British Race Riots were Predictable and Predicted

Brimelow dissents on Powell`s career

Having enjoyed the exhilarating
experience of two major race riots in less than two
months, the British government of Tony Blair is eagerly
searching for a white scapegoat to blame them on. The
most convenient such goat is the minute “white
nationalist” political party called the British
National Party (BNP)
which some in the British political establishment would
like to ban outright, if only to smother a potential
rivals in its cradle before it grows up.

In May, race
erupted in Oldham and three other northern
British cities when mainly Asian immigrants attacked
white-owned shops and bars, burned cars and beat up cops
and civilians alike. Some whites fought back, and none
too gently. Last week much the same kind of violence
blew up again in Bradford,
also in the north, with more than 100 police officers
injured in the course of nine hours of Asian rioting.

The BNP, a small fringe party that
opposes non-white immigration and wants to encourage
non-whites already in Britain to leave, ran candidates
in all the cities where riots broke out—and won its
largest returns to date. The party holds no seats in
Parliament or anywhere else, but its national leader, a
Cambridge lawyer named Nick Grifffin, did wind up with
some 16 percent of the vote in Oldham. For a political
system in which the two establishment parties hold a
virtual monopoly on office-holding, that`s enough to
be scary, and some are calling for the party to be
banned. That would eliminate a possible future rival
that not only challenges conventional wisdom about
immigration and multiracialism but also could some day
take votes from Labour as well as from the mainstream

The Washington
was quick to blame
(“Party Stokes Racial Ire In Britain,” July 10, 2001
Page A18) the racial violence on the BNP itself as well
as on other far-right groups that were active in the
area, but it`s by no means clear that the blame can
stick. In fact, blame can just as easily be plastered on
a far-left gaggle calling itself the “Anti-Nazi
which sponsored rallies in Bradford just
before the rioting started.

But of course it`s the right
that always gets the blame, and the Post,
as well as British papers, sniffed out the appropriate
immigrants to regurgitate the proper responses. “The
BNP, they lit one match, two match, and start the
fire,” the Post
quoted one worthy Oriental gentleman as telling it. But
others denied that the BNP did or said anything that
Asians didn`t do themselves. It was, after all, the
Asians who started the violence, not whites.

Mr. Griffin, the BNP leader,
denies his party had any role in instigating violence
and emphatically rejects the idea of violence for
political purposes. “Multiracial societies always end
in violence,” says Mr. Griffin. “The reason for the
trouble in these cities is that racial tension was
already there, as it always is in mixed-race societies.
Yes, we urge white people to stand up for their rights,
but it is the Asians who are burning the cities this

Mr. Griffin may not be entirely
correct to say that “mixed-race societies” always
end in violence. Sometimes they end in despotism, since
the rule of force is all that can hold such societies
together. There`s a good reason why the empires of
ancient times like that of the Romans were both
multiracial as well as despotic; it`s the same reason
such multiracial conglomerates as the Russian and
Habsburg empires were authoritarian in more recent
times. The only way to hold different races and cultures
together in the same political-territorial unit is by
clobbering whoever steps out of line. Those who push for
the outlawing of the BNP and similar groups are bringing
modern Britain closer to the same outcome.

In any case, Mr. Griffin is by no
means the first to warn that multiracialism breeds
results other than peace and tranquillity. 
“As I look ahead, I am filled with
foreboding,” the late Conservative political leader Enoch
told his countrymen 33 years ago, in warning
against non-white immigration into Britain. “Like the Roman,
I seem to see `the River Tiber foaming with much
blood,`” as a consequence of the naive belief in
multiracial harmony.

Powell was politically ruined for
his forthright remarks [Peter
Brimelow says no!
], but what has happened this summer
in Oldham, Bradford and elsewhere and promises to recur
far into the future as Britain changes from a majority
white to a majority non-white society bears out his grim
prophecy. Instead of searching for convenient and
unpopular political rivals to blame, the British establishment
in press and politics—not to mention the United
—ought to pay a little more attention to the
warning Powell issued three decades ago, before more
blood starts foaming in their country`s rivers.


July 12,