Doreen Lawrence, the mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, yesterday launched a fierce personal attack on Boris Johnson, saying he would destroy multicultural London if elected mayor, and that no informed black person would vote for him.
Ms Lawrence, who does not normally become involved in party politics, said she had been moved to make the criticisms by her anger at Mr Johnson's attitude to the Macpherson inquiry in 1999 into the Metropolitan police's failure to bring her son's killers to justice 14 years ago.
Mr Johnson was especially condemnatory of a "weird recommendation that the law might be changed so as to allow prosecution for racist language or behaviour 'other than in a public place'."Support for free speech is a bad thing?!
In his articles - mainly in the Daily Telegraph - Mr Johnson also made it clear that he believed there had been "grotesque failures in the Lawrence murder case, and they may well have originated in racism", adding the police officers "may have jumped to the wrong conclusions due to a racialist mindset".
In another article, presumably for stylistic effect, he has referred to children as "piccaninnies" and described the "watermelon smiles of black people".
His assessment of Macpherson is spot on, and I would dearly love to see the context of the latter two remarks which sound distinctly un-Boris-like.
Ms Lawrence, who is highly respected in the black community and was awarded an OBE for her campaigning, insisted the Macpherson inquiry, for which she had long campaigned, had radically changed police training and recruiting,Yes they no longer stop and search knife wielding thugs like the ones who murdered her son.
.. albeit much more slowly than she hoped. "There was no hysteria,"No hysteria! Yeah it isn't as though the entire police force was labelled racist and bizarre theories of institutional racism were invented.
she said. "I would have thought anyone of his intelligence would have understood more of what we as a family were going through and have realised that something is seriously wrong in this country. The large majority of people did sympathise and were in fact shocked by what emerged from the inquiry. Apparently, he was not."I was shocked by what emerged from the inquiry, a shoddy report devoid of anything approaching analysis or rigourous logic.
She added: "He felt that people should be entitled to say what they want. It sounds to me that what he believes is that because something is said and done in private it is acceptable, but clearly it can never be acceptable to hold those views. Anyway, what is said in private normally manifests itself out in public."In other words Doreen Lawrence is a totalitarian who wants to punish people for their private opinions. Glad we got that sorted.