I was staggered yesterday to see the leaflet that Reading Labour are putting out in one ward. It is pure and simple dog whistle racism. That’s something that is said so that it doesn’t seem to be racist but in context and to those who have ears to listen it plays up to people with racist views. To my knowledge the use of the term dog whistle came from Australia but was used about the 2005 Conservative election campaign which was run by the same company who ran the elections in Australia accused of this tactic.
How can I say this leaflet is racist? The first line says “Eileen McElligott… was born and bred in Reading” and then finishes with “She will fight for us here in Church Ward because she is one of us.” It’s unusual to have bred as well as born but what’s harmful about this?
Her opponent is a man of Pakistani origin. The contrast that is being made is clear and deliberate. I am ashamed ever to have been involved with Reading Labour Party. To have sunk so low as running a racist election campaign is the despicable act of some desperate men. I know nothing about this candidate but I hope she loses as she deserves to. This is sick.