I have often described the Tories as a party of xenophobes and the ample evidence for this lies in their words and actions over the course of the last 40 years. Thatcher, for instance, was a notorious xenophobe as were many of her cabinet members. While I know there are Europhiles on the Tory benches, a number of Tories are Eurosceptics. The xenophobic streak of the Tories is best exemplified by the Monday Club, whose knee-jerk hatred of anything foreign or foreign-sounding is legend.
But hello, what is Hannan up to? Hannan has a selective take on what xenophobia means.
Lefties habitually use the word “xenophobia” to mean “opposition to European political amalgamation”. Indeed, the two things are becoming so interchangeable in their minds that they usually fail notice how rude they’re being.
There’s a wee bit of sophistry on Hannan’s part, but he doesn’t want to ask the real question: why do ‘lefties’ (or non-Tories) see the Tories as xenophobic? Is it really all to do with their opposition to the EU or is there something else at work here? It also seems that Hannan and his fellow-travellers still regard the Labour Party as a ‘socialist’ party. Should someone wake him from his slumber? Nah, just let him lie there – someone will come along and eventually sweep him into the bin.