David Cameron's Worst Nightmare?Nigel Farage made some mild comments about freedom of association in Great Britain, leading to the usual sputtering and outrage from the perpetually aggrieved.
And who is leading the charge? None other than that bold tribune of the people David Cameron.
Nigel Farage's call to scrap race relations laws is "deeply concerning", David Cameron believes.But these days, being "colour-blind" is actually proof of racism.
Downing Street has rounded on the “wrong and desperate” UK Independence Party leader after he said that laws to protect ethnic minority employees from discrimination should be scrapped.
A Number 10 spokesman said: "Nigel Farage is wrong and desperate for attention. The laws are there to protect people from racial discrimination. It's deeply concerning he doesn't understand that."
Mr Farage said it is “ludicrous” that employers cannot discriminate between Britons and someone from overseas.
And when asked if he would retain a ban on discrimination on the grounds of race or colour, he said: "No... because we take the view, we are colour-blind. We as a party are colour-blind."
[David Cameron 'deeply concerned' about Nigel Farage's call to scrap race relations laws, by Matthew Holehouse, Telegraph, March 12, 2015]
Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary, said: "This is one of the most shocking things I have ever heard from a mainstream politician and demonstrates breath-taking ignorance.Of course, if Britain actually was a racist country, the parents of a "Sadiq Khan" would not have moved there. And it's simply astonishing, not to say ungrateful, that a first generation resident who has become shadow justice secretary within a generation believes the British people will impose some kind of racist order on the country as soon as the boot is taken off their necks. It's also frankly offensive that Khan suggests that's what Farage is advocating, even though the UKIP head is simply suggesting the return of what used to be called "English liberties."
"When my parents moved to London they frequently saw signs saying 'no blacks, no dogs, no Irish'; what Ukip is suggesting would take us back to those days."
But then, if such laws were removed, we wouldn't have a permanent political class of minority appointees. People couldn't make a lucrative living fighting "hate" and inventing new ways to be offended. And Mr. Khan's prospects affirmative action career would probably take a hate.
That's what people mean today when they say "ignorance." It doesn't mean that you don't know what you're talking about. Quite the opposite. Today, if you're accused of "ignorance" on race it means that you know too much.