Thursday, December 23, 2004

On Fiona MacTaggart and Sikhs.

Samizdata has this article on the Home Office minister, Fiona MacTaggart, who has failed to condemn the riot, threats and intimidation which closed down the play Behzti in Birmingham. Perry de Havilland states that this is a display of moral and intellectual bankruptcy.

There is another factor at play here though. Fiona MacTaggart (who incidentally is a former director of Liberty!) is MP for Slough, a town with a large Sikh population. I think that a better explanation may be that she is merely a grubby political opportunist trying to secure votes for next May.

On second thoughts grubby political opportunism is not really very different to moral and intellectual bankruptcy is it?