McVile McVey? She was the poster girl for Tory bigotry before Priti Patel and she is still carrying out her vile work.
McVey has returned to headline news with an attack on Barnardo’s – one that could harm the organisation’s position as a charity.
She has said that a blog post by Barnardo’s, which aims to offer a guide to parents on how to talk to their children about racial inequality and white privilege in the UK, is “political”.
Charities are forbidden to campaign on political issues and could lose their status if found to be doing so.
But is it political campaigning when an organisation raises awareness of racism and the fact – fact – that in the UK white people have advantages that other ethnic groups don’t have?
Or is McVile distorting the facts in order to perpetuate the very racism the charity is highlighting?
In an opinion piece unwisely published by the Telegraph, she claimed that Barnardo’s could be “hijacked by people who want to use it as a platform for their political views”.
She said it would jeopardise Barnardo’s fundraising efforts it if it becomes “yet another charity more obsessed with political correctness and virtue signalling than actually helping people in need”.
That is a threat.
And what did Barnardos say, to provoke it?
The blog post states: “For the one in five Barnardo’s service users who are black, Asian or minority ethnic, the colour of their skin is an additional factor that negatively affects them and their families in a multitude of well documented ways.”
The article referenced well evidenced examples of white privilege, including higher employment rates, lower rates of prosecution and sentencing and a longer life expectancy for white people, with black African women having a mortality rate four times higher than white women in the UK.
The blog post states that being white doesn’t mean life is not hard, but it means it is not made harder because of your race.
“Helping children and those who nurture them, to understand what white privilege really means will not only prevent future generations from growing up to ignore race as an issue – but to be actively anti-racist through their actions.”
That all seems perfectly reasonable to This Writer.
But McVile went off the deep end:
McVey said while she will always be “grateful” to Barnardo’s, she was “deeply troubled” by its decision to “divert its attention to political activism”.
She continued: “This is such a misguided and misjudged move away from what the charity is about and what it ought to be doing.
“Barnardo’s is too important a charity to be hijacked by people who want to use it as a platform for their political views.”
On Friday, a group of 12 Conservative MPs reportedly wrote a letter to Barnardo’s chief executive, Javed Khan, to express their “concern and disappointment” over the post.
According to The Guardian, the MPs described the post as “ideological dogma” and “divisive militancy”. They also asked for it to be investigated by the Charity Commission.
So there it is – a threat against Barnardo’s charity status, simply because the charity spoke up about racial inequality.
Perhaps the 12 Tory MPs should be reported to the Equality and Human Rights Commission? Ah, but the EHRC has already refused to investigate Tory racism, hasn’t it? Isn’t that an example of white privilege, right there?
It seems the UK’s governing party is employing that classic DARVO gaslighting technique – deny, attack, reverse victim and oppressor. By claiming Barnardo’s has become political, the Tories are hiding their own racism.