This week, the British people go to the ballot box – the third time in four years, and the second time since the Brexit referendum advisory vote in 2016. It is one where the discourse of bigotry in the public arena is a major concern. That is why the two main contenders for the position of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, were asked on Friday night on the BBC, “What would you do to get the hate out of politics?”

As a non-partisan academic who has never joined a political party, I have advised representatives of all the major national political parties in the UK. This election, I have seen extremely troubling trends active in all of them when it comes to the issue of bigotry....

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This article was originally published in the National.