Mehdi Hassan has a very good article in the New Statesman today which attempts to play its own small part in halting the inexorable drift of the liberal left media into accepting fascists like the BNP as a part of the mainstream.
Like paedophilia, racism is morally wrong; it is evil. It requires no further debate or discussion, no tolerance or engagement. For too long, liberals on the left have pandered to conservatives on this issue, indulging racist and reactionary views in the name of free speech.
Apart from the word ‘evil’, which I find unhelpful, I am in full agreement with this statement and the article in general and recommend it. The debates around Nick Griffin on Question Time last week were accompanied, as I have said before, by the most despicable instances of liberals bending over backwards to proclaim for a fascist his human rights, with scant regard for those whose human rights are threatened and jeopardised by his appearance on national TV.
Mehdi concludes by saying that:
to borrow a phrase from John Major, on the issue of race and the rise of the far right, it is time to condemn a little more and understand a little less.