Well done, Michael Gove, for demonstrating that racism of all kinds is rife in the Conservative government.
Mr Gove has tried to play down the seriousness of the Windrush scandal by claiming the Labour Party has “weaponised” it to distract from concerns over anti-Semitism in its own party.
But anti-Semitism in Labour is known to have fallen – and its main problem is falsely smearing innocent people – while the Windrush Scandal is a serious, and continuing, threat to UK citizens.
So Mr Gove has disrespected both Commonweath immigrants who became citizens of the UK and the nation’s population of Jewish people.
Here‘s what he said, courtesy of The Guardian:
“Michael Gove has suggested that Labour … “weaponised” the Windrush scandal to distract from its own row over antisemitism.
“Backing Rudd’s own claims on Twitter that she had simply missed the document, Gove said: “What we are witnessing is an example of government not functioning as it should have done, and that’s something for which the home secretary has taken responsibility.
““There does seem to be a series of leaks, or sharing with the Guardian in particular, that is designed to serve a particular agenda … There’s a campaign against the government and against the home secretary. What’s not surprising is that this happens at the same time as the Labour party is mired in allegations of it’s failure to deal with antisemitism.”
““This is about politics,” Gove said. “And the focus on whether or not a particular document that was cc’d to a particular address was then put in a particular box at a particular time – and we know it wasn’t – is intended to distract from the difficulties that the Labour party faces with handling prejudice in its own ranks.”
““Labour are attempting to weaponise this. I think that is quite wrong.””
Of course Mr Gove has fallen foul of the social media police, who know an attempt to fool us when they see it:
“How dare Labour weaponise something as insignificant as a brutal, borderline racist policy that destroyed countless lives, led to homelessness, joblessness, deportations without appeal and even deaths as British people were stripped of their rights after 50 years in our country” pic.twitter.com/ez0Z0tmynC
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) April 28, 2018
Classic projection. Bright enough to realise that he’s sacrificed some of his own humanity on the altar of blind partisanship, he accuses others of his own sin. https://t.co/3TqMguw0un
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) April 28, 2018
Antony Lerman, below, provides a Jewish perspective:
— Antony Lerman (@tonylerman) April 28, 2018
Michael Gove defends Amber Rudd on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme saying “This is about politics.” It’s not, it’s about people’s lives & policies which have inflicted inhumane treatment on British citizens, denied them medical treatment, imprisoned them & deported them
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) April 28, 2018
And Mr Gove ignored that for petty party political purposes.
In trying to minimise the Windrush scandal, he has proved himself as vile a racist as Amber Rudd and his hate-filled prime minister, Theresa May.
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