It was not just that a sitting Prime Minister would utter those words before his colleagues in the House of Commons, although that was enough to make one’s gorge rise. Nor was it his eagerness to so describe an organization of British patriots who are largely decent and law-abiding, and simply wanted to protect their communities.
No, the flabbergastingness of it all was the comparison between honest native English people and riotous thugs of foreign origin, with the former “deprecated” against the latter:
Listen for yourself to what the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom had to say about some of Queen Elizabeth’s most loyal subjects:
For those of you who have trouble running videos, or who prefer text, the transcript below is from Column 1086 of the official parliamentary record for August 11, 2011:
Clive Efford (Eltham) (Lab): For the past two nights in my constituency, I have had a very heavy police presence, owing to right-wing extremist groups focusing on Eltham and trying to create unrest and bad feeling between different racial groups. Although we want to support people who are public-spirited and come out to defend their communities, as some of my constituents have done, will the Prime Minister join me in asking those people not to be diverted from their efforts by those extremists who seek to exploit the situation?
The Prime Minister: The hon. Gentleman speaks not only for his constituents, but, frankly, for the whole House in deprecating the English Defence League and all it stands for. On its attempt to say that it will somehow help to restore order, I have described some parts of our society as sick, and there is none sicker than the EDL.
“[T]here is none sicker than the EDL.”
Consider the implications of that statement. According to the Prime Minister, members of the EDL must be at least as sick as:
- The “youths” who viciously broke a young man’s jaw, and then pretended that they were helping him up and tending to him while another thug robbed his backpack.
- The young arsonists who took delight in torching businesses and public buildings in numerous English cities.
- The thugs who deliberately ran down and killed three men with their car.
- The criminals who forced their victims to strip to their underwear so that they could be robbed of everything they had.
- The violent predators who invaded private homes to wreck and ransack the premises, forcing the residents to flee to neighboring homes for refuge.
All of these vicious acts, and many more of an equally evil nature, occurred during the recent riots in London and elsewhere — which were the issue that the Prime Minister was addressing. And he would have his listeners believe that the English Defence League is “sicker” than those people.
Mere words are insufficient to convey the loathing that any truly impartial observer must necessarily feel for Prime Minister David Cameron.
In his answer, Mr. Cameron said he was “deprecating the English Defence League”.
When computer programmers describe a program or procedure that has been superseded by more efficient and less bug-riddled replacement, they say that it is now “deprecated”. In the library indexes of open-source functions, you’ll see [deprecated] after the names of procedures whose purposes can now be more reliably accomplished through newer versions.
It’s time to deprecate David Cameron. There are other, more reliable British citizens who can perform his functions at least as well as he does, and will not trigger catastrophic errors when they are activated.
From now on, I suggest to my colleagues in the UK that they refer to their prime minister as:
“The Rt. Hon. David Cameron [deprecated]”
Hat tip: Kitman.