Controversial columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is accused of making a series of racist remarks against white people, even going as far as to say she wants them to be a “lost species”. According to Rod Liddle, when asked in a TV interview what she thought of white people, she responded: “I don’t like them. I want them to be a lost species in a hundred years.”
Writing for the Sun this weekend, Liddle said: “Can you imagine what would happen if you or I said that about black men, or women? The police would get involved, pronto.”
He was writing after taking part in a heated debate against Alibhai-Brown on Channel 4 News last week, in which the columnist said she “loathed” Liddle.
Liddle writes that he attracted her ire, and that of presenter Cathy Newman, because of the subject matter of his new book Selfish, Whining Monkeys.
“… in the book I suggest that the massive influx of immigrants we’ve seen in the past ten years has made life worse for the lowest paid in society. And rather better for the well-orf [sic].”
“Oh, and also that I’m not mad on every aspect of Islam, y’know? Not hugely convinced by the general Islamic view of women and homosexuals and Jewish people and so on. So, I’m a bigot, then.”
The debate sparked further controversy after Conservative MP Michael Fabricant, who had been watching on TV, tweeted that he would want to “punch” Alibhai-Brown “in the throat” if he debated against her.
The MP apologised after causing a storm of anger on Twitter.
Liddle also mentions another example of Alihai-Brown’s hatred for the white working class. In a newspaper article in 2009, Alibhai-Brown used the words “stupid”, “vicious” and “scum” to describe white working-class people.
As Liddle points out: “It was white working-class people who fought against fascism and racism in the Second World War, and white working-class people who battled fascism and racism on the streets.”
She has previously called for the media to be “controlled” to prevent the rise UKIP, and in a televised conversation on jobs in 2008 she said: “Don’t apply. It would be great if you went away. White, middle class men. We’d just walk in, wouldn’t we?”
Challenged by the host of the show Richard Bacon, who asked, “Is that not a racist comment?” she replied, “Of course”.
Rod Liddle concludes: “Truth is, she shouldn’t be punched in the throat. Instead she should be exposed as a hysterical racist and bigot and consigned to oblivion.”