Bailey, however, praises the black community for quick integration.
Shaun Bailey, the conservative choice for London mayor, came under fire for comments he made in 2005. Among the plethora of accusations leveled against him, the serious ones include opposing multiculturalism. The Tory pick wrote No man's land, a pamphlet stating that accommodating Hindus and Muslims will lead to the UK losing its core character and the country will turn into a haven for criminals with the disappearance of the quintessential sense of community. The text in the pamphlet provided a snapshot of Bailey's mind when he argued that the sense of being “British” is being eroded as schoolchildren learn more about Diwali than Christmas. He had bemoaned that schools in some parts of Britain give holidays during Hindu and Muslim festivals.
Bailey's writing then moves into describing how Britishness is good for the United Kingdom. He said much harm will come if core British ethics are removed from the UK. People permitted to enter the country and subsequently settle there import their culture into the country. He believes the problem is they also bring their country's problems with them.
The text concludes surprisingly by praising Britons of African origin. Bailey argued that the black community integrated easily into British society as both communities shared identical Christian values. In many cases, both the communities grew up learning the English language. He claimed that black people integrate much easily into the UK culture.
Bailey is a seasoned politician having served as a member of the London Assembly since 2016. He was selected in the last week of September as the Tory candidate to challenge Sadiq Khan, the Labour incumbent at the London Mayoral elections scheduled to be held in 2020.
Deeply disappointing to see:
Accommodating Muslims and Hindus risks turning UK into ‘crime-riddled cesspool’, Shaun Bailey wrote in 2005.
What is going on?https://t.co/wVIEnIFsZk
— Miqdaad Versi (@miqdaad) October 3, 2018
Theresa May threw her weight behind Bailey during her keynote speech given at the conference of the Conservative party. She said the Conservative party was and will continue to, symbolize equality of opportunity. She mentioned Bailey as an example. May noted that the mayoral candidate's grandparents came to the UK as a component of Windrush generation. She added that two generations later, their descendants are now as British as they can be. One of them is even now in the race for the mayorship of the British capital. Labour was quick to capitalize on Bailey's stated views, describing them as grotesque. The party said the conservatives have no hope of tackling Islamophobia if they do not admit at first of having it.