PCC Hardyal Dhindsa, who holds the national portfolio for Hate Crime on behalf of fellow PCCs, says that it is time for Parliament to lead by example and take a stand against hate crime.
He said today: “In recent days we have seen hugely distasteful comments paraded in the media and elsewhere for political purposes. This is an untenable situation and I am dismayed to see it. Politicians must send a clear sign that there is no place for Islamophobia, anti-Semitism or any other type of hate in this country.
“Our politicians should be leading the calls for inclusivity and cohesion, not fanning the flames of hatred, bigotry and intolerance for their own, somewhat questionable, purposes. I call upon the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to act, and act very firmly, right now.
“We are lucky to live in a multi-cultural society where we celebrate difference and embrace diversity. We appreciate the huge contribution that people from all backgrounds bring to our society and it is simply incredible to hear senior politicians speaking in this way.
“It’s no wonder that reports of hate crime are on the increase if this is the example people are shown.
“I intend to write to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition today to make my views perfectly clear.”
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Posted on Tuesday 7th August 2018