Gosh, Hansard can be exciting.
Just watch the Indian born Conservative Peer Baroness Shreela Flather fluttering her wings around the everlasting flame of partitional racism last night.
Gasp in wonder as The Sun gets hold of the quote (not yet, The Sun hasn’t risen yet!)
Feel the angst of a maligned community. Wait for the quotes from ‘Community Elders’.
Enjoy the sigh of relief from the ‘Single Mother’ estates of South Wales.
Possibly the inevitable ‘resignation’….
13 Sep 2011: Column 706 The minority communities in this country, particularly the Pakistanis and the Bangladeshis, have very large numbers of children and the money that follows the child is an attraction. Nobody likes to accept that or to talk about it because it is supposed to be very politically incorrect. Well, I am politically incorrect, and there is no doubt that six or seven children give you a far larger income than three or four. I think it is about time that we stop people using children as a means of increasing the amount of money that they receive or of getting a bigger house.
In the countries of origin, these people-Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and even Indians-have large families because there is no safety net. When you get old, it is only your children who are going to look after you. That does not apply here. Every old person will have their pension and will be looked after. It is time to introduce the pattern of this country and to tell people that they must start following it. At the bottom of the education league tables are the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, and top of the league are the Chinese and Indians. Indians have fallen into the pattern here. They do not have large families because they are like the Jews: they want their children to be educated. This is the other problem: there is no emphasis on education in the Pakistani and Bangladeshi families. If there was, there would be no problem. But we have a large number of young people, particularly young men, who have very few skills and very basic education and they are not really skilled to do any work even if the work were available.
It concerns me that we do not say anything, we do not do anything and we do not send any message that this is not acceptable.
Now 78, Shreela Flather was born into a prominent Indian family and came to London to read for the bar. In 1952, she married English QC Gary Flather, now 66, by whom she has two sons, and feels that she is thoroughly anglicised to the point that: “It’s too much trouble to cook Indian food. I prefer to use Loyd Grossman’s sauces.”