Labour MP Dawn Butler reports emails to police after putting pundit Iain Dale in his place
Labour’s Dawn Butler faced down pundit and former Tory candidate Iain Dale on live television, after Dale called her a disgrace for daring to point out that Boris Johnson had told her constituents they had to go back to work on Monday during his televised broadcast on Sunday night.
Butler was right and Dale was wrong – Johnson had said that anyone who can’t work from home needed to go to work. But that didn’t stop Dale from haranguing Ms Butler for not using Keir Starmer’s ‘now is not the time to be too critical’ approach to Johnson’s reckless endangerment of her constituents.
Butler held firm and put Dale firmly in his place. But the exchange was the second time in less than ten days that a white male Tory has told a BAME woman MP to be more like her white male boss after she called out the effects of the government’s actions and negligence in language he didn’t like:
MP and emergency doctor Rosena Allin-Khan faced similar arrogance and condescension from Health Secretary Matt Hancock for daring to suggest that the government’s persistent failure to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) had cost NHS lives and brought grief to bereaved families.
Dale was still moaning after the broadcast finished – but Butler pointed out that he was still wrong:
She appears to have received considerable abuse – almost certainly from other right-wing males – for calling out Johnson and standing up to Dale. She tweeted later on Wednesday that she had been forced to report threatening and racist emails and online comments to the police:
The spectacle of right-wing men telling women of colour to mind their language or tone is a distasteful one at the best of times. But when those women are speaking up for those whose lives have been lost because of Tory arrogance and recklessness, it is uglier still. Solidarity with both of them.
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