no surprises, then, that one of the loudest critics of the bbc’s powell retrospective was lord adonis, the labour peer, unelected ex-government minister and remainer-maniac. indulging his wild fantasy about the remain-leaning bbc really being a secret leave propaganda machine, adonis bleated on twitter that the ‘bbc is broadcasting enoch powell’s repugnant racist “rivers of blood” speech this saturday but won’t report today’s anti-brexit marches’.lord adonis of brussels then made headlines by writing to ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, to demand that the quango ban the bbc from broadcasting ‘the worst incitement to racial violence by a public figure in modern britain’. ofcom had reluctantly to point out to the ban-happy labour peer that it can only censure broadcasters after a programme has been shown, not censor them beforehand. and thank goodness for that.campaigners today often seek to no platform speakers they accuse of racism, sexism, islamophobia, transphobia or holding any other ‘offensive’ view, largely because they fear that others less sophisticated than themselves might be swayed by the x-phobics. this nonsense takes the no platform crusade further, seeking to censor even the ghost of a right-wing politician who died 20 years ago. no platform would have been no answer to racism even back in 1968, confusing banning an idea with defeating it. today’s fashion for no platforming everything that is not to your taste is far more dangerous than...