Wednesday 10 April 2019 / 12:09 PM Dawn Butler

Roger Scruton’s comments are despicable and invoke language of white supremacists – Dawn Butler

Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, responding to comments made by government advisor Roger Scruton, said:

“These comments by Roger Scruton are despicable and invoke the language of white supremacists.

“His claim that Islamophobia does not exist, a few weeks after the devastating attack in Christchurch, is extremely dangerous, and his defence of the prejudice stoked by Viktor Orban’s government in Hungary is appalling.

“He should never have been appointed but the Government should have sacked him when his horrific comments about rape, homosexuality, Islamophobia and antisemitism came to light, and when his association with far-right, neo-fascist organisations was exposed. Instead, they defended him, with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government praising him as a ‘champion’ of free speech.

“Theresa May must sack Roger Scruton immediately. If she doesn’t, it will be further evidence that she is turning a blind eye to the deep-rooted prejudices and racist views in the Conservative Party, and will again signal that her government endorses these disgusting views.”