Ian Blackford MP has called out the Prime Minister for his own racist comments, repeating the powerful statement by footballer Tyrone Mings who said “this government doesn’t get to stoke the fires of racism and then pretend to be disgusted by it when it happens.”
Mr Blackford asked the Prime Minister what sanctions he thinks would be appropriate for someone who publishes racist content – such as describing Africans as ‘flag waving piccaninnies’ with ‘watermelon smiles’ – as previously written by Boris Johnson in a newspaper article.
Mr Blackford also criticised the UK government’s own report on racism – the Sewell Report – which was published in March, and said that there was no systematic problem in the UK.
The SNP Westminster Leader congratulated the England football team for “an incredible achievement” but said the tragedy of the tournament was the undercurrent of racism, and said it “falls on all of us to face it down and call it out.”
Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:
“The truth is that the Tory party don’t sanction those who publish racist content – they promote them to be Prime Minister.
“The legacy of the Prime Minister’s dog whistling has followed him into 10 Downing Street and it is now at the heart of this Tory government.
“The UK government have recently denied that racism is a problem in the UK in their Sewell Report- I’m sure England’s men’s football team would beg to differ.
“The government doen’t get to condemn the racism of others but deny the racism that they have provoked.”