Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Education over legislation

Lord Goldsmith is currently investigating an apparent ‘gap’ in race hate laws following the acquittal of Nick Griffin. However I am not convinced a knee-jerk legislative reaction is what is called for. Responding with legislation provides us with the reassuring feeling that we have taken appropriate and effective action against something we perceive to be wrong. But in this situation it is far from effective. It does not address the root causes of the BNP’s success.

I submit that if we are to defeat the BNP we must engage with the communities which have succumbed to their message of hate. It is quite simply a case of education over legislation.

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