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.