Phillips has not been expelled: the purveyor of alternative facts need not have troubled himself with such trivialities as accuracy. Meanwhile, at ConHome, the serially clueless Charlotte Gill has told readers that “Labour are fools to pick a fight with Trevor Phillips” and has claimed that the party has “discarded” Phillips, which it has not. Accuracy again.
LBC’s Gammon Emeritus Nick Ferrari was also dismissive of Labour’s action: “Take it from me, Trevor Phillips is the least ‘ist’ or ‘phobic’ person I've met in 40 years of journalism. Utter balls”. So he’s backing Phillips unequivocally, then. There is more.
One Tweeter has helpfully collated three particularly egregious examples of front page Spectator racist bigotry, for instance “Taught to hate”, depicting a child holding a copy of the Qur’an with one hand and a machete with the other, signposting an article by infamous Islamophobe Doug Murray The K. And there’s a plug for career anti-Semite Taki, too!Or how about “HOW TO SPOT THE JIHADI NEXT DOOR”, by none other than Nelson himself? Including a grotesque cartoon caricature of a Muslim in the crosshairs of a gun sight. Would Nelson and his boss Andrew Neil have got away with that if the caricature had been of a Jew? Because if they wouldn’t, they shouldn’t do it with Muslims.who said of the Bosnian conflict “The Serbs figured [the demographics] out, as other Continentals will in the years ahead: if you cannot outbreed the enemy, cull ‘em”. Fraser Nelson is in no position to define or dismiss racism, and nor, incidentally, is the editor who presided over that last example - Boris Johnson.claims include likening a child placed into foster care with a Muslim couple to child abuse, and comparing it to the torture and murder of Victoria Climbié. So, Trev defenders, you all happy with those kinds of Free Speech apples? Would Tory London Mayoral hopeful Shaun Bailey, who also leapt to Phillips’ defence, care to defend that during a debate with Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan? Good luck with that one.
It’s also possible that they didn’t do their homework, which makes it even worse.
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