Should we have a new Bank Holiday to celebrate
Britishness Polishness? Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski makes the case this morning on the radio, over the fold.
(What is it about the voters of Shrewsbury, anyway, who first sent the great Lib Dem erotic poet Paul Marsden to Westminster, and now this chap?)
John Humphries — We should have a new bank holiday to celebrate the contribution of Polish people to this country. That is the proposal that MPs will debate today. It is being put forward by Daniel Kawczynski, the Conservative MP for Shrewsbury, the founder of Conservative Friends of Poland. Good morning to you.
Daniel Kawczynski — Good morning.
JH — Now is this what they’ve done for us with their plumbers, or for what they did for us during the war, or what?
DK — Well, it’s really what they’ve done for us since the war. Some estimates say that one in six airmen in the Battle of Britain was Polish and in fact the eight Polish fighter squadrons formed within in the RAF actually claimed 629 Axis aircraft destroyed. So they played a tremendous role during the war — but now today many of them are coming over, they are doctors, dentists, plumbers,they work in the fields, and they do a tremendous contribution to our country.
JH — But on the other hand on that basis you could have special Bank Holidays for all sorts of nationalities who’ve made great contributions — we don’t, for instance, have, I don’t know — slightly different, I freely accept — but a Jewish Bank Holiday — think of what’s been done for us by Jews who’ve come here over the millennia, well, centuries, anyway.
DK — Well, absolutely, but the main reason I’m trying to introduce this bill and trying to raise the subject is my genuine concern about the handling of immigration by the media in this country. Nine out of ten immigrants to our country are not Poles, they’re not Eastern Europeans, they’re from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the West Indies; and yet, I have been monitoring very closely the reporting of immigration by the BBC, and the BBC, the liberal elite of the BBC, are using the Poles as a cat’s paw in a politically correct world to talk about immigration. Because you won’t do stories about more controversial immigrants, but you always focus on Poles. And the result of that, Mr Humphries, there are increased attacks on Poles in this country.
JH — Well, that’s an intriguing analysis, one that I confess that I don’t recognise. I’m not quite sure what the evidence for it is, but there we are. We’re responsible for the increasing number of attacks on Poles in this country?
DK — Absolutely. And that’s why… I’ve said very little about Poles in my three years as a member of parliament, but I have been forced now, as somebody of Polish origin, to raise this in Parliament, because I genuinely, Mr Humphries, am fearful about the way the BBC, the liberal elite, as I call them, of the BBC, they know they have to talk about immigration now, but rather than focus on all immigrants from all over the world, they go for the soft touch, the white Christians from Poland. And, Mr Humphries, I am sick and tired of it.
JH — Well, I look forward to hearing your evidence for any of that. Daniel Kawczynski thank you very much.