16 November 2011
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
Dear Prime Minister,
Open letter: Against racism – An age–old and divisive 'cancer' in 2011
Please receive the enclosed six pages, listing ninety–six signatories who endorse the views expressed and requests respectfully put to the Prime Minister in our faxed–letter dated 12/11/2011; a copy of that letter is enclosed. I add the following observations without wider consultation:
A senior civil servant was recently suspended pending investigation, after a Government minister alleged a breach of authority. The minister has been openly supported by the Prime Minister. On the other hand, in the face of an allegation of race abuse by the England captain, the captain is paraded by the Football Association at a press conference to speak on behalf of team, country and his personal standing. Is the Prime Minister equally unequivocal?
BBC Website report —
"John Terry, the subject of a police investigation amid allegations he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand … received a mixed reception when his name was announced prior to kick-off".
Paul Kelso in The Telegraph –
"Quite something when you consider that on Tuesday night he ]John Terry[ could not even count on unanimous support inside a half–full Wembley".
The Guardian —
"John Terry is set to captain England against Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday. But is it right that the Chelsea man lead his country while investigations into racism allegations continue?"
- The Chairman, The Football Association (letter only)