Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Racist poem

According to a report by Ben Russell in The Independent, Britain’s Opposition Conservative Party chief, Mr David Cameron, faced an embarrassing race row last night when he was forced to suspend a former parliamentary candidate from the party because of a racist email.

The Liberal Democrats reported Mrs Ellenor Bland, who stood as a Tory candidate for Swansea East in the last election, to the Commission for Racial Equality, over the message sent from her email address to council colleagues. They said it showed “deeply unpleasant elements” in the Conservative Party.

Party managers immediately suspended Mrs Bland over the email, which included a poem about immigrants coming to Britain to claim benefits and a cartoon of the white cliffs of Dover emblazoned with the words: “piss off - we’re full”.

Mrs Bland denied sending the email, which was signed “Oh Yes! Ellie”. Her husband, also a Tory councillor, said he forwarded the message as a “light-hearted” joke and said he regretted any offence.

The Poem

I cross ocean poor and broke.
Take bus, see employment folk.
Nice man treat me good in there.
Say I need to see welfare.
Welfare say, “You come no more,
we send cash right to your door.”
Welfare cheques - they make you wealthy!
NHS - it keep you healthy!
By and by, I got plenty money.
Thanks to you, British dummy!
Write to friends in motherland.
Tell them “come fast as you can”.
They come in turbans and Ford trucks.
I buy big house with welfare bucks!
They come here, we live together.
More welfare cheques, it gets better!
Fourteen families, they moving in,
but neighbour’s patience wearing thin.
Finally, white guy moves away.
Now I buy his house, then I say,
“Find more aliens for house to rent.”
And in the yard I put a tent.
Everything is very good,
and soon we own the neighbourhood.
We have hobby, it’s called breeding.
Welfare pay for baby feeding.
Kids need dentist? Wife need pills?
We get free! We got no bills!
Britain crazy! They pay all year,
to keep welfare running here.
We think UK darn good place.
Too darn good for the white man race!
If they no like us, they can scram.
Got lots of room in Pakistan!

But the idea of lots of Britishers visiting Pakistan is not a bad one, from the point of view of promoting improved international understanding, and people-to-people friendship.


Deb Sistrunk said...

The poem, without question, is racist.

Mouse said...

It's racist, but it's very funny.

Anonymous said...

It's racist but it's funny but it's funny because it's true

rama said...

All sterotypes contain some element of recognisable fact, but are essentially distortions. To know whether its funny, it would be useful to look at something that does the same thing to you. So, for instance, one could write about the poor personal hygiene, body odour, halitosis of British people, and that would be hilariously funny for Asians. Racism demeans the one harbouring such attitudes. And its up to the person harbouring this to want to rise above that filth.



Anonymous said...

Funny and factual. Every third shop in Karachi is a migration "agency" offering express entry into the UK.

If it weren't for the fact that most of them are scammers who rip-off economic migrants there'd be even more stinkin' Pakis in Britain than there are now.

The only thing that'll stop the flood from the 3rd world is when there's no whites left to hand out money. You can bet your arse that they'll go elsewhere when there's no more free ride to support their breeding plague.

Nila-kantha-chandra said...

Notwithstanding the offensiveness of the comments, I have retained them here, to allow readers to know the attitudes some people harbour, and the terms in which they express that. It also allows one to see the contradictions in such positions. For instance, what about the "white" invasion of so many parts of the world? What about Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand, which "whites" occupied, after decimating the original inhabitants? Why scream when you are re-colonised in turn? When people have to find ways to survive, they follow all kinds of options. Trying to reach the "white" lands in the hope of a better opportunity is one of them. Immigration controls leads to illegal immigrants. The only enduring solution would be a significant improvement in the economic condition of the labour exportung counties. That in turn is connected to a re-structuring of the international economic order, towards less explotation of the "dark-skinned" nations. But that's not about to happen in a hurry.