PC culture ‘ignores abuse of women’
Handwringing liberals have focused too much on multiculturalism and failed to speak out against forced marriage and other abuses against women, according to the chairwoman of a government review on integration.
Louise Casey said last night that political correctness had led to people forgetting to talk about equal rights for women. “I am not happy that women growing up in this country are not treated as equals by everyone,” she told a meeting at Policy Exchange, the centre-right think tank. “This is not a Muslim issue. It is an equality issue.”
On forced marriages, Ms Casey, who is due to produce the first findings of the review in March, said: “They bloody happen. They are appalling. We let some of them happen because we are so wrapped up in political correctness, in wanting a multicultural Britain, that we forgot to talk about equality, we forgot to talk about equal rights, we forget that a girl at the age of eight is being promised to someone else.”