Sunday, April 16, 2006

Fascists are Barking

Margaret Hodge is reported as saying white, working class voters in her constituency of Barking are considering voting BNP. She says the drive for this is fear of change, including large numbers of ethnic minority asylum seekers moving into the area and has nothing to with racism.

Um. Fear of ethnic minority asylum seekers has nothing to do with racism? So what does Margaret Hodge think racism is? The original piece was an interview with the Telegraph that Margaret Hodge later accused of "selective quoting". Her rebuttal statement goes on to say
Many families were, she said, angry at the lack of housing since immigrants began arriving in the area and also because asylum seekers had been housed there by inner London councils.

"They can't get a home for their children, they see black and ethnic minority communities moving in and they are angry. It is a fear of change," she said.
Isn't that just a textbook definition of racism or am I missing something?

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