Trevor Phillips on free speech
Good to see Trevor Phillips, the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, speak up for democracy and against intolerance on ITV’s Jonathan Dimbleby programme:
What some minorities have to accept is that there are certain central things we all agree about, which are about the way we treat each other.
That we have an attachment to democracy, that we sort things out by voting not by violence and intimidation, that we tolerate things that we don’t like.
On the concept of Sharia law being introduced in parts of the UK:
We have one set of laws. They are decided on by one group of people, members of Parliament, and that’s the end of the story.
Anybody who lives here has to accept that’s the way we do it. If you want to have laws decided in another way, you have to live somewhere else.
Heartening to hear from someone who doesn’t confuse race with religion. (And it will be interesting to see if anyone tries to accuse Trevor Phillips of racism!)
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