‘We must be free to criticise without being called racist’ says Polly Toynbee

“It is bizarre how the left has espoused the extreme Islamist cause: as ‘my enemy’s enemy’, Muslims are the best America-haters around. The hard left relishes terrorism: a fondness for explosions and the smell of martyrs’ blood excites their revolutionary zeal, without sharing a jot of religious belief.”

Polly Toynbee in the Guardian, 18 August 2004