Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Nothing Behind The Eyes

Look, I do not like the face-covering, either. But Boris Johnson has walked into this one.

People can now bring up the fact that his Telegraph column is a breach of the Ministerial Code, that he has already used it to make a blithe confession to being a war criminal, and so on.

At least one other MP is now on record that if Johnson became Leader, then he would leave a party that already did not have an overall majority.

Be he could not be a Leadership candidate if he did not have the whip, so its withdrawal would take care of that one once and for all. How often does he even attend the House of Commons, anyway?

Clearly not often enough to realise that it is, unless I am very much mistaken, the only legislative chamber on earth to contain more Muslim women, eight, than Muslim men, seven.

Well,  most of them do have backgrounds in Pakistan or Bangladesh, both of which have always had women in positions of the utmost political prominence. So there is no reason for anyone to be at all surprised.

Yes, there are already 15 Muslim MPs. There are 53 Black and Minority Ethnic MPs overall. Again, there are more women, 27, than men, 26.

This is what the House of Commons looks like. But Boris Johnson, who is only a very occasional MP, has no idea.

As for the claim that "Islam is not a race, since anyone can become a Muslim," we all knew what Johnson meant, and anyway, anyone can become a Jew, too.

There is no form of Judaism so Orthodox that it is impossible to convert to it without any Jewish background whatever.

Muslims deserve the same protection as Jews or anybody else, and vice versa. The tenets of Judaism deserve no more protection than those of Islam or anything else, and vice versa.

And that is before mentioning Zionism, a secular political ideology like any other.

If Islamophobia does not exist, then nor does anti-Semitism. The Conservative Party has a larger problem with Islamophobia than the Labour Party does with anti-Semitism.

In fact, it has a larger problem with anti-Semitism as well, but its supporters have been successful in recent elections to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and its own remnant of an operation in London now trades under the assumed name of "the Jewish Leadership Council", so that fact receives little publicity.

There is no reason, however, why it needs to continue to receive little publicity. Thank you, Boris Johnson.

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