Bigotgate: Brown was right first time
Its one of the problems of being on the go and doing stuff that you occasionally loose touch with the sudden newsflashes from the media, and today is no really noteworthy exception, other than the way little bits of info have dripped through. The story runs thus: Brown has been charming to a woman, got in a car and told his aides she’s a bigot. The media goes ballistic at Brown. One minor detail gets completely missed: the woman is, in fact, a bigot.
The Twitterverse was quickly abuzz with what Brown said, everyone clambering to rule out any political future for Brown. The London Evening Standard I just found discarded on this train seems very “final” in its language. If you watch the reaction as I have, i.e. spending a long time picking up a trail of comments with little access to what really happened, you probably get the picture of a Prime Minister blowing a fuse over nothing.
But it isn’t nothing. There may be very few people saying it, and I might not be “on message” for the Labour party by saying this, but Brown was right first time. His crime is the climb down, not the original statement. And now I’ve read this blog post, I want to come out and make it very clear that I believe attacking EU workers is bigoted.
By definition, an EU worker has not grown up under the care of the NHS. Unlike myself, the NHS didn’t spend some figure I can’t be bothered to research on delivering them, giving them immunisations, checkups and medicines when they fell ill during their first 18 years. They didn’t get an education out of the British taxpayers’ purse, either; certainly not before University level education, and arguably not after. If we’re talking “flocking East European’s”, let me say that the conditions they grew up under sorely need more money putting into them, not the brain drain they are currently suffering.
These people come here fit and ready to work, and then pay UK taxes, and then what? They get told they’re “flocking here”, as if they’re pigeons or crows, a sort of vermin descending from the sky.
The writer of the aforementioned blog post says something very profound, but completely “in passing”: “All of you with the British passports and the huge sense of entitlement”. Yep, that’s us all right. The people who some how believe we’re blessed by who or whatever, but desire to horde, as if somehow we earned our right to sole usage and benefit of this land.
I must admit, I wasn’t going to write this until the idea was planted by a foreigner. What is it about prophets that they teach us most if they come from outside our country? But I did feel uneasy at the realisation that this so-called bigot had in fact attacked non-British people;
What if she’d attacked gay people, making some allegation about Brown’s policy on gay marriage. Surely she’d have been much less useful to the media? What if a man complained about all these women who didn’t realise they should just stay at home, instead of taking up half the jobs available? In this election, a hierarchy of minorities is opening up, with race at the very bottom.
Yes, an election creates a bizarre situation, in as much as you often need to convince people to trust you enough to vote you in before you can make a real difference that begins to change their minds. I’m frustrated that Brown was left few realistic options other than to back down. In honesty, I cannot blame him, as I would probably have done the same. But I’m still seriously angry at how this has played out, and the fact we live in such a closed minded society we attack our Prime Minister for stating a truth we don’t want to hear.