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26 July 2016, 10:46
Ferrari Dismisses Widening Of Hate Crime Classification
Police are widening what incidents are classified as hate crimes. Nick Ferrari says it's gone too far.
Nick Ferrari has dismissed the "absurd" plan to classify insults as seriously as an attack on a mosque.
New Home Secretary Amber Rudd is launching a new hate crime policying review following a spike in incidents since the EU referendum last month.
John Azah, a member of the Met Police's Independent Advisory Group, told him that a verbal assault is a hate crime in the same way as a physical assault.
But Nick labelled it absurd, as he said: "Are you saying that sort of verbal offence is on the same level as, I don't know, attacking someone because of the colour of their skin, smashing the windows of a synogogue?
"You're saying it's on the same level?"
Mr Azah insisted: "If it's perceived by the victim, then it is" to which Nick responded, "That's absolutely absurd. How on earth can you quantify that?
"As you probably know from my last name, I have Italian-Swiss origin. I was called an eyetie at school on a regular basis. It doesn't bother me, it's not a hate crime.
"You're honestly telling me that's the same as smashing the windows of a synogogue?"
Mr Azah said: "It's dependent on perception, isn't it?"
To which Nick responded: "Absolutely. So you now want the Met to chase around because I'm called an eyetie at school?
"Dear God, don't you think they've got enough to do?"