Britain DOES have a problem with “Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls,” although it is not a racial problem. They’re not doing it because they’re Pakistani and the girls are white; they’re doing it because they’re Muslim and the girls are non-Muslim. Still, what Sarah Champion said was broadly accurate. That her words were denounced (by, among others, the Jewicidal Board of Deputies of British Jews) shows how far Britain has fallen. Now telling the truth gets you demonized and ostracized. The land of the Magna Carta is dead. By its own hand.
“Sarah Champion resigns as shadow equalities minister,” by Jessica Elgot, Guardian, August 16, 2017 (thanks to Inexion):
Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow equalities minister after a controversial article published in the Sun newspaper in which she wrote: “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”
The MP for Rotherham had initially tried to distance herself from the article, but she said she was concerned her position in the shadow cabinet had become a distraction after it emerged her aides had signed off on the piece.
“I apologise for the offence caused by the extremely poor choice of words in the Sun article on Friday,” she said. “I am concerned that my continued position in the shadow cabinet would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career.
“It is therefore with regret that I tender my resignation as shadow secretary of state for women and equalities.”
Champion had told Jeremy Corbyn’s office her piece had been altered and issued a statement to the Guardian saying it should “not have gone out in my name”. The Sun, however, said her team had approved the piece and emailed to say they were thrilled with the final version.
A source at the newspaper said her office had been sent a PDF of the final print version. “Sarah Champion’s column, as it appeared on Friday, was approved by her team and her adviser twice contacted us thereafter to say she was ‘thrilled’ with the piece and it ‘looked great’,” a spokeswoman said.
“Indeed, her only objection after the article appeared was her belief that her picture byline looked unflattering. Her office submitted five new pictures for further use.”
Her resignation on Wednesday afternoon came after more than 100 cross-party MPs led by the Labour MP Naz Shah wrote to the Sun to condemn an article by one of its columnists.
Trevor Kavanagh said MPs had to tackle what he called “The Muslim Problem” and that Champion was one of the few politicians prepared to speak out.
As the row over the Kavanagh column grew, Champion then complained about the article published under her name, saying the opening paragraphs had been stripped of nuance.
In her published piece, Champion wrote: “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls. There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?
“For too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up. No more. These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage.”
Of the Kavanagh piece, Champion said she was horrified that a “repulsive and extreme Islamophobic” column had quoted her positively. “I am ashamed that he made positive reference to my own piece. We must always stand up against racism and prejudice, whatever form it takes,” she said.
Corbyn had hinted earlier on Wednesday he was uncomfortable with Champion’s article, but expressed support for the MPs’ letter denouncing Kavanagh.
“In recent days, the Sun has published statements that incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities,” he said. “That is wrong, dangerous and must be condemned, as Naz Shah’s public letter does in the clearest possible terms.”
The Labour leader’s office appeared to back Champion until Wednesday lunchtime, when positive emails from her office to the Sun in the aftermath of the piece’s publication were highlighted by the newspaper.
Corbyn’s statement in response to her resignation was brief. “I have accepted Sarah Champion’s resignation and thank her for her work in the shadow cabinet. I look forward to working together in future,” he said.
Pressure from Labour members had been building on Corbyn to sack Champion on social media since the publication of the piece publication last week, renewed by the furore over Kavanagh’s article. The West Lancashire councillor Paul Cotterill called the piece “a sinister piece of propaganda”.
The Kavanagh column has drawn widespread condemnation, including from the Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies of British Jews….
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