Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A Stranger in My Own Land

I just read this in a Danish blog Snaphranen--just below the video from Rosengaard--and found it interesting because it seems to be written, not by a Jew, but by the wife of a priest. The link to the full article at the end of the quote--Do Read it All!

I have just returned to London, where I have lived since I was 11. I have been away for four years, living as an ethnic minority in a mono-cultural part of the world, amassing a host of stories to tell to disbelieving friends. On the whole, I am glad to return. I shan’t miss some locals’ assumptions that, being a white woman, if I was outside after dark, as I occasionally was, usually to walk the few metres between my house and the church, I must be a prostitute eager to give them a blow job. I shan’t miss the abuse my priest husband received: the daubing of “Dirty white dogs” in red paint on the church door, the barrage of stones thrown at him by children shouting “Satan”. He was called a “f***ing white bastard” more than once, though, notably, never when in a cassock. I will also not miss the way our garden acted as the local rubbish dump, with items ranging from duvets and TV sets, to rats (dead or twitching) glued to cardboard strips, a popular local method of vermin control to stem the large numbers of them which scuttled between the rubbish piled in gardens and on pavements. Yes, I am very glad to have left Britain’s second city. For four years, we lived in inner-city Birmingham, in what has been a police no-go area for 20 years[...] 

Bishop of Rochester
To a London reader, born and bred with multiculturalism, I know that my stories may come across as outlandish and exaggerated, and that I must surely be a BNP voter--I have observed people’s expressions as they have listened to my tales of life in Brum. When I recently told a friend how a large Taliban flag fluttered gaily on a house near St Andrew’s football stadium for some months, her cry of “Can’t you tell the police?” made me reflect how far many of our inner cities have been abandoned by our key workers: our doctors and nurses drive in from afar, the police, as mentioned before, have shut down their stations and never venture in unless in extremis--they and ambulance crews have been known to be attacked---even the local Imam lives in a leafier area...Standpoint Magazine, Mole Special: A Stranger in My Own Land, January / February 2011.

Also of interest, (although I don't usually read the Daily Mail) is a story quoting Dr Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester (a senior Anglican) who is a respected personality of course the muslim clerics were in an uproar...Islamic extremism creating ‘no-go’ areas for non-Muslims in Britain, says Bishop of Rochester.

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