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Monday, 11 September 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (debate)

  John Stuart Agnew (EFDD). – Madam President, my country, the UK, is I think sliding backwards into medieval times. In my childhood the following five crimes were virtually unheard of and now they are commonplace: female genital mutilation; breast ironing; forced marriage, which is effectively legalised rape; honour violence, which includes killing; and sexual grooming of vulnerable white girls by Asian men. There is an enormous reluctance to prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes because they are either from ethnic minorities or adherents of Islam and it is considered politically incorrect to criticise such groups generically. It is called racism.

Political correctness is the cornerstone of this European Union and it is doing enormous damage to the safety of women. We now have a situation where perceived racism is a more serious crime than actual rape. We have got to stop political correctness and defend women.

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