Russell Taylor – In praise of a country worth fighting for

In the immediate aftermath of Drummer Lee Rigby’s brutal murder, one of his killers, Michael Adebolajo, gave a bizarre apology for having forced women to witness his barbarity, offering the qualification that women in his land were exposed to such things. Given that he spoke with a London accent, I wondered what land he had in mind. Not this one, clearly. His passport might describe him as British, but he clearly felt no love for this country.

The indifference shown by this savage and others like him to Britain will doubtless prompt some commentators to seek out the ‘root causes’ of their alienation, to wonder why they hate us, and to suggest new ways in which we can prostrate ourselves before them. But the problem is not that we aren’t spreading our cheeks wide enough, it’s that we bent over in the first place.

What cultural values do we have to offer as an alternative to the death cult that seduced Lee Rigby’s killers? Some of those for which the British were once admired, perhaps, like fortitude, independence and self-restraint? Don’t be ridiculous. They went the way of fox hunting and smoking in pubs, albeit a lot earlier. ‘Diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ are what pass for guiding principles nowadays, despite being little more than empty vessels that liberals bang with their halos to draw attention to their moral superiority. In fact, diversity isn’t a value at all; it’s the absence of values. And what use is tolerance if the people we tolerate don’t know the meaning of the word? No wonder hateful ideologies are flourishing: they’re stepping into a void.

Actually, I’m doing liberals a disservice. While they are quick to discredit their own nation’s values and achievements, their tacit approval of other cultures knows no bounds. They have embraced our enemies as comrades-in-arms in the struggle against our country, and driven a bulldozer through core Western values. Not content with swapping objective beliefs for the cosmic nothingness of ‘tolerance’, they have encouraged ideas hostile to our way of life, through the creation of hate crimes, through their relentless grievance-mongering, and by turning a blind eye to unsavoury practices.

Back in the dark old days, before our liberal saviours rode to the rescue, an overarching philosophy governed our social affairs – namely, that acceptance and success were contingent on people satisfying the interests of others. Inevitably, there were those unable or unwilling to meet the challenges of society, and for these individuals life could be uncomfortable. Yet to ease to their discomfort by abolishing our values would have meant destroying the very thing that made Britain an enviable place to live.

This increasingly obsolete social order acted as a bulwark against bad ideas, but progressive reformers took it as an affront to the ego (primarily their own) and set about freeing us (but primarily themselves) from its tyranny. To this end, they claimed there was nothing exceptional about Western culture and that its oppressive mores should be ditched in favour of a subjective smorgasbord of different ideas and values. Those who raised a squeak of protest were shouted down as bigots, and under the cover of the ensuing silence, the leftists imported a new people to care for – one whose alien beliefs allowed them to demonstrate their tolerance, and whose incompatibility with the indigenous culture justified them vandalising it. Now, whenever civilised order is threatened by violent miscreants, bien-pensants wonder what else we can do to assuage their anger. More diversity officers, perhaps, or a touch more self-loathing – anything but a return to the ideals that created the orderly society under threat.

It should be obvious by now that the wrong people are looking at the problem from the wrong end of the telescope. It’s not for a civilised society to abase itself in an effort to placate the resentful. It’s for the resentful to get with the programme or pay the consequences, be they ostracism, imprisonment or deportation. When the barbarians are at the gate, you don’t invite them in for tea and biscuits, you tip boiling oil on their heads.

The British have always been good at integrating people from different nations and adopting those aspects of their culture that enrich our own, and long may this continue. But if people have no intention of buying into the values that made this country great, and no intention of making a contribution to its progress, they shouldn’t be made to feel welcome. It’s all very well preaching tolerance of what other people believe, but what aspects of sharia law do we want to tolerate? And who gets to choose? Not our liberal politicians, pundits and ‘experts’, that’s for sure, since these are the very people who got us into this mess in the first place.

We have to start at the bottom and work our way up. Our schools should stop doing down British traditions and achievements, should stress the value of tried-and-tested standards, and should emphasise individual responsibility over deference to the state. We should abolish hate laws, tear up the EU human rights charter, and defend free speech, even if that freedom is occasionally used to offend people. We should restore some sanity to our immigration policy, to prevent the Left from importing a new people hostile to our interests. And we should stop electing public figures who would rather curry favour with those who have no love for this country than fight for those who do. There will be much wailing from the liberal establishment, but so what? Much as they would wish otherwise, this is our country, not theirs.

Let’s be clear about this: you can have a civilised, freedom-loving society, whose citizens unite around shared values, who are proud of their nation’s achievements, who respect their heritage, who seek to integrate outsiders, and who reject those who pose a threat to their chosen way of life. Or you can have a society that celebrates diversity, appeases malcontents, trashes its liberties and rubbishes its traditions, which features such exotic customs as honour killings and female genital mutilation, and in which off-duty soldiers are hacked to death in broad daylight by jihadists while bystanders film it on their phones. It’s time to choose.

15 comments on “Russell Taylor – In praise of a country worth fighting for

  1. grumpydenier
    May 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    It seems great minds think alike. Two similar articles on the same day? Time for a push back, me thinks.

    Salad Bowls, Melting Pots and a Failure of Duty

  2. Chris
    May 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm #


  3. citadelsean
    May 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    For the love of God, would you people PLEASE start pushing back so MY country might see the error of OUR ways with this multi-cultural crap. So tired of immigrants coming here and refusing to assimilate! It’s high time our societies stand up for the traditions and culture that MADE THEM GREAT!

  4. James Pickett (@fjpickett)
    May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    ” you don’t invite them in for tea and biscuits, you tip boiling oil on their heads”

    Well said. Not long ago, liberal nice-guy that I was, I might have demurred, but not any more.

  5. Michael
    May 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Thanks for another superb piece Russell. Most of the so called liberals are what Uncle Joe would have referred to as useful idiots who think that their enlightened views are going to lead to their Socialist Utopia, little realising Britain is rapidly descending into a dystopian police state nightmare.

    Like most Libertarians you’re probably familiar with JFK’s speech to the ANPA in April 1961. Some excerpts worth repeating in reference to your article:

    “Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.”

    “Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed – and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy …. And so it is to the printing press–to the recorder of mans deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news – that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: Free and Independent.”

    The nation stared into the abyss last Wednesday. We have come to a crucial crossroads and it is time to ask ourselves what sort of country we want to leave future Britons – a balkanized police state ruled by Brussels or a country based on freedom and liberty. The choice is that stark..

  6. BulloPill
    May 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Well said. The choices offered by present politicos are inadequate and have been shown up for what they are: failures. It is hardly any wonder that some people find an outlet at the more extreme end of the political spectrum when mainstream is so useless to them.
    People need true representatives, not party placemen and placewomen who continue to nod through measures that are anti British and which favour the globalist agenda

  7. tallbloke
    May 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Well said Russell Taylor.

    For many years I opted out of the political sphere of my country, disillusioned with the guff from the main parties. Creeping anti-democratic tendencies are forcing me back though.

    I attended the mass London demo against Bliars illegal war in Iraq a decade ago, and things have got worse since. I ignored it and busied myself with a full life between times, but the utter incompetence of the DemCon college kids demands re-engagement from all sane adults. Kick them out and lets shape UKIP into a party representative of all people who’ve had enough of EU demagoguery, multiculturalism and globalisation.

    The Asian UKIP members I’ve spoken to up here in the frozen north are fully behind a pushback against extremism and the radicalisation of muslim youth. It’s going to be a very British democratic victory when we sweep the polls in 2015.

  8. texas_meat
    May 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    Tayles, your postings are among the best around – and part of one of the best sites around.

    I am always surprised (and disappointed) by the lack of comments on any of the pages. I am confident if the site were publicised more it would become part of the must reads among those of us wise enough not to believe the foul tasting shite continually spoon fed us by the progressive, enlightened classes.

    I shall continue pushing it amongst my circle and urge others to do the same.

    Keep up the fantastic work

    (ps – hmmmm, can shite ever be anything but foul tasting? Cherie Blairs’ maybe?)

  9. Brian Williams
    May 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Excellent article. It has the makings of a manifesto! I wonder what Nigel Farage would make of it?

  10. Anthem
    May 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Excellent article Mr Taylor. The time to act is now, though. If the current state of affairs is allowed to continue then it will be the likes of you (and the many others who share your views, myself included) who will be the ones who “do not love this country” and it will be us who are painted as the enemy of the state.

  11. Philip Foster
    May 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    There were a couple of lines from the Hitchhiker’s guide to the G.

    Lady Astrologer: “What’s that thing the British have?”
    Tricia Macmillan:”Self-loathing?”

    Old Douglas Adams had it right!

  12. Despairing Realist
    June 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Another absolutely brilliant piece. The tyranny of tolerance, etc.
    When are the hand-wringing liberals, who insist that we must do more to help ethnic/religious groups integrate (I still don’t understand why the onus should be on us, rather than them), going to realise that a large proportion of them DO NOT WANT TO INTEGRATE? These same liberals (along with the current and previous governments) also seem blind to the fact that they have encouraged this lack of integration with their incessant pandering to minority interests and fostering of grievance culture.


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