The journalist India Willoughby has doubled down on inflammatory Nazi and Holocaust analogies.
Ms Willoughby tweeted earlier this month that “If Liz Truss replaces Boris [Johnson], it will be like Hitler coming to power. We’re f*****.”
After receiving criticism for hyperbolically and needlessly invoking the Nazis, she doubled down, tweeting: “Excuse me? I think you’ll find the Nazis hated trans people. They burnt down the world’s leading trans research institute and made us wear pink triangles before being sent to the camps.” Ms Willoughby is transgender. She appears to have since deleted this tweet.
This is not the first time that the commentator and former BBC journalist has made inflammatory analogies to Nazi Germany. In 2020, she tweeted that she “[does not] like invoking the Nazis, but for trans people, this is like being Jewish in Germany at that time.”
Current policies in the UK are not remotely like those of Nazi Germany, which forcibly transferred minority communities to concentration camps and murdered six million Jewish men, women and children. It must be possible to have reasonable political debate in Britain without invoking the Nazis and, in the process, effectively diminishing the Holocaust.
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