The manufactured anti-Semitism row in the Labour Party continues to shield Conservatives from justifiable criticism of their own Islamophobia.
Consider this incident, reported on Twitter but not (to the best of my knowledge) in the Tory-supporting press.
Sickening. Mrs Mike asked where the parents of the perpetrators were and why they weren’t around to stop this attack.
Answer: I don’t know. Perhaps they are Conservatives who support Islamophobic violence.
The backlash has been predictable. Aleesha, who tweets on politics and Muslim issues, makes the obvious connection between incitement to hate Islamic citizens of the UK and the violence it encourages:
My heart is so broken watching this. I have no words. Islamophobia has real consequences on real people. Horrifying. https://t.co/Xm5R6udNiM
— Aleesha Khaliq (@a_leesha1) September 11, 2018
And Aaron links this violence directly with the national media:
This is a scandal. It’s not just ignored by the national media, they actively fuel it.
It’s why we need a proper regulator. https://t.co/RXbI4GwUu2
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) September 11, 2018
Why is it allowed? Ask Baroness Warsi, who was no good as a Cabinet member and is now being systematically ignored by her fellow Tories and the Tory-supporting press – for raising the issue of Islamophobia.
In the tweets below, she correctly identifies the problem – that her fellow Tories are happy to get on the anti-Muslim bandwagon because, thanks to the divisive attitude they have encouraged in the press, it makes them more popular with the public.
Speaking out against “Muslim bashing” leads to a sharp drop in popularity, as indicated by a poll on a pro-Tory website:
What does this say about my Party @Conservatives ?
Muslim bashing will tragically continue to be an attractive political option as long as there is political mileage in Muslim bashing. 😔 https://t.co/aHFfyk2jwn
— Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) September 6, 2018
The ConservativeHome article states: “Finally, there are two particularly large losses in the table, which appear to be linked. Brandon Lewis, who was as high as +46.6 in June, loses a further 31.2 points this month, falling from -2.7 to -33.9. That is a brutal verdict from Party members on their chairman, and seems to be directly linked to his handling of the Boris Johnson burka row and the ensuing investigation. Similarly, Ruth Davidson’s normally quite unassailable rating has suffered, dropping from +54.4 to +33.8, I suspect due to her intervention in the same dispute, when she compared wearing a burkha to wearing a cross.”
The conclusion is clear:
If there is a problem with racism and sectarianism, it has its home in the Conservative Party. And we are all being distracted from it with spurious claims about Labour.
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