Thought for today

Jan 30, 2018 by

by Ann Farmer, The Conservative Woman:

Trevor Phillips, the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality and its successor body, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, draws attention to the ‘open secret’ among middle-class Londoners who can’t afford private-school fees. They are seeking state schools with a high proportion of children from a Chinese or Indian background because, educationally, ‘the immigrants have finally overtaken the natives’ (Sunday Telegraph, January 28, 2018).

Although on the Left of politics, Mr Phillips is an advocate of free speech and warns that the ‘multiculturalism’ of the hard Left leads to segregation, but he failed to mention the concerted efforts of Left and Right to consign British culture to the dustbin of history as an embarrassing reminder of less enlightened times. Immigrants are fortunate to have a culture of their own to sustain them, since they are expected to integrate into a cultural vacuum.

He also failed to mention religion as an influential factor in raising educational standards; Church of England and Catholic schools, targeted by the humanist lobby for their ‘divisiveness’, outperform their state equivalents in inner-city areas, precisely because – with Mr Phillips – they do not ‘believe in the biological superiority of some races’. Moreover, they also value the family, an idea Mr Phillips mentions only in the context of noting ‘the effort and discipline so characteristic of migrant families’, including his own.

Governments of Left and Right seek to pander to the politically-correct disdain of marriage, despite the fact that it is still the best social setting in which to bring up children. Significantly, same-sex marriage, which progressive politicians of all parties adore, by its nature is forced to rely on acquiring children with someone else’s help and intervention, not to mention lots of money. More boringly, poor couples tend to ‘grow their own’, but Mr Phillips’s CRE was subsumed by the EHRC, which included ‘sexuality’ in its remit, illustrating the fact that among political progressives ‘gay is the new black’.

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