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Hate crime surge is reason to march for People’s Vote

by Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson | 19.10.2018

This week is Hate Crime Awareness Week. It’s an annual event, but this time it feels particularly poignant. Hate crime has risen by 40% this year alone, according to figures released this week. Meanwhile tensions over Brexit are reaching fever pitch as deadlock continues in Brussels. Our country is at a crossroads. But we don’t have to become a more intolerant people cut off from the world. And that will be the message at the People’s Vote March for the Future this Saturday.

Whilst MPs of all parties will condemn the spike in hate crime, the reality is that hate doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s a direct consequence of the words and actions of our leaders. Look at where we are: bullying and harassment rife in Parliament; year on year rises in incidences of hate crime; senior politicians stoking the fires of hatred and division.

It doesn’t matter if it’s Boris Johnson comparing women in burqas to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”, or the Home Office’s “Go Home” vans, or the row over anti-semitism raging in Labour party. There are multiple incidences of islamophobia, anti-semitism or misogyny within all major political parties, often going unresolved and ignored.

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And whilst it’s easy to call shame on individual incidents, it’s far more important to understand why they’ve happened and to try and instigate change. The reality is our political leaders don’t just allow a culture of intolerance to flourish – many see it in their interests to ensure it continues. They see success in the models of Donald Trump and Brexit: stoke division and hatred, and let the politics of fear take hold.

But these people don’t represent the priorities of future generations. We celebrate multiculturalism, and champion campaigners tackling sexual harassment and the increase in racism and xenophobia.

The forces of hatred, division and regression are fronted by a well-spoken and well-heeled upper class political elite. Our defence of it must therefore be united, diverse and clear that we can leave no community behind as we work for a more equal society. The Rees-Moggs, Steve Bannons, and Katie Hopkins of the world aren’t the people who are going to be hit by a no-deal or hard Brexit.

That’s why I can see no better way to finish Hate Crime Awareness Week than the People’s Vote March for the Future. Young and old, from all backgrounds and across the country – coming together for a shared vision of the United Kingdom, and calling on Parliament to back a People’s Vote. They will vent their anger at the Brexit Elite, certainly. But if the march last June is anything to go by, also loudly declare their love and admiration for our country and its place in Europe.

Edited by Luke Lythgoe

3 Responses to “Hate crime surge is reason to march for People’s Vote”

  • Hate Crime is abhorrent in all respects. Leaving the eu freedom of movement will reduce this crime as the country will once again be able to manage immigration. You only need to look around the remaining 27 countries to see how hate crime has been increased by freedom of movement. OUT NOW.

  • @ Phil – I think you are getting confused between the EU’s freedom of movement and the refugee issue. Any hate crime based on race, or xenophobia, is disgraceful, but outside the UK there is little evidence of hate crime on other EU citizens.

    Of course Nigel Farage tried to blur the issue between EU freedom of movement and refugees coming from Africa/Middle East, with his infamous photomontage holding back a long queue. You need an EU passport to exercise any rights under Freedom of Movement, not one from elsewhere. And it takes time to qualify for an EU passport. In Germany 8 years.

  • I do remember one individual being interviewed shortly after the referendum. He said “Good, now all the Afghans and Pakistanis can go back”. This is just one small example of the level of utter ignorance that exists in the UK when the general population don’t even know WHAT the EU is and which countries comprise the Union (NOT, incidentally, either Afghanistan or Pakistan!!). Immigrants come to the EU to WORK and prosper. Yes, there are a few rotten eggs in the barrel. The same applies to UK ex-pats who include in their number a fair few dodgy characters (indeed, some very unpleasant ones). The only ones who will truly profit from Brexit are the Farages, Johnsons and Moggs who play the markets and stand to make millions out of our misery.