Mr Appleyard accuses social work academics of failing to listen to another point of view, while himself throwing the insult 'fascist' at anyone who dares disagree with his view that racism is not pervasive in Britain. Even those of us who share his distaste for terms such as 'institutional racism' find his idealisation of British tolerance difficult to square with reality.
One sentence reveals Mr Appleyard's prejudice: 'Lawyers or doctors could equally be pilloried, but it is social workers who are in the dock.' But why are they in the dock? Because journalists put them there] Mr Appleyard, like most journalists, hates social workers, and knows nothing about social work.
As someone with considerable experience in both professions, I have to say that social workers know an awful lot about what happens in society, especially to poor people, and that journalists do not have a clue.
Warnham, West Sussex