Astonishing omission by Tory PM accused of ‘head in sand’ over Islamophobia by Muslim peer
Just ten days ago, Tory peer Baroness Warsi accused May of putting her head in the sand about rampant Islamophobia in the Conservative party:
This morning, Theresa May’s tweet of condolence over the attack on Christchurch mosques that took the lives of forty-nine innocent worshippers and injured others did not mention Muslims, or Islamophobia – nor the fact the attack was on mosques:
New Zealand’s PM, Jacinda Ardern, by contrast, spoke movingly in solidarity with her country’s Muslim citizens and their freedom to practise their religion and culture – and proudly about New Zealand as a place of refuge for people from hundreds of ethnic backgrounds:
A significant number of ‘mainstream’ journalists also failed to mention Islamophobia in their social media output. Last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was attacked at a London mosque by a man later charged with ‘assault by beating’, yet the UK media minimised the assault as an ‘egging’ and barely covered it.
This blog stands in solidarity with the Muslim victims of this attack and with all the people of New Zealand, whatever their religion – and with those facing hate and discrimination in this country.
Hate in the UK is increasing, driven by cynical media and politicians – and Islamophobia is one of its chief forms. Theresa May failed not only the Muslim citizens of New Zealand and the UK this morning, but all of us.