DOUBLE STANDARDS: Welsh AM BANNED As Labour Activist Says ‘Coconut’ ‘Not Racist’
Today saw a classic example of the double standards of political discourse. Tariq Mahmood, a Labour activist in Peterborough, branded Savid Javid a ‘coconut’ and was allowed to defend himself in the pages of the local paper but UKIP AM Michelle Brown was banned from the Welsh Senedd for using the same word to describe Chukka Ummuna in a private telephone conversation.
Mr Mahmood told the Peterborough Telegraph:
“Coconut as far as I’m concerned is not a racist word. “If someone twists the word that’s their problem.”
Maybe he needs to have a debate on this issue with his colleagues in Wales. Labour, Plaid and Tory AMs voted for the exclusion which arose as a result of comments Ms Brown made in a private telephone conversation with her senior adviser at the time when the phone call was made in 2016, Nigel Williams.
Mr Mahmood who is not a member of the Labour Party but a supporting activist made the comment in a public Facebook post commenting on Mr Javid’s appointment as Home Secretary.
Meanwhile, in Wirral, where local UKIP Candidate Paula Waters has been the target of a vicious smear campaign allegations have emerged that Deputy Leader of Wirral Council, George Davies was caught on tape using the term “useless chink” and that the owners of the Liverpool Echo, Trinity Mirror, are commercially connected to Wirral’s Labour-run council by virtue of winning the contract to print the council newspaper.