The Race Card
Britain, like many other European ex-colonialists seem to suffer from a serious “guilt complex” regarding their past history. Let us examine whether this determines their attitudes and behaviour in “politics” and “national life.” Each time we hear the words “political correctness” we are filled with national guilt and have to avoid, what we believe “will offend races who once belonged to our empire.” So such words like, “Black, or coloured, or Golliwog, or Wog, or Muslim, or Hindu, or Negro, or Paki, or Islamist, or terrorist, or Jihadist” has to be so carefully applied that often it becomes almost meaningless. It seems that the English language has been hijacked by some alien (black) enemy.
I realise that this topic is rather sensitive, but I want to air it, hopefully, so that we can free ourselves from being “hog bound.” I believe that unless we can be true to ourselves, “political politeness, and appeasement” will be the downfall of our culture. Now let me introduce what has triggered these thoughts.
Institutional Racism in the Met & Commander Ali Dizaei’s rise to prominence & downfall
What has annoyed me however is the range of bloggers who’ve seen this as somehow vindication that Dizaei only got away with it for so long because he was non-white. Bullshit.
Jim Jay points out:
Dizaei was accused of spying for Iran, but there was no evidence. He was accused of using prostitutes, but there was no evidence. He was accused of fiddling his fuel mileage, but there was no evidence nor any reason to think that he had. Just as there was no reason to believe he was an illegal drug user.
The resources the force poured into Operation Helios were phenomenal.
They bugged his phones, his family’s phones, his friends phones. They followed him, taped him, watched him like a hawk with a team of officers assigned to his case round the clock. They even followed him to the US when he went to speak at a convention there. They intimidated his friends, lovers, even owners of restaurants he ate in. They tried a clumsy attempt at a sting operation. Even MI5 were brought in on the act.
When all of these efforts failed to turn up one scrap of evidence worth mentioning they still tried to convict him.
That is the full extent of this sorry story. In the end they got him – and he was an idiot for giving them the opportunity to do so. There’s also an account by Brian Paddick which carefully hints at the extent to some of this but also points out why Dizaei was an awkward one for the Met. But if you’ve had such a vendetta against by your bosses – would you be well-disposed towards them?
One of the other candidates challenged Ali’s assertion that telling lies was never justified “… surely you’ve told your children to believe in Father Christmas?” to which the Muslim Dizaei replied pointedly: “Actually, I don’t believe in Christmas.”
He subsequently complained in a conference speech that some of the tests we had been put through were culturally biased. For example, in the general knowledge test, one of the questions was “Who is Bart Simpson’s mother?” something many Muslims would apparently not know.
If ever there was a “Marmite” senior officer, it was Ali Dizaei. Many hated him, believing he had “got away with it” because “he was black”. But for the Black Police Association, he was their flag-bearer.
He was an undoubted champion for racial equality, but his approach was sometimes aggressive and confrontational when dealing with “the establishment”. Ali Dizaei’s MO was getting things done by upsetting people in authority who did not address his own race agenda.
He was clearly knowledgeable on race issues and when it came to my interview for promotion to Commander, I went to see him in his office at Kensington Police Station.
I did not realise our conversation was being bugged as part of an extraordinary operation by the Met to prove that he was corrupt: at one stage they planned a sting operation while Dizaei was in Canada, which attempted to involve him in drug dealing.
But despite their best efforts and being put on trial (twice), he was acquitted (twice). When the remaining disciplinary issues against him were dropped, he was paid compensation and given permission to write a book about his mistreatment as part of the deal that allowed him to resume his career in the Met. It was partly a political settlement to keep the Black Police Association on side, driven by the Home Office. He was eventually promoted to Commander.
Dizaei was also at the heart of the campaign to support Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, who openly accused the former Met Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair of racism. That issue became entwined with the recent investigation which led to Dizaei’s conviction. It resulted in the Black Police Association withdrawing support for the Met’s efforts to recruit more black and minority ethnic police officers.
Ali Dizaei was clearly a thorn in the side of the Met. It was widely believed that Tarique Ghaffur’s evidence at one of Dizaei’s trials, in which he said the Met had a vendetta against Ali, played a crucial role in his acquittal, putting both men on a collision course with the Met. Both men had some justification for believing minority officers were getting a raw deal but both men adopted high-risk strategies to bring about change.
I do not believe those at the top of the Met were bright enough or brave enough to ensnare Dizaei and bring him down. It appears that it was Dizaei’s own forcefulness, and his sometimes over-developed belief in his status and authority, that did for him.
Many at Scotland Yard, and those who have since retired like Andy Hayman and Sir Ian Blair who oversaw the original Dizaei investigation, will be celebrating his demise. For me its an ill-wind that blows no one any good, with both the Met and the Black Police Association having been damaged in the process.
The actions of Dizaei and his imprisonment will do little to improve race relations in the police service or improve public confidence in the police.
I disagree with the last sentence from the article above:
“The actions of Dizaei and his imprisonment will do little to improve race relations in the police service or improve public confidence in the police.”
I believe that at last, the CPS has found the spunk to prosecute and convict a high profiled “Black, Iranian, Muslim, high ranking Metropolitan Police Commander” and “President of the National Black Police Association” of imprisonable crimes incompatible to his position. Perhaps this will gradually alter the attitudes of our establishments that as a result of this conviction, 100,000 Muslims did not come out in protest and that the nation was still in good hands. Perhaps this is the beginning, to show that minority races can no longer play the race card to their advantage any longer? Perhaps this will end “positive discrimination” and bring back “colour-blindness” and ensure that “meritocracy” prevails. Perhaps this will break the curse of “political correctness and appeasement” that has subdued our government for decades. Perhaps this is the start of that avalanche?