Little Britain star Matt Lucas has called Conservative MP David Davies “racist” after the Tory MP sent out a tweet about the use of interpreters by the police.
appalling & discriminatory suggestion. Police could save fortune by not paying 4 interpreters 4 non English speakers https://t.co/WP16xUFh3f
— David Davies MP 🏴🇬🇧 (@DavidTCDavies) August 25, 2017
Davies was referring to a suggestion by the Metropolitan police force deputy commissioner Craig Mackey. Mackey said that victims whose first language isn’t English could get face-to-face visits from the police while, due to cuts, others may not in the future. But he also mentioned that other vulnerable people like the elderly or those with learning disabilities would also be prioritised. Although Davies didn’t voice his opinion about that element of the proposal.
Actor Lucas took exception to Davies’s tweet saying:
Fortunately we don't need a translator to tell us how fascistic this sounds https://t.co/9zV0gq2tyI
— MATT LUCAS 🏳️🌈🇪🇺 (@RealMattLucas) August 26, 2017
And after a brief exchange of name-calling, Lucas declared Davies was a “Racist MP”.
Others weighed in, including a former “police colleague”, citing his lack of respect for diversity:
And even a fellow Conservative MEP was afraid he’d taint the party’s image:
Just to be very clear – this certainly is not @Conservatives agenda – many of us are appalled at this suggestion by individual MP
— Sajjad Karim MEP Conservative (@SHKMEP) August 26, 2017
Get a grip
Cuts to police services may also mean more station closures. And the number of police officers in the force are also falling. So it’s interesting Davies takes particular issue with face-to-face visits by non-English speakers. And it’s a shame he sees their potential vulnerability as too expensive. But the need for prioritisation has only come because Tory cuts to police service have made it necessary.
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