Posted 25 Nov 2013 by Walaa Idris
As someone who knows Dominic Grieve and worked closely with him (shadowed Dominic for weeks in Parliament and his constituency) I find it very difficult to believe his comments were anything but to guide and assist – to shine a light at an issue that needed to be addressed.
I know what I’m about to say might potentially offend some people but first let’s get a grip and second we need to get real.
Get a grip, because not every comment is intended to offend, and sometimes what offends us is not the comment, but its truth. Because the truth can at times be ugly and that can hurt.
Add to that, we can’t ask our politicians to be frank, expect them to speak their minds and when they do shoot them down for doing what we asked of them!
It’s madness! And it’s neither healthy nor fair, to either them or us.
We also need to get real, because Dominic Grieve wasn’t speaking out of line or telling lies. And here is where the ugly truth hurts.
There have been many instances of suspected corruption (voter fraud and bribery) that involved south Asians in London and other parts of the UK. Many might not like to hear it and some (especially lefties) will use it as an opportunity to act aggrieved by it and attack the Conservatives for that grievance. But the facts still remain, that there has been serious allegations involving members of the Pakistani community.
And that is a cause for concern!
Being concerned that certain practices are undermining our legal and social systems is within Mr Grieve’s remit and duties as Attorney General. And so too is pointing out those concerns.
However, in all of that, what really got my goat is the reaction of some Tory MPs!
Some Conservative MPs where so fast to distance themselves from Dominic, they were probably whiplashed by the speed. I perfectly understand why they did it, but it doesn’t make it right. It’s wrong and cowardly. Plus it doesn’t sit well with party unity and will not help with trust in the long run.
The sad thing though, it is what politicians of all persuasions have to do these days if they want to stay in business.
Unfortunately, today’s politicians have become slaves to political correctness and perceptions, because everything they say and do could cost them the office and their future.
Of course we want our politicians to be frank, honestly speak their mind and candidly share how they feel about issues. Because only then can we truly know the men and women we are electing to represent us and speak in our behalf.
But they can’t!
They can’t, not because, as some would like us to believe, voters cannot handle the truth.
No! They can’t because every word politicians utter is potential ammunition that can be used against them; possible arsenal that can be used to finish and bring them down in a flash.