It’s not nice being called a racist for raising concerns about immigration

Allison Pearson – On Tuesday at the Hay Festival, a large audience gathered for a debate entitled “Does Britain Need the EU?” I was in the “Not on Your Nelly” team (better known as Vote Leave) with the excellent Dr Liam Fox and Roger Bootle, columnist of this parish. For Remain, there was Labour’s genial Alan Johnson, Tory MP Nick Herbert and Roland Rudd, an important PR person and chairman of Business for New Europe. The event was very good humoured, helped along by the miracle of warm sunshine and Hay’s lovely mellow bookishness.

At least it was good humoured until Roland Rudd called me a racist.

  • canminuteman

    Of course if you work under the old premise that “sticks and stones will break my bones but words can never hurt me”. it doesn’t matter what people call you. And it also follows that you are better off beating your enemies with sticks and stones and breaking their bones rather than just calling them names.

    • Screw’, the word “Racist” means you’ve won an argument with a Liberal.

      • Jay Currie

        And “fascist” to these ahistorical twits means “not an SJW”.

        Ignorance is not actually a political position.

  • Alain

    I think this is what is called projection, projecting your own ideas and opinions on to someone else.