By Dr Phil Edwards-There’s an interesting YouGov survey in today’s Sunday Observer where “expert on the far right”
Matthew Goodwin (pictured left) appears to think that after the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby “….there’s some evidence to suggest that in the aftermath of these tragic events, Britons were more likely to think positively about community relations”.
The bizarre notion that such an event could “help community relations” is in line with the usual media/establishment spin, more suited to a totalitarian society like North Korea or China.
According to Goodwin, the YouGov survey, undertaken within 24 hours of the attack, shows the number of citizens who think conflict between groups is "largely inevitable" has risen by 7% to 40% and “that there will there be a serious clash between British Muslims and white Britons” has also risen by 9% to 59%.
Apart from that bad news, 67% of respondents view Muslims as not compatible with British life which Goodwin says “….point to wider challenges facing government and our local communities.”
Just what “government and local communities” will or can do to change our minds is not clear – perhaps there’s a clue on Goodwin’s web site where he is said to be on a “..full-time secondment to the Department of Communities and Local Government”, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, who say they are there “Shaping Society”.
Shaping Society – just think about that.
It might also worth noting that the Department of Communities and Local Government has given SUBSTANTIAL FUNDING to the unrepresentative and virulently anti British group Hope Not Hate, who put out leaflets telling lies about BNP candidates in local elections, even though not standing in elections themselves, and funded with taxpapers’ money!
According to his own web site, Goodwin has delivered numerous projects and presentations with a range of organisations, including Hope Not Hate.
How academic objectivity and impartiality can be maintained with such a link is questionable.
Finally, back to the survey – generations are divided: only 21% of people over age 60 view Muslims as compatible with British life whereas 38% of 18 to 24 year olds do.
70% of people aged 60 and over think future clashes between Muslims and non Muslims are likely, compared with 48% of 18 to 24 year olds.
What a terrible prospect.
Finally, 50% of over 60s see Muslims as a serious threat to democracy compared with only 19% of 18 to 24 year olds.
All the facts point to Islam being incompatible with Western values and democracy, even though establishment politicians and the media lie to us and tell us otherwise.
Goodwin concludes with “Britain is in the midst of a silent and generational shift away from prejudice, although most of our political leaders remain focused on the short-term benefits to be gained by pitching to the older, and more prejudiced, voters”.
Perhaps the only way out of this potential threat to the peace, stability and identity of our British Nation is to educate young people with real facts, not politically correct ones.
That’s part of what we do.