While Tory MP Philip Davies recently hit the headlines for suggesting that disabled people shouldn’t be entitled to the minimum wage, Scrapbook readers may recall his bizarre campaign against “political correctness”, in which he bombarded the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission with a series of childish letters on discrimination, asking facetious questions such as “why it is so offensive to black up”.
A recent freedom of information request for letters between MPs and the EHRC sent since the election shows that the (dis)honourable member for Shipley is still up to his old tricks, with yet more missives dispatched in the last 14 months. So obsessed is Davies that he has been known to send multiple letters on the same day. Referencing a brand of cosmetics designed for black women, he asked EHRC boss Trevor Phillips:
“if it is so offensive to black up, why a range of make up is called this?”
Enclosing a poster for an event aimed at Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women, Davies asked:
“Please could you let me know if it is legal to run this session just for South Asian women. If so, why is it legal?”
Other correspondence, replies to which suggest that the patience of the Commission was at breaking point, asked Trevor Phillips whether he thought the term “coconut” was offensive to describe a black person and even as to his views on an article in the Daily Mail.
In his tirade against the disabled receiving the minimum wage last month, he told the Commons that they “clearly, by definition, cannot be as productive in their work as somebody who has not got a disability”.
Scrapbook ventures that Philip Davies might be more “productive in his work” if he spent less time harassing the EHRC and more time serving his constituents.