RNA - The BBC claims its investigators presented 20 cases to Tory officials of blatant Islamophobia by Conservative Party members who had posted offensive material on multiple social media platforms.
The alleged Islamophobic incidents range from “liking” offensive pictures and texts on social media to more serious forms of offending, including regularly posting Islamophobic material to social media platforms.
Some of the alleged offenders are relatively senior in local Tory party structures. For example, there is even a Conservative party councillor amongst the group.
The BBC’s investigation appears to have had a superficial impact on Conservative party inertia on this issue.
Leading Tory and Business Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, told BBC Radio 4 that he “believed” an “independent enquiry” was now under way, but he was unable to provide further details.
For years, the Conservative party has tried to brush the problem under the carpet by consistently denying that there is institutional Islamophobia and broader racism within the Tory party.
Fears of rampant Islamophobia amongst the Tory rank and file intensified with the ascent of Boris Johnson to the premiership. Johnson, who often projects himself as an historian and an ideologue, has previously indulged in Islamophobic comments.
In August 2018, barely a couple of weeks after his resignation as foreign secretary, Johnson compared Muslim women who wear the burka to “bank robbers”.
Writing in his weekly Daily Telegraph column, Johnson claimed that it was “weird” and “bullying” to “expect women to cover their faces”.
According to the anti-racism group, Tell MAMA, there was a “significant spike” in Islamophobic incidents following Johnson’s incendiary Daily Telegraph column.
In a report released earlier this month, Tell MAMA said that it recorded a staggering 375 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents from the week before Johnson’s column in August 2018 to the week after.