A Tory MP takes racism to a whole new level while trying to dig herself out of a hole

Nadine Dorries
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Nadine Dorries has taken racism to a whole new level while trying to dig herself out of a hole. The Conservative MP attempted to explain why she’d ‘mixed up’ two people of colour (again). And her excuse just made matters even worse.

Excuses, excuses

Dorries took to Twitter to call out Novara Media‘s Ash Sarkar on 4 February. Sarkar had appeared on The Andrew Marr Show a day earlier, arguing that the notion Labour is “misty-eyed” on Venezuela is a “myth”. Dorries clearly disagreed:


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But, as Owen Jones pointed out, Dorries “confused” Sarkar with Faiza Shaheen, Labour’s candidate for Chingford, in her tweet. She has since apologised, although to BBC Newsbeat rather than the two women. Dorries first claimed that the gaffe was due to only seeing Sarkar in a “tiny video on my small phone screen”. She then offered the following absolute corker:

It was the accent I was basing the identification on via my phone as I thought I recognised the voice and it sounded like Faiza.

So, Dorries doesn’t only appear to have trouble seeing the difference between people of colour. She also seems to think they all sound the same too.

True to form

As Sarkar explained to the Independent, this isn’t unusual behaviour from the Conservative MP:

It’s racist and Nadine Dorries has a long track record of mixing up people of colour who she doesn’t like

For example, Dorries said Labour MP Chuka Ummuna looked like former boxer Chris Eubank in 2013:

Sarkar also argued that the gaffe is indicative of a wider problem in Dorries’s party:

It’s no surprise she doesn’t feel obliged to apologise, given the party’s repeated inaction when we’ve seen similar incidents in the past. Racism is endemic in the Tory party.

Some members of the Conservative Party also appear to agree with this. Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi mocked Dorries on Twitter for the mix-up. And on the same day, the peer also called out her party for not tackling Islamophobia in its ranks:

But, as Sarkar says, “racism is endemic” in the Conservative Party. So it’s hard to imagine that the independent inquiry Warsi is calling for will ever get off the ground.

Featured image via YouTube – Nicholas Stone

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    1. No way is Britain open minded. I say this as a non-native who has been discriminated against even in an official context and knows plenty of stories of others who I personally know and who suffered even worse. Britain is, after all, a deeply segregated country along racial lines. Why else would there be such an institution as the “National Black Police Association”? So why do we get all upset when non-police officers advocate racial segregation and thus discrimination? I think you’ll find the national black police association emerged after, and due to, the rampant racism of the police force. Otherwise they wouldn’t have needed to form. Clearly.

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      Stop treating foreigners like garbage and they will stop ruining your precious country. Why did you let them in in the first place if you didn’t want them here? They left everything in their countries because of your promises. Are you so anxious to please that you can’t say “no”? I would love to see you go to a foreign land where you don’t have any friends, you don’t even know anyone and you don’t speak the language, and start from scratch. I would just LOVE to watch you do that. Let them integrate and stop segregating them. What I want is people being nice to each other. I don’t care about race.

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      The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos. Parents see Muslim schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won’t feel stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith. Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities. There is a belief among ethnic minority parents that the British schooling does not adequately address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response. State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored.

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