Monday, June 30, 2008

What Is Racism?

Rod Liddle had a stunning article in yesterday's Sunday Times. He questioned why the ever more politically correct Boris Johnson sacked James McGrath. You may remember Mr McGrath's only crime was to suggest that people from the Carribean who were not happy with a London run by Johnson could always leave. This was in reference to comments made by professional race victim and slavery obsessed Darcus Howe, a man who many of us wish would leave these shores permanently.

The only criticism I would make is of the comments by Trevor Phillips, head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He broadly agrees that the current obsession with race is bad but goes on to say: "You should be okay to say anything you like so long as it’s not calculated to offend". Now forgive me but whether a person causes offence to another, about anything, should be regulated by good manners and basic decency not by legislation and threats of punishment by the state.

Practising what he preaches poor old James McGrath has returned to Australia. Who can blame him?


T Bishop Finger said...

It's hard to believe Liddle was once a hardcore Lefty.

Gregg Beaman said...

It is amazing really. How did it take him so long to mature?!