Labour Spark Yet Another Race Row
The Labour party are once again embroiled within another row over racial and religious minority issues. If it's not accusations of grossly Anti-Semitic language or behaviours, it is seriously questionable beliefs about BAME individuals and their place within both politics and society.
This latest incident involves Labour M.P, Emma Dent Coad’s comments about black Tory candidate, Shaun Bailey. Dent Coad branded the gentleman a “token ghetto boy” and a “free-loading scumbag” who is “not welcome” in her Kensington constituency. Unarguably these comments are unforgivably racist, divisive and have provoked a backlash from many members of the Conservative party, particularly those from minority backgrounds, who in particular, suffer from increased prejudice and vitriol - often being labelled as 'race traitors', or worse, by those on the Left.
Ms Dent Coad has also drawn and shared images of Conservatives being hung from trees. Considering her multiple media scandals over the last year, one would think Corbyn would make an example of her, by removing the whip and casting her out of the party. Instead Corbyn has once again skirted the issues around racism and religious inequality within the party, by refusing to take sufficient action over this scandal. Indeed his only actions so far involve him having "words" with his party about this.
Considering that Labour position themselves as the party who fights the hardest for social justice and equality, it is baffling that so little has been done by Labour to remedy the steady stream of scandal that is plaguing the party. Since Corbyn has been head of Labour, he has clearly demonstrated he is all mouth and no trousers when it comes to dealing with racism, sexism and religious victimisation within his party.
First he resisted calls to properly punish Ken Livingston over Anti-Semitic comments, despite cross party calls for action - following this, Corbyn's Labour were criticised heavily over "racist" and "patronising" campaign materials asserting that only the Labour Party could "unlock the potential of "Minority and Ethnic people". Once again cross party individuals pointed out the bigotry of low expectations being perpetuated by Labour, and no action was taken over the individuals responsible for the materials. More recently sexist, racist and violent comments by the likes of Ms Dent Coad and Sheffield MP, Jared O'Mara have been brushed under the carpet with little apology or appropriate action.
At this point in Corbyn's tenure we have to ask ourselves if Jeremy has lost all credibility? The Party has called out Boris Johnson repeatedly for racially charged language and gaffes, questioning his suitability for government; yet when repeated incidents within Labour of equal or larger severity surface, very little is done to remedy these wrongs. Not only is this behaviour hypocritical but it let's down Labour voters who believed they were electing for a "kinder, gentler (style of) politics".
In reality Corbyn's Labour has once again proven that they are the party of lies, broken promises and bigotry. On the surface they preach peace, love and equality while perpetuating a culture of prejudice and problematic party policies. It's time for Jez to go.
" ...those who preach peace do not have peace
those who preach peace do not have love
beware the preachers
beware the knowers..."
- C. Bukowski.