Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi has gone public on Twitter with a scathing put-down of her party Chair Brandon Lewis after he made a self-satisfied comment on the release of the TellMAMA annual report:
Warsi’s point is beyond dispute – as is Lewis’ hypocrisy. Just last month, the Tory chair performed a u-turn within the space of just two days, first calling for zero tolerance of Islamophobia to dismissing outrage at Tory Islamophobia as merely ‘playing politics’ during an interview on the BBC’s Marr show.
Even without his personal hypocrisy, Lewis’ bland, even smug response is woefully inadequate given the obvious scale of Islamophobia within the Tory party – even when, as Warsi pointed out, action is only taken on the ‘outed’ cases that reach the public awareness.
Other respondents to his tweet pointed out specific examples of Tory hypocrisy over Islamophobia and other racism:
WOW you've actually got the nerve to post this – absolutely mind-numbing.
GET OUT 👣 pic.twitter.com/JdO6MZdofI
— MⒶNCUNİĀ (@Mickey1Sweeney) July 23, 2018
Lewis is already under pressure for his breach of faith during last week’s EU trade vote – and some commenters had a politician who has little to be smug about:
Others pointed to the sheer hypocrisy of Lewis’ ‘zero tolerance’ tweet when Tory MP Michael Fabricant has not yet been disciplined for sharing a blatantly racist image showing a balloon of London’s Muslim mayor with a pig during Donald Trump’s visit to the UK earlier this month:
Up to now, it appears that ‘all talk and no action’ is the answer to that question – except when it comes to running from the Commons chamber to vote and break a solemn promise not to. Then he looks positively sprightly:
For all the Establishment media’s attempts to ignore it, the huge racism problem of the party in government – and the hypocrisy that accompanies it – cannot be hidden.
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