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Sikh MP candidate calls Boris Johnson “out of touch” and “disrespectful” for whiskey Gurdwara gaff

Jagmeet Singh of newly formed Sikh-ethos political group The Panth Party has spoken out about Boris Johnson promoting a cheaper whiskey trade in a Gurdwara (Sikh temple).

Earlier today (May 17) Boris Johnson was reprimanded by a woman in Shri Guru Nanak Prakash Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Bristol for mentioning a free trade deal with India would allow for tariff free scotch whiskey imports. Boris apologised when told the Sikh faith opposes the use of any intoxicants. He was admonished by the woman who related the comments to alcoholism in her own family.

Running for a seat in his hometown constituency of Wolverhampton South-West, Jagmeet Singh is the first and only current MP candidate for The Panth Party. In an official statement shared via social media, Jagmeet Singh stated “The UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson coming into a Gurdwara and speaking about the whiskey trade with India shows just how out of touch some of our politicians are not just with the Sikh community but with the general British public too.”

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Jagmeet Singh, Panth Party MP candidate for Wolverhampton South-West.


Jagmeet Singh went on to criticise a Conservative Party spokesman, who was quoted in some media outlets as saying his remarks were welcomed by all but one of those in Boris Johnson’s presence. Jagmeet Singh said it “is surprising that a Conservative spokesman has defended Boris Johnson’s comments and tried to make out it was only one woman who has an issue with it. I know for a fact that our Foreign Secretary’s comments in Shri Guru Nanak Prakash Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Bristol will have insulted millions of Sikhs across the world. The Conservatives should be apologetic and embarrassed about the incident.”

You can see the full statement below. For more from Jagmeet Singh visit his official campaign page – https://www.facebook.com/Jagmeet.Singh.PanthParty/. You can also email him on Das.JagmeetSingh@Gmail.com or call 07590 008248.

Social media has shown varied responses in regards to Boris Johnson’s mistake. Below we share some of the social media comments going around about the incident.

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Jagmeet Singh Statement on Boris Johnson’s Gurdwara visit

The UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson coming into a Gurdwara (Sikh temple) and speaking about the whiskey trade with India shows just how out of touch some of our politicians are not just with the Sikh community but with the general British public too.

It seems Boris Johnson thought that free trade of whiskey from India to the UK would be something the Sikh community would be happy to hear about. This is completely disrespectful to people who belong to a faith which categorically opposes the use of any intoxicants. It is especially disrespectful considering it was mentioned in a Gurdwara, where Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj resides.

It also clearly demonstrates Boris Johnson has no understanding about the Sikh faith or the concerns of the Sikh community. The fact that any politician is ignorant of this is not surprising in the least. It is for this very reason I decided to run for MP for Wolverhampton South-West. What is surprising though is that a Conservative spokesman has defended Boris Johnson’s comments and tried to make out it was only one woman who has an issue with it. I know for a fact that our Foreign Secretary’s comments in Shri Guru Nanak Prakash Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Bristol will have insulted millions of Sikhs across the world. The Conservatives should be apologetic and embarrassed about the incident.

However, Boris Johnson’s mistake is not one which should just upset the Sikh community. At a time when the general British public are concerned about the NHS, about benefits cuts, about our foreign policy and so much more, for our Foreign Secretary to think he can gain support from the mention of boosting the whiskey trade is patronising and condescending to all of our nation’s voters.

I implore all of the Sikh community to stop letting our politicians use the home of our Guru for publicity and photo opportunities. If a politician wishes to visit for the purpose of campaigning, they should be open to the questions of all locals. I also implore all of the great British public to demand more from your politicians. Do not be fobbed off or fooled by shallow suggestions of things which will supposedly benefit the general public, espoused by someone who has no connection to the general public. It is time for the British voter to demand real answers and real action. For the people of Wolverhampton South-West, this is what I promise to deliver.

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