To no-one´s surprise, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a taxpayer-funded body, says that racism is still alive and kicking in Europe. The ECRI today publishes reports on the racist state-of-play in France, Austria, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Macedonia and Turkey.
It is a sign of our decadence that something everyone knows to be true needs to be confirmed, at great expense, by a public body, which tells us of its "continuing grounds for concern" and the pressing need for its work to continue.
These wretched reports have only one function: to act as an alibi for politicians who wish it to be known they care about racism and would love to do something, if only someone would tell them what.
Council of Europe: Reports on racism in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, ?the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and Turkey