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From the Telegraph:

A new uniform has been designed for firefighters, including options of full-length skirts, long-sleeved shirts, hijab headscarves and turbans.

Why does this matter?

“Fire prevention is vitally important today as we continue the aim of driving down fire deaths. To achieve this, the fire and rescue service needs employees from all ethnic groups to reflect the diversity of our communities. This will enable better mutual understanding during fire safety visits.”

- Fire Minister Sadiq Khan

That justification is viciously wrong-headed. Is Mr Khan seriously saying that a Pakistani Muslim will only take fire safety advice from another Pakistani Muslim? In a demented attempt at multi-culti “relevance” the government has played an Alf Garnett. Gawd, it’s like 1960s old dears in the Post Office queue complaining that their new GP is “Very good but, eh! you know Dolly, he’s black as the ace of spades and it’s just not right. White for white and black for black I say”. It is exactly the same thing dressed-up in some lefty clap-trap.

It is proto-apartheid. It is the whole “role model fallacy”. The powers that be divvy us up along these crude lines unaware that most of the population don’t think like that and haven’t thought like that for years. And that was not achieved by government initiatives but by the inhabitants of this crowded little set of islands just rubbing along together.

I am white, male and straight. I feel like I’ve come out as a kitten-strangler by saying that. The truth is a great many folks have over the years inspired me and some were women and some were black and some were Asian and some were gay. It was their deeper qualities and talents that inspired me. In this sense I am not claiming to be exceptional. That’s the thing. I’m normal. It is the demented numbers game that the nutters in power play for whatever deranged reasons that is abnormal. Well I do wonder as to the reasons but there is an utterly obvious one. It’s just flat-out patronising. And patronising us is what our Lords and Masters do best. That their efforts towards “equality” are totally counter productive escapes them or rather “justifies” even more of the same.

I fundamentally believe this sort of nonsense is a major reason for the rise of multi-culturalism’s even uglier twin – racist Nazism. But what the heck if it keeps sociology graduates from asking if you, “Want fries with that?” then fair enough.

Here’s an idea for you though… What if we had a government which just let us run and play and trade and deal and work with whoever we liked? What if they just fucked off out of the gaff and (for once) let us alone.

You know what the fastest growing ethnic grouping in the UK is? It’s “mixed race”. Forget about receiving fire-safety advice! We are also happy to have babies with people of different colours. And that has happened despite them. But then us Brits have been doing this since the year dot. This is a mongrel land with an amazing natural capacity to integrate different races, cultures and lifestyles. It took our deranged political elite to truly fuck up that proud heritage.

Because they made an “issue” out of it.


  1. Ian B says:

    It’s because the enclaves need their own services. Their own firemen, “community” police, ambulance crews etc. Can’t have dirty infidels touching muslima. Can’t have young muslims exposed to foreign influences. Disrespectful, you know. Well, but you know that. I’m just stating the obvious really.

    Because let’s be honest here. It isn’t anything to do with Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists or Wiccans, or Afro-Caribbeans, or Chinamen or Native Americans or Maori. It’s Islam.

    Have spent a lot of time discussing the finale of Battlestar Galactica, and one thing that comes up from many people is that, in order to fit it into Earth’s history, the Galacticans’ culture has to be lost to time, and that was done by having them renounce all their technology and lifestyle. And quite a few people have said that’s sad; that after all the struggle to survive, in the end they committed cultural suicide. Because that is sad, a culture voluntarily abolishing itself.

    Libertarianism is very big on open borders. Like the Left, it declares nothing but good from immigration, treating it as merely a matter of economic units going where the economy wants them to go. But culture matters too. We all rely on it and depend upon it; the very idea of liberal values is a western cultural value hard fought for by our ancestors. The inescapable fact that flooding a liberal nation with intensely illiberal religious conservatives cannot lead to maintenance of liberal values is something too many libertarians refuse to look in the eye, instead like socialists appealing to a higher principle and ignoring the stark reality. If your civilisation does not maintain itself, you are lost. And it is no good to regret the hammer blow when it lands on your skull; you must stop it when it is still in the air.

    Interesting times ahead for Europe.

  2. Ian B says:

    And meanwhile, while the borders are open to the mass of churning flesh that floods through the ports unhindered…

    I got some new jeans today from the USA. Been ordering them from there for a while, since they went deeeeesigner here in Blighty, but hadn’t got any for 3 years (just checked the last email receipt was 2006). So, the exchange rate is worse than it was thanks to the pound collapsing, but I shouldn’t really complain about that since it benefits me selling the porny toons. So okay, it’s not so economic that way. And the postage seemed more expensive than it used to be. But okay. So the bloke from UPS turns up with another bill. £13.81 import duty. Import duty. Why are we paying fucking taxes on a scrap of cloth when we can’t stop entire human bodies getting in? And then there’s an £11.00 “brokerage surcharge” which turns out to be fucking UPS charging a random “licence to print money” amount for the onerous task of having paid that duty in advance. Eleven quid? What, to do an electroinc money transfer? So, I haven’t got the right money, I’ve got £25 and they only take cash, so that’s 19p change, right. The UPS man doesn’t carry change.

    I know it’s only 19p, but the 11 quid is out-fucking-rageous, and they don’t even have the decency to carry a bit of change. How many other poor sods are going to not have the right change on his rounds today? He did this “sorry mate, no change, you’re my first call” and it’s 3 in the afternoon, and the damned package booked out of the depot at 5:40am according to the website, so I bet he’s making a few beers a week, beers I can’t damned well afford, on every customer being “first out mate, no change, sorry”.


    I’m sorry, I know I’m being a trivial weenie, but I’m in a bad mood. If we’re going to have open borders, can’t we at least actually have free fucking trade and just let us buy stuff from wherever in the fucking world we want? You know, I want to buy stuff from the USA and China and buy some damned goods from Africa, maybe just some fruit and veg or something, so they can get on their feet and start living a decent life, and my damned country’s dissolving out from under me because it’s immoral to not flood it with crazed mediaeval religious zealots, but if I want to just trade with people in other parts of the world simply, no, can’t do that, have to pay through the nose for the privelege, just to feed Gordon Sodding Brown’s voracious appetite and featherbed the oligarchy at the EU.

    The whole world’s totally fucked up. I’m fucking sick of it.

    Bah. Bad mood.

  3. Nick M says:

    Don’t worry about being grouvhy Ian. I am also in the arena of the unhappy. Not least because I have a vicious virus.

    Some potless bugger from North Shitistan of dubious provenance turns up with a forged passport and says “I seeky Asylumy” then we’ll never be shot of ‘em and they’ll be on bennies till the rapture.


    An African businessman wants to turn up hawking his wares entirely on his own dime and he ain’t filled out the correct forms in triplicate (or maybe he has and the Home Orifice has lost ‘em) and his feet won’t touch the ground.

    And let’s say it’s just for the summer season and he’s selling African handicrafts… Well it’s not like he’s competing with any bugger here….

    A lady I knew tried to set-up in business importing those crazy colourful clothes worn by women in West Africa. The Small Business Advisor shock his weary head. No point if you’re a one-man band… To hard…

    And why is it so astoundingly difficult to move between Anglosphere countries? EU or something… But I was told to sod off by the US embassy once. Summoned there and then told to sod off. They could have just phoned. I actually had a job lined up and everything. And goddamn it if I’m not an Ameriphile… Yet the USA has all these Somali taxi drivers who refuse to take guide dogs because they’re unclean according to some C7th kiddie-fiddler.

    How does that work?

  4. JuliaM says:

    Full length skirts on firefighters…?

    *sigh* Until I hit the link, I thought April 1st had come early. Should have known better…..

  5. Michael says:

    They come with hijabs and maternity wear! WTF! I have a low enough opinion of them after they took my back door down with a bloody axe while I was stood there and the house wasn’t even damn well on fire. Do they wear the hijab over or under the breathing apparatus? and what is the deal with maternity wear? If they are called to put a fire out I want the fire out not a load of hormones crying into their tuna and banana pizza. They are meant to be the Fire Brigade not the Villiage People.

  6. El Draque says:

    Spot on about the “mixed race” bit.
    Years ago I had a job one summer in a workshop. The lads used pretty rough language about black immigrants and then went to bed with the girls.
    This was in rural England too.
    At about the same time I was in town and saw a black boy, with a black girl, pushing a pram.
    I was shocked – a black boy, not with a white girl? Whatever next?
    As you say, leave us alone and the problem will solve itself – arguably, has already as far as West Indians is concerned.
    I tried to find out about “inter-racial marriages”, just to see what the proportion was.
    Don’t Google it – you get scores of dubious sites which use capital letters:
    “For Deuteronomy says it is ABOMINATION. For THE LORD made each nation to live APART . . .” or words to that effect.

  7. Ian B says:

    El Draque-

    Punting for being cast into the outer darkness here as an *ist, I think the problem is the whole natural intermingling thing, which is great, breaks down when there is deliberate segregation occurring. While all kermunities will have some reticence in mingling, to various degrees, human nature will tend to overcome that unless it is rigorously enforced. And it is, in the islamic enclaves in Britain. The Left bemoan this as much as the Right, hand wringing and thinking they can overcome it with government initiatives. But those Islamic communities are deliberately not going to be sweet-talked into giving up their fierce, wondrous purity. Take this from The Road To Serfdom-

    Long before the Nazis, too, the German and Italian socialists were using techniques of which the Nazis and Fascists later made effective use. The idea of a political party which embraces all activities of the individual from the cradle to the grave, which claims to guide his views on everything, was first put into practice by the socialists. It was not the Fascists but the socialists who began to collect children at the tenderest age into political organizations to direct their thinking. It was not the Fascists but the socialists who first thought of organizing sports and games, football and hiking, in party clubs where the members would not be infected by other views. It was the socialists who first insisted that the party member should distinguish himself from others by the modes of greeting and the forms of address. It was they who, by their organization of “cells” and devices for the permanent supervision of private life, created the prototype of the totalitarian party.

    Indoctrination through segregation. Let’s do a word swap-

    … the muslims were using techniques of which the Nazis and Fascists [and socialists and communists] later made effective use. The idea of a religion which embraces all activities of the individual from the cradle to the grave, which claims to guide his views on everything, was first put into practice by the muslims. It was the muslims who began to collect children at the tenderest age into religious organizations to direct their thinking. It was the muslims who first thought of organizing sports and games, football and hiking, in religious clubs where the members would not be infected by other views. It was the muslims who first insisted that the muslim should distinguish himself from others by the modes of greeting and the forms of address. It was they who, by their organization of “cells” and devices for the permanent supervision of private life, created the prototype of the totalitarian religion.

    Change them words around and a sober assessment of a dangerous political movement turns into something politically unacceptable, because our cultural hegemony says you dare not say such things about an approved religion, which is recast in the racism mould. It turns into “hate speech”. I could even write the same thing substituting christian and probably get a round of applause from the secular Left. Odd, iznit?

  8. Sunfish says:

    “We demand floor-length skirts with our bunker gear, and SCBA that can accomodate turbans.”

    Why was the response anything other than “Do feel free to go and violently sexually penetrate yourselves?”

    The same point has been litigated here: a LASO jail deputy wanted to wear a headscarf on duty. The sheriff said no, since it’s both not a part of the department’s uniform and because it’s a choking hazard if an inmate grabs it. And so she sued.

    A fire department was also sued over its ban on beards. Their orders forbade any facial hair that could interfere with the seal of a mask. Seems fair enough to me, my PD has the same rule and I haven’t worn mine in over a year.

    Oh, and Florida was sued for making a Muslim woman take the veil off for her driver’s license photo.

    I don’t know the final outcomes of any of those three.

  9. El Draque says:

    Ian B -
    Not the least bid odd to notice how groups split and isolate into similar but hostile groups. Evolution theory virtually commands it – and humans are not designed by evolution to live in large amorphous groups.
    And it’s always sad to see – I’ve seen it happen in my home church, in Christian youth movements – lots of places. Doesn’t make sense without a psychological drive from somewhere.
    Strange event happened to me once. I was in a Bible study class and in the chat afterwards, everyone was sitting round”fellowshipping” as Americans call it. Then someone mentioned a mutual contact – who belonged to a different church movement.
    The mood of the whole group changed; they didn’t move but they seemed to huddle together, the sense of hostility was palpable.
    I saw them as a group of cavemen round a campfire, with wolves howling in the distance ..
    We don’t shake off a million years of evolution easily, unless we recognise what lurks within.
    And there’s not one Christian website promoting Darwinism for Evangelicals. Not one that I could find, anyway.

  10. NickM says:

    ED I think you might be wrong on that point. I dunno. I do get the impression that a fair few evangelicals are into evolution. But, alas, I wouldn’t even know where to start looking…

    Group dynamics are remarkably odd. But I do think you are a little pessimistic about the possibility of heterogenous groups getting on. It can happen. Alas, again, I can’t really say how that happens. But I do appreciate that the likes of government stiking their oar in really doesn’t help.

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