Phil McDuff evidently hasn’t realised the reason – we’ve come to learn that all immigrants don’t ‘enrich our culture’. Some actually degrade it.
…the report also details a significant rise in anti-Muslim sentiment. 42% of people said that the recent terrorist attacks have increased their suspicion of Muslims in Britain, including many of those in the more liberal groups. Around 50% of people would be willing to see relaxation of human rights protections to “help fight terrorism,” and a similar proportion see Islam itself as “a threat to the west”.
Because it is.
This polarisation is worrying because it provides more evidence that England is failing to resist the processes of cumulative extremism, or what academic Douglas Pratt calls “reactive co-radicalisation”, in which extremist conceptions of “the other” become normalised across the population. In such an environment, responses to violence themselves triggers counter-responses in a vicious cycle of increased suspicion and enmity.
“They rape our children and blow them up at concerts, and we get angry and start to question why we harbour them in this country! Gosh, we’re the monsters!”
It is easy to see how politicians, pulled to and fro as they are by electoral concerns, could find themselves tempted to pander to these fears. The path of least resistance is always to position yourself against the current enemies. Many seem to believe that they can play both sides, by denouncing obvious crimes by the “othered” population while providing boilerplate “but not all of them, of course” disclaimers to provide cover for their nudge-nudge-wink-wink invocation of racist tropes.
Newsflash, Phil: politicians want to get elected. And to do so, they need to listen to those who elect them. It’s not hard to figure out why the public isn’t keen on electing terrorist sympathisers.
You could always ask Corbyn. He’ll explain it to you. He’s had pretty recent experience.
It’s unlikely that Sarah Champion, for example, set out to consciously perpetuate the “dark men raping our women” trope when she wrote the piece for the Sun that led to her resignation from the shadow cabinet, yet she did so anyway.
She didn’t ‘resign’, though, did she? She was pushed out. And if you think that will make voters think ‘Wow, Labour, what a great party!’ then get used to another Tory government next term.
Our society is, despite everything, moving slowly and tentatively towards being more open and less bigoted, but this cannot be presumed to be a natural process that will continue indefinitely without hard work from progressives. To preserve it, we need to actively resist the dangerous and divisive strains of bigotry in our society, not simply hope they go away by themselves.
We are ‘resisting the dangerous and divisive strain of bigotry’. Its name is Islam.