"This by-election showed how poisonous identitarianism has become. Various sides whipped up religious and ethnic concerns to try to win votes.
Labour did this most shamefully with its leaflets insulting Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, and promising Muslim voters that Labour will do something – what, exactly? – about Kashmir. This was a flagrant attempt to appeal to the anti-India, anti-Hindu sentiment that exists in parts of the Pakistani-Muslim community. It was ‘dogwhistle racism’, in the words of Labour MP Navendu Mishra.
Though, actually, one could make the case that it was foghorn racism – a brazen effort to exploit communal and religious tensions for electoral gain."
If Labour is happy that it just about won an election that exploited and inflamed the segregationist tendencies of the ideology of multiculturalism, then good luck to it."
"The party may have won Batley and Spen, but it has lost the political and moral plot."
(Brendan O’Neill, editor of "Spiked" in an article called "Labour's Phyrric Victory" about the Batley and Spen by-election which you can read here.)