BNP, not Stalin, is today's threat

4th June 2004 at 01:00
Paul Stubbings fiddles while Rome burns with his letter's well-polished denunciation of Stalinism (TES, 21 May). He implies that opposing the British National Party is less important than standing up to Stalinism and implores "commentators" to "spell this out".

I don't recall reports of Stalinists targeting children with leaflets condemning teachers, infiltrating governing bodies or stirring up community conflict.

The BNP is a racist and fascist organisation, posing an obvious and immediate threat to a civilised society. Rather than rail about the relative demerits of two utterly objectionable ideologies, perhaps Mr Stubbings could concentrate on helping the rest of us stop the racist poison. He could start with participating in the Unite Against Fascism campaign (www.uaf.org.uk) and when the June elections are out of the way perhaps we can have a historical debate about the relative iniquities of Hitler and Stalin.

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