A former British government adviser has warned of a culture war engulfing parts of the country if members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government continue to divide society in order to reap electoral gains.
And the Guardian newspaper quoted Johnson’s special adviser on civil society and race, Samuel Casumo, in an exclusive interview with him , warning of a catastrophe similar to the one that claimed the lives of the young British black Stephen Lawrence and Parliamentarian Jo Cox, as a result of some government ministers continuing to ignite culture wars. with a view to achieving political ends. Read also The day after a report on racism in the United Kingdom… the resignation of a British adviser of African descent The first female president of the Muslim Council of Britain: The priority is to fight Islamophobia and discrimination against veiled women British Academy: Boris Johnson’s government pursues inhumane policies with immigrants Because of the expenses of renovating his apartment and taking care of his son, a storm of accusations is chasing Boris Johnson
As for the Labor MP, Jo Cox, she was subjected to an armed attack on June 16, 2016, near the city of Leeds (West Yorkshire), when a person shot her 3 times, followed by stabs with a knife in different parts of her body, then shouted: “Britain first.” She has always been known for praising diversity and championing the cause of Syrian refugees.
Dire consequences expected
In the first public appearance since his resignation from office two months ago, Casumo said – in an interview with the Guardian newspaper – that he fears that some members of the government are adopting a strategy that exploits the state of division in the country, in order to obtain gains in the elections that may have dire repercussions on the country. The state.
He stressed in this regard that “there are some people in the government who believe that the appropriate way to win the elections is to provoke a fight on the level of the culture war and exploit the state of division.”
He expressed his concern that this might happen, saying, “It seems as if the people’s memory is very short, they have already forgotten Jo Cox.”
The press is fueling division
Casumo believed that the man who killed Representative Cox may have been radicalized by the culture war stories published by certain newspapers and stirred up by media commentators.
Casumo’s sharp intervention – according to the newspaper’s description – came after his resignation letter was leaked last February, in which he accused members of the Conservative Party of pursuing a “soaked policy of fueling division.”
Casumo resigned the day after the publication of a government report on the role of race in social inequality in the United Kingdom, the content of which sparked criticism.
The report concluded that the United Kingdom is not structurally racist, and that it is a model for white-majority countries in dealing with ethnic minorities.
In February, the BBC reported that the ministers of Kasumu’s intention to resign as a result of “unbearable” pressure at the Government House, and his assertion that the Conservative Party continued to pursue a “politics based on division”.
Boris Johnson set up the government’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in 2020, following last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, which included the toppling of a statue of an English slave trader in Bristol.
In the interview with the Guardian newspaper, Casumo said that he persuaded the Minister of Vaccines, Nazim Al-Zahawi, to proceed with urging some reluctant groups in society to receive a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Minister of Equality violates the rules of equality
Casumo singled out Equality Minister Kimi Badenouche, who he alleged may have violated the ministerial code of conduct when she accused a young black journalist, Nadine White, who specializes in minority and equality issues who worked for the HuffPost newspaper, of “suspicious and bizarre behaviour.” In a series of tweets, she asked about Covid-19 vaccines.
The black journalist received a barrage of abuse as a result, which necessitated informing the European Council of the danger to press freedom.