By East Midlands Correspondent

In Leeds recently for a political demonstration, I had time to explore the city centre. I encountered a place called Mandela Gardens, built as a peaceful retreat in the busy city centre to commemorate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was a South African black nationalist and communist terrorist who is celebrated by Western liberals for kicking the white people out of his country. As leader of the African National Congress’s (ANC) military wing he was involved in a series of bombings of schools and hospitals, for which he was imprisoned. Twenty seven years later, with the help of western liberals, Mandela was released from prison and with the western wind in his sails he succeeded in replacing the white establishment in South Africa. The purge of the white establishment was followed by a broader ANC campaign of ethnic cleansing of the whites in South Africa, which continues until this day. Despite all of this, Mandela is a saintly figure in the right-on planning departments of British town councils, at least judging by the sheer number of buildings, roads and squares named after him. 

The Nelson Mandela statue in Parliament Square

When the script writers of BBC sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’ named the lead character’s tower block ‘Nelson Mandela House’, it was a tongue-in-cheek poke at London’s loony-left councils, equivalent to ‘George Floyd House’ today. But since the 1980’s British public life began to imitate comedy. In Sunderland, Norfolk, Sheffield, County Durham and White City are streets named ‘Mandela Close’. There are buildings called ‘Mandela House’ in London, Manchester, Liverpool and other places. In fact, there are more streets named after Nelson Mandela in Britain than anywhere else in the world outside of South Africa. In Glasgow, an online fundraiser is taking donations for a Nelson Mandela statue to be erected in Nelson Mandela Square. But the most high-profile statue of Mandela is in Parliament Square, Westminster, alongside another ethnic nationalist who kicked the white people out of his country, Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi was a lawyer and Hindu nationalist who led a successful anti-colonial campaign against the British called ‘Quit India.’ He will forever be associated with the strategy of Non-Violent Resistance, which he got from Henry David Thoreau’s essay ‘Civil Disobedience’. If you are a Western native who wants to decolonise your own country, it is a good place to start. Since Gandhi kicked the white people out of India, the Indians have colonised England. Today, there are more Indians occupying one English city, Leicester than there were Brits living in the whole of India during the Raj. In addition, Africans are now colonising England.

Former Conservative PM David Cameron unveiling the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square

When the Empire Windrush docked in 1948 carrying the first Commonwealth immigrants to Britain, the public were assured the Jamaicans were ‘only coming to drive buses, clean hospitals, make some money and go home again.’ The government was keen to assure the public that these people were temporary migrant workers rather than colonists. The difference between a migrant and a colonist is an important one. A Migrant is defined as someone who moves into a new society and accepts to live by society’s rules. A Colonist is defined as someone who moves into a new country, to change its society and rules to fit himself. Seventy years after Windrush, the three million Africans who have now settled in Britain are no longer satisfied living as aliens in a white world, they have begun to feather their nest, or as they call it, Decolonisation. To decolonise the curriculum is to fill it with the Afro experience. To decolonise the English countryside is to form hiking groups just for blacks. To decolonise heritage means to pull down monuments they don’t like. In other words, decolonisation is the dictionary definition of colonisation.

What we are now experiencing goes beyond immigration into the realm of early-stage colonialism, therefore we must stop referring to it as immigration and call it colonisation. This has a number of benefits: We become the victims and gain the moral high ground. The work to demonise colonialism has already been done by the colonisers themselves, so it would be hypocritical of them to support it. There are precedents in the past for the repatriation of colonists. Of course they will say the British are hypocritical for complaining about colonialism, and we must openly admit to colonising their countries, but more importantly we must also make the point that we left when they asked.

So there are two statues of decolonisers in Parliament Square already, but who else should be immortalised there? In 2023 the UK is not colonising any country, but the UK is being colonised and we too need a great anti-colonial hero. He or she could one day be immortalised in Parliament Square. Several British Nationalist leaders have campaigned to stop the colonisation of our green and pleasant land, none succeeded, but we can learn from their successes and failures, and adopt strategies and tactics from the many successful anti-colonial movements in history in our approach to this great problem of our time.

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