The Tories have given up justifying Lee Anderson’s Islamophobia. Now they’re redefining it

Oliver Dowden: he says Lee Anderson’s comments weren’t Islamophobic – apparently because his personal definition of Islamophobia differs from what you’ll find in a dictionary.

After Lee Anderson’s Tory Party membership was suspending because he said Sadiq Khan had ceded the streets of London to “Islamists”, former colleagues who are still in that party have scrambled to make his words seem acceptable.

Here’s Therese Coffey, who allowed water company shareholders to fill our rivers with excrement rather than forcing them to do their jobs and improve the sewage purification service:

And here’s Oliver Dowden, who has sparked a considerable amount of comment:

Here he is on another Sunday politics show:

So apparently it’s not Islamophobic because these Tories have unilaterally changed the meaning of Islamophobia?

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Here’s a twist in the tale:

If his remarks weren’t Islamophobic, why would Anderson need to apologise for them? It seems to This Writer that Dowden managed to talk himself into a corner.

Here’s the real-world upshot of all this hot air:

Bear in mind that we’ve seen no evidence that any MP was intimidated by Muslims before the ceasefire vote on Wednesday, February 21.

But we do know of one MP who definitely did face attempts to shut him up. In his case, no effort was made to protect him. I wonder why.

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