Millipede on Free Speech

Those who have listened to David Starkey’s comments made last week on Newsnight will, doubtless, have formed their own opinions on the matter. For me, I observe that he spoke some uncomfortable truths. For those in the studio with him, such truths were so unpalatable that he had to be silenced with shouting down and the usual cry of “racist” along with the straw man. He was accused of saying that black is bad and white is good. Yet it is patently obvious to even the most casual of observers that he said nothing of the sort. And, frankly, the cry of “racist” is nothing more than the tool of the pernicious totalitarian who has no truck with dissenting voices and uses it to drown out members of the awkward squad when they dare to voice heresy. Starkey may have made his point clumsily on occasion, but given the hostile viper’s nest in which he was trying to make it, that comes as no surprise.

Naturally, his detractors subsequently penned articles decrying what he didn’t say to the vacuous applause of the their home crowds in Islington and the Guardian offices. Let them, I say. This is because I want people to see these nasty buffoons for what they are; intolerant bigots who will allow no voices to air opinions that differ from their politically correct view of the world –  even when that view blows up in their faces and someone points out that, perhaps, a certain type of culture being adopted by youths of different racial origins is, perhaps, not a good thing.

Now we have that loathsome arthropod Millipede the minor deciding that he should not make such points at all.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has described historian David Starkey’s comments on race as “disgusting and outrageous”.

Actually, no, they are not. They hit the nail very firmly on its head and drove it home with remarkable accuracy.

Mr Starkey told BBC Two’s Newsnight “whites have become black” after four days of rioting across England.

Mr Starkey added that “a particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic, gangster culture has become the fashion”.

Yes, he did. These were perfectly reasonable observations of what has been happening in certain parts of our country –  the sink estates of London, for example. Not so for Millipede the minor:

Mr Miliband said these were “racist comments, frankly, and there is no place for them in our society”.

There is no place for them in our society. And that is why Millipede the minor is such a repugnant, disgusting, loathsome appalling little shit who is patently unfit for any form of office, high or low. It doesn’t matter whether Starkey was right or wrong. Indeed it doesn’t matter whether what he said was, indeed, racist. There should always be a place for everyone to comment as they see fit about whatever they wish. This is a matter of free speech. Not merely the freedom to utter the banal platitudes of what the political elite decide is acceptable, but the ugly, raw and frankly contrary speech that they don’t want to hear –  particularly when it is the truth. If Starkey is wrong, then we can listen and rebut. But, actually, he isn’t wrong. Millipede and his fellow travellers are the ones who are wrong.

Speaking at Haverstock School, his former school in Chalk Farm in London, Mr Miliband also said it was “absolutely outrageous that someone in the 21st Century could be making that sort of comment”.

Is it? Is it, indeed? What I find outrageous is that in the 21st  Century we have nasty little charlatans like Millipede deciding what we should or should not be allowed to say. And, believing as I do in freedom of speech, I am perfectly happy to allow him to say it. We can see him for the odious little totalitarian that he is.

He added: “There should be condemnation from every politician, from every political party of those sorts of comments.”

No, there shouldn’t. The only condemnation should be for the BBC and its panel who barracked and hectored a man who was trying to put across a valid observation and for the slimeball politicians who would dare to presume what is, or is not acceptable speech.

19 comments for “Millipede on Free Speech

  1. John
    August 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Thing is, I can almost understand why Milliband thinks the way he does. I mean there’s not much patois spoken on the streets of Primrose Hill is there?

  2. August 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Good post – Miliband is guilty of putting the fashionable biases of his coterie before the free speech we all aspire to. He should aspire to free speech too of course – but does he?

    Of course not. He chickens out as soon as he spots a political point to be scored, however feeble and vacuous. As he would unfailingly do if he ever became PM.

  3. August 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Starkey was a bit embarrassing though when he went into his Gene Wilder “Silver Streak” routine.

  4. Jeremy Poynton
    August 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Michael F – the poor bloke had been verbally mugged. He looked in shock at the end, as if he couldn’t believe how he had been treated. Denied the right to speech, denied the right to his views.
    He was set up, and the presented and the two studio Rent-A-Lefties jumped Starkey, who had, one assumes, come expecting a civilised debate. Instead he got looted.

  5. August 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I wholly agree with what you say about Ned Sonovared, but Starkey was clumsy and should have tried to make his point a little better. He hasn’t really helped matters too much, because instead of having a grown-up discussion about these important issues, we’re stuck with the usual screeching from the left, and the point gets lost in the shouting. Of course, he should be free to say what he wants.

    • August 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

      I also think he should have left the spectre of Enoch Powell at home, but that doesn’t detract from the core point here.

  6. Tarka the Rotter
    August 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    By his words, and his adenoidal whine, shall ye know him…

    • August 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Just love that name, Tarka.

      • Tarka the Rotter
        August 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

        Why, thank you kind sir…

  7. Paul
    August 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    If only there were some national populist parties as in the rest of Europe where we might put our disdain for these totalitarian wasters.

    Starkey is obnoxious. But he’s still right. Millibore is not.

    • David
      August 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      There are but the controlled MSM – at the behest of TPTB – shout THEM down for beng racist too. Also various Ministers and MPs being signed up to United Against Freedom (UAF), the state PC brownshirts, who are sent out to itimidate and threaten anyone who strays from the state sanctioned PC narrative.

      I’m convinced that even people who are supposedly ‘enlightened’ as to what is going on are still not fully aware of just how much everyhting is tightly controlled.

  8. August 18, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I didn’t see it so I can’t judge one way or the other about David Starkey, but it speaks volumes about the political classes in general and Millivanilliband in particular that they are so opposed to free speech. Or maybe they’re so daft that they think free speech just means freedom to say things they find agreeable. Comes to the same thing in my book.

    Incidentally, my first thoughts on reading Longrider’s post were wondering why Starkey’s opponents aren’t being tarred as homophobic. They’re not of course, but from the sounds of things Starkey isn’t what he’s being accused of being either. And then I remembered the rules of Victimhood Poker – Starkey would have to be disabled or higher to win victimhood in the eyes of the left, though if he was a cute fluffy animal he’d manage a draw and would probably be left alone since neither victim would have priority. The lesson then is that if opinions which touch on race need to be aired without the Guardianistas’ screaming drowning out what’s being said the spokesman must be a gay penguin. πŸ™„

    • August 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

      And then I remembered the rules of Victimhood Poker – Starkey would have to be disabled or higher to win victimhood in the eyes of the left, though if he was a cute fluffy animal he’d manage a draw and would probably be left alone since neither victim would have priority.


  9. August 18, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Let Millipede prattle on, I don’t know how many of the feral grown ups or their more decent neighbours watch Newsnight but the subsequent confected outrage may come to their attention and they know the truth of what Starkey has to say.

    • August 18, 2011 at 6:27 am

      feral grown ups

      Don’t you mean “feral not-grown-ups”?

      • August 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        Let’s agree on feral welfare recipients.

  10. Fred Forsythe (not the)
    August 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

    If we take a look at Milliband, like Obama, he is the latest manifestation of leftie dogma.
    Neither black or white.
    The BBC is a lead player in this latest social experiment.

  11. john in cheshire
    August 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    As someone has said previously, on a blog I read, the only mistake that Mr Starkey made was to appear on the bbc in the first place. It is a graveyard for normal people. It is like a crypt where vampires meet to exchange views about who’s life blood they’ve sucked recently.

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