Channel 4 just spotted ‘racist‘ memorabilia on a Conservative MP’s mantelpiece. The very same sitting Conservative politician who tweeted a pig having sex with Sadiq Khan, a practising Muslim, on 12 July:
— Momentum (@PeoplesMomentum) July 13, 2018
Then, Channel 4‘s Fact Check clocked an apartheid-era South African flag on Fabricant’s mantelpiece:
— C4 News FactCheck (@FactCheck) July 13, 2018
That’s the same flag that the Nelson Mandela Foundation wants banned and classified as “hate speech”. The foundation said the flag amounts to “unfair discrimination and harassment” and glorifies the crimes committed against South African people. For example, FW de Klerk – who was president of South Africa in the early 1990s – admitted that there was a rogue strategy to murder anti-apartheid activists. And that’s before you get to the crimes of the apartheid regime itself. So some people on social media have branded Fabricant “racist” for owning the flag.
Fabricant claims it was all a mistake
I did a radio contract years ago with the SABC [South African Broadcasting Association]…
I also have a communist era USSR hammer and sickle flag on the same mantelpiece because I also did work with Radio Moscow…
They are just flags from some of the countries where my company had clients back in the 1980s.
And the flag isn’t helping him claim he’s against “racist” and “Islamophobic” material:
— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) July 13, 2018
…says the man who displays an apartheid era South African flag in his house.
— Sharpie (@Shairpie) July 13, 2018
The MP for Lichfield claims that he tweeted the image of Khan “accidentally”. But people are pouring scorn on his defence:
— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@WeahsCousin) July 13, 2018
I mean, I don't believe him either but the man looks in a mirror every morning and tells himself that his hair isn't hilarious…there's something suspect with his judgement, his eyesight or both.
— Paul Smith (@PaulSmith7) July 13, 2018
Calls for an inquiry
Fabricant’s tweet depicted a pig mounting the Muslim London mayor. But this is only the latest Islamophobia accusation to hit the Conservative Party. The following organisations have demanded an inquiry into what the Muslim Council of Britain says are “more than weekly occurrences of Islamophobia from candidates and representatives of the Conservative Party”:
- The Muslim Council of Britain, a leading UK umbrella Muslim organisation.
- 350 Mosques and Muslim organisations.
- The Conservative Party’s own affiliate Muslim group.
- Conservative peer Baroness Warsi.
- Conservative peer Lord Sheikh.
Fabricant has not only insulted London mayor Khan, but also the people of Britain if he thinks we are going to believe that shambles of a defence. Especially when the bloke has flags celebrating apartheid on his mantelpiece. If Theresa May does not suspend Fabricant, that sends a terrible message to Muslim people in this country. And it’s a green light for bigots everywhere.
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Featured image via Lichfield Live/ Flickr