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Here’s to you, Mr Robinson

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SIXTEEN minutes into the discussion, co-host Konstantin Kisin notes: ‘I think we’re setting some sort of record for the number of racial slurs uttered in this conversation.’ For those who wish to eavesdrop on ethnological insults, this recently released edition of Triggernometry is for you.

The interviewee, far from being a modern-day Alf Garnett, is Calvin Robinson – a conspicuous and courageous crusader for conservatism who, during the past year, has decried the divisive doctrine of Black Lives Matter.

On Triggernometry, his verboten verbals are the redoubtable Robinson matter-of-factly recounting the abuse he receives for being a social conservative of mixed race who dares to ‘say things that the average straight white male isn’t allowed to say in this country any more’.

Such as? ‘This isn’t a systemically racist country . . . it’s the most diverse, tolerant, inclusive country in the world . . . I have a real problem with the way we are teaching young people that everything is racist and everyone is racist. As a former teacher, I see all the time this self-perpetuating myth of white supremacy.’

The contemporary chorus of complaint from many minority ethnics, that they are downtrodden and discriminated against, is anathema to this maverick man of colour: ‘It’s so fashionable to be anti-white, and it’s acceptable . . . Yes, I experienced racism as a child at points, but in my adult life I don’t feel oppressed . . . but I do see oppression all around me, all the time, and that is people oppressing the white man.’

For which nonconforming Calvin Robinson is habitually harangued: ‘I get accused of being a race traitor, an Uncle Tom, a c**n, a house n****r, all these derogatory racist terms. People think I’m fair game because I’m not subscribing their approved narrative . . . It tends to be people on the hard Left and quite often it tends to be people of other minority status . . . mostly it’s other black people who call me things like house n***o.’

This egregious epithet was hurled at him just last month by, of all things, The Race Trust – a charity whose vacuous ‘vision’ is ‘to provide the education sector with a holistic provision to pave the path for a racially literate generation’. The Race Trust’s shameful sneer of ‘house n***o’ came after its head huckster had displayed her own ‘racial literacy’ by menacingly tweeting of Calvin Robinson: ‘Please somebody deal with this man!’ 

Continually the target of such intolerance and bigotry, small wonder he tells Triggernometry: ‘It baffles me how someone can consider themselves an anti-racist while being racist towards people like me.’

Namely, a freethinker who rejects the inimicality of identity politics: ‘People want so badly to categorise you, to put you in a box, and if you don’t fit into that box they don’t know how to deal with you and they see you as a problem, something to handle.’

He certainly confounds expectations. No disrespect to the good people of Nottinghamshire, but Calvin Robinson’s exemplary enunciation and erudition do not readily identify him as having been a working-class lad from Mansfield, particularly one whose white single mother ‘always worked at least two jobs’ after splitting from his Jamaican father. He also grew up with ‘people calling me P**i in the street’, about which he is now strikingly sanguine, and amusingly ascribes such taunting to ‘purely ignorance on their part – that’s the wrong derogatory term for a start’.

Calvin is a former governor of the hugely successful Michaela Community School in northwest London, whose founder and head is the inspirational Katharine Birbalsingh. Triggonometry host Kisin makes the interesting observation that these mixed-race rebels are explicitly ‘our two most patriotic guests, I would say, in the entire history of the show’.

Even on the Right, few are robust enough to argue, as does Calvin Robinson during Triggernometry: ‘What we should be trying to achieve is a multi-ethnic society, not a multicultural society. We’ve diluted our own values under the premise of inclusivity.’

It is even rarer to hear a conservative commentator contend: ‘People talk about the Empire and say we were the evil British Empire but we’ve lost a sense of context and we’ve lost a sense of balance. There was so much good came out of that as well’ – a provocative perspective about which he jokes: ‘I’m probably going to get cancelled just for saying that now.’

Then again, as Calvin cheerily conceded during a recent episode of Live with Littlewood: ‘I cause a public nuisance every time I speak.’

Long may his social conservatism continue to antagonise the intolerant Left. Here’s to you, Mr Robinson.

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Gary Oliver
Gary Oliver is an accountant who lives in East Lothian.

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