Tory MP blames 'BAME communities' for new Coronavirus cases even as PM advisor & dad ignored rules

31st July 2020   •   article

by Barfi Culture Team | Twitter: @barfi_culture.
The Conservative MP Craig Whittaker today blamed Asians and 'migrant communities' for not taking the Coronavirus seriously enough and causing a spike in Coronavirus cases.

His comments sparked an immediate backlash from Labour MPs and even some from his own party.

Whittaker told LBC radio: "What I have seen in my constituency is that there are sections of the community that are not taking the pandemic seriously."

"If you look at the areas where we've seen rises and cases, the vast majority - but not by any stretch of the imagination all areas - it is the BAME communities that are not taking this seriously enough."

His comments were condemned by a range of people, but not by Prime Minister.

The PM was asked to condemn these comments today, but declined to do so

Earlier - we pointed out that many areas seeing a spike in cases actually have a low percentage of ethnic minorities, like Doncaster and Bury.

Moreover, health authorities have said that Coronavirus spikes in places like Trafford were driven by younger middle-class residents not south Asians.

Eleanor Roaf, Trafford council’s director of public health, told the BBC that a majority of new cases were with people aged 25 or below.
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