Is Trevor Phillips the black Borat?
WHO NEEDS BORAT to caricature funny foreigners from the East when we have Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality? Borat is wowing cinema audiences with tales of how his fellow Kazakhs still hate the Jews. Meanwhile, Mr Phillips told BBC viewers of anecdotal evidence that new Eastern European immigrants are coming to Britain “frankly with attitudes towards black people which date back to the 1950s. That is unacceptable.”
The slight difference is that Borat, the journalist-turned- film-star, is a joke created by Sacha Baron Cohen, whereas Mr Phillips, the journalist-turned-self-styled-referee of our race relations, is serious. Yet while Borat’s cracks about Kazakhs have caused a stir, Phillips’s remarks about Eastern Europeans being unacceptable racists are apparently acceptable. Nobody has accused him of inciting “Roman-Bulgaro-phobia”.
Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of politics today. In the past, left-wing people like me argued that tightening immigration controls was racial discrimination against the Third World. Now anti-racists like Mr Phillips talks of the possible dangers of more white immigration. Perhaps while customs check Eastern Europeans’ luggage, the thought police should search their minds for contraband political baggage.
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