For reasons that are becoming increasingly difficult to fathom, Nottingham is considered to be a tourist hotspot, generally receiving the second-highest number of overnight visitors in the Midlands and the highest number in the East Midlands.
From a historical perspective, you could see why some unwitting tourists might place it relatively high on their bucket list of places to visit in the UK. The legend of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest is an obvious example. Some picturesque country houses are dotted around the nearby areas, such as the lovely Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey.
The city was even named a ‘City of Literature’ by UNESCO, reflecting Nottingham’s literary heritage, with Lord Byron, D. H. Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe having links to the city.
Of course, this is what today’s tourist leaflets want to draw your attention to. Unsurprisingly, they omit that unsuspecting visitors will also witness a sobering lesson on the horrors of globalisation, precisely, the ruination of a once proud city in a matter of decades.
Take a walk around Nottingham’s streets today, and you can witness closed-down businesses, litter, the homeless on every corner, stabbings and the latest trend: machete-wielding gangs running amok.
A video has emerged on social media showing youths wielding machetes in broad daylight in a confrontation outside the Nottingham Contemporary. The 30-second clip shows three people holding large knives. A woman seems to be dispersing them, with three individuals running down the steps near the underpass.
A Nottingham Contemporary worker who witnessed the commotion said:
“I was scared for my life. We were lucky we had no customers in.” He added, “I’m scared that this can happen here. It was very scary.”
Yes, it is scary how much Nottingham is becoming like London, although this shouldn’t come as a surprise when the same progressive policies that ruined England’s capital are now being imported to cities near you.
Nottingham, like London, Birmingham, Leicester and others, is demographically changing very rapidly. This leads to social discord as groups from various cultures, religions and ethnicities without allegiance to British law and values are thrown into the melting pot.
This problem is amplified by the fact that these minority groups have protected status, and having protected status means that you have privilege in the law. Of course, in a functional democracy where every individual is equal before the law, this shouldn’t be the case, but the UK is not a functional democracy.
So, if you have certain legal privileges, why fear the law and act within its boundaries? These youths understand that the police are too afraid to intervene for fear of being called “racist.” They also know that any member of the public brave enough to step in and who doesn’t have protected status will also be subjected to such labelling. They can see the laws in place are there to protect them, not punish crime or stop criminality.
When convictions are made, the penalties are usually soft or even suspended. This didn’t happen overnight; we can thank decades of failed crime policies from Labour and the Conservative Party for the downward trajectory which has finally landed us where we are today: a criminal justice system so broken that criminals see themselves as untouchable.
At the Homeland Party, no one should be above the law. We would fix the justice system and bring meaning to the term “tough on crime.” We would also bring back agency and integrity to the police force, who would no longer discriminate against those who don’t hold minority status.
Our advice to visitors coming to Nottingham? Your experience of Nottingham may differ from the one seen in the brochure.