Paddy O'Connell, and his election pundits on Broadcasting House - Peter Hennessy and Anthony Howard - looked back into the archive to examine a couple of examples of what Paddy called 'covert or overt racism' in previous elections. Cue Enoch Powell's Rivers of Blood speech (to a conservative political meeting, we were told) and Patrick Gordon Walker, the Labour MP defeated by the Conservatives after a racist campaign in Smethick in 1964. Prof Hennessy thinks 'dog whistle' politics has taken the place of 'overt racism'.
Another dog whistle may have been blown here.
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