A TORY MP had the balls to speak about the Halal Elephant in the room amid the Government’s local lockdown on the North of England.
Craig Whittaker said that the “vast majority” of those breaking lockdown rules are from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, a fact that has been ignored by woke local councillors and the mainstream media.
He said that Muslims were “not taking [Coronavirus] seriously enough”.
Labour branded the comments “disgraceful and overt racism” and called for the MP to apologise.
Whittaker, who is the MP for the Calder Valley told LBC radio: “What I have seen in my constituency is that we have… sections of the community that are just not taking the pandemic seriously.”
“If you look at the areas where we’ve seen rises and cases, the vast majority – not by any stretch of the imagination all areas – it is the BAME communities that are not taking this seriously enough.”
“I’ve been challenging our local leaders for… three weeks, asking what we are doing to target these areas to let people know that this is still a very serious problem. Until people take it seriously, we’re not going to get rid of this pandemic.”
He added: “It’s not just the Asian community, of course.
“We have areas of high multiple occupancy – when you have multiple families living in one household. That just doesn’t specifically have to be in the Asian community, but that is the largest proportion.
“Look at all the areas. You’ve got Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees. Bradford and Kirklees have two of the largest populations in West Yorkshire.”
An LBC host asked the MP if he was taking about immigrant communities.
“We are. Immigrant and Asian population.” said the Tory MP.
Boris also stayed silent on the MPs comments and refused to condemn the truth speaking MP.
“I think it’s up to all of us in government to make sure that the message is being heard loud and clear by everybody across the country, and to make sure that everybody is complying with the guidance,” he said.
Labour MP Marsha de Cordova said the Prime Minister must “take action” over stating the facts.
“Disgraceful and overt racism from this Tory MP blaming Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, the very people whose lives and livelihoods have been the worst hit by COVID-19,” said the woke joke of an MP.
“Boris Johnson must condemn this comment and take action.”
The Muslim Council of Britain also attacked Whittaker for speaking the truth about the Coronavirus lockdown saying that the comments were “shameless scapegoating of minorities”.
“It is utterly unacceptable and Mr Whittaker should apologise,” the group said in a statement.
“Mosques and Muslim institutions have gone above and beyond to ensure social distancing rules are observed and initiated unprecedented education campaigns to ensure they are upheld by families.
“It’s one thing to discuss health inequalities and challenges with intergenerational households and occupational hazards – and these factors being prevalent in certain groups.”
“It’s quite another to make baseless allegations claiming certain groups aren’t taking the pandemic seriously, especially when these claims are contradicted by a local Director of Public Health.”
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