A few days ago I wrote about Melanie Phillips’ use of what seemed to me to be highly inflammatory and racist language in a piece she wrote for Spectator blogs. In that article she talked about ‘the moral depravity of the Arabs’ and referred to them as being ‘savages’. Yesterday I alerted those responsible for taking action against racist hate speech in our regional police headquarters about Mel P’s article.
Well, it now transpires that her article has also been referred by the Muslim advocacy group ENGAGE to both the Metropolitan Police and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission for investigation into whether it contravenes our laws on racist hate speech.
I think there can be little question that if someone were to write on a national newspaper or magazine website about ‘the moral depravity of the Jews’ and describe them as being ‘savages’ then that person would very promptly – and very rightly – be charged with incitement to racial hatred.
Let’s hope that the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the EHRC treat Mel P’s vile racist utterances about the Arabs with exactly the same seriousness.