On 18 February, former Labour MP Angela Smith said:
it’s not just about being black or a funny tinge … you know, different – B, err from the BME community
She received some criticism for this, but Smith has now said she will stand for people of all tinges.
The so-called ‘Independent Group’ that Smith belongs to denies it has a prejudice against certain tinges:
All we’re saying is that maybe we treat some tinges better than others. That doesn’t mean we don’t support each and every tinge – just that we should support some of them less than currently.
Smith also clarified her original statement:
Look, when I said ‘funny tinge’, I only meant in comparison to ‘normal tinges’. If these people went back to where they came from, it would be them who had the normal tinge. I’m not saying they should go back, by the way – not until we’ve had the mugs printed.
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The Independent Group also denied breaching its own policy on the matter:
We don’t actually have a policy. We don’t have any accountability at all – other than to the people anonymously funding us, obviously.
Of course, it would be unfair to say this new political party is institutionally prejudiced against people of tinge. It isn’t actually a political party, after all; it’s technically a company.
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