The apologists: Tories leap in to make themselves ridiculous over Islamophobia

Last Updated: February 26, 2024By

Kemi Badenoch: she once told Sophy Ridge there’s no real Islamophobia in the Conservative Party – in the face of a mountain of evidence. Now it seems she – and others – are trying to confuse us about what Islamophobia IS.

When is Islamophobia not Islamophobia? When a Tory MP is trying to justify what another Tory MP has said, it seems.

After Lee Anderson’s Tory Party membership was suspended because he claimed Sadiq Khan had ceded the streets of London to Islamists, the official Tory line has been that what he said was wrong – factually inaccurate – and that he should have apologised. But his words were not Islamophobic.

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That position has hardened – a little.

But the clear Islamophobia of Anderson’s comments, which came after Commons Speaker Lyndsay Hoyle claimed (without evidence) that he had been told Muslims had threatened the lives of MPs, has been glossed over by Sunak and others:

Also glossed over was Liz Truss’s apparent support for Tommy Robinson (do I need to explain who he is?) after he was name-checked on a US political commentary show:

Fortunately, others take a somewhat more robust view of what constitutes Islamophobia:

It seems Sunak and the others are walking a tightrope over this issue because Anderson’s words are representative of the feelings of a majority of people in the Parliamentary Conservative Party. So, when he has been denying Islamophobia in his party, was he actually lying?

It’s irritating that representatives of Labour – who kicked off this wave of Islamophobia in the first place – have picked up on this:

And let’s not forget those other irritants – the media pundits. Some of them have been resurrecting the hoary old lie that the chant, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free” is a Muslim call for genocide of Israel (in fact it’s nothing of the sort, although apparently a propaganda campaign – by Israel in the 1960s – has succeeded in persuading the TV idiots to think otherwise:

The threat of Islamophobia is fabricated.

The threat of fear – stoked by Islamophobic comments – is entirely real.

The threat to you is not Islamists or Muslim terrorists. The threat to you is coming from Conservative and Labour politicians who are filling the media with nonsense in the hope that you believe them. Do you?

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