LA News Release, "Scrap All Drink Driving Laws" (August 2004)

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Release Date: 14th August 2004
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Chris R. Tame, 07957 644 519,
Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199,


Denis MacShane, the European Minister, should be both sacked and prosecuted following the vile racist abuse he expressed in a recent 'Daily Telegraph' interview, says the Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties think tank and pressure group.

Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Chris Tame commented:

"Racist Slurs

"Mr. MacShane's foul accusation that the English were characterised by "a dark streak of xenophobia and racism" and "offensive xenophobic hatred", is an outrageous racist slur.

Orwellian Hate-Mongering

MacShane further compounded this racial abuse by a hateful and hate- mongering attempt to demonise opponents of the European Union by claiming that opposition to the project of a European superstate was motivated by hatred and xenophobia.

The Reality of Euro-Sceptism

In reality euro-scepticism is overwhelmingly motivated by rational liberal concern over the creation of an unaccountable elitist despotism, the EU's destruction of the political polycentrism (national independence) that scientific historians and economists recognise as the source of its previously progressive character, its destruction of British liberal common law and civil liberties and their replacement by the illiberal Code Napoleon, its roots in Nazi, Fascist and Communist thinking, its crackpot socialist and economic interventionist policies, its corporatist privileging of Big Business, and its racist protectionist barriers against the Third World. Socialist opponents of the EU, some of whom still exist within the Labour Party, also rightly condemn the EU as a "rich man's club". They are right, but confuse neo- mercantilist corporatism (which benefits big business interests) with free market capitalism (that benefits the masses)".

No Place for Racialism or Incitement

The racialisation of political discourse, the foul racial stigmatisation practiced by Mr. MacShane, and the cynical use of Orwellian hate language to demonise and exclude liberal critics of the European Union are quite simply unacceptable.

MacShane's vile diatribe can also be seen as a form of incitement to repression, since the EU has constantly been seeking to make so-called "xenophobia" a criminal offence and government bodies and others in this country are calling for the removal of civil liberties of those they brand as "racists".

There can be no place in the public and political life of this country for a man of Mr. MacShanes's ilk. He should do the decent thing and resign, or the Prime Minister should sack him. We also call upon the Labour part to expel this hate-mongering racist from its ranks."

The Libertarian Alliance is also formally reporting Mr. MacShane to the Metropolitan Police, with a request that he be investigated for possible prosecution under the Public Order Act.


Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

Extended Contact Details

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