The party of bigotry: Tories reinstate members who made racist remarks

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Is this the reason Theresa May has been quiet about Donald Trump’s apparent support of white supremacists, racists, Nazis and anti-Semites?

Already, the Tories have welcomed two disgraced councillors back into their ranks:

Robert Davies, a Conservative Councillor in Sterling, was suspended from the party just weeks after being elected in May after large number of offensive, racist and derogatory tweets were uncovered by the Stirling Observer and the Scottish Catholic Observer.

And Alistair Majury was suspended at the same time for posting offensive remarks about Catholics.

A spokeperson for the party is reported to have said: “Having served a suspension, both councillors have been readmitted to the party after offering unreserved apologies for any offence caused. It has been made abundantly clear that behaviour like this will not be tolerated in future.”

But there’s so much of it!

Evolve Politics has published a list of recent stories involving Tory racism.

And now Theresa May is considering readmitting Anne Marie Morris, the Tory MP for Newton Abbot who was suspended for using the phrase “N*gg*r in a woodpile” to describe the possibility of no deal being reached over Brexit, during a seminar at the East India Club in London:

Like the others, Ms Morris has apologised “unreservedly” for her comment.

So she’ll probably be readmitted to the Tory ranks at the earliest opportunity.

Should she not have been dismissed from the party altogether?

And what does it say about the Tories, when they fill their ranks with racists?

Is former Thatcher and Major advisor Derek Laud right to say – as quoted by Evolve Politics – that the Tories are “essentially racist”?

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12 thoughts on “The party of bigotry: Tories reinstate members who made racist remarks

  1. Daniel Margrain

    In a way, I hope she does re-instate Morris. I know Newton Abbot well and how reactionary, backward and racist the area is. If Morris does get re-instated and is subsequently re-elected at the next GE, it will really highlight the extent of the racism in that part of the world (south Devon).

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What a thing to say!
      I certainly hope the good people of Newton Abbot take umbrage at your words and decide to throw her out instead!

      1. Andy Carter

        Not sure about that one Daniel. In the recent general election Labour surged to a close second place in Newton Abbot, and probably only missed out because various tactical voting sites were advising people to vote LibDem. I shall be campaigning to oust the Tories there once and for all!

  2. NMac

    The only time Tories worry about bigotry is when they are publicly caught out. Then they just give a totally insincere apology and carry on as before.

    1. Haravikk

      Yeah, it’s not the bigotry that they were suspended for, it was the being caught. The reality is it’s just a brief glimpse of what most Tories really do think.

  3. J Edington

    The delectable (not) Rooth the Mooth has not been seen or heard from since this re-instatement. I don’t mean to be flippant about the issue but every cloud has a silver lining.

  4. Liam

    The scots have always had religious bigotry which has been kept stewing by those 2 football teams up there. I’m not sure who are worse, the Protestants or the Catholics.
    Probably only a small % of either of the groups have set foot in a church for years so I don’t see why they get so wound up but in truth, it’s just ingrained
    The trouble is, people who enter politics aren’t always the most intelligent of us, and are often caught out, doing silly things onliine. Not just the Tories. Naz Shah needs to have a proper think about what she does on twitter.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Has she been tweeting ill-advised material since her suspension was rescinded, then?

      1. Liam

        You may have seen it by now, Mike. A spoof account of Owen Jones. But that’s no excuse.
        Naz Liked and retweeted ….. “Those abused girls in Rotherham should shut their mouths for the sake of diversity..”
        Why would you retweet something like that?

  5. Zippi

    Apologised for any offence caused, not for what they did, or said.
    I happen to disagree with the comments made about Anne Marie Morris; although it is not an expression that I would use, I do not believe that her use of it was racist and I am not offended by it. Aye, I am black.

  6. Rik

    I’m sorry but I don’t believe in apologizing
    as far as I’m concerned it was said so it was meant…no going back

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