Week 31: Villain – David Cameron

by Ray_North on August 2, 2015

villain_icon_v2Yep, this week’s villain, once again, is the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Why this time?
‘Swarm of immigrants’ – that’s why.
Swarm.
Swarm is a derisory word. Swarm is a black cloud of locusts coming to eat your crops, swarm is infection of bees or wasps – swarm is scary, swarm is something to be killed, eradicated.

Our Prime Minister used the word swarm to describe people who are desperate to come over to the UK. And in a flash he stated loud and clear that these were people to be feared, these were people to be dissuaded, people who should not be here – locusts, wasps, cockroaches.

What a villainous bastard.

These people are the refugees from Syria and Libya who are running from conflagration and unrest that has partly come about by the failures of Western governments, these are the people from North Africa who are fleeing from hunger and destitution and disease, which, again the governments from the West have chosen to forget about and ignore.

These are the people who think that they can live better lives in our country – surely something that we should, on some level be proud of.

When our Prime Minister, describes them in this way, he is doing two things, he is stalking the flames of racial resentment (because these people are, on the whole black or Asian) and he is washing the UK’s hands of people who we really should be trying to help.

Once again, the old Etonian, privileged millionaire is a villain.

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Mike Killingworth August 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

It’s easy to deride Cameron for being an Old Etonian. Less easy, perhaps to recognise that a white skin is also an unmerited privilege and to argue for the complete abolition of border controls -because anything less is, er, racism. Perhaps you should give yourself next week’s Prat award, Ray.

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Ray_North August 2, 2015 at 9:41 pm

I’m often a prat Mike – but not this time. DCs award was for villainy, and he earned it through his use of the extremely derogatory and incendiary use of the word ‘swarm’ to describe asylum seekers and refugees – borders policy is a different and complex issue and the use of this language is entirely unhelpful.

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Mike Killingworth August 3, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Sorry, Ray, that isn’t an answer. Objecting to the word “swarm” whilst ignoring the reality that a white skin is an unmerited privilege is swallowing the camel and then straining at a gnat.

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Nick August 3, 2015 at 5:55 am

Totally deserved – Cameron is just doing his usual con trick and working his best to keep people divided by using ukip language. The man is total slime.

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Fionauk512 August 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

The use of the term “swarm” had a touch of the Goebels about it and as a world leader (at least by nature of his job, if not actual leadership qualities) he should realise the power and impact of language in forming public opinion and framing the debate. The kindest interpretation is that it was an ill judged choice of words, as part of a shallow response to a complex human problem. That is after all what he is best known for. It does beg the question what collective nouns are used for other groups of people he and his set have trouble empathising with? Equally depressing I’m sure.

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nino August 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

I’m a Ray prat too

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Ray_North August 3, 2015 at 7:03 pm

I think ‘I’m a Ray Prat too’ has got t-shirt written all over it!

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Chris August 10, 2015 at 1:29 am

Well Ray what a excellent job you have done in illustrating you are a total twit.So desperate are you to score political points that you have made a perfectly acceptable use of a word in its proper context into sudo racism.
Swarm is not a derogatory term to describe the colour of a persons skin,you have the problem if you think it is!
Swarm can legitimately be used to indicate the movement a large group of people.The dictionary definition” Swarm – to move somewhere in large numbers, example “the place was swarming with Police” or” protesters were swarming into the building” or “reporters and photographers were swarming all over the place” need I go on? Now some of the Police,protesters,reporters,photographers,may well have been black,white, or a shade of orange,who cares, but small the minded.

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