The Pope, speaking at a Vatican concert to commemorate the Holocaust - a concert I helped to organise and was privileged to attend, together with the Italian President and the Chief Rabbi of Rome - referred to the long history of anti-Semitism. He said:
It is not enough that we remember, for in our own day, regrettably, there are many new manifestations of the anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racial hatred which were the seeds of those unspeakable crimes.
Your leading article 'Liberalism can cope with the skinheads' (16 April), referring to the situation in our own country, rightly reminds us of the importance of freedom of speech. But, as you point out, there are laws limiting that freedom. The Public Order Act and the Race Relations Act can be applied where the British National Party oversteps the mark. It may well be that these Acts need strengthening, with special reference to racial attacks. If this is the case, then it is the task of a liberal democracy to do so. Eternal vigilance remains the price of freedom.
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