to terms” with the Tory party chairman.
He said: “They wanted me to issue a statement apologising and I didn’t feel I had anything to apologise for,” he said. “If I had said sorry I could have stayed on, but I am not sorry.” He repeated that immigration was an important issue. “As far as I am concerned, there are too many people coming into the country and we cannot afford to accommodate them.”
He told The Times that he had been taken aback by the support that he had received. “I have had hundreds of e-mails from all over the country telling me to keep at it. I left a pile of them with Caroline.”
He added that he accepted that his political career was now at an end.
Mr Hastilow had received the support of his local party before meeting with Ms Spelman. Mary Docker, the chairman of the Halesowen and Rowley Regis Conservative Association, said: “He’s a very strong local candidate who’s got the Labour Party scared.”
After his resignation Jeffrey Hill, a local Tory councillor and member of Mr Hastilow’s campaign team, said: “I would have continued to support him as a local candidate. When he said that people were raising immigration as their primary concern on the doorstep he was telling the truth.”
* Looks like the people don’t matter in
new Islamic Britannia
However, Mr Hill conceded that the candidate had come to the seat with a reputation for being outspoken. Standing for the Tories in 2001 in Edgbaston, Mr Hastilow wrote that William Hague, then the party leader, was “struggling to reignite a party which seems to have lost the fire needed to do battle and lost the will to win”.
Although Mr Hastilow’s resignation spares Mr Cameron some embarrassment, senior politicians expressed disappointment that he had not been summarily dismissed like Patrick Mercer, sacked from the front bench for condoning racial abuse in the Armed Forces.
Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, said: “It is right that Mr Hastilow will not stand as a candidate but the real question is why did David Cameron dither for 24 hours over whether to sack him before Mr Hastilow resigned. David Cameron still has not condemned Mr Hastilow’s words and he must do so without any further dithering.”
‘We must be mad, literally mad . . . ’
These are extracts from Enoch Powell’s speech on April 20, 1968 to Conservatives in the West Midlands:
Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants who are for the most part the material of future growth of the immigrant-descended population.
“It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. As I look ahead I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood’. That tragic and intractable phenomenon which we watch with horror on the other side of the Atlantic but which there is interwoven with the history and existence of the States itself, is coming upon us here by our own volition and our own neglect.
“Indeed, it has all but come in numerical terms, it will be of American proportions long before the end of the century. Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now.
“Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see and not to speak would be the greatest betrayal.”
* Indeed. There is lots of betrayal going on in the Western world today. And its been a long time since a traitor was hanged for treason…
They cured polio, flew to the moon, perfected the heart transplant — wait, no, scratch that. But they did do absolutely everything else.
There is a certain sadness to this kind of ridiculous triumphalism, for it just begs the question of why, then, is the Islamic world so mired in misery today?
But that question, of course, brings us right back to Zionist Crusader paranoia. It’s too bad Muslim scientists haven’t discovered a cure for that.
LAHORE: Muslim scientists have made all discoveries of the current age, said University of Columbia’s Arabic and Islamic Studies prof George Saliba at a seminar at the Government College University (GCU) on Monday. The seminar, titled The Problems of Historiography of Islamic Science, was held at Fazl-e-Hussain Hall. Saliba gave a critique of the standard classical accounts of the rise of Islamic science. He detailed problems in the accounts and explained alternative historiography that described the rise of an Islamic scientific tradition as a result of social and political conditions within the nascent Islamic empire. He said Muslim philosophy was the impetus behind Islamic science that had contributed to various disciplines including botany, zoology, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, astronomy, physics, chemistry, physiology and mathematics in the pre-industrial era. He said the use of decimal fractions was not a Western invention and that it was discovered by a Muslim scientist. He said the binary system, on which the computer was based, was also invented by a Muslim scientist. He said Arab/Islamic science was not an intermediary between Greek science and European science, but was rather the Renaissance that integrated the Islamic science with European science. Saliba also visited the English Language and Literature Department where he engaged faculty members in a conversation on the Islamic and Renaissance paradigms.
* There you go. Still wondering why they cook history, destroy Buddha statues and deny that the temple mount belongs to the Jews?
* Islam and Muslims for 1400 years have nothing to show for except destruction, enslavement, piracy, subjugation of infidels, and overall abject poverty. They have developed the spinning of tall tales and false claims into a fine art. Ever since Muhammad claimed that Jesus, Moses, Abraham etc. were all Muslims, the soldiers of Allah usurped other peoples achievements while at the same time destroying everything that stood in the way of Islam.
Isn’t it odd that Moses Maimonides, a Jewish rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Andalusia was actually Shaykh Musa bin Maymoun al-Qurtubi for the Muslims?
Why not? Was he not a good dhimmi who was allowed to live and work in Islamic Spain? So why not claim his achievements for Islam?
You can find the good ‘sheik Maimonides’ on Yusuf Irfan’s website, aptly named ‘planet irf’- but we won’t link to it…
Yet the philosopher Maimonides, a Jew who lived for a time in Muslim Spain and then fled that supposedly tolerant and pluralistic land, remarked, “you know, my brethren, that on account of our sins God has cast us into the midst of this people, the nation of Ishmael, who persecute us severely, and who devise ways to harm us and to debase us…No nation has ever done more harm to Israel. None has matched it in debasing and humiliating us. None has been able to reduce us as they have….We have borne their imposed degradation, their lies, and absurdities, which are beyond human power to bear.”
Notably, Maimonides directed that Jews could teach rabbinic law to Christians, but not to Muslims. For Muslms, he said, will interpret what they are taught “according to their erroneous principles and they will oppress us. [F]or this reason…they hate all [non-Muslims] who live among them.” But the Christians, he said, “admit that the text of the Torah, such as we have it, is intact” — as opposed to the Islamic view that the Jews and Christians have corrupted their scriptures. Christians, continued Maimonides, “do not find in their religious law any contradiction with ours.”
* Nietsche quote of the day:
* With a great goal one is superior even to justice, not only to one’s deeds and one’s judges.