West and Woodhouse: Persecution of the Powerless
Emma West, the now notorious YouTube ‘tram ranter’ charged with racially aggravated public order offences, has had her trial adjourned for the third time.
By Tina Wingfield
The mother of two was charged after an amateur video of her apparent verbal assault on fellow black, Asian and Polish passengers travelling on the tram between Croydon and Wimbledon, was posted on YouTube. Since the YouTube video was published in November 2011, the clip has been watched by more than 11 million people and the case has attracted an enormous amount of media attention.
Emma West was due to stand trial in June 2012 but the case was adjourned for further psychiatric reports to be compiled. She appeared in court again in July 2012 but the case was delayed again for more psychiatric reports. Her appearance in court last week, on September 5th, saw the trial adjourned yet again for the preparation of the same reason.
With a new trial date yet to be arranged, cynical non-‘politically correct’ observers might wonder if the Crown Prosecution Service will continue to subject Ms West to intensive psychiatric assessment until a hitherto hidden form of ‘insanity’ is uncovered which will conveniently explain why an ordinary British woman would exhibit such generalized hostility towards immigrants. Or perhaps the CPS is anticipating that the much maligned former dental receptionist will eventually bow to the pressure of public disapproval and change her ‘not guilty’ plea to what it considers to be a more palatable ‘guilty’ one.
Emma West’s decision on her plea may well be influenced by the fate of the ‘tube racist’, Jacqueline Woodhouse, hauled before the courts after a passenger’s recording of her verbally abusing commuters on a London tube train was posted on YouTube.
Referring to comments Ms Woodhouse had made during her verbal outburst, such as “I used to live in England and now I live in the United Nations,” the Westminster Magistrates Court judge concluded that such language made it clear that Ms Woodhouse “was motivated by hostility to her fellow passengers who were not white British.” In a shocking indictment of British justice, Ms Woodhouse was given a 21-week jail sentence and a five-year anti-social behaviour order, in May earlier this year.
Although the feelings of some of the passengers travelling with Jacqueline Woodhouse and Emma West may have been hurt by the opinions they expressed and the offensive manner of their delivery, the fact remains that no physical harm or criminal damage was caused by either of them. Both, unfortunately, are victims - in an increasingly lengthening line - of ordinary British individuals who, in consequence of being labelled as ‘racist’, have been subjected to severe and disproportionate sanction by an over-zealous, politically correct criminal justice system.
It is not surprising that in today’s ‘pressure cooker’ environment those at the bottom of the social strata occasionally blow off steam. It is understandable that individuals who feel a strong sense of cultural identity and are perhaps experiencing particular personal difficulties as a result of the chaos into which Britain is descending; sometimes allow their anger to boil over in the form of a socially unacceptable outburst. This is not racism; it is simply frustration. Such sentiments should, of course, be shared in a polite and non-aggressive fashion but to err is human. In a civilised, democratic society such error should not, however, merit a term of imprisonment.
The blame for such lapses of control should not be placed solely upon the powerless individuals who have been left to suffer the consequences of government mismanagement; ultimately it is the politicians who are to blame. While big business has profited from unrestricted immigration, courtesy of a cheap workforce that has served to undercut the wages and conditions of British workers, this has been at the expense of both the indigenous British people and immigrants. The reckless, short-sighted immigration policies of successive Labour and Conservative governments have created a multicultural nightmare for all communities in Britain - black and white alike.
Britain has literally been swamped by immigrants in recent years and the seams of British society are stretched to breaking point. The British people were never asked, nor given the opportunity to object to the senseless immigration policies of successive Labour and Tory governments, which have changed Britain beyond belief. Notwithstanding the rhetoric of our elected politicians who wax lyrical about the ‘enrichment’ that immigration has bestowed upon Britain, ordinary people like Emma West and Jacqueline Woodhouse are painfully aware of the harsh reality of enforced multiculturalism.
It is a perversion of justice that essentially harmless outbursts by disillusioned and disenfranchised individuals are perceived as manifestations of ‘racism’ and thus serious enough to merit a term of imprisonment. Especially so, when the criminal justice agencies and the media fail to apply the law consistently and routinely ignore the abuse and violence inflicted on British people by members of the ethnic minorities. Racism, according to the authorities, only cuts one way.
There have been thousands of instances whereby nonsensical political correctness has prevented the authorities from protecting victims and ensuring that justice is served. The abject failure of the police and Crown Prosecution Service to address the problem of Muslim grooming gangs and black-on-white racist violence has, for example, exposed countless innocent victims to sexual abuse and physical attacks that could have been prevented.
As a British National Party MEP, Nick Griffin is committed to using his status as a Member of the European Parliament to draw attention to the politically correct hysteria that facilitates the victimisation of the indigenous majority. He also makes it clear, however, that the British public must recognise that directing their anger against immigrants in general is not just morally inexcusable, it is absolutely futile. The fault lies with the Establishment politicians who created the chaos and it is they who should be held to account. If they wish to avoid the same fate as West and Woodhouse, “the wrath of the British people must”, he says, “be turned into righteous anger and political action against the only people who deserve to be hated - the politicians who use our taxes to turn our country into a place where we often feel like strangers in our own land.”