Insults Are NOT Hate Crimes, Insists Nick Ferrari

26 July 2016, 10:46 | Updated: 1 September 2016, 12:52

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?"

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