Sorry, but I just found this a bit difficult to swallow (from the comments page on my recent piece on the BNP Ballerina:
ME: Would the same people mention this view about Simone Clarke to racial minorities who feel threatened by the BNP?
BISHOP HILL: The feelings of minorities, or of the people who defend Simone Clarke, are irrelevant to the issue of whether someone should be persecuted for their political views in a state-owned business. Your own party is making huge steps to bring about a big brother state, and to take away our civil liberties. I feel threatened by it, really I do.OK if we start harassing you?
With respect I think this is slightly out of proportion, but what I found offensive was his way of trying to box this issue. The persecution of minorities is never irrelevant and I think that demonising the government in comparison is something I find a tad offensive. Ask yourself which is more immoral. An immigrant family feeling the heat of seeing BNP campaigners around the estate they live in and feeling scared and that being seen as irrelevant, compared to the use of ID Cards for example! I am sure this is not what Bishop Hill sees as his argument (at least I hope not) but that is exactly how many others may well see it.