The Archbishop of Canterbury was lured, during a Commmons Select Committee meeting, into making the anti-Nigel Farage comments by long-time Labour race-baiter Keith Vaz.
While much of the media is enjoying reporting that the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby slammed Nigel Farage’s candid remarks on the threat the European Union’s (EU) open borders pose to women, less is being made of the fact that the Archbishop was lured into making the anti-Farage lines by longtime Labour race-baiter Keith Vaz.
While giving evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee, its chairman Mr. Vaz mentioned Mr. Farage’s comments, in which the Leave campaigner warned that staying in the EU would leave women more at risk to attacks like those that happened in Cologne on New Year’s Eve when 1,000 women were sexually assaulted by migrants.
The Labour MP for Leicester East asked Mr. Welby whether he would agree with him that the comments were racist, to which the Archbishop replied:
“I would agree with you. I think that is an inexcusable pandering to people’s worries and prejudices.
“That’s giving legitimisation to racism, which I’ve seen in parishes in which I’ve served and has led to attacks on people in those parishes. And we cannot legitimise that.
“Fear is a pastoral issue, you deal with it by recognising it, by standing alongside and providing answers to it.”
It would seem to be common sense that, in identifying having open borders with the EU, Mr. Farage was providing an answer to the prospect of mass sexual assaults on British women by proposing the UK leave the EU.
The Archbishop singled out these remarks of Mr. Farage’s as “accentuating fear for political gain”. However, given that politicians are supposed to address voters’ concerns it is unclear why he believes this to be “inexcusable”.
Labour MP Jess Phillips has previously claimed women suffer similar attacks to the mass sexual assaults suffered by women in Cologne on an average night out in Birmingham.
Deeply concerned by footballer Sol Campbell’s claims that his ethnicity prevented him from captaining England’s national team for many years, Mr. Vaz in 2014 tabled an Early Day Motion calling for the government to “eradicate any racism in the Football Association (FA)” and demanded that “even a suspicion of racism” be “fully investigated”.
Previously, the Labour MP has also called for all-black MP shortlists, and criticised media coverage of the widespread organised child sexual abuse of white British girls in Rotherham, Derby, Oxford, Rochdale, Peterborough and Banbury among other places, for focusing on the fact the attackers were Pakistani men.