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Nick Booth: Auntie inadvertently shows us this hate crime thing is overdone


We should all be thankful to the BBC and specifically its reporter Catrin Nye for exposing the true extent of Islamophobia.

I’m sure, like me, you have been worried about all those reports of escalating hate crime. Especially since it has been linked to the recent referendum. I’d feel awful if there really was a provable link between Junker-gnosticism and xenophobia. I’m not sure it follows that all foreigners are modelled on the unelected King of the EU. I like to think that suspicion about this uninvited beauristocracy is not evidence of an irrational loathing of all fellow human beings.

Still, there’s been a ton of mud slung at us and some of it will inevitably stick.

Indeed, for a while, I thought that the BBC had officially declared a propaganda war against the 52 per cent of the population who had expressed a wish for greater accountability. A desire for democracy  isn’t defined as a hate crime, so it seemed as if the BBC was on a mission to pin another accusation on us – racism – which is a flingable and sticky kind of mud.

I was starting to suspect there is massive bias in the BBC. It has much in common with the EU. Membership is obligatory and once you’re in, there is zero accountability. We pay but we get no say. Every public debate is skewed and all we see are obscenely overpaid fat cats, who occasionally emerge from their exclusive bordellos to lecture us about inclusiveness and equality. The BBC panjandrums make their European counterparts look positively egalitarian. The disdain that Auntie Beeb shows to her people would make Marie Antoinette kick in a plate glass window.

At least that’s what I thought. Until I saw this news report and this follow up Tweet from the BBC’s Catrin Nye. 

In the report, Nye helpfully puts those Hate Crime stats into context. If you were worried that racism was getting out of hand, this one minute clip will be massively reassuring because it shows how exaggerated the claims are.

As Nye and her supporting crew demonstrate in this exercise, incidents of Islamophobia are logged from the most trivial of events. It could be a man sitting on a bench, who mildly suggests that we are losing our right to free speech in the UK and that Sharia Law applies in certain circles. That, as you can see in this report, is enough to be counted as evidence.

This incident has certainly put the new hate crime statistics into context. If this is the worst/best they can do, there doesn’t seem much to worry about. So thank you Catrin Nye. And thank you BBC News.

Meanwhile, there are some much more serious hate crimes taking place across the country if the BBC News teams want to widen their horizons a bit.

Will you ask them?

I don’t find them very approachable. You see, I suffer from syngenesophobia – a fear of aunts. It’s not classified as a crime. Yet.

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Nick Booth
Nick Booth
Nick Booth is a freelance writer.

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