Friday, January 6, 2012
Labour MP Diane Abbott in new ‘race row’ claiming London Cabbies drive past black customers, well what’s the excuse this time, context again?
Fresh from one almighty row about a racist comment, Diane Abbott has moved forward, straight into another row about racist comments.
"White people love playing 'divide & rule."
We know have her this time accusing London's taxi drivers of driving past black customers.
Her foot again goes back in her mouth, surely hopping about is putting a real strain on her other leg?
Diane Abbott is embroiled in another Twitter row.
She needs to quit tweeting.
Steve McNamara, a spokesman for the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, said:
"This is a typically silly comment by Diane Abbott and deeply unfair. The modern generation of taxi drivers is as diverse as London itself and most of the knowledge schools now have prayer rooms.
"Her comment is a silly stereotype that harks back to the days of 'I don't go south of the river' and 'hanging's too good for them'. It is as outdated and insulting as the stereotype that black people wear woolly hats all the time."
McNamara also added that Ms Abbott had once been a passenger in his cab.
"She has no trouble being picked up - I picked her from a rather trendy mews development about 10 or 12 years ago."
What a good memory he has.
It was only yesterday that Diane Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, was ordered to apologise by Labour leader Ed Miliband.
I blogged yesterday that she should step down as the next gaffe was just around the corner.
George Laird was right again.
Labour Party sources said her comment about taxi drivers would be "looked at" by the leadership.
Maybe she needs a break.
A Labour source said:
"If she had suggested that all London taxi drivers are racist that would clearly be wrong,"
If she can’t play with her ‘toys’ properly then they will just have to be taken off her; Miliband has his own problems but she is acting like a manic with a lit torch in a gunpowder store!
If she keeps this up, she will definitely need both feet on the ground as no one will pick her up in future!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University