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Academic says he would not tolerate Jamaican neighbours.  Here we go again. The ‘R’ word.

Well heck, read the story and see if you don’t agree.  That newspaper headline is a bit mis-leading.  But the guy’s critics are plain stupid.  Bet they wouldn’t want this next door to them either.

Why is this a “race row” anyway? 

In a sidebar not published online, one person has said;
“This country is so politically correct that it’s become scared of free speech.” Right. Unless you belong to a minority group.

Cambridge academic says he would not tolerate Jamaican neighbours
A Cambridge academic and novelist was at the centre of a race row after saying that he would not be able to tolerate living next door to Jamaican neighbours “playing reggae all day”.

By Aislinn Simpson and Jessica Salter
Last Updated: 6:14AM BST 01 Sep 2008

George Steiner, 79, said he believed racism was inherent in everyone and that racial tolerance was merely skin deep.

The playwright and critic Bonnie Greer labelled him a “cranky old man”, while Muslim groups accused him of an “offensive and lazy” racist generalisation.

But other academics defended his honesty and right to express such views, saying they were a valuable addition to an important debate.

“It’s very easy to sit here, in this room, and say ‘racism is horrible’,” he said from his house in Cambridge, where he has been Extraordinary Fellow at Churchill College since 1969.


“But ask me the same thing if a Jamaican family moved next door with six children and they play reggae and rock music all day. Or if an estate agent comes to my house and tells me that because a Jamaican family has moved next door the value of my property has fallen through the floor. Ask me then!”

Mr Steiner, whose Jewish family fled to America from Paris before the Nazi invasion of 1940, adds: “In all of us, in our children, and to maintain our comfort, our survival, if you scratch beneath the surface, many dark areas appear. Don’t forget it.”

American-born Ms Greer said: “He is wrong. People are aware of differences in other people, but being racist is being someone who sets out to harm someone based on the colour of their skin.

“George Steiner can talk about his own feelings and talk about what is specific to himself, but to talk of a Jamaican family like that, this is Britain in 2008, what is he talking about?

“He is a cranky old man and he should sit down and have a cup of tea. It’s quite clear that he doesn’t know what racism is.”

Inayat Bunglawala, of the Muslim Council of Britain, expressed surprise at Mr Steiner’s comments, saying his multicultural background and research into the Holocaust, should have made him more tolerant than most.

(I find it very hard to pay much attention to ppl who move to the west and keep names I can’t spell much less pronounce. And this jerk has an easier name then many of his kind.  Hey, I don’t even want to live next to a white family with a noise factor that causes my blood pressure to reach new highs. But it’s almost a sure bet with the folks the prof. is talking about, he has a good case and the ‘R’ word is irrelevant here.  It’s really more about culture and class. Or have I got it all wrong and if I do, how? )

He said: “Steiner appears to have made some rather lazy and offensive generalisations about entire groups of people such as Jamaicans. You would think he - of all people given his background - would know better by now.”

But Dr John Allison, a South African-born law lecturer at Cambridge, said it was important to be open about racism.

“There are subtle forms of racism and less subtle forms, but anything that provokes debate about the issues and gets them into the open is a good thing,” he said.

Dr Robert Berkeley, deputy director of equality campaign body The Runnymede Trust, said: “I think it’s good to recognise your own racism - and everyone has their prejudices - so that you can deal with it. Racism is something we struggle to talk about enough, and I am always happy for there to be a debate, provided no one is victimised as a result. But I don’t agree with his view.”

(fine. good for you Dr. Berkeley Berk.  When are you moving to a Jamaican neighborhood?)

Although Cambridge University has worked hard to shed its white, middle-class image and take on more multicultural staff and students, only 16 per cent of Cambridge students are from ethnic minority backgrounds and roughly similar levels of staff.

(right on.  we can’t have too many of those damn white, middle class taxpayers among us. lowers the tone of the school.  fraken idiots.)

The city itself is overwhelmingly white. Official figures from the 2001 census reveal that 91 per cent of the city’s population is white British, compared to 87 per cent nationwide, while the black and Asian populations combined make up little more than one per cent.

Dr Oke Odudu, a British-Nigerian law lecturer at Cambridge, said he has never encountered racism during his time there.

“The atmosphere of the university is tolerant and the student population is extremely diverse,” he said. “I never encountered any discrimination. It’s a place where, if you are judged, it’s going to be on the basis of academic performance, not your background.”

Mr Steiner’s interview with a Spanish newspaper followed the publication of his latest novel, My Unwritten Books, which is a semi-autobiographic work featuring graphic details of his sex life.

At his current home, a substantial redbrick detached 1930s house in Trumpington, the leafy suburban outskirts of the city, he is likely to be safe from noisy neighbours, whether white, black or otherwise.

All the properties on his road are set well apart, interspaced with large, well-tended gardens.

Asked by the Daily Telegraph if he now regretted what he said, Mr Steiner said: “No I do not, but I do not wish to comment further.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 09/01/2008 at 02:22 PM   
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Sarah Palin misled Republican supporters .  Oh Great. What Next?

Oh Dear, Oh Dear.
Do we need this first thing in the morning?  “Say it ain’t so Joe.”

ok ... maybe what happened is that originally she approved and then had second thoughts about it. Maybe an aid said hey you may want to reconsider this and she did.

As for all the other things mentioned here well all I can say is, ohdear ohdear ohdear!

John McCain running mate Sarah Palin misled Republican supporters
Sarah Palin’s record in office is facing increasing scrutiny after it emerged that she misled Republican supporters when she was presented to the nation as Senator John McCain’s running mate.

By Alex Spillius in St Paul, Minnesota
Last Updated: 7:07AM BST 01 Sep 2008

The Governor of Alaska gave a misleading version of events over a controversial bridge project in her home state when she made her maiden speech as the presumptive nominee.

Mrs Palin told a cheering audience in Ohio that she had turned down an offer from the US Congress to build the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere”, which would have connected Gravina Island with Ketchikan International, an airport in Alaska’s southeast serving just 200,000 passengers a year. Mr McCain routinely cites the £100 million project as a symbol of wasteful central government spending.

As she introduced herself to Republicans and the American public on Friday, the virtually unknown Mrs Palin said: “I championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress ... ‘thanks, but no thanks’ on that bridge to nowhere. If our state wanted a bridge, I said we’d build it ourselves.”

However it emerged that in a 2006 interview with the Anchorage Daily News during her gubernatorial campaign, Mrs Palin had a different view of the bridge.

Asked “would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?” she replied: “Yes. I would like to see Alaska’s infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now - while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.”

When Congressional funding was withdrawn because of an uproar in Washington about the expense of the project, she cancelled it, but in a regretful tone.

“Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it’s clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island.”

With a platoon of Senator Barack Obama’s campaign researchers travelling to Alaska to pick through her record, Mrs Palin could face several awkward questions over the coming weeks. After less than two years running the state, preceded by two terms as mayor of a town of 9,000, presidential scholars have pronounced her the most inexperienced candidate on a presidential ticket in the modern era.

Discussing her credentials as vice-president, a Republican in Alaska said: “She’s old enough. She’s a US citizen.”

In addition to her conservative social views, sportiness and raising five children, Mrs Palin, 44, is presented by Mr McCain as a fellow maverick and reformer and will be celebrated as such this week at the Republican National Convention, where she is due to accept formally her nomination on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the McCain campaign said: “Her sentiments on the bridge to nowhere and wasteful government spending are very clear.”

However in 2007 her state received the highest per capita amount of federal funding, £253.16 ($506.34), according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group which tracks “earmark” spending.

She also supported multi-billion-dollar tax increase on Alaska’s oil industry, and approved a £250 million state subsidy to a Canadian company wanting to build a natural gas pipeline through Alaska.

She is already under investigation by the state’s ethics commission for her dismissal of Walter Monegan, Alaska’s public safety director, for refusing to sack her brother-in-law Michael Wooten, a state trooper who was allegedly guilty of several infractions and was separating from his wife, Mrs Palin’s sister.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 09/01/2008 at 07:51 AM   
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Apologises to Libya for colonial rule. Italy says we’re sorry please forgive us and take a billion.

Ok, this is fine. If the Italian conscience is soothed that’s ok.
Now, I want immediate reparations from France for the Germans in payment for the hundreds of years that France kept Germany isolated and refused the making of a united country.  All the wars fought in Europe by France on German soil causing the loss of life and property.  I concede the point that it was also hundreds of years ago but hey, with Italy setting the stage.....

Then the black lobby that wants reperations can sue the tribal chiefs in Afrika , pay out probably in what?  What do those folks use for money in the deepest heart of the black continent?  Lets see, who else might be entitled?

Hey, why not set up something like a world body, not as bureaucratic as the UN but leaders from around the world can meet once a year in some huge stadium
and all can apologize to one another for all sorts of slights both real and imagined.  Even bring in muslims to show diversity and inclusiveness.
And if they want to, they can even slap the hell out of each other as long as they leave the rest of us out of it.  Oh yeah, no taxpayer money involved.
They pay their own way.  Well it’s the thought that counts.

Silvio Berlusconi apologises to Libya for colonial rule
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has apologised to Libya for 30 years of colonial rule and agreed to pay £2.5 billion in reparations.

By Nick Pisa in Rome
Last Updated: 8:24AM BST 01 Sep 2008

As part of the deal Italy will also help build a 1,500 mile pan Libyan motorway across the north of the country linking it with neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia.

In return Libyan leader colonel Muammar Gaddafi has promised to crack down on thousands of illegal immigrants who leave his country every year and cross the Mediterranean to Italy.

The compensation deal, which was signed by both leaders in the Libyan city of Benghazi, is to be spread over 25 years and also involves train, technology and other infrastructure projects.

Berlusconi said: ‘“This payment goes towards the tragic and dramatic moments of Italian occupation and for the deep wounds that have affected many Libyan families.

“It is a complete and moral compensation for the damage inflicted on Libya by Italian during the colonial occupation and we can now look forward to working together.’’

Italy conquered Libya in 1911 following a war with Turkey and during the 30 year occupation 20,000 Libyans were killed in battle and in camps while thousands were deported.

In 1969 when Gaddafi took over following a military coup thousands of Italians who had made Libya their home were expelled and there have been sporadic incidents of tension during the last few years.

During the height of Libyan-US tension a Scud missile was fired at the Italian island of Lampedusa in 1986.

While two years ago Italian cabinet minister Roberto Calderoli wore a T-shirt of a cartoon poking fun at the prophet Mohammed and eleven people were killed in rioting in Benghazi.

The deal was signed in a tent and gifts were also exchanged with Berlusconi giving Gaddafi a silver lion and two pens while in return he received a white linen suit and a green shirt, symbolising the colours of the Libyan flag.

During the signing media tycoon Berlusconi also whipped out a copy of one of his glossy magazines and showed Gaddafi a photo shoot which featured him and his family taken at his Sardinian villa.

Berlusconi added: “We have signed a historic agreement and now we will have fewer illegal immigrants from the Libyan coast and more gas and oil from them which is the best.’’

As part of the deal Berlusconi also returned via the hold of his private jet - a Roman marble statute of the Venus of Cyrene taken during the Italian invasion 95 years ago.

(Wait a minute. A Roman statute?  Did the proof reader get it wrong or did I?  Statue Anyway, what’s with that return?  What. Like most Libyans will know and appreciate the art? Doubt it, really I do.)

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