LFC considers racism in any form to be unacceptable - without compromise. It is our strong held belief, having gone over the facts of the case, that Luis Suarez did not commit any racist act. It is also our opinion that the accusation by this particular player was not credible - certainly no more credible than his prior unfounded accusations.
It is key to note that Patrice Evra himself in his written statement in this case said ‘I don’t think that Luis Suarez is racist’. The FA in their opening remarks accepted that Luis Suarez was not racist.
I was in the Houses of Parliament today. I work for a teachers’ union a couple of days a week, and they wanted volunteers to “man” an exhibition in Parliament aimed at educating MPs and visitors of the importance of trade unions in the week after the general strike. My main job was to get MPs signed up for the union alliance’s mailing list, and for them to sign a “wall” with their thoughts on trade unions.
Since I’m generally terrible at approaching strangers, and I was doing the evening shift, I wasn’t expecting much success. But I did get two MPs, Ian Murray of Edinburgh South, and Julie Hilling of Bolton West (both Labour politicians) to sign up, and had little chats with each of them. There were plenty of people streaming past me, most of them too busy to stop, or too unrecognisable (for me) to spot. I did see Diane Abbott hurry past, and Oona King even smiled at me as she passed. BUT THEN just as I was packing up, Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party strutted past and said hello. He even put his hand up to wave. I said hi and he looked at the wall and said “excellent!” but was out the door soon pretty much straight away.
Afterwards I looked through the mailing list and it seems Nick Griffin was there earlier in the day. I’m glad I missed him. If anyone is interested his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The moral of this story is that Labour politicians are generally nicer and more approachable than others. And also that Nick Griffin has let down all Mac users.