Baroness Warsi takes colleague – and the BBC – to task over coverage of his ‘no Islamophobia’ claim
Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi has been at the forefront of the campaign for the issue of Tory Islamophobia to be taken seriously – and today she castigated both a parliamentary colleague for his comments on the issue and the BBC for its response.
Smith told the BBC’s Politics Live that he had never seen any Islamophobia in his party, to Warsi’s disbelief:
She took to Twitter to air her assessment of his claim and argument:
But she also took issue with the way in which the BBC’s Andrew Neil – and mainstream journalists in general – present Tory Islamophobia as if it was merely her opinion:
Tory Islamophobia is an issue for which an abundance – or to use Ms Warsi’s word, “plethora” of evidence exists. Yet the BBC and other media treat it as passing opinion in a way that looks – well, Islamophobic – and which certainly lets the Conservative party almost entirely off the hook for its behaviour and ingrained attitudes.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.