Thursday, 20 June 2019

Boris Johnson as PM will empower growing racism.

Whatever you views of whether the SNP's leader at Westminster leader has branding Boris Johnson a "racist" who is unfit to lead the country. We do know that  some politicians join members of the public in believing that Brexit  has somehow allowed them to make racist remarks
Speaking during prime minister's questions, Ian Blackford highlighted previous comments Mr Johnson had made about Muslims, Africans and Scots.
He refused to withdraw his allegation of racism despite being urged to do so by Speaker John Bercow.
Mr Blackford went on to say that Mr Johnson is "not only racist" but is also "stoking division in communities and has a record of dishonesty".
His remarks caused uproar in the Commons chamber, with Mr Bercow urging Mr Blackford to be "extremely careful in the language he uses".
Mr Bercow said: "I think it would be much better for now were he to withdraw any allegation of racism against any particular member.
"I don't think this is the forum and I don't think it's the right way to behave."
Mr Blackford stood by his claim, adding: "The member has called Muslim women letterboxes, he described African people as having watermelon smiles and another disgusting slur that I would never dignify by repeating
"If that's not racist, Mr Speaker, I don't know what is.
"Does the prime minister honestly believe that this man is fit for the office of prime minister?"
Certainly his elevation will not reduce  the Racism and race-related hate crime that has increased since the 2016 Brexit referendum, with officers appointed to deal with resultant "tensions".
Three of the four Welsh police forces reported rises in the last five years, figures released to a BBC show.
Eryl Jones, from charity Show Racism the Red Card, said he believed Brexit had been a "major influence".
It comes as 24 community cohesion officers are being appointed by councils across Wales.
They will focus in particular on developing strong links with European Union citizens and other minority groups which might feel susceptible to Brexit tensions.
"Incidents of racism have gone up throughout the UK as well as in Wales since the campaign to leave the EU, " Mr Jones said.
"It's fairly obvious that Brexit has been a major influence.
"The feeling is that a lot of people believe they have the right to express their racist feelings or to show hatred."
In the referendum, 854,572 (52.5%) voters in Wales chose to leave the EU, compared with 772,347 (47.5%) supporting Remain.
Home Office figures show hate crimes in England and Wales rising over the past five years - with a spike since 2016 blamed on Brexit.
The latest police figures released to the BBC Radio Cymru Manylu programme following a Freedom of Information request:
  • North Wales Police reported 416 crimes in 2014, rising to 476 in 2016 and 858 in 2018
  • Gwent Police reported a rise from 374 in 2015-16 to 651 in 2018-19
  • South Wales Police said there were 879 incidents in 2013-14, rising to 1,102 in 2014-15, 1,232 in in 2015-16 and 1,244 in 2017-18
  • Dyfed-Powys Police did not provide figures.

Of course not everybody who voted Leave are Racist, but without a doubt all racists voted Leave.

They may be a minority, but it is a minority that feels that Brexit has empowered them and the comments by the likes of Boris Johnson has empowered them.

By August he is likely be in Number Ten as UK Prime Minister .

In normal times, it could mean that it would moderate his racist views, but I think that he will be seeking to strengthen his power base by appealing to those Leavers who voted for the Brexit  Party last month.

Just as Donald Trump realises that he does not have to reach out beyond his Right Wing support, but increase his rhetoric and claiming that the "Liberal Media"  and Elites are out to ruin his Presidency, Johnson will do exactly the same.

The Bully as victim will increasingly be the cry of racist and our next Prime Minister is likely to support it.

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