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“Not bigotry at all”

Alex Chalk, Lord Chancellor, Radio Four

Facts

Justice Secretary Alex Chalk defended Tory deputy chairman Lee Anderson after he said asylum seekers who do not want to board the Bibby Stockhold, a giant migrant barge, should “fuck off back to France”.  

During an interview on Radio Four’s Today programme, Justice Secretary Alex Chalk was asked “Do you think telling people to f-off back to France who might have genuine claims to be asylum seekers, who might have escaped war and persecution, do you think that is the reflection of a tolerant, outward-facing nation?”

Chalk responded “It’s not bigotry at all”, adding “this country has offered its home to 400,000 people since 2015”. 

Verdict

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, bigotry is “the fact of having and expressing strong, unreasonable beliefs and disliking other people who have different beliefs or a different way of life”. 

The Lord Chancellor was factually wrong to state that Lee Anderson’s inflammatory comment reeked of bigotry. 

We emailed Alex Chalk’s parliamentary office offering him the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply. 

Published 28 Jun 2024
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