WATCH: Labour MPs demand that Johnson ‘have the guts to speak out’ on Muslim ban

Yvette Cooper and Dennis Skinner slammed the UK government's complicity

 

Boris Johnson struggled to respond in the Commons yesterday, as strings of MPs from both sides of the house slammed the government’s lack of  the House of Commons.

Yvette Cooper demanded that the foreign secretary, for the sake of history, ‘have the guts to speak out’.

She said:

“This is not just about the impact on British citizens. One of our closest allies has chosen to ban refugees and target Muslims, and all he can say is ‘well it wouldn’t be our policy’, that is not good enough. Has he urged the US administration to lift this order, to help refugees and to stop targeting Muslims? This order was signed on Holocaust Memorial Day. For the sake of history, for heaven’s sake have the guts to speak out.”

In the same session, Dennis Skinner asked Johnson to ‘try to recall, along with me, as I hid underneath the stairs when two fascist dictators, Mussolini and Hitler, were raining bombs on towns and cities in Britain. Now this government are hand in hand with another fascist — Trump.’

(Johnson, with his pedant’s eye for what really matters, responded by quibbling on the 84-year-old’s understanding of history.)

Last night, thousands of people converged on Downing Street and gathered in other cities around the country calling on Theresa May to cancel the president’s planned state visit.

The parliamentary petition on the issue is now approaching two million signatures.

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4 Responses to “WATCH: Labour MPs demand that Johnson ‘have the guts to speak out’ on Muslim ban”

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  2. David Lindsay

    For 25 years, almost completely ignored except in relation to the Iraq War, a section of the political Left and a smaller section of the political Right have consistently opposed the racist, militarist and imperialist policies of the Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump Administrations. For 20 years, almost completely ignored except in relation to the Iraq War, a section of the political Left and a smaller section of the political Right have consistently opposed the racist, militarist and imperialist policies of the Blair, Brown, Cameron and May Governments.

    A steadfast stalwart has been, and remains, Jeremy Corbyn. His election and re-election as Labour Leader have been significant victories for the movement against liberal interventionism. Another victory was the social media campaign that led to the lobbying of the House of Commons such that it defeated the Cameron Government over Syria. Therefore, it is not correct to say that, “They never did Stop the War.”

    In the event of a State Visit to the United Kingdom by President Donald Trump, it is imperative that those with that consistent, and not unsuccessful, record be the organisers of what would easily be the largest demonstration in British history, and that that demonstration be addressed by Mr Corbyn. This would have the potential to politicise an entire generation, thereby changing Britain in myriad ways over at least 50 years. But it would have to be led by those who would have reacted in the same way to a State Visit by President Hillary Clinton.

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