Those of you of a certain vintage will remember a sixties comedy called ‘At Last The 1948 Show’. Those of you of a much older vintage – are there any of you out there? – will remember the Stalin show trials of 1938. These were characterised by guilt-ridden defendants piteously confessing to a whole series of utterly implausible crimes, and begging to be severely punished for them. I could never figure out why they did this, as the net result was execution whether they pleaded guilty or not.
I was reminded of this with the latest developments from the ex Mayor Scully saga. As was shown in this post, the guy was, within days of saying he found black Africans aggressive and bad mannered, hounded out of office and complained to the police. He now faces the very real prospect of a criminal conviction, with all that that entails in terms of travelling abroad and eligibility for a range of statutory positions.
Will we ever see a victim of the peecee Thought Police stand up and tell his detractors to take a flying fuck? Ok, easier said than done, but Scully’s surrender was simply stomach-churning in its grovelling obsequiousness. His apology to the black cultural enrichers was ‘total’, ‘unreserved’ and ‘totally retracted’. The Irish Slimes, in a gloating article, notes approvingly that “pausing for long moments, choking on words, eyes brimming he admits that he physically retched due to the pressure. He shudders and begs imploringly ‘please believe me, I am not a racist’. He continues haltingly, tears trickling down his face……. Scully is in a lonely, frightening and confusing place.”
And of course the cultural enrichers and their Immigration Industry representatives have got into the act big time. They want Scully expelled from the Council itself, thereby depriving him of his actual livelihood. This from people who ceaselessly lecture us on the need for tolerance. And a special group of Africans has been set up to capitalise on the event – well officially because they now walk in fear over the Mayor’s comments. I’ll bet Lagos must feel sooooo safe by comparison. And, building on the legendary and exemplary democratic polity of Nigeria they want him to be expelled from his political party, Fine Gael. ‘There can be no place in Irish political parties for racists’. Well, if you say so Mr. Asylum Tourist, who are we mere Irish who’ve been here for 4,000 years to argue?
And this brings me to the main point of this post. Namely, that 1938-style confessions get you nowhere. In fact the vultures smell cowardice and pile in on the ravaged carcass with even greater venom. Will we ever – ever – see the day when somebody will fight back and tell them to shove it? Easy for me to say, I suppose, especially given our draconian ‘hate speech’ legislation. There is one consolation is that between 80% and 90% of emails and radio call-ins were supportive of Scully. In one show the presenter was unable to read out any comments because any one of them could have landed him in jail and the station in dire financial trouble!
That again is why the old Leninist dictum 'worse is better' applies now more than ever. The worse our economies get the more desperate and angry people will become. And the more likely a massive popular revolt against the oppression will arise.
Sad and regrettable, but that is what it will take.