As the ex-party chair rages, Priti Patel has issued a warning about ‘dog whistle’ attacks.
A former Conservative Party co-chair has given a strong warning to Priti Patel, claiming that the Home Secretary and the government are guilty of “dog whistle” politics.
England lost on penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley Stadium last night, with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missing their spot-kicks. However, racist remarks inundated their social media accounts, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prince William, and the Football Association (FA) to condemn the “disgusting behavior.” Following his campaign to feed students, a painting honoring Manchester United player Marcus Rashford was vandalized with graffiti in the city.
When the national team was booed for kneeling in protest against racism during the tournament, the government was accused of being too sluggish to respond.
In initial comments on June 7, Downing Street did not denounce those who booed England players, instead urging them to be “respectful.”
Then, four days later, on June 11, a spokesman for Number 10 stepped up the Government’s response, saying that the Prime Minister wants fans to “cheer them on, not boo.”
The next week, Ms Patel distanced herself from the booing fans, stating that taking the knee was a “decision for them,” while criticizing it as “gesture politics.”
Following the Euro 2020 final loss, the Home Secretary took to Twitter to express her “disgust” at the “vile” racial abuse players were subjected to.
“I am outraged that @England players have been subjected to horrible racial abuse on social media after giving so much for our country this summer,” she said.
“It has no place in our country, and I fully support the police in their efforts to bring those responsible to justice.”
“Priti – we as govt, as @Conservatives, need to think about our role in fostering this culture in our country,” former Conservative Party co-chairwoman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi tweeted in response to that post.
“We can’t be surprised if the ‘dog’ barks and bites if we’whistle’ and it replies.
“It’s past time to put an end to the culture wars that are causing so much discord.
“Dog whistles get votes, but they kill countries.”
Several users on social media welcomed Baroness Warsi’s statements against Ms Patel.
“Well said!” one individual wrote. It’s past time for Conservatives to speak out against the government and the “Brinkwire Summary News.”