11th November 2016
One searches in vain on the Guardian website for the name Nissar Hussain. This is odd because the newspaper seems to have spent the past few months engaged in a campaign against hate. Virtually every day there is a column or leader grimly claiming that the vote for Brexit has unleashed a spate of hate. Its archives brim with news stories trying to infer a causal link between Brexit and a reported rise in hate crime – even to the point of absurdity. Last month, the paper carried a story claiming that there had been a 147 per cent rise in homophobic attacks since Brexit. Given that homosexuality didn’t feature at all as an issue in the referendum campaign, you wonder why the headline-writer decided to link it with Brexit rather than saying reported attacks had increased in recent months – isn’t that exactly the kind of nod and wink which the Guardian deplores in tabloid headlines?
Nissar Hussain, though, doesn’t get a look in because he doesn’t quite fit the narrative of a society, peacefully living as part of the EU, which is then ripped apart when a referendum unleashes the inner emotions of white, closet fascists. Nissar is not a victim of a gang of Brexiteers armed with baseball bats who go out looking for people wearing ‘I love EU’ badges. He is a former muslim who converted to Christianity 20 years ago and who, for the past few years, has been subjected to threats and attacks. He has already had to move house once. Last November, he was attacked in the street by louts who left him with a broken kneecap and a fractured forearm. Last Thursday, police had to move him to a safe house outside Yorkshire.
The Guardian is, as you may know, the official house organ of the Social Justice Warrior Left (and, functionally, the Labour Party) in Britain. The answer to this journalist’s question is, of course, that Christians are the official Other in Modern Multicultural Britain, and excluded from the Whose Turn Is It To Be The Victim rotation.