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Described by some as a ‘storm in a teacup’, Diane Abbott has found herself in hot water after her twitter comments were taken out of context.
Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi moved quick to attack his contending Labour MP with claims of racism. Diane sent a tweet to a black journalist that read: “White people love playing ‘divide & rule’. We should not play their game
Diane Abbott later tweeted a response to the outrage her original tweet caused: “Tweet taken out of context. Refers to nature of 19th century European colonialism. Bit much to get into 140 characters.” That’s weak. She wasn’t just referring to “19th century European colonialism”, but saying that the same tactic is still used today, hence her warning to Bim Adewunmi not to criticise any black community leaders. She didn’t say “White people loved playing ‘divide and rule'”. She said “White people love playing ‘divide and rule'”.
The Labour Party has officially distanced itself from Abbott’s tweet, but there’s no suggestion she’ll be asked to resign. Diane Abbott herself has now apologised: “I understand people have interpreted my comments as making generalisations about white people. I do not believe in doing that. I apologise for any offence caused.”
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