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Tory London Mayor candidate unrepentant over accusations of racism and misogyny

Shaun Bailey: Conservative candidate for Islamophobia, sexism and misogyny.

Remember Shaun Bailey? He’s the Conservative London Mayoral candidate who branded the incumbent, Sadiq Khan, as “Mad Mullah Kahn (sic) of Londonistan” and said single girls in inner cities “deliberately become pregnant” in order to secure homes and benefits from the government, so his record of racism and sexism is firmly established already.

Now he is being accused of the “worst kind of casual sexism and misogyny” after Labour unearthed a 2007 interview in which he praised the discipline shown by teachers in earlier times because they “were men, then”.

He also used the interview to argue that handing out contraception at schools encouraged teenage pregnancy and complain that young girls can have abortions without parental consent. So he’s another man who thinks men should be able to dictate to women what they do with their bodies.

Some might criticise Labour’s tactics in unearthing comments made many years ago and throwing them back at the person who made them. But then, what have the right-wing media been doing with Jeremy Corbyn since 2015? Salt for the goose.

And Mr Bailey seems strangely unrepentant. In a public meeting in Croydon last year, he said, “There are things I regret saying… But it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.”

The latest revelation was bound to attract censure. Rosena Allin-Khan tweeted: “The level of sexism, casual xenophobia and misogyny from Shaun Bailey is Trumpesque. It’s not something we expect from someone wanting to be the Mayor of London.”

“Trumpesque” is the word. Who can forget the moment on Donald Trump’s first day as US President, when – surrounded by men – he signed an executive order forbidding the spending of federal money on international groups that perform, or provide information on, abortions?

The Conservative government has already earned justified criticism for its austerity measures that have overwhelmingly attacked women more than men.

It seems if Mr Bailey were to become London Mayor, that city would see a huge increase in such unreasonable misogynstic hatred.

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Shaun Bailey: Tory London mayoral candidate is SEXIST as well as RACIST, it seems

Shaun Bailey: Conservative candidate for Islamophobia – and now, for sexism and misogyny.

How encouraging that the Conservative Party has not withdrawn its support for Shaun Bailey as London mayoral candidate, despite the evidence that he is not only a racist (as discussed elsewhere) but also a sexist.

It may be seen as evidence that the Tories are at last displaying their true colours.

According to Business Insider:

“Single girls in inner cities “deliberately become pregnant” in order to secure homes and benefits from the government, the Conservatives’ London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, wrote in 2006.

“Bailey, who has secured the nomination to take on London mayor Sadiq Khan, wrote in the Telegraph that “any young girl living in the inner city will be clued up on how the system works.”

“In the comments, unearthed by Business Insider, he added: “They won’t be too careful about not becoming parents. In some cases, they will deliberately become pregnant – as they know that if they do, they will get a flat.”

“He went on: “It is the same with benefits. These people are not stupid. If the state offers them money for doing something, they will do it. It is as simple as that.”

“In similar comments speaking at the Conservative party conference in 2008, Bailey also said there was a “cottage industry” in young women getting pregnant for state support, the Observer reports today.

“”Girls getting knocked up to get housing? It’s a cottage industry where I come from,” he said.”

And Buzzfeed News reported:

“Conservative London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey has been criticised for a series of controversial comments he made when he was a youth worker in North Kensington in 2005.

“Among the remarks unearthed by BuzzFeed News are claims that “good looking” girls in the area “tend to have been around” and that “poor people” require “rules” and “direction” or else they will turn to crime.

“Bailey also railed against the impact of drugs on the estate, warning that young girls were likely to start smoking before boys because “they have a smoker’s attitude”.”

Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan told the site this was “appalling sexism and misogyny”.

But the Tory candidate’s campaign team said they were the “blunt words” of someone “who hasn’t figured it all out” but wanted to make a contribution to society by offering his experiences, “however raw they might seem now”.

Read the Buzzfeed and Business Insider articles and you’ll be able to draw your own conclusions about Mr Bailey’s words.

One doubts such conclusions will be favourable.

Of course, words published many years ago may not be representative of a gentleman’s current thinking.

How long will we have to wait for Mr Bailey’s full and frank statement disowning his former words and explaining his attitudes – both then and now?

I won’t be holding my breath waiting!

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Tories appoint RACIST as their new London mayoral candidate

Shaun Bailey: Conservative candidate for Islamophobia.

I know; what’s new? Zac Goldsmith’s campaign wasn’t exactly above reproach. Perhaps racists are all the Conservative Party has left?

Well, now we have Shaun Bailey, who thinks it’s fine to make Islamophobic comments about current London mayor Sadiq Khan, viz:

Here’s The Independent:

The Conservative candidate for London Mayor is at the centre of an Islamophobia row, after he shared a tweet that meant thousands of his followers saw a message referring to Labour’s Sadiq Khan as “mad mullah Khan of Londonistan”.

Shaun Bailey retweeted a post last year which had shared a picture of Mr Khan and a racist caption which also branded Labour as “anti-British”.

The Conservative Party told The Independent there is “no way” Mr Bailey would have seen the offensive caption on the picture before sharing the post, as to do so one must click to open it.

 

Oh, really? That seems incredible to me.

I mean, think about it: The Tories are saying the man they have chosen as their candidate to be Mayor of London is so stupid he doesn’t know how to look at a whole image in a tweet before passing it on to his followers!

Why would anybody vote for someone like that?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wouldn’t. He’s still angry about the Goldsmith campaign – and rightly so. Now he’s doubly angry because he knows the Tories have doubled down on the racism:

Mr Bailey, it seems, is still a user of the social media, as he tweeted his delight at whatever support he has received – providing a perfect opportunity for some of our more alert New Left Media representatives to ask the obvious:

I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the answer. Don’t hold your breath waiting for it!

But coverage of the negative reaction should not eclipse the fact that Mr Bailey does have at least one high-profile supporter – but you’re going to wince when you see who it is:

That’s right – Boris Johnson! The man who was unashamed to talk about “Piccaninnies with watermelon smiles”, among all his many other racisms!

Perhaps even worse is the fact that racist Mr Bailey – supported by racist Mr Johnson – was announced as Tory mayoral candidate on the same date racist Theresa May (Ms “Hostile Environment” herself) actually dared to lecture the United Nations about people who “exploit people’s fear and stoke intolerance and racism”.

I await the mainstream media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the clear and present racism that is running rife among the Conservative Party’s elected MPs and candidates for elected office.

That’s if they can fit it in around all the fake “anti-Semitism in the Labour Party” stories they’ve been writing, of course.

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Mainstream media make fools of themselves by following fake news ‘racism’ story about Emma Dent Coad

Emma Dent Coad.

What the blazes is wrong with these people?

Today the BBC, The Independent, the Evening Standard, iNews, and no doubt others all got on the Guido Fawkes fake news bandwagon to pillory a totally innocent Labour MP on a trumped-up charge of racism.

What’s strangest about this case is the fact that they would know better, if they had bothered to read the article used by the Guido Fawkes “reporter” as a source.

An unnamed BBC reporter writes: “In the piece Ms Dent Coad claimed Mr [Shaun] Bailey, who was a parliamentary candidate for Hammersmith, had “stigmatised” the area he was born in by referring to it as a “ghetto”.

“”Who can say where this man will ever fit in, however hard he tries? One day he is the ‘token ghetto boy’ standing behind D Cameron, the next ‘looking interested’ beside G Osborne. Ever felt used?”, she wrote.

“After the blog post was highlighted, Mr Bailey said he had never been “labelled a ‘token ghetto boy'” before and was “shocked and saddened” by the article.

“He said Ms Dent Coad’s “use of language should not be acceptable for an elected politician… and she should be ashamed”.”

… Except of course it wasn’t Ms Dent Coad’s use of language that was under scrutiny – ever example they mentioned is of her quoting somebody else.

In her article, to which the BBC piece seems to link, but actually links back to itself – curious, that, she quotes Mr Bailey himself as saying he was  “spoilt rotten” and “gobby and dangerous” during a radio interview.

He is the one who describes himself as living in a “ghetto”. Is he going to apologise for any offence caused to residents?

Mr Bailey’s claim that he had never been labelled a “token ghetto boy” is odd, as the article is seven years old – and Ms Dent Coad was quoting people she described as “his former neighbours” – they weren’t her words.

It is therefore a sign of huge magnanimity that she has offered an apology “If [Mr Bailey] is offended – especially considering that this man has jumped onto the “racism” bandwagon that Guido Fawkes launched.

According to the Independent, Mr Bailey said he was “shocked and saddened by the hate-filled, racist article” and called on Ms Dent Coad to apologise for her comments to the wider black community. Why should she? None of her comments were racist – in fact, she was calling out Mr Bailey for his cynical manipulation of racial stereotypes to serve a political purpose. In doing so, she did not actually stoop to racism herself. Read her article and see.

The Evening Standard wrongly stated: “Emma Dent Coad labelled Shaun Bailey a “token ghetto boy” in the 2010 blog post which was highlighted yesterday by political website Guido Fawkes.” Obviously she did not – she was quoting his neighbours. Perhaps the Stannit would like to track down the person responsible for this seven-year-old comment and extract an apology from them? No? Is that because the person she was quoting is “Afro-Caribbean” and that would ruin the narrative?

You had to go to iNews for that particular snippet of information, making it a more balanced read than the others, at least. But that’s not saying much.

According to Zelo Street blogger Tim Fenton, the Guido article was written by someone called Alex Wickham, who – it seems – has a track record of dishonesty. If he was working for a reputable news organisation, it is an offence for which he should be drummed out.

And what is the real reason behind this attack on an upstanding member of the Kensington and Chelsea community, whose constituents should be proud to have her representing them?

Could it be that she has launched a report on the appalling inequalities in the London borough?

On her Twitter feed, she wrote: “The inside story of the most unequal borough in Britain: overcrowding, malnutrition and 20-year life expectancy gaps. Today I launched crucial report on housing and inequality in Kensington & Chelsea after Grenfell.”

You can read the report here. This Writer urges you to take the time to do so.

It might clarify why the BBC, the Standard, the Independent and even iNews have all tried to dirty the name of a fine member of Parliament.


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