“The context here is the rise of nationalism. The rise of racist and fascist parties across Europe. Nationalism is about shoring up a fantasy of national integrity. My question is, what feeds nationalism? What makes nationalism powerful?”
Dr Pitcher added that the “crisis in white identity in multicultural Britain” means that people are unable to express what they really think of immigrants and ethnic minorities for fear of being labelled ‘racist’, so they express their opinions in other ways, including through gardening.
How dare those vile people support themselves by growing their own food!
“Nationalism is historically about narratives of blood and soil,” he said.
“The distinction that gets made between native species and non-native species and this kind of policing of what belongs and what does not belong I think is symptomatic of a kind of desire to defend the fantasy of the national space.”
You mean the Channel is a fantasy?
We’re not actually an island?
However, Stefan Buczacki, who has appeared on the show for 13 years, said the claims were “utterly absurd”.
He told the Daily Mail: “Many things have been said about Gardeners’ Question Time, but you can’t say it is racist. His comments show a complete lack of understanding of the natural world.
“Gardeners understand the fluidity of species over space and time. They come and go, and adapt to different environments. That is what we mean by native and non-native species. It has nothing whatsoever to do with nationalism or racism.
What would a sociologist know of nature?