Updated: May 3
The growth of racism during the past few years has been paralleled by a radical shift in the terms of debate on strategies for defeating it. In the early 1970s minority actions by the far left against the National Front were condemned in hysterical terms by commentators and politicians whose line for defeating racists was ‘ignore them and they’ll go away’. Today, erstwhile moderates vie with each other in denouncing racism and its fascist parasites.
The Bishop of Aston announces in blood-curdling terms that if people realised the horror of a developed National Front ‘they would lie awake at night sweating with fear’; the Labour Party, authors in government of the anti-immigration policies and legislation that have contributed most to the rise of racism, devote an entire political broadcast to an attack on the National Front; Young Conservatives have even taken to producing anti-racist T-shirts.