Patrick Mercer was the Tory shadow defence secretary until today, when he was sacked by David Cameron. He was sacked for being racist when he was interviewed in the Times:
When he was in the army, he had met “a lot” of “idle and useless” ethnic minority soldiers who used racism as a “cover”… that being called a “black bastard” was a normal part of Army life. In his interview with the Times, Mr Mercer said of the
black men he had known in the Army: “They prospered inside my regiment, but if you’d said to them ‘Have you ever been called a nigger,’ they would have said ‘Yes.’ “But equally, a chap with red hair, for example, would also get a hard time – a far harder time than a black man, in fact.”
Patrick Mercer used to be an officer in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters regiment was just describing what life was like in the Army. He was telling it as it is. He was not being racist, just describing the actual situation. So why was he sacked. Basically Cameron had to sack him otherwise the media would accuse Cameron of condoning racism. Even though Patrick Mercer was very fair with everybody, and since this incident has been backed by many black soldiers who served under him, the media and also some labour MPs have twisted it round so it looks like racism.
I hate this sort of thing. I’ve been reported about a couple of times in the local newspapers and they all got the facts wrong. Jack Straw’s comments were: “The comments are breathtaking and dreadful and Mr Mercer’s resignation is appropriate.“
So here again, we have people in authority who ‘don’t get it’, pontificating about something, and because they are ‘important‘ what they say goes.