Darren Scully, as of Tuesday night former mayor of the Irish town of Naas, has become yet another of those ‘respectable’ conservatives caught up with by the world they made possible with their appeasement of the Left.
On Tuesday morning, speaking live on the town’s Kildare radio station KFM, he candidly confessed to the frustrations that attend the performance of his duties in the multicultural society embraced by his party:
‘I have been met with aggressiveness, I have been met with bad manners,’ he said during the radio interview.
‘I have also been played the race card.
‘[They’ve] said: “Oh yeah you’ll help white people, but you don’t help black people.”’
Unfortunately, he made the mistake of also confessing to having had enough of the rude, aggressive, chip-in-the-shoulder Blacks in his constituency:
‘So after a while of this… I’ve been doing this now for six or seven years – I just made the decision, a conscious decision, earlier this year, that I just was not going to, myself personally, was not going to take on representations from black Africans.
‘I would be very courteous to them and I would pass on their queries to other representatives, who would take their concerns.’
Never missing an opportunity to gain political advantage, the reaction was swift. As reported by the Daily Mail,
Politicians and anti-racism groups . . . demanded Mr Scully’s expulsion, while a Labour MP . . . reported the father of two’s remarks to gardaí [Irish police] under the [Prohibition to] Incitement to Hatred Act.
And, like the ever-so-craven conservatives everywhere, Fine Gael, the party of which Scully is a member, threw him to the dogs within the hour:
‘The views expressed by Cllr Scully do not reflect the views of Fine Gael, and they are not party policy,’ the statement read.
‘Fine Gael is an inclusive party and we are trying to build a country that caters for all.’
Scully reacted by making the same mistake conservatives make in these situations: he issued an apology, complete with all the requisite clichés:
‘I realise now that my remarks were open to an interpretation that I did not intend,’ Mr Scully said in a statement.
‘I abhor racism in all its forms. I have been proud to be mayor of Naas and to represent all the people of the town.’
An apology was not enough, however, for by the time Scully issued it he had already caved in to pressure behind the scenes:
‘. . . as a result of the upset that I have caused, I feel it is appropriate that I step down from this position.’
Pious, ridiculous, opportunistic, hot-under-the-collar commentating and pontification poured in regardless. Note how much space the Daily Mail article is taken up by the reactions:
Former Labour MP Moosajee Bhamjee warned yesterday that comments such as those by Mr Scully would represent the ‘beginning of official racism’ in Ireland.
The country’s first Muslim MP, who served as a MP for Clare from 1992 to 1997, warned that such comments from a Government party councillor could lead to official State racism if left unchecked.
‘This is really, really frightening because it could be the beginning of State racism in this country,’ Dr Bhamjee said.
‘There is a small neo-Nazi following in this country you know, and this just adds to what they see as enlightenment. It’s important now more than ever that our racism laws be strengthened.’
The psychiatrist said he had been abused in the past himself and he called on the Government to introduce a new paper on racism as the law is clearly deficient in this area.
And even though Mr Scully resigned as mayor last night, Dr Bhamjee believes he should also be expelled from Fine Gael.
‘I’ve been abused myself in the past too, people feel they’re entitled to, but the law of the land says no.
‘Cllr Scully is still a public representative, he should be expelled from Fine Gael after this and I’m calling for that.’
The association campaigning for equality in sport, Show Racism The Red Card, was appalled by the comments and said it was clearly discrimination.
‘The qualification for Mr Scully’s comments that “I am not racist” is bizarre,’ Show Racism the Red Card co-ordinator Garrett Mullan said.
‘There cannot be an acceptance of racism within politics in Ireland.’
Sue Conlan, chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council, said: ‘Negative stereotypes create racism, and as we saw earlier this week when a Nigerian taxi driver was assaulted, this can lead to violence.
‘We all have a role to play in counteracting negative stereotypes and our elected officials have a special role to play in promoting tolerance and inclusion throughout the community. Cllr Scully’s comments are outrageous and not worthy of an elected representative.’
Catherine Murphy, an Independent MP for Mr Scully’s constituency, Kildare North, said the remarks were ‘outrageous’ and ‘totally unacceptable’. She described as ‘unfathomable’ the reasons why he felt the need to make such a statement.
‘While listening to Kildare FM this morning I could scarcely believe what I was hearing.
‘It’s right and proper that Cllr Scully step down as Mayor of Naas immediately and I welcome his decision to do so.
‘However, it’s essential that if he remains as a public representative he must undertake to represent all of the people, without qualification or prejudice.’
Taxi driver Ola Akinsete, who is originally from Nigeria, met Mr Scully last month after he drove him home to Kerdiff Park in Naas.
The 44-year-old, who has lived in Naas since 2000, said: ‘The racial issue in Naas is becoming so bad for the past three years – it’s becoming an epidemic.
But it’s a big shock to me to hear him say those comments as a young man, it’s unbelievable.
‘What’s happening in Naas are discussions about what the black community is doing to the town. For instance, some people say we are taking their jobs and taking over the place. This should not be the attitude of some of the public. We are in a different century.
‘I came to Ireland for a better life but now my wife, Kate, and I just make sure our children are safe and have a better upbringing.
‘If this situation continues, how are my children able to live in a country where they have been brought up with such racial issues?’
For his remarks, Mr. Scully now faces six months to two years in jail or fines ranging from €1000 – €10,000 ($1337.54 – $13,375.40). The police are already investigating him. Wikipedia meanwhile has been quickly updated with references in several articles to Mr. Scully’s misdeeds and infamy.
So the question ought to be, rather, How are Mr. Scully’s children to live in a country where they cannot even complain about obnoxious Blacks? Where a person cannot say he has had it up to here with their bad behaviour?
Note that these Blacks were not being denied representation, and neither were they being deprived of courtesy, even when their behaviour made them undeserving; Mr. Scully had, in fact, been referring them elsewhere so that their concerns would be addressed by a more suitable representative.
Note also that Mr. Scully had not been acting out of prejudice. He had had first-hand experience with Black Africans throughout most of his thirties. If there are negative stereotypes about Blacks, why is it never anything to do with their behaviour? I suppose the Left will attempt to psychologise Mr. Scully’s experiences, theorising that he imagined the bad behaviour because he harboured ‘subterranean prejudices’ against Blacks; or else by theorising that it was Mr. Scully who elicited the bad behaviour in some subtle way, through his posture or word choices.
It is difficult to sympathise with a member of a conservative political party, since conservatives are always cowards and doubly guilty of leading us to where we are. Yet it is not only the likes of Mr. Scully who are persecuted for publicly making a fair and honest statement. Thus, even if we conclude that Mr. Scully is enjoying just deserts as a conservative politician, it is worth mentioning that, as is usually with reports of these types of incident, the consequences to Mr. Scully’s family are passed in silence. The best-case scenario for this family is that it will be left poorer by €1000, not a trivial sum in relation to a councillor’s salary in these difficult times; absent luck, Mr. Scully’s children could be left without a father for up to two years. The burden will fall on them and his wife, as previously did the stress on her husband caused by his Black constituents. Should her husband be fined the larger amount, it will be she who may have have to apply for a loan, with no guarantees of obtaining one, thanks to the tight credit markets of these past few years.
Let us explore what it will mean for Mr. Scully to be convicted, besides debts, public humiliation, and having to find a new line of work.
Job applications ask about convictions and employers routinely conduct checks, so, if convicted, Mr. Scully will be legally required to mention his, which may make employment difficult. Some convictions are considered ‘spent’ after five years, but no conviction is ever spent for people in the following professions: doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, layers, opticians, teachers, police officers, and child care. These professions will be barred to Mr. Scully.
And so would, potentially, retraining: convictions may lead to being refused a place at a university.
Convictions can also mean being excluded from a country, which means Mr. Scully may find future travel limited, particularly with the United States. Similarly, Mr. Scully would encounter difficulties obtaining a work or residential permit, since information about previous convictions and proof of good character are legally required.
Unless Mr. Scully already owns his house, he will be required to disclose his conviction when applying for a mortgage. Not doing so would cause problems as it would be considered a breach of the mortgage agreement.
A conviction will, in addition, make it almost impossible to get any kind of insurance. Unspent convictions must be disclosed and this may lead to his being refused or to sky-high premiums.
Again, perhaps just deserts for Mr. Scully, whose ‘centre-Right’ party, Fine Gael, governs in coalition with Labour, a party that made state-sponsored diversity an item in their 2011 election manifesto. But one has to wonder what kind of people do this to a man simply because he was honest and desired to do his job without being subjected to abuse. What is more, what kind of people do this to a family?
Still, for some this is insufficient, and the likes of Muslim Labour MP Moosajee Bhamjee still want even harsher punishments and penalties. I wonder how far he would like the laws to go? Life in prison? Cutting out the tongue?
Meanwhile, the likes of Mr. Ola Akinsete, who evidently was too happy to chip in and also kick Mr. Scully while he was down, does not want anyone to notice, think, or talk about the fact that Blacks are visibly altering the town and gaining housing and jobs at the expense of the natives, upon whom they have been imposed by politicians.
It is ironic for a country that fought a war of independence from Britain—still remembered by a few alive today—to create conditions that effectively put its own citizens at a disadvantage in the face of African and Muslim colonisation. Either liberty is a burden or else liberty means not liberty, but freedom to choose some form of slavery.
Ireland is not alone in this, of course, for the other Western nations have gone down the same route, with the enthusiastic support of many of its citizens as well—though not the majority.
This remains the unsolved X-file of the West as a whole.