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Old 6th Nov 2006, 17:54   #1
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Pity poor 'Dave' Cameron. Here he is working like a ni- ... er, a mad thing to try to rehabilitate the Tories, when a prospective parliamentary candidate gets caught forwarding a racist 'joke' email to her friends.

Ellenor Bland claims it was forwarded by her husband (obviously "I'm not a racist, I'm just married to one" is a watertight defence where she comes from), but this would seem to be somewhat refuted by the fact that the forwarded email was signed "Oh yes! Ellie."

It took the form of a poem in mock-'darkie' pidgin English about how easy it is to get into Britain and rip off the system, so much so that the country is "too good for white man race." It ends with a cartoon of the White Cliffs of Dover and the words "Piss off! We're full."

Astonishingly, when interviewed by PM on Radio 4, Ms Bland didn't dissociate herself from the sentiments of the email. She said it was just a "polite" way of expressing that immigration was no longer under control, and didn't even partially condemn or denounce the content of the poem. She is clearly one of the most extremely stupid people on the face of the earth, and as such I have no hesitation in approving her candidacy for the Conservative parliamentary party.
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Old 6th Nov 2006, 18:21   #2
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She added that "apart from clocking my husband around the ears, there's not a lot I can do about it".
So, also condoning physical chastisement of one's spouse, eh Ms. Bland?
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Y'see - no matter how sweet, touchy-feely, modern, smiley, open-minded, broad-minded, all embracing, mild, unextreme, non-racist and even almost socialist Dave is, his party's still packed full of people like Bland - bland and loathesome in nature except for their objectionable racist (and also no doubt homophobic) views. How can we take Dave seriously as the face of the New Caring Tories when his party is so rotten?
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Ms Bland seems to have a real case of foot in mouth disease. When contacted by the Guardian, she said: "[The leak] is an infringement of my life. It's incredibly childish and churlish for anyone to make something big of this. My husband and I are not racist. We do have friends of all kinds - we actually have German in-laws." Herr und Frau Himmler, presumably. She adds that they have Asian friends too, and "we would never be rude to them."

Here's the poem in full (there are versions of this all over the internet, including American and Australian versions so I don't know if this is precisely the text that Ellenor Bland sent) so you too can send it to your non-racist friends.

I cross ocean, poor and broke,
Take bus, see employment folk.

Nice man treat me good in there,
Say I need to see welfare.

Welfare say, "You come no more,
We send cash right to your door."

Welfare checks, they make you wealthy,
NHS it keep you healthy!

By and by, I got plenty money,
Thanks to you, British dummy.

Write to friends in motherland,
Tell them 'come fast as you can.'

They come in turbans and Ford trucks,
I buy big house with welfare bucks!

They come here, we live together,
More welfare checks, it gets better!

Fourteen families, they moving in,
But neighbor's patience wearing thin.

Finally, white guy moves away,
Now I buy his house, and then I say,

"Find more aliens for house to rent."
And in the yard I put a tent.

Send for family, they just trash,
But they, too, draw the welfare cash!

Everything is very good,
And soon we own the neighborhood.

We have hobby it's called breeding,
Welfare pay for baby feeding.

Kids need dentist? Wife need pills?
We get free! We got no bills!

British crazy! He pay all year,
To keep welfare running here.

We think UK darn good place!
Too darn good for the white man race!

If they no like us, they can scram,
Got lots of room in Pakistan.
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Oooh... I was wanting to read that poem. And I have to say it's just as bad as I expected. Some of those lines don't even scan.

Never trust someone who doesn't understand poetry.
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How awful!

I heard a snippet of Bland's interview on the news last night and she seemed genuinely astounded that anyone could take the poem in anything other than a lighthearted, joky manner. I just don't get people like that, who don't seem to be able to see outside of their own comfortable little bubbles. No sympathy, empathy or understanding of anyone's motives or way of life other than those of their identikit peers, as if there's only ever one way to do anything and that's their own.
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From the little bit I saw, she seemed to be implying that anyone who was offended by it would be someone who was 'guilty of not going out and getting a job', i.e. that it had somehow touched a nerve.

Oh no, Ms Bland, we are offended by the idea of an elected representative being so obviously guilty of appalling prejudice and peddling this kind of filthy falsehood under the guise of 'humour', and then displaying outrageous arrogance in refusing to apologise.

Frankly I'm glad she's being so dimwitted about it, it ought to increase the chances of her being chucked out of every official body she's ever belonged to.
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Yes, everywhere you look there's another classic line from her.

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Ms Bland, who represents the Conservatives on Calne Town Council in Wiltshire, denied sending the message. But she admitted knowing the contents of the poem and said no offence could be caused by it, calling the reaction political correctness gone mad. She added: “From what I remember of it, it was a very light-hearted poem."
She could take lessons from Boris Johnson, who discovered that someone had posted the poem in a comment to his blog:

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"It’s an utterly dreadful poem and I condemn it unreservedly,” he said. “I had absolutely no knowledge it was on my website."
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Here's an interesting analysis of the history of the poem.
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