Channel 4 catches the Tory MP who just tweeted bile about Sadiq Khan with ‘racist’ memorabilia

Michael Fabricant

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:

Then, Channel 4‘s Fact Check clocked an apartheid-era South African flag on Fabricant’s mantelpiece:

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

As one might expect, Fabricant claims there’s nothing to see here. He told Business Insider:

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:

The MP for Lichfield claims that he tweeted the image of Khan “accidentally”. But people are pouring scorn on his defence:

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”:

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

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