It was Britain’s hopeless tolerance which allowed Anjem Choudary’s hate to thrive

I will never forget the first time I clapped eyes on Anjem Choudary, who has been jailed after running rings round British justice for two decades. It was 2006, and we were dozing off in front of Newsnight when I noticed an absurd bearded man jabbing his finger at Jeremy Paxman.

  • HRT

    You get what you tolerate.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Wrong end of the stick.
    It was not the hopeless tolerance of him.
    It was the progressive persecution and intolerance of those who had the temerity to oppose him.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Has anyone observed yet that England is screwed?
    Yeah, I know, it’s as obvious as screaming “FIRST” at being the first to post.

    Well, is it impolite to speculate that anything else other that some severe form of authoritarian fascism will be the only thing to save Europe from an even-worse brand of authoritarian fascism?

    I know the last time Europe tried that things went all holocaustey, but in all honesty, I don’t see any other choice.
    Wow, I went from small “l” libertarian to big “F” fascism in like three years.
    Should I just get fitted for lederhosen at this point?
    Is libertarian fascism even a thing yet?

    What I mean is that normal people get to have all the civil liberties that they want, while the “bad people” get almost none at all.
    It’s an idea that is still a work in-progress.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I’m struggling with the same thing…..

    • Jay Harper

      Maybe we need graduated citizenship, just like graduated driver’s licenses? Get convicted of a crime? drop down two or more steps depending on the charge. Or start from scratch again.

  • Allan

    what is the point of posting this if you have to subscribe to the newspaper in order to read it? Screw off.