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I’m starting to worry for one of them

Daniel Finkelstein seems to have taken Mandelson’s bait, and swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. I’m beginning to worry about the poor boy. Commenting on Conservative MEP Dan Hannan’s interview with Reason TV given about a month or so ago (before the NHS intervention in the USA) he says:

Dan uses his internet audience to lionise Powell, so let me use mine to disagree vigorously.

Enoch Powell’s most significant intervention into the public debate was wrong – the violence he foresaw did not happen – and grossly offensive – he cited with something close to approval, and certainly without demur, dreadful stereotypes of immigrants and their behaviour.

I think many immigrant families would find Dan’s endorsement of Powell threatening and unpleasant, even though I am sure that was not his intent.

Da Fink only needs to refer to Guido’s posts this morning to unravel the truth of the matter, instead of barking out the customary knee jerk reactions whenever the name Enoch Powell is mentioned, this is exactly the sort of “dog whistle” politics that Mandelson and the Labour Party is looking for. Dan Hannan has a far more liberal view on immigration than Powell or Mandelson could ever have combined!

Mandelson must be feeling pretty disappointed with his own words:

“Yet again, we are seeing the two faces of the Conservative Party. The one they want to present to the public and the one which attacks the NHS and praises Enoch Powell.”

now that Guido has added an additional rejoinder:

When Enoch Powell died Tony Blair led the tributes:

“He was one of the great figures of 20th-century British politics, gifted with a brilliant mind.”

I wonder if Finkelstein is about to eat humble pie too, and will Sunny Hundai at Liberal Conspiracy be joining him at the table?

Hannan’s interview (for the record)


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Written by curly

August 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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