and concluded it was “thin at best”. But he did make this observation: “Of Course, what we can say is that the government wants an insurance policy if we end up with a second spike of infections: and that that will involve blaming the public, in this case British Muslims. We should be clear that the evidence doesn’t support that claim”.noted that “In areas such as the mostly-affluent Trafford, in Greater Manchester, the majority of the new cases were middle-class younger people, according to its director of public health”. And FullFact considered the Leicester lockdown, concluding “Claims that Muslims caused Leicester’s Covid-19 outbreak are baseless”.
So it was no surprise to see an LBC report telling “Craig Whittaker is MP for the Calder Valley, one of the areas that has been affected. He told Ian Payne that it is Muslim and BAME communities who have not been obeying lockdown rules. He said: ‘What I have seen in my constituency is that there are sections of the community that are not taking the pandemic seriously.’” Would Sir like to be more specific about that?
This is what happens when Islamophobia becomes “acceptable”. And it has to stop.