Monday, February 09, 2009
In Defence of Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Again)
I'm going to make a plea. I know whenever I mention Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on this blog, that it can provoke a furious reaction, but on this occasion I urge you to watch this two minute video clip, and tell me you aren't ashamed at what our country has become when a middle aged muslim woman of Asian descent can be treated like this. She was questioned at length by plain clothes police officers who never once told her who they were or why she was being questioned. They frightened her so much she wet herself.
Draper's crowd should be proud of themselves. They rail against imagined racism, yet introduce laws which allow muslim women to be traduced like this. In the video, Yasmin says she loves this country. Hearing how this country treated her, I could forgive her if she had had other thoughts.
Yasmin and I agree on virtually nothing. Where she is right wing (and on some social issues she is) I am not, and where she is left wing I am not. So whatever your opinions of her writings and opinions, I hope you will agree with me, that when this sort of thing happens, for no apparent reason, it is grounds for us all to be concerned about what is happening to our liberties.
You may even be provoked into attending the CONVENTION ON MODERN LIBERTY on February 28th, which I am speaking at, along with Yasmin, DD, Helena Kennedy, Henry Porter, Shami Charkrabarti, Nick Clegg, Nick Cohen, Caroline Lucas, Peter Oborne and dozens of others.
To watch the video, click on the image and then scroll down the page and click play. Unfortunately, The Guardian doesn't let you embed its videos, something they ought to rectify.