Quick comment on the Sunday Times article about my supposed comments on Islamophobia and the Holocaust last week. Under the headline Treatment of Muslims 'echoes Jews under Nazis', the newspaper averred that:
ONE OF Scotland’s most prominent Muslims has compared the treatment of Asians in Britain with that of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Except I didn't, and as Martin Sullivan at IW pointed out, if you read my actual comments in the article, you'll see I didn't. The headline of the article contains quotation marks, but again, as you'll see, there is no such quote contained therein.
The article stemmed from this article about anti racists needing to wake up to the reality of Islamophobia that I wrote a few weeks ago. Mark Horne called me and was very interested in only the part near the end about Jews making comparisons to anti-Semitism.
You know when you get a call from the Sunday Times and this is what they want to talk to you about that you should have a sinking feeling. I gave him my opinions nonetheless, even if he seemed totally uninterested as to what Jewish commentators that spurred the article were also saying.
Horne called me twice about this, the second time to actually confirm that I wasn't saying that Muslims were living under Nazi-like conditions, but if prejudice was left unchecked as it was with anti-Semitism, then in years to come it may end up like that.
Still it was printed as it was, providing more evidence that the press seem simply unable to have a mature debate about the issues.
UPDATE: The BNP have hit out at me. Interestingly, despite claims they've reformed, they still call me a "guest" in their country, despite all my years here - and it is all my years.