Commentators and personalities with far-right views on immigration and nationalism have been quick to distance themselves from the Dover suicide bomber who appears to have believed absolutely everything they have ever said.
Andrew Leak, 66, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, threw up to three incendiary devices at the migrant processing centre in Dover and has a social media profile containing the sort of phrases and rhetoric normally associated with the right-wing populists or prominent Brexiters.
However, many leading right-wing personalities have been quick to insist that the things they say have no effect on the people who hear them.
One such personality agreed to speak to us on the promise of anonymity – so we’ll call him Bligel Garage – told us, “Yes, there does appear to be some superficial agreement in the things I repeatedly say, and what this radicalised suicide bomber believes.
“We both talk about the invasion of our native countries by migrants, we both talk about the threat to our nation’s identities, and we both loudly proclaim that something must be done while invoking violent rhetoric.
“But I’ve not actually thrown any firebombs, so that makes us completely different.
“Anyone who suggests this guy was inspired by people like me simply because he agreed with every position I’ve ever taken, and because he decided violence was the only way to address the violent extremist hordes invading our countries is absolutely nothing to do with me.”
Non-morons have however recognised that words do – in fact – matter, and that increasingly visible public figures demonising and dehumanising large groups of people because of their colour, or religion, or nation of their birth, will definitely encourage violent extremists to take matters into their own hands.
Maybe, just maybe, everyone will finally accept that extremist terrorists can also be radicalised white people who’ve been manipulated by the far-right into hating immigrants.
Or maybe they’ll just keep putting Nigel Farage on the telly, who knows?