Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is the latest Tory to use the Labour “antisemitism” conspiracy theory as a stick to beat Jeremy Corbyn with, stating that Corbyn and John McDonnell’s “inaction” over the alleged issue meant the Labour Party was a “stain on our country”.
But does Dominic Raab have a high horse to sit on when it comes to being a “stain on our country”?
Here are ten quotes to suggest not.
On the British People
“Once they enter the workplace, the British are among the worst idlers in the world… Too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work.”Dominic Raab
On Workers Rights
“Britain should secure a total opt-out from the Working Time Directive and scrap the UK regulations, ensuring that this costly, anti-jobs legislation cannot cause further damage to the economy.”Dominic Raab
On Turkey “Joining the EU”
“And they [immigration numbers] will increase further with Turkey and four low-income Balkan states being lined up for EU membership.”Dominic Raab
On the Nuisance of Constituent E-Mails
“These emails from your and other lobby groups are becoming a real nuisance. I am easily contactable by constituents, who can write to me at the House of Commons, and readily accessible via surgeries and other public meetings.”Dominic Raab
On The Good Friday Agreement
“Well, I haven’t sit down, and started from the beginning and gone through it.”Dominic Raab
“Then there is the more subtle sexism. Men caused the banking crisis. Men earn more because they are more assertive in pay negotiations. One FT commentator recently complained that: ‘High-flying women are programmed to go for high-flying men. Most men aren’t attracted to women who are more successful than they are.’ Can you imagine the outrage if such trite generalisations were made about women, or other minorities? Feminists are now amongst the most obnoxious bigots… While we have some of the toughest anti-discrimination laws in the world, we are blind to some of the most flagrant discrimination – against men. From the cradle to the grave, men are getting a raw deal. Men work longer hours, die earlier, but retire later than women.”Dominic Raab
On LGBTQ+ Discrimination
“Gay men earn more than straight men, lesbian women more than heterosexual women. Does that sound like a society riddled with discrimination?”Dominic Raab
“The typical user of a foodbank is not someone that’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cash flow problem episodically.”Dominic Raab
On How the Army Should Be Sent Into Inner City Schools
“The 2011 riots demonstrated the need to do more to instil moral checks and personal responsibility. The US Troops to Teachers scheme shows how youngsters in violent inner-city schools respond to the discipline, ethos and pastoral care that military role models can provide.”Dominic Raab
On How Funding the NHS and Education is “a childish wish list”
“I can think of lots of things that I would like to avoid making difficult decisions on and lots of areas like the health service or schools that I want to put even more money in. But unless you’ve got a strong economy creating the revenue, it’s just a childish wish list.”Dominic Raab
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