All that is wrong in the modern Labour Party can be summed up in one incident by the fact that Sarah Champion, the Labour MP has been forced to step down for speaking out about child sex grooming by the Pakistani community.
It is well known and there have been countless reported and historical cases of Muslim Pakistani men preying on under age white female children from deprived areas.
The areas read like a where’s where of deprivation areas, we recently seen Newscastle hit the headlines.
After telling the truth, Sarah Champion has been "punished" and "used as a scapegoat" as if she had done something in telling the truth. In politics, minority groups have joined political parties as a vehicle to further their own ends. I once heard at a polling station a Muslim Labour Candidate say to an Asian family coming down to vote that it was ‘important’ that ‘one of us’ get elected. I was appalled because I had known this individual in passing and never thought he was like that, turns out I was wrong.
But then you never truly know people do you.
The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn should NOT have forced Sarah Champion into silence because it sends out the wrong message; the fact is that ‘playing the race card’ is a part of modern British politics used to shut down dissent.
It is ridiculous that the Labour Party has lost such a valuable Equalities shadow minister because of the cowardice of Jeremy Corbyn. When I was in the Labour Party, I stayed on as a member to vote for him but as I wrote repeatedly, the two areas that he is bad at are foreign affairs and defence.
This episode shows clearly that Jeremy Corbyn will never be Prime Minister of Great Britain, in the key test of showing leadership, this goes beyond an epic fail.
Amina Lone, the co-director of the Social Action and Research Foundation told the BBC's Newsnight programme:
"She has been punished and used as a scapegoat because as a politician she's an easy target", adding that Labour should not have forced her into silence”.
Ms Lone later tweeted:
"Sarah Champion was talking about a particular type of grooming which is carried by men because of their cultural/religious practices”.
To add fuel to the disaster, the Conservative Government minister Sajid Javid also criticised the decision to force Ms Champion out.
"Corbyn wrong to sack Sarah Champion. We need an honest open debate on child sexual exploitation, including racial motivation".
Other MPs have also spoken up in defence of Ms Champion, including Labour's Barry Sheerman:
"I don't understand the forced resignation of Sarah Champion and nor will my constituents".
Conservative MP Tim Loughton wrote:
"Those of us with experience in this area know Sarah Champion is highly respected for exposing child sexual abuse and should be listened to. Obviously not all men. She is not a racist but a brave woman speaking out about a politically awkward issue. UK Labour bury your heads as much as you like in the black and white purist world you push. The chickens will come home to roost".
Margot James MP wrote:
"It is an outrage that @SarahChampionMP has had to quit the front bench; she must continue excellent work standing up for vulnerable girls"
To be forced out by telling the truth in the Labour Party sets a bad precedent, because this apart from looking rather shabby, it also shows that the party values Muslim votes and donations ahead of protecting vulnerable children.
Would a decent Muslim withhold a donation to the Labour Party because of Sarah Champion speaking out?
I doubt it.
In an article in The Sun, Ms. Champion warned politicians should not be afraid to discuss the high number of sexual exploitation and grooming cases against Pakistani men in the
She had written that an "over-sensitivity about language" had resulted in a climate of fear which had led to the "neglect, for so long, of the victims of these terrible crimes".
Corbyn, posted on Facebook:
"In recent days, The Sun has published statements that incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities. That is wrong, dangerous and must be condemned".
Yasmin Qureshi, Labour's shadow justice minister has also refused to accept the Pakistani community has a particular issue with child grooming of white under age children despite high-profile cases which appear in our press and media constantly.
Trevor Philips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told The Telegraph:
"I am absolutely gobsmacked, this is not the Labour party I know, even in the darkest days I don't remember people being asked to stand down for trying to represent their constituents, which is what I think Sarah Champion was trying to do. We shouldn't have to have an argument about free speech, what this feels like is what we used to call democratic centralism in the Labour party, in other words Stalinism".
Trevor Phillips in the past has written about the failure of multiculturalism in the
which in part is down to refusing to deal with problems like this which have
destroyed social cohesion.
Sarah Champion bravely wrote:
has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”.
"There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is? For too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up. No more. These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage. We have to have grown-up conversations, however unpalatable, or in six months’ time we will be having this same scenario all over again."
After telling the truth, she was effectively forced to say:
"I apologise for the offence caused by the extremely poor choice of words in The Sun article on Friday. I am concerned that my continued position in the Shadow cabinet would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career. It is therefore with regret that I tender my resignation as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities."
Jeremy Corbyn is Leader of the Labour Party, I voted for him although I knew that he would never be Prime Minister of Great Britain, he is a weak man.
I wonder if he realises how much goodwill and votes he has lost through this failure of his leadership.
Recently, I was asked to get involved in the
Glasgow by-election at Cardonald
for the Pollok CLP, I decided not to offer my services. The Labour Party is in
no fit state to govern which is why they lost the election, it is true they
benefit from a protest vote in 2017 but there is an underlying problem of
credibility and now integrity to deal with.
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