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Nick Booth: Let’s kick racism out of politics


I’m fed up with racism ruining every debate. It’s cowardly and cynical and destroying the social fabric of our nation. It is divisive and weakens democracy with its suffocating blanket of fear. We need to take the matter into our own hands and have a campaign to drive it out.

First, we must identify the root causes.

I’m not sure which side is worse. The tiny minority of bigots who don’t like foreigners. Or the remainiac narcissists who spend all their time telling immigrants that the bigots are actually 52 per cent of the population. To me, they are the different sides of the same coin. Racists are on one side, and on the other is their offshoot, the Continuity Racists AKA or Racism-ists.

Arguably, the “I voted Remain, because I’m not a racist” camp has delivered a far subtler, more wounding form of insult, because it’s dressed up as a compliment. “I like you, Johnny Foreigner,” the narcissists say, “but I’m afraid everyone else hates you!”

The upshot is the same. The racists and their new off-shoots, the racism-ists, are ruining the beautiful game of democracy. Nobody can say anything and we don’t get the free flowing game of democracy we crave. Instead we get Owen Jones style playing of the man, rather than the ball. We shouldn’t be rewarding the Lazy Gang with their crude kick and hush tactics.

We need to clean up the game and kick all these damaging idiots out of politics. There is no place for them in the modern game of free speech and reasoned argument.

The Continuity Racists are a dangerous lot because they are organised gangs who use social media to arrange punch-ups and create social unrest. They are hooked on Dudgeon, the drug of choice for the chattering classes. These addictions (many of them are hopeless approval junkies) make them dangerously easy to manipulate. There’s probably an L Ron Hubbard style leader waiting to take over and form them into a cult – The Lynin-tologists.

In the manner of a Fleet Street newspaper investigation, I sent a junior reporter out and told her to come back with something or I’d sack her. So naturally, even though reporters rarely have a clue where to start looking and very little time, she came back with a list of names of these gangs, using a combination of hearsay, her imagination and deadline desperation. The list of these gangs makes CHILLING reading. The Bien Pensants, The Metropolitan Elites, The Hoity Toities, The Hashtag Tweeters, The Public School Over Compensators (led by James O’Brien), The Crap Stand-ups, The Hampstead Garden Suburb Crew (Will Self) and the BBC Myopics are just some of the organised mobs affiliated to Continuity Racism.

We’ve been here before, of course. Football was tainted by racism and was once as unpopular with the BBC classes as free speech is now. I remember coming back from a disastrous World Cup campaign in 1982 to be told, by people who weren’t there, exactly what happened with England fans and the police. They somehow knew exactly what happened to me because they’d read about it in our reliable newspapers. In truth, there was a minority of racists that attached themselves to football, but the mistake fans made then was not mobilising themselves to deal with them.

Football was reformed through a number of influences. I like to think social attitudes have changed for the better. Possibly because it’s difficult to be racist when your best players are often black and when you grow and work with people of different cultures. Arguably, one of the best formal initiatives has been the Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football campaign.

Can we do something similar to save democracy? What about a campaign called Let’s Kick Racism Out of Politics?

Would that work?

(Image: Jonathan McIntosh)

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Nick Booth
Nick Booth
Nick Booth is a freelance writer.

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