It appears that William Hague's 79 year old father has ben cautiond by the police for "a racist jibe".
"Mr Hague gave his opinion when he was speaking to a builder he had employed toOK so what he said was lacking nuance, but for goodness sake he is 79. What on earth was the builder doing getting so upset about the opinions of one so old? Was he inciting volence? Not in any way. Was he trying to offend? I very much doubt it, just making a poorly judged joke. So whatever neighbour it was that ran squealing to the Police must be castigated for disgraceful behaviour. Just grow up.
do work at his home.
"The builder said that he came from the Black Country area of the West Midlands and Mr Hague is said to have responded about black people going back to their own country."
And what the hell are the police doing following this up. Do they not have the wit to tell a busyboding, curtain twitching informant that they have more important things to do. After all Rotherham has apaling crime figures, only robbery is below the national average (2006/7),
Figures per 1000Given that the local MP, the excrable Denis MacShane wrote in the Guardian,
Violence against the person 20.8 National Average 16.7
Robbery offences 0.6 National Average 1.2
Theft of a motor vehicle offences 5.0 National Average 2.9
Sexual offences 0.9 National Average 0.9
Burglary dwelling offences 5.8 National Average 4.3
Theft from a vehicle offences 10.7 National Average 7.6
The number one issue for my constituents in Rotherham is the loutish, often violent, sometimes feral behaviour of different groups in working class communities. Freedom from fear is a freedom I wish my constituents to enjoy.this sort of harrasment, almost occaisioned to cause the old man's son embarrasment, is an affront to decency. I do not believe that the builder, or for that point his Asian girlfriend in any way felt fearful of Hague senior.