Macc Lad gets stuck in
SIR NICHOLAS Winterton’s latest views on British Muslims have been branded "offensive and divisive" by the region’s racial equality council.There's a surprise.
But the unrepentant Macclesfield MP this week stood by comments made in his latest article in the Macclesfield Express, published in full in today’s edition.
In it, Sir Nick blames multi-culturalism for the terrorist threat facing the country and says that "agitating so-called Muslim community leaders" who criticise the police "should be ashamed of themselves and held to account".
He also adds: "The Australian Government has spelt out bluntly what it expects of its ethnic minority communities and we in the UK should do the same.
"They should stop politicising dress, such as wearing the hijab and burkha, they should learn English, they should not return to their homelands to get a spouse, cease forced marriages and accept once and for all that the United Kingdom is not, and never will be, an Islamic state."…
The Conservative Party Central Office has distanced itself from the comments, releasing a statement saying: "These are Sir Nick’s personal views"…
Director of the Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Racial Equality Council, Shantele Janes, said she would raise her concerns over the article with Mr Cameron.Go on Sir Nicholas!
"We are extremely concerned by the article," she says…
"We think that it is offensive and divisive and we are appalled that someone in his position would be so irresponsible as to make the comments he did, contributing to the climate of hostility towards Muslims in the UK."
But Sir Nick insisted such comments represent the views of both his constituents and the wider public.
"They are forthright and positive and express the views of many of those people who have communicated to me and speak to me about these issues," he said.
"It is time straight talking took place on the sensitive issue of integration and asylum. It is right that people should be told what the majority of British people believe."