The word fascism is fast losing its meaning. For decades, it has been used as a boilerplate insult directed by the militant left against their opponents. In recent times, it has been used to describe anyone who opposes uncontrolled or illegal immigration, Islamist supremacism or the erosion of western culture and identity.
It is also being used, however, by people on the other side of the political aisle. Tomorrow, the anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) will appeal against his prison sentence. Already, fingers are hovering over keyboards ready to launch the f-word at the appeal court judges hearing the case.
Indeed, so troubling have these protests over Tommy Robinson become, and so politically sensitive therefore is this appeal, that the hearing is to be presided over by the most senior judge in England and Wales, the lord chief justice.