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Nutty Naz, Labour’s joker in the pack


AT NOON on Thursday, Liz Truss took to the dispatch box: ‘I beg to move, that this House has considered International Women’s Day . . .’

Did the Minister for Women and Equalities go on to say that, having considered it, the House regards International Women’s Day as an irrelevance and waste of time? No such luck. Instead, she kicked off four hours – four interminable hours – of boilerplate bleating by privileged parliamentary women.

In her introduction, Liz Truss approvingly quoted the renowned political philosopher Taylor Swift: ‘This Government’s role is to remove the barriers for women . . . so that, in the words of the brilliant Taylor Swift in her new song, “Women aren’t left running as fast as they can, wondering if they’d get there quicker if they were a man”.’

Following that falderal, it was a long afternoon of dubious assertions, questionable statistics and superfluous sanctimony. Described as a ‘debate’, there was no discernible dissent; instead, across the Chamber female MPs cosily congratulated each other on their feminist rhetoric.

However, Labour played their joker by having Naz Shah close for the Opposition. Who better to speak on the mistreatment of women than the Muslim MP best known for having shared and liked the tweet: ‘Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.’ 

That was of course an inadvertent mistake by Ms Shah, described as a ‘genuine accident’ of the sort which might befall anyone. Similarly, her earlier Facebook posting, for which Labour suspended her in 2016, that relocating Israel to the United States would be ‘problem solved’, came only from ‘how stupid I was and how ignorant I was’. 

However, Ms Shah offers no apology for having led the mob which in 2017 forced her Labour colleague Sarah Champion from the shadow cabinet after the Rotherham MP had written: ‘Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.’ 

At the time, Sarah Champion had been shadow secretary of state for women and equalities, but was hounded from her post for highlighting the cultural criminality which had terrorised thousands of vulnerable girls. Yet not only did Champion’s nemesis close the debate for Labour, Naz Shah had the effrontery to claim: ‘Labour is the only party to consistently stand with women.’ 

Tell that to the countless victims of rape gangs which operated in Sarah Champion’s seat of Rotherham and other Labour fiefdoms. The wretched suffering of those girls did not feature in Naz Shah’s speech; much more importantly, however, she was ‘proud to march with Samira Ahmed at her tribunal case against the BBC’.

It had of course been of enormous concern to the nation’s workaday women that a little-known female broadcaster did not already have pay parity with the instantly recognisable Jeremy Vine.

During her speech, the full text of which can be read here, Naz Shah complimented a number of female parliamentarians, including several of her Labour colleagues. She also paid tribute to the inspiration provided by Mary Wollstonecraft, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Benazir Bhutto and, er, Oprah Winfrey. Even ‘Princess Meghan Markle’ was cited as a ‘person of colour’ who is ‘unfairly and disproportionately targeted’. But oddly for a set-piece speech marking International Women’s Day, Naz Shah reserved her most fulsome praise for a man.

No, not Boris: according to Shah, ‘the most powerful man in the country legitimises hate’. So who is this champion of oppressed females, this women’s ally, this feminist icon exalted by Naz Shah for being the man who ‘inspires me to stand up as a British Muslim woman’?

‘His name is Muhammad, and he is the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. Despite what many may attribute or claim, he motivates and inspires – and he inspires me and empowers me to stand up as a British Muslim woman. He came to the world at a time when the most basic right to life of women was being denied, and in a matter of years he transformed a society that degraded, chastised and murdered women to one that empowered them with not only a right to life, but property rights, marital rights, inheritance rights, voting rights and democratic rights, and the rights of honour and of dignity and liberty.’

You thought Muhammad was a patriarch in whose name woman in the Islamic world have been denied education, forced to cover up in masks and body bags, and subjugated under Sharia law? On the contrary, it seems he actually was a forward-thinking egalitarian who established blueprints for the Fawcett Society and Women’s Equality Party.

Listening to Naz Shah, if only modern men could be as enlightened as the progressive Prophet Muhammad, there would be no need for International Women’s Day.

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Gary Oliver
Gary Oliver
Gary Oliver is an accountant who lives in East Lothian.

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