Sunday, 6 June 2010

Appeasement - Or Just Plain Scared Of Upsetting Them

The print edition of the Sunday Telegraph (unable to find any link on Google) reports that senior civil servants warned ministers that if they ordered a public inquiry into the July 7 suicide bombings it could "focus negatively" on Britain's Muslim community.

The report continues that Sir John Gieve, the Home Office permanent secretary, said upsetting the Muslims would be a "potential cost" of ministers agreeing to demands for a full inquiry. After receiving Sir John's paper, Charles Clarke decided not to order a full inquiry.

Why is it that when an immigrant, or 'coloured' member of our society is the victim (Stephen Lawrence, Victoria Climbie) - and when the perpetrator may well be 'white' - the state seems not to rest in its efforts to have Inquiries/Reports/Parliamentary Debates/Hand-Wringing, yet when it is thought that immigrants may be the perpetrators, the response is along the lines of 'we mustn't upset them'?

And do we not elect politicians to make decisions about how our country is run?

Just a two more thoughts on a quiet Sunday...............


IanPJ said...

it could "focus negatively" on Britain's Muslim community.

I think it more likely to open a justified debate around the many unanswered questions with regards to the inconsistencies of the official police account, the numerous unofficial enquiries and the 'security' exercise which mirrored exactly the reality of events.

I perceive that it would embarrass the police, security services and politicians far more than upset the Muslim community, who truth be known would probably welcome a genuine search for the facts surrounding that day.

Witterings From Witney said...

You may be right IPJ - and probably are - however the 'race' aspect still stinks!