That Aidan Burley, what a wanker eh?
“Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!”
he tweeted yesterday whilst providing a scintillating running commentary on the Olympic opening ceremony. Him and his right-wing mates (Toby Young, everyone at the Daily Mail) are up in arms about the “£27 million party political broadcast for the Labour Party” put together by Danny Boyle.
They’re objecting to the NHS, gays and non-white people featuring prominently. They can dress it up in whatever language they like, but that is the nub of it. What they saw wasn’t socialism. It was just basic tolerance and enlightened thinking. But even that’s too much for them.
Burley is in quite a bit of trouble and there have been lots of calls for him to apologise. He hasn’t helped himself by coming up with the worst defence ever:
“Seems my tweet has been misunderstood. I was talking about the way it was handled in the show, not multiculturalism itself”.
But best of all:
“why there was the huge, disproportionate focus on rap music when it is a small part of multiculturalism.”
The “disproportionate focus on rap music” amounted to a one minute appearance by Dizzee Rascal.
Burley has made a boo-boo. A very big boo-boo.
Of course we’ve been here before with this dick. This is the guy who thought it would be amusing to attend a stag party where guests were wearing Nazi uniforms (I’m sure it was just harmless banter after all, as these things so often are). Burley is a racist, to be blunt.
But why the huge outcry? His appalling views were hardly unknown before yesterday. He’s a member of a political party with a horrible track record of racism that they have only toned down because it isn’t really considered good form anymore if a party wants to win an election (although, to be fair, I don’t think all Tories are racists. Just a lot of them are.)
Burley’s mistake was to say what he thought. What do people think that the Tories views on ‘multiculturalism’ (a convenient euphemism if ever I heard one) actually are? Do we really think they are all cuddly, progressive liberals? They aren’t, and Burley is just saying what many (although not all) of his colleagues think on these issues.
Would it better that he didn’t say them? No, in my opinion. It’s better that people say what they really think. Then we can honestly debate the issues and expose Burley’s views for what they are; ignorant prejudice. Whether we like it or not Burley is speaking for millions of people all over Britain and those views cannot be wished away, however much the rest of us might like to. They need to be tackled head on.
Burley is being expected to apologise for his honest opinion. How does that work exactly?
There is a trend, something that I observed yesterday in fact, that when someone says something off the cuff that clearly represents their honest views but isn’t considered acceptable that they are forced to retract it. Why? Wouldn’t it be better for Burley to have to try, and fail, to justify what he said rather than just shutting him up?
When Nick Griffin came on Question Time and was forced to answer for and explain his views he was made to look a complete prick and his party has never recovered (although of course there are other factors at play with the demise of the BNP).
The cause of anti-racism is far better served by people like Aidan Burley saying what they really think. He shouldn’t be expected to apologise, unless he really thinks about what he has said and realises how nauseating it was (a man with such blasé views on Nazi uniforms probably won’t be doing that though, I’d assume…….) There are other ways to hold him account. The next election is only a couple of years away.