‘Britain has never been less hateful’


spiked’s Fraser Myers discusses the myth of rising hate crime and the criminalisation of everyday speech on BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live.

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tony noculak

10th December 2019 at 8:55 pm

It’s easy. Just keep it simple. “I disagree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it”
If you’re ever in any doubt on this matter just repeat that phrase and keep repeating it.
That phrase was never intended to have an “except” added on at the end and we do so at our peril.

Steve James

7th December 2019 at 12:00 pm

What are the stats on love crimes? Zero I bet because all crimes are hateful. That’s why they are called crimes.

Marvin Jones

10th December 2019 at 3:08 pm

Love Crimes are happening every night on our streets. You can read and see it every morning on the TV and radio. It certainly exists and no one has the intellect or the Cajones to deal with it.

antoni orgill

1st December 2019 at 5:52 pm

I wish I was not aware that this ‘debate’ had been aired on a television. Sadly, the Beeb’s deplorably belated and anodyne efforts to bring enlightenment to the reluctant wage-payer (of the tediously decent types running the show) led to a kind of cultural cul-de-sac of deadening stat-swapping which has induced a mild (temporary) brain strike … hatefully lame …

Fred Mutton

29th November 2019 at 4:41 pm

The ‘hate crime’ events goes thru a colour filter.

Jim Lawrie

27th November 2019 at 12:37 am

Myriam Francois embraced Islam, whereupon she entered the hallowed graces of superiority by victimhood, whose mission is to condemn for all eternity those who repent not for being white.

Jerry Owen

25th November 2019 at 7:57 pm

I note Fraser was interrupted fairly regularly , the blond bimbo got a free ride !

Jim Lawrie

27th November 2019 at 12:41 am

The blonde bimbo is a Muslim with an anti-White agenda.

Gerard Barry

25th November 2019 at 10:35 am

While I despise the excesses of identity politics and political correctness, I would argue that there is still plenty of bigotry, combined with ignorance and misinformation, in the UK, especially among certain segments of the population (e.g. the elderly and the less well educated). Many people for instance will see a Sikh man wearing a turban and consider him a potential Islamic terrorist, completely ignorant of the fact that Sikhs aren’t even Muslim, never mind terrorists. I’ve encountered this stupidity first-hand.

Jim Lawrie

26th November 2019 at 10:49 pm

Thanks for letting us know how superior you are and therefore not inclined to look down on and discriminate against people based on class and status.
No doubt being educated you will also be much more intelligent than those you look down on.

Most working class people experience your type on a daily basis.

Now could you kindly fυck off.

Gerard Barry

27th November 2019 at 9:13 am

It is my lived experience that a large percentage of less well educated Brits are extremely bigoted people. As I said in my above post, I despise excessive political correctness and identity politics. Neither am I opposed to Brexit or to any attempts to reduce immigration. But let’s be honest here and not pretend that the lower socio-economic classes in the UK are some sort of saints because they are not.

Andrew Mawdsley

24th December 2019 at 10:07 am

Excellent point Jim. I would also posit that it probably isn’t the working class (by definition seen as less well educated by the chattering classes) that pursue a racist agenda, primarily as they (we) have been living in close proximity with ethnic minorities for decades. It’s people like Gerard that spread division among different ethnic groups with their skewed view of the indigenous peoples of this country.

Jon Hubs

18th December 2019 at 8:07 pm

That statement was in itself bigoted..

Andrew Mawdsley

24th December 2019 at 9:51 am

What a very bigoted thing to say. How wide is your “lived experience”? How can you possibly say that many people seeing a Sikh man consider them to be terrorists. What and where is your evidence for such a blatantly racist comment.

Identity Redacted

24th November 2019 at 5:50 pm

OMG the young woman had a good idea. She stated that black men and Asian women get to have an identity but white men/women don’t. I thought for a second that she wanted to address this inequality and double standard as what drives some white men/women to be more xenophobic and then the guy who was the only sensible one on the panel said that would be ”dangerous” and she then said she only brought it up to tackle white supremacy. So others hanging a racial identity is fine but white people having one is supremacy? Ridiculous

Marvin Jones

10th December 2019 at 3:15 pm

Strange how white supremacy does not seem to exist in the country from where the BME migrants fled from. Could that be the answer to our problems?

Identity Redacted

24th November 2019 at 5:44 pm

So the young white woman is basically telling the ethnic minority man he’s a victim while he says he’s not. She cites How students report how they experience more racism, we’ll students are incredibly thin-skinned so what they report isn’t necessarily actual racism but what they FEEL is racism. She cites a guardian report and says that the increase in reporting hate crimes is a good thing whereas it might be an increase in reporting things that aren’t hateful at all but are being reported as such because as a society if you now say a woman cannot be a man that is considered hateful


24th November 2019 at 9:53 am

When the man on the right said that he had experienced much criticism for being ‘a gay Sikh man’ (about 9 mins in) I would have had him questioned. Criticism from who exactly? As ‘hate crime’ is – at least as far as the BBC, Guardian etc seem to care – something that only indigenous heterosexual whites can be called out for his answer might have thrown some worthwhile light.

Jim Lawrie

26th November 2019 at 11:49 pm

The host is a PC constrained lightweight.

As the accusations of anti-Semitism crescendo, support for Labour has been slowly climbing.
People are sick of accusations of anti this and phobic that.
Spiked have run about 15 articles on Jews/Holocaust/Nazis/Anti-Semitism this month alone.

Alex Cameron

22nd November 2019 at 2:17 pm

Well done Fraser for not jumping out of your seat and not committing a violent crime

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