Tim Montgomerie and the ‘key message’ of racist hate
The editor of Conservative Home, Tim Montgomerie, is, I understand from the Financial Times, a “committed Christian”.
He is presumably familiar with the way in which the parable of the Good Samaritan warns us away from racist stereotyping, and perhaps also of the anti-racist message in the episode of the moneychangers in the temple.
He is also, according to the FT, a key influence on the thinking of the Conservative party hierarchy, his blog supposedly reflective of Conservative grassroots opinion.
In this guise, Montgomerie is now proposing that each Tory leaflet before the election should strip the content down to three key messages. Here they are:
(1) something on the economy, emphasising how Brown has failed on controlling debt, cutting waste and regulating the banks;
(2) something on crime and immigration; and
(3) something on protecting the NHS and the most vulnerable.
So Montgomerie is suggesting that around a third of the Tories’ overall ‘message-time’ should be spent conflating the issues of crime and immigration.
For him, and presumably for his readership, it is perfectly reasonable to insinuate/imply/spell out that crime is a problem because there are immigrants, and immigrants are a problem because there is crime.
In its way, this is actually much more shocking than Rod Liddle’s outrageous claims, because however revolting they are there is always the sense that it’s the desire to outrage that drives the racist message, rather than the other way round. (Certainly Sunder gives him the benefit of the doubt.)
But Mongomerie’s casual, perhaps even unthinking racism, with its apparent willingness to victimise a whole section of an already victimised population (let’s not get into who’s an immigrant) is simply disgusting.
And this man calls himself a Christian.