A senior council officer has sparked fury after claiming that it is acceptable for employers to slap their servants.She didn’t, of course, claim anything of the sort. It was a joke.
A joke in bad taste? Well, maybe:
Rehana Mohamed made the comments on her Twitter account after watching a TV debate on the abuse of foreign domestic workers exploited by wealthy families.But since when was it illegal or unacceptable to joke on Twitter about anyth…
While watching the Channel 4 Dispatches programme, Britain's Secret Slaves, Cambridge University educated Miss Mohamed wrote: 'Oh this is so self-righteous.
'That b****y maid needs a good slap. Some ppl [sic] here have no idea what it's like having servants.
'I'm sorry but being on call 24/7 and not having a day off for months and not being allowed to leave the house DOESN'T make you a slave.'
Miss Mohamed, who is from Sri Lanka, works as a strategic change management consultant at Brent Council in north London, an ethnically diverse area.Naturally, the Righteous have freaked out and are outraged that someone from a demographic they expect to be sympathetic to Righteous causes is, instead, flippant about them.
She added: 'Damn right they should get up and make what you want. That's their job.
'We never let out female servants for their own safety.'
Even, perhaps, sarcastic…!
Miss Mohamed, who is in her thirties, today insisted she had made the astonishing comments 'in jest and that's been acknowledged'.Sorry, love. It doesn’t matter.
You have been insufficiently respectful of a Righteous cause, and now your Shield of Ethnicity and Sword of Disadvantaged Gender will be no use against the dragons…
Sarah Teather, Brent Central MP and Education Minister, called the remarks 'unacceptable'.Here we go…
The Liberal Democrat MP added: ''I am extremely shocked by these comments.The personal is the political is the personal is…
'Anybody who is working on policy on a council like Brent needs to be sensitive to the issues.
'The council should ask whether it is appropriate to employ a consultant who holds such views to work in policy for the most ethnically diverse borough in the country.'
Brent Council said it is considering what action to take.And it won’t be ‘Nothing’. Which, of course, is what it should be.