Editor's note: WorldNetDaily's roving international
correspondent Anthony LoBaido filed this report from
London on the disturbing cultural and political direction
Great Britain has taken under the leadership of Prime
Minister Tony Blair.
By Anthony LoBaido
© 2001 WorldNetDaily.com
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LONDON - The murals that decorate the walls inside
the British Parliament depict the grandeur and sweeping
history of this once-greatest of nations, a nation
that spread its influence to the four corners of the
Earth -- from India to Australia, from Canada to South
Africa -- until it was said, "The sun never sets
on the British Empire." Today, however, the traditions,
lexicon, ethnicity and values of Great Britain are
increasingly being questioned and, some would say,
and hell in North Korea
of the Marxist ANC
free from Saddam
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female assassin squads
seeks to strip U.S., UK of territories
Mugabe buy the farm?
steals the farm
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|One member of Parliament
deeply troubled about the current direction in which
Great Britain is heading is Conservative Roger Gale.
A former BBC reporter and producer, Gale is well known
for a popular teen-oriented program he once worked on
in the '70s. Additionally, Gale has served on the Home
Affairs and Armed Forces parliamentary committees. He
also served on the Speaker's Chairman Panel that chairs
all bills before Parliament. Gale was elected to Parliament
in 1983, representing the North Thanet constituency.
When Gale speaks about Prime Minister Tony Blair, there
is no question about his belief that this nation is indeed
moving in the wrong direction and that her course must be
"At times, Tony Blair seems incapable of telling the
truth, and he believes his own lies," Gale said. "Even
petty things, like how he watched a certain soccer match,
sitting behind the goal mouth of a certain team and player
who was never there.
Gale, who defeated Blair's wife, Cherie, when she ran for
the same parliamentary seat in 1983, continued, "Blair
exploits the Royal Family. Blair hates the United Kingdom
- he wants to break it up. Blair's breakup of the UK has
actually gone so far that, under the present structure of
government, it is irreversible. He makes statements to the
press before speaking about the same issues to the House
of Commons. He is a good deliverer but not a real performer.
He is a good deliverer of other people's ideas."
Said Gale, "But you must understand: Blair can exploit
any issue. When his son was arrested for drinking, he made
a speech in fact, saying, 'Oh, I am a parent just like the
average citizen and I, too, feel your concerns for your
Blair also has said he is "terrified" of his
son getting involved in drugs, although the Labour Party
has handed out campaign literature at "rave" parties
in which British teenagers are taking the drug "ecstasy,"
which is currently sweeping the UK and Europe like a wildfire.
Traditionally, the foreign policies of the U.S. and UK march
in lockstep. When the complete human genome was recently
documented, Blair and President Bill Clinton together addressed
the world on that subject via satellite hookup from both
sides of the Atlantic. Some consider Blair to be a "control
freak," obsessed with controlling the members of his
Labour Party, especially what they say to the press.
Despite his detractors, Blair was elected in 1997 in a
landslide, one in which Gale managed to retain his seat
as an MP by 2,270 votes.
What's in a name?
|One example of political
correctness in the UK that has emerged under Blair is
the assertion that "Britishness" means racism.
"The Labour Party is now saying
that it is actually wrong to be 'British' because Britishness
is racism," said Gale, in reference to the Labour desire
to destroy all ethnic or racial nation-states.
Added Gale, "Our immigration policy is in tatters
because of Blair. We have so many economic migrants pouring
into the UK."
According to a recent report penned by Bhikhu Parekh, a
professor of political science at the University of Hull,
"Britishness" and "Englishness" are
racially coded terms.
The study was embraced by Blair's minions, yet rejected,
at least in part, by Home Secretary Jack Straw, a Labour
Gerald Howarth, a Conservative Party lawmaker, called the
report "politically-correct garbage."
"The overwhelming majority of the population are homogeneous,
white, Anglo-Saxons," Howarth said. "We haven't
been invaded for 1,000 years [since the Norman invasions
of 1066 A.D.]."
Britain's population stands at 56 million. Of its citizenry,
over 93 percent are white -- not counting 2 million Irish
who are counted in a separate fashion. Residing in the nation
are 350,000 Africans, 800,000 Afro-Caribbean immigrants,
230,000 Bangladeshis, 170,000 Chinese, 950,000 Indians and
Some areas around London are over 30 to 50 percent non-white,
and many non-white immigrants are also worried about retaining
their own cultural, ethnic and religious identity. Many
minority groups are tired of looking at themselves as "minorities"
and are eager to participate in all areas of life and culture
as equals, rather than "oppressed and alienated minorities"
on the outskirts of society.
Straw, commenting on the report, said he rejected the report's
assertion that Britain was a "mixture of communities"
such as Scots, Welsh, Irish, English and the immigrant communities.
"I do not accept the arguments of those on the nationalist
right or the liberal left that Britain as a cohesive whole
is dead," said Straw. "Britishness has become
inclusive with people happily defining themselves as black
British or Chinese British."
Parekh, who graduated from the University of Bombay, stated
of his report, "We do not denigrate British history.
There is a very important role for a common national culture
and a common civic nationality. But we are requesting that
this common culture needs to be discussed and renegotiated."
Parekh's ideas on "renegotiating" Britain's common
culture were soundly rebuffed in an editorial by the Daily
Mail: "Such were the means by which Stalin and Hitler
twisted the past to suit their own political purposes."
New woes for 'New Labour'
When Blair and Labour came to power, major pundits were
stating that the Conservatives would "never come to
power again." Yet men like Gale are quick to highlight
points of destabilization within Blair's regime and feel
that the prime minister is vulnerable.
A combination of factors contributed to Blair's huge win.
Then-Prime Minister John Major had grown stale in the public's
eye. His muddled message and post-Gulf War recession soured
the public on him. Furthermore, Blair has transnational
media powerbrokers like Rupert Murdoch in his corner.
According to Gale, "It's well known that Blair, before
becoming prime minister, traveled to Australia to meet with
media mogul Rupert Murdoch."
What did they discuss? According to Tracey Kinchen, a former
MI-6 intelligence field agent, "Blair and Murdoch struck
a deal. Murdoch told Blair that he would switch the support
of his British tabloid -- The Sun -- from Major to Blair.
The quid pro quo was that Blair would, when taking the chair
of the rotating European presidency [Britain was given first
crack at the presidency as an inducement to join the EU],
grant Murdoch's satellite TV network almost unlimited broadcasting
rights around the European continent. Poor John Major, he
was a very nice and decent man. But he had too many principles
and owned too few newspapers and satellites."
Some newspaper polls have shown that Blair's popularity
has been steadily dropping, reaching a low suffered by the
Conservatives in 1992. Conservative leader William Hague
stated that Blair's government was "paying the price
for arrogance and complacency and broken promises."
The recent fuel crisis surely helped stoke the fires of
resentment. In the UK, if one buys £10 worth of petrol,
£7 are paid as a tax. Blair has refused any tax concessions,
which are used, in part, to pay for social programs. Blair
said his taxes on petrol were "a victory for democratic
government." Today over 85 percent of Britons want
taxes on Petrol reduced and a large majority supported the
A poll in The News of the World indicates about 38 percent
would vote for the Conservatives and 36 percent for Labour
in a current election. Fully 73 percent said Blair was "out
of touch and arrogant." Just 18 percent said Blair
was "in tune with the nation." Public opinion
has fallen dramatically since Labour's 1997 election victory
in which the party won a 179-seat majority in the House
Gale told WorldNetDaily that the Blair win was, in terms
of the votes, not as overwhelming as the media presented
"Blair actually received less popular votes than John
Major did in 1993," said Gale. "The Tories [Conservatives]
had been in power for so long that people were fed up with
In the recent elections held at the end of last summer,
the Conservative Party won almost 600 local council seats,
this after the party also gained a victory in the European
On a local level, Labour's landslide indirectly led to
the ascension of Ken Livingston -- known as "Red Ken"
because of his pro-Marxist views -- to the office of mayor
of London. One of Livingston's most recent actions was to
announce his desire to take down all the statues of Napier,
Havelock and other heroes of the British Empire and replace
them with ones of his choosing. Blair, through back-door
maneuvering, actually tried to deny Livingston the chance
to run for mayor. But "Red Ken" left Labour and
ran successfully as an independent, with Conservative candidate
Steve Norris coming in second and the official Labour candidate,
Frank Dobson, being humiliated.
Blair's red carpet
One of the ugliest blemishes on Blair's record, according
to his critics, is the way he has dealt with communist leaders
in North Korea, Zimbabwe, China and Russia.
Some analysts charge Blair with coddling Russian President
Vladimir Putin at the height of the Chechen war. Instead
of confronting Putin over the Russian army's human-rights
abuses during the conflict, Blair flew to St. Petersburg
and praised Putin's "intelligence," "toughness"
and "un-Sovietness." Many believe Blair fears
Russia's instability and nuclear arsenal.
Blair has also been less than confrontational with the
communist government of China. London police brutalized
British citizens who peacefully protested the visit to the
UK by China's dictator Jiang Zemin. The beatings were recorded,
in some cases, by major international media outlets and
broadcast throughout the world. The British protesters were
demonstrating against China's human-rights record -- its
persecution of Christians, Falung Gong and political dissidents
and forced abortions and organ harvesting. The main focus
of the protest was China's occupation and suppression of
Said Gale, "The police reaction concerning the visit
of the communist Chinese leadership and their visiting dictator
-- my personal reaction in hindsight is that it was heavy-handed
and over the top. These kind of demonstrations are hard
to police. It is really a lose-lose situation for the police.
If they are too rough, they are criticized. If they don't
handle the crowds well and something goes wrong, then they
are also criticized. Paul Condon, the police chief in charge
for this event, is a straight shooter. And he said that
no politics were involved. Home Secretary Jack Straw has
authority over the metropolitan police as in no other county."
Another problem confronting the police is what to do about
the Shiite Muslims on the streets of London openly calling
for jihad against "white and Christian Europe."
These radical Muslims openly invite others of the same bent
to come to Afghanistan for military training. So far, the
official police response has been, "Unless they commit
an actual crime, we cannot arrest them."
Just recently the Blair regime announced that it was establishing
formal ties with North Korea. Blair's Foreign Office said
engagement, not estrangement, was the best policy toward
the Stalinist country of 22 million people.
"This allows us to engage with North Korea on issues
of human rights and those related to non-proliferation,''
said a British Foreign Office spokesman.
Additionally, the Blair regime has also befriended the
new Marxist ANC government in South Africa while at the
same time abandoning the Kurdish Resistance Movement based
in part in the UK.
Many believe Blair's policy toward the UK's former colony
of Rhodesia-Zimbabwe to be the most egregious. Blair's government
stood back while Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe ordered
the murder of white farmers and many of his black political
Blair's "hands off" policy concerning Zimbabwe
does not apply to all of Africa. He dispatched legions of
British troops to protect the diamond profits of Sierra
Leone, another former British colony. Sierra Leone had been
brought under control by Executive Outcomes, the Apartheid
mercenary army, but when the mercenaries pulled out, the
diamond profits of the white, wealthy British mine-owners
were threatened. Hence Blair's dispatch of the troops. Blair's
government has also offered the pro-Western, anti-communist
UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi asylum in the UK and the chance
to keep all of his wealth -- if he will abandon his three-decade-long
war against the Russian-backed MPLA regime in Angola. By
surrendering, Savimbi would, in fact, be turning over the
vast mineral treasures of southern Angola to the U.S. and
the UK. The MPLA has been long financed by British and American
oil and mining companies, and trained by Executive Outcomes.
According to Blair's critics, his support for the United
Nations' goals of world government, the erosion of British
sovereignty via the European Union and the U.N.'s recent
declarations to strip the UK of all of her foreign territories
add to the prime minister's foreign policy missteps.
Trouble in paradise
Blair has many other issues to deal with as well. One such
issue relates to the recent government findings concerning
drug abuse, alcoholism among women, teen-age pregnancy and
unwed mothers (40 percent of all births in 1998 in the UK
were out of wedlock) -- all of which are either highest
or among the highest in all of Europe. In terms of drug
use by young people, national surveys have shown that over
50 percent of those between 18 and 24 in the UK have experimented
with drugs. In France, within the same age group, it is
about 33 percent. Cocaine use under Blair's time in office
has almost tripled and heroin is a major problem compared
with the rest of Europe.
In response, Blair has been accused of trying to adopt
John Major's "Back to Basics" program aimed ostensibly
at addressing these social ills. It has been said that Labour,
throughout the 20th century, was fragmented, disorganized
and reactive, instead of proactive. Blair is trying to change
"Drugs are a real threat to our society. But from
my own study of drugs, I've found out that kids will not
automatically progress to harder drugs. People find the
drug they are comfortable with and stick to it," said
"The youth I've known are pretty conservative. I am
not saying the young people never have sex or get drunk.
But in general, they care about the elderly and the environment.
We have great kids in the UK."
Other problems Blair has tried to address are the Soviet-style
waiting lines for access to the UK's National Health Service.
For example, a heart bypass can take over 13 months to schedule
and, while 60 percent of Americans survive colon cancer,
less than 30 percent of Brits afflicted will pull through.
The vast majority of British people -- of all political
persuasions -- seem to have a "soft spot" for
the concept of the National Health Service, so major reforms
will be difficult to push through for any British leader,
no matter what his or her party affiliation might be.
Then there are the long-term unemployment problems, rising
crime (over 50 million crimes documented by the police in
1998) that has now led to the arming of the police with
actual firearms, high taxes, the longest workweek in all
of Europe and rising class sizes in schools.
Concerning Blair's pro-European Union agenda, Gale is resolute.
"As I said, Blair's breakup of the UK has gone so
far that under the present structure of government, it is
irreversible. If you believe in the United Kingdom, as I
do, then what can one do to redress this issue? I would
abolish both houses of Parliament and create an English
Parliament like they now have in Scotland. We would have
fewer than 659 members sitting now in the chambers of the
House of Commons. I would abolish also the House of Lords.
The House of Lords, as now constituted, is a half-baked
entity. I call them 'Tony's Cronies,'" Gale concluded.
No Labour Party prime minister has ever been elected to
a second full term. Blair hopes to reverse that trend and
buck the forces of history. Only time will tell if he will
C. LoBaido is a longtime contributor to WorldNetDaily.com