2019 began with calls for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. As we approach the final month of the year, the party is continuing to turn a blind eye.
This is all occurring against a backdrop of mounting evidence illustrating the pervasiveness of the issue; one could even call it an epidemic. Anti-Muslim rhetoric is present at all levels, from party members to elected representatives, and all the way to the top as exemplified by prime minister Boris Johnson’s history of offensive statements. Following Theresa May’s departure, Tory party candidates running for prime minister appeared to agree that an investigation into the problem was needed, only to backtrack and give the nod instead to an investigation into all types of “prejudice and discrimination, including antisemitism.”
The party is evading calls for a serious independent investigation into Islamophobia even as anti-Muslim comments from Conservative Party members and elected officials continue to be unearthed.
Boris Johnson called a racist by Labour’s Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi in powerful speech on Islamophobia
Early last week, a dossier was revealed by the anonymous investigative twitter account, @matesjacob, showing current and former Tory councillors calling for a “ban on mosques,” referring to Muslims as “barbarians,” comparing Islam to Nazism, and promoting the idea of no-go zones (“Muslim only areas”) conspiracy theory.
Other comments include racial slurs such as “Somali scum” and “Indian sh****r,” support for Donald Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban, and fears of a Muslim takeover and assertation that Islam is “un-British and un-European.”
Former and current councilors also posted strong defenses of far-right figures like Tommy Robinson and parties, such as PEGIDA. Others shared content from the conspiracy theorist, Paul Joseph Watson, and American anti-Muslim blogger, Pamela Geller (who was banned from the UK in 2013).
read more here: