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The following appeared in the "Evening Standard" of 24th November 1995. This 
paper is Londons Evening newspaper.

Howard: I was right to veto anti-racism policy

by Alice Miles 
Political Staff.

HOME Secretary Michael Howard today defended his decision to block a common, 
European policy against racism, which would have made it an offence to deny 
the existence of the holocaust. 
But he said he would be prepared to look at any new anti-racist proposals 
and change British law if necessary.
At a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels yesterday, Mr Howard infuriated 
other member states by vetoing proposals for a legally binding common 
declaration aimed at combating the rising tide of racist violence across 

The new laws would make it illegal to excuse "crimes against humanity and 
violations of human rights" or to distribute "writings, pictures or other 
media containing racist or xenophobic manifestos".
Mr Howard said British race relations laws are already "more comprehensive" 
than in other EU countries, "frankly more successful and better" and many of 
the proposed reforms "would have been counter-productive." 

He also said that some of the laws would be irrelevant to Britain. "Problems 
are not Identical in all the  countries of the European Union." Denial of 
the holocaust, he said "has been a problem in some countries in Europe. It 
has not been a very significant problem in this country." 
And he said : "Im perfectly prepared to look at any case for changing our 
laws which responds to the needs which we have in this country. I'm not yet 
convinced that its been established, but I'm prepared to look at it."
Downing Street insisted there was no need for "a new layer of European-wide 
anti-racism legislation". A spokesman said: "The government believes we have 
wide-ranging legislation already."
But Anita Gradin, the European Commissioner with responsibility for home 
affairs said: "It was very important to all the 15 countries to show that we 
really  are concerned about racism and xenophobia.  I regret that Britain 
was not able to say yes to the proposal."

[Note: Michael Howard is himself a Jew, being the son of a refugee, from 
Rumania in the 1930s.]   


            In the mountains of truth you never climb in vain.
                   Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)


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