Dawn, responding to comments made by government advisor Roger Scruton, said:
“These comments by Roger Scruton are despicable and invoke the language of white supremacists.
“His claim that Islamophobia does not exist, a few weeks after the devastating attack in Christchurch, is extremely dangerous, and his defence of the prejudice stoked by Viktor Orban’s government in Hungary is appalling.
“He should never have been appointed but the Government should have sacked him when his horrific comments about rape, homosexuality, Islamophobia and antisemitism came to light, and when his association with far-right, neo-fascist organisations was exposed. Instead, they defended him, with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government praising him as ‘a very brave defender of free speech’.
“Theresa May must sack Roger Scruton immediately. If she doesn’t, it will be further evidence that she is turning a blind eye to the deep-rooted prejudices and racist views in the Conservative Party, and will again signal that her government endorses these disgusting views.”
- In a debate in the House of Commons in November 2018, Housing Minister James Brokenshire and other Tory MPs defended the appointment of Roger Scruton https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-11-12/debates/0D489462-AA34-46B8-B30A-4A3ED4369039/AppointmentOfSirRogerScruton
- Roger Scruton has previously called National Front An ‘Egalitarian’ Movement https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/may-urged-to-sack-housing-adviser-sir-roger-scruton-for-calling-neo-fascist-national-front-an-egalitarian-movement_uk_5be9924ee4b0dbe871adbf49?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics
- From November 2018: Theresa May urged to ‘show some leadership’ and sack housing guru over rants about Islam and homosexuality https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7677553/theresa-may-dismiss-housing-guru-islam-homosexuality/