In a recent comment I remarked that “For progressives, like any other totalising mind set, when ideology comes into conflict with reality then reality has to give way.” Two examples of this tendency have come to light recently.
Today’s Times has a front-page article, a leader and four inside pages dealing with gangs of older men recruiting, grooming and then using for sex girls as young as twelve. The Times has woken up to the fact that in these cases the older men are usually of Pakistani heritage and the children almost invariably white. This is no news to anyone who has been able to read court reports in newspapers over recent years.
Speaking of the police the Times reports “Most forces, in common with charities and agencies working to help girls who have endured weeks and sometimes months and years of repeated sexual abuse, have denied publicly that ethnicity has any relevance to this pattern of grooming.”
Yet of 56 men found guilty of such crimes since 1997 three were white whilst 53 were Asian. Of those, 50 were Muslim and a majority were members of the British Pakistani community. Those convicted are a tiny proportion of what one detective described as a “tidal wave” of such crime in the English Midlands and North.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Edwards of the West Mercia force said, “These girls are being passed around and used as meat. To stop this type of crime you need to start talking about it, but everyone’s been scared to address the ethnicity factor. No one wants to stand up and say that Pakistani guys in some parts of the country are recruiting young white girls and passing them around their relatives for sex.”
Significantly the Muslim community in Britain are more prepared to speak out about this than our progressive elite. Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, says: “These people think that white girls have fewer morals and are less valuable than our girls. This is a form of racism that is abhorrent and totally unacceptable.”
The reality has been known for years but progressive ideology, caught up in embarrassment for our colonial past, sees racism as a one way street and refused to acknowledge reality. By such selective blindness progressives have left sections of the white working class population believing that they have been abandoned. There are times when progressives, by their ideological fervour, have acted as though they were recruiting agents for the Neanderthals of the BNP.
Another plank of progressive ideology is feminism. International research published yesterday by LSE economist Catherine Hakim indicates that far from rejecting men, women see them as allies in building a family, and want to rely on them as the main breadwinners. Rather than being barred from the top jobs by an oppressive patriarchy, women willingly choose jobs which allow them to have more time to bring up children and care for elderly parents.
Progressive ideology which sees women as passive victims of an all-male professional structure designed to keep them down refuses to acknowledge the reality of women in Britain, Spain and Sweden. Women are responsible free agents who choose the way they work to suit their lifestyle. Women around the world prioritise family above career, husbands above autonomy. It must come as a shock to progressives who preach as though only a big salary can fulfil and only a big title can bring happiness.
Progressives such as Harriet Harman pursue policies such as the 2009 Equality Bill. With this proposed legislation, Harman sought to include new obligations such as urging employers to adopt positive discrimination in favour of women. Is it possible to have a 50:50 ratio in any boardroom when 50 per cent of women don’t want an executive career? As Hakim puts it, “devoting resources to policies that are bound to fail is a waste of public money – which is doubly irresponsible at a time of economic restraint.”
Crude quota allocations in business or politics are a Procustean bed which does little more than distort the pattern of real people’s lives in order to give progressives a warm feeling that they are remaking society in their own image.