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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

New Labour Discriminates Against Councillor

A shocking story, but not really surprising in New Britain.

A Jewish woman who wished to stand as a Labour councillor was rejected because she was 'too white and too Jewish' for the predominantly black and Muslim ward. The councillor who rejected her was not only a Muslim - but the former Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

I do feel some sympathy for Elaina Cohen, the lady in question, but she was standing for Labour - a party which has proven time and again it is happy to discriminate against white people, against men, and against British citizens.

She says 'I can't believe I heard such comments in 2009' - but if the party she wishes to represent gets its way, many white men will be hearing such things on a regular basis.

This is a wonderfully Kafkaesque piece - apparently we're supposed to focus strictly on the article and not wonder about pretexts such as why local British councillors need to go on 'official visits to Pakistan', or Cohen feels this somehow qualifies her for low office.

It's amazing that someone feels the need to feed the politically correct monster which has just beheaded them, but then not much surprises me anymore.

Here is the full story:

The Labour Party has become embroiled in a race row after a prospective female councillor was allegedly told she was 'too white and Jewish' to be selected.

Elaina Cohen claims that Labour councillor Mahmood Hussain said he would not support her application for an inner-city ward because 'my Muslim members don't want you because you are Jewish'.

Mrs Cohen, 50, has made an official complaint about the alleged remarks made by Mr Hussain, a Muslim and former lord mayor of Birmingham.

She said: 'I am shocked and upset that a member of the Labour Party in this day and age could even think something like that, let alone say it.

'People should not be allowed to make racist comments like that. If someone in the party feels I cannot represent them because of my colour or religion, that's ridiculous.

'I felt particularly aggrieved because I have worked across all sections of the community, particularly with the Muslim section, and have been on official visits to Pakistan.'

Mrs Cohen had applied to stand as a Labour councillor for the Birmingham ward of East Handsworth and Lozells, which has a high Asian and Afro-Caribbean population.

As one of Labour's safest seats on Tory-led Birmingham city council, the final candidate would be almost certain of victory at the June 4 by-election.

But when Mrs Cohen telephoned 57-year-old Mr Hussain for his support, she was astonished to be told that she was too 'white and Jewish' to be considered.

Lorraine Briscoe, who runs a local community association, was sitting next to Mrs Cohen when the conversation took place on speakerphone last Tuesday.

'I was disgusted that a councillor could make comments like that in 2009,' she said.

He told her, "They will not vote for someone who is white and Jewish. My Muslim members don't want you because you are Jewish".

'Elaina then asked him if he had talked to his Muslim members about it and he said, "I don't want to talk about it with you" and hung up.

'Elaina does a lot of good work in this community and she does not see race or religion, she just sees people.'

Two days after the alleged conversation, Mrs Cohen and another candidate were rejected by a pre-selection panel after failing to gain the support of the local party.

Instead, members were presented with one candidate, black South African Hendrina Quinnen, who was selected by an almost unanimous vote.

Mrs Cohen has now sent an official complaint to Labour Party general secretary Ray Collins and Birmingham city council accusing Mr Hussain of improper conduct.

Mr Hussain said yesterday: 'I would not make those sort of comments. The allegations are not true.'


MK said...

If she had been a black woman standing in a white area, and she was rejected, there would literally be hell to pay, people would have to leave the country and go kill themselves far, far away.

I hope the leftists are proud of themselves, racists, bigots, Jew-haters, scumbags.

"I do feel some sympathy for Elaina Cohen, the lady in question, but she was standing for Labour..."

Yeah, I hope she wakes up to herself and labour now.

Derius said...

More hypocricy and racism from New Labour. Ethnic minority canditates can run in predominately white areas and be representative of their consituency, but white canditates cannot run in predominately ethnic areas and be representative of their constituency.

Postitive discrimination is both sexist and racist. It should be identified as such at every available oppurtunity.

Dr.D said...

Can you deny a person the right to run for office in modern Britain? This is truly amazing! How does this happen? Who decides who will be allowed to stand for election then?

The Venerable 1st Earl of Cromer said...


Well said, could not have put it better. Imagine an area like Kensington & Chelsea telling a well groomed black candidate 'sorry, your face doesn't fit'.

What I find amazing is the degree to which this woman seems to have been sucked in by PC, however. Sort of like when Homer Simpson had his arm stuck in the vending machines because he wouldn't let go - fascinating and painful to watch.

The Venerable 1st Earl of Cromer said...

Dr. D:

Independents can stand if they register, but that requires getting a certain number of signatures and paying a deposit which you only get back if you receive above a certain share of the vote.

This is slightly different, because she wanted to run under the Labour banner so has to be approved and selected. Apparently on this occasion the selection uniquely involved (metaphorical) SS nose-measuring callipers, however.