Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ex-Colonel Tory MP right to fall on his sword...

A couple of days ago I posted details of two Conservative councillors in hot water over racist remarks…

Today, Newark MP Patrick Mercer has been forced to resign from Cameron’s front bench in another row over racist comments.

Tories are rushing to his defence to say he’s a victim of political correctness and has done nothing wrong. Vice-president of Newark Tories says its "political correctness gone mad" and that Cameron is guilty of knee-jerk politics.

I don't think Mercer's a bad bloke and was probably an excellent Colonel of the East Midlands based Worcester and Sherwood Foresters Batallion.

But I don't think he can complain at the storm sparked by his inappropriate words. He told the Times newspaper that he had met a lot of idle and useless ethnic minority soldiers who used racism as a cover.

He said: I came across a lot of ethnic minority soldiers who were idle and useless, but who used racism as cover for their misdemeanours.

He said being called a black bastard was a normal part of Army life.

His remarks will cause widespread outrage and it’s right that he’s been forced to fall on his sword.

UPDATE: Political Correctness gone mad or outrageous unacceptable racist comments? Here's the full article from The Times which cost Patrick Mercer his job on the Tory front bench today.

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