Mr Mason later tweeted: “You know what. It’s time somebody called out the dog whistle racism behind Tory insults to Diane Abbott and I just decided to do it.”
Interrupting, Mr Mason went on: “Why is everybody picking on Diane Abbott? What’s this racism about Diane Abbott?”
Mr Dale said: “She’s unfit to be Home Secretary,” before Mr Mason added: “Why do you hate a black Home Secretary?”
Not calling out Abbott as being unfit to be Home Sec because she is black would be racism. Just as would be saying she’s not fit because she’s black. For racism is to criticise or not, to claim fitness or not, because she is black or not. Non-racism is to insist that she’s an idiot, whatever the colour of her skin or racial background, and then critique or not, comment upon fitness or not.