It is the government’s fault – to a large degree.
This Blog – among others – warned that the Conservative government was stoking a rise in racially-motivated tension and division, way back in 2013 when Theresa May authorised a fleet of vans to drive around London telling illegal immigrants to “go home”.
That woman is now the prime minister of the United Kingdom.
Read what I said at the time and consider what has happened since.
All part of the Conservative tactic – which is, at its simplest, “divide and rule”.
A charity’s evidence to a parliamentary inquiry has shown a six-fold increase in hate crime from the previous year. It stated [pdf] that, since the EU referendum, Britain has returned to ‘old school racism’ that was common through the 1970s and 1980s. And it blamed government messages that labelled the victims as ‘outsiders’.
The Home Affairs Select Committee announced its intention to launch an inquiry into hate crime and its violent consequences on 4 July.
But the Institute for Race Relations (IRR) pointed not to prevention, prosecution, the internet, community or mental health services as the cause of such concerning acts. Instead, it asked the Home Office to look at its own policies.
“…many prominent politicians should share the blame for the upsurge of xenophobia and intimidation following the referendum. But we would also contend (and the cases we are monitoring support this) that the ‘insider-outsider’ messages projected by the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ policy for irregular migrants have also played not a small part in the deteriorating climate in the UK.”
It further said:
“the most common insult thrown at the victims of hate crime was ‘Go Home’. This cannot but bring to mind the Home Office’s ‘Go Home’ vans.”
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