The government has been accused of “cultural and moral insensitivity” for…
Oh, god! What now..?
…sending pork sausages and bacon to clinically vulnerable Muslim families who are shielding during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pork products, including tins of beans and sausages and lentil and bacon soup, which are forbidden for Muslims, have been sent to the most at-risk households under a £104m government contract run by a private firm.
They are also forbidden for Jews and strict vegetarian Hindus, but they aren’t the ones complaining, oh no. They barely get a mention. It’s the usual suspects, as always…
The Labour MP Imran Hussain said his most vulnerable constituents were having to choose between eating and their religious or ethical beliefs.
In a letter to Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, Hussain wrote: “I want to be clear that this is unacceptable and deeply insensitive to our religious communities.
“The inclusion of these products is also not just culturally and morally insensitive, forcing some in the most vulnerable positions to choose between compromising religious or other sincerely held beliefs and eating, but yet another display of the structural and institutionalised racism in our society – where the views of minorities are either not considered at all or regarded as not significant enough to warrant intervention.”
It’s no such thing, but who gave this idiot an open goal to score several hat tricks? Why, the even dumber morons who drew up the contract, for not seeing this coming, and insisting that either all packages would be free of meat entirely, or that there’d be an option to select meat=free packages.
And who drew up the contract? Step forward, ‘world class’ civil service:
Bidfood, one of the largest food wholesalers in the UK, was awarded a £104m government contract in March along with Brakes, another distributor, as part of a £208m initiative to deliver food to the most vulnerable. The companies said at the time the boxes would “contain the same items, irrespective of whether they receive the delivery from Bidfood or Brakes”.
And they never thought it’d be an issue for the Legions of Perpetual Offence?