You may remember Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick from previous farces as the time he walked out of a Muslim wedding in a huff because him and his wife had to be temporarily separated. I thought he was being quite opportunistic and idiotic, though Jobeda Ali wrote a guest post for us saying, ‘Letâ€™s not confuse standing up against sexism with standing up for racism’.
But any doubt of the opportunistic nature of Fitzpatrick’s blatant pandering should be dispelled by this story today in the East London Advertiser:
Government Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has called for segregation to be outlawed in Britain.
Mr Fitzpatrick, the MP for Poplar and Canning Town, told the BBC that he does not oppose segregation in mosques, but believes separating men and women in halls such as the London Muslim Centre and other public buildings was “unacceptable.”
Mr Fitzpatrick told the PM programme: “Forcing people apart, removing the choice to be able to sit together, for me is a very big issue.
Well that would of course mean banning all women-only swimming lessons across the UK. You’d even have to ban girl-guides and boy-scouts then wouldn’t you? Or would you say another authoritarian Labour MP is floating an idea which has zero chance of ever being enacted but appeals to a certain constituency which think these nasty Muslims are destroying British values.
How about the revolutionary idea that people are able to choose whether they want segregation or not? I know that this thought might not occur to some Labour MPs that much, given they love enacting laws for every pet crusade they’re leading, but shouldn’t people have that choice? I’d also love to see the reaction to this stupidity in the Orthodox Jewish community.
Finally – completely bizarre that the East London Advertiser didn’t find anyone to call bullshit on this story and point out how unworkable it actually is. Perhaps some newspapers have their own agenda to grind too.
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