Normalising racism: Abbott attacked for highlighting Farage’s hypocrisy over Raducanu

Last Updated: September 13, 2021By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Raducanu: she won the US Open so the racists in UK politics are happy to let this Romanian-heritage teenager be British. What would they have called her if she had lost?

The BBC really is contemptible these days.

Its daily Politics Live programme has just taken time out to criticise Diane Abbott for making a perfectly reasonable point.

After Emma Raducanu won the US Open Ladies Singles tennis final, Nigel Farage was among the many who praised her up.

But arch Brexiter Farage, while campaigning for the UK to leave the European Union, had previously stated that he would not want a Romanian living next door to him.

Ms Raducanu’s heritage is Romanian.

So Ms Abbott was absolutely right to make this point:

And she’s not the only one pointing out the hypocrisy:

The verdict on Politics Live?

Led by host Jo Coburn, guests united to say that Farage’s words were in the past and that it is wrong to use a sporting even to score political points.

So it’s fine for politicians like Boris Johnson (and, indeed, Farage) to make hay when sportspeople representing the UK do well – no matter that they personally have expressed racist views that constitute abuse against individuals among those sportspeople in the past?

I don’t think so!

The whole disgrace was encapsulated in a tweet before Ms Raducanu’s victory (that I didn’t save, sadly).

It said that, depending on the result, the Daily Mail would tell us whether she was British or not.

And it’s a good point.

Would these creepy politicians be quite so keen to let bygones be bygones if Ms Raducanu had not won?

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  1. El Dee September 14, 2021 at 3:10 am - Reply

    Yes, your reference to the Tweet about the Daily Mail reminds that it had been said for year that if a Scot won anything he/she was British but if they lost they were Scottish. As soon as someone pointed it out you couldn’t fail to notice it. But I think they have eventually stopped doing that now..

  2. Hecuba September 14, 2021 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Fascist Farage, fascist daily male enact their typical stance because Ms. Raducanu is considered to be an exception – she won the US Open so therefore she is special! If she had lost the finals fascist Farage would be hysterically proclaiming ‘look she’s a loser and why is she still residing in little england?’

    This is what fascists always do – they claim not to be racist or xenophobic because they always
    shout ‘look we support that person over there because they just happened to do something amazing! However all the rest of the non-white; foreigners can all be deported!

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