Viewers may want to look away now
After her column on April 17 last, when she talked of refugees as “like norovirus … feral humans … vagrants … swarms … like cockroaches”, Simon Usborne observed, “In the environment that led to creation of the Third Reich in Germany, Polish people were seen as ‘an East European species of cockroach’, while Jews were rats. When Hutu extremists used radio propaganda to incite violence against the Tutsis during the Rwandan Genocide, they called on people to ‘weed out the cockroaches’”.
And so it came to pass that Ms Hopkins was, as the Mirror has now reported, interviewed by appointment. Here is the Met’s statement: “We received allegations of incitement of racial hatred following an article published on 17th April. A special inquiry team of the homicide and major crime command are investigating it. On Thursday 30th July a 40 year old woman attended a central London police station by appointment and was interviewed under caution. She was not arrested. That investigation is ongoing”.
What the Mirror is not telling its readers - although at least it is reporting the story, which of course the Sun is not, and nor, it seems, is the rest of Fleet Street - is that the complaint was not made just against Ms Hopkins. After all, the responsibility for publishing her rent-a-rant columns rests with the paper’s editor. And yes, David Dinsmore, editor of the Sun, was also included on that complaint. Not a word from him so far.