Environment Minister Phil Woolas brought up the sensitive issue, hoping to increase “awareness” among the Pakistani community:
According to today’s Sunday Times, the minister, who represents Oldham East and Saddleworth said: “If you talk to any primary care worker they will tell you that levels of disability among the . . . Pakistani population are higher than the general population. And everybody knows it’s caused by first cousin marriage.
In fact, research has shown that British Pakistanis accounted for 3.4 per cent of all births but have 30 per cent of all British children with recessive disorders.
Chief Whip Geoff Hoon backed him up….carefully choosing his words…
“It is important that we look at that in terms of scientific expertise and the extent to which it is actually causing problems.
“But it obviously is a very sensitive matter and no one, no one, would suggest this is a problem for the wider Muslim community.
“I am confident that what he has said will have been said with sensitivity and with proper regard to his Muslim constituents and Muslims right across the United Kingdom.”
“If you are supportive of the Asian community then you have a duty to raise this issue.
“Awareness does need to be raised but we are very aware of the sensitivities,” he added.
Hopefully he said “sensitive” enough to not have a fatwa issued against him.
See The Jawa Report for the obligatory, insensitive photoshops.
More insensitivity at Pat Dollard.
The ultimate in insensitivity: