A Labour MP who cried racism over a flag designed by a schoolgirl to commemorate Black Country Day has been shot down from all angles.
Newly-elected Wolverhampton South West MP Eleanor Smith said the black, red and white flag with chains on it had “racist connotations” – but actually it was a symbol of the Black Country’s industrial past.
She said: “I have serious concerns about the racist connotations of the flag, particularly the fact that chains are being used to represent the Black Country.
“The white on black imagery used together with the chains…when you break it down I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t worry me as a black person. People have to understand that it can be seen as offensive.
“Why can’t we have a flag that represents all of us united as a collective rainbow of people? In my constituency there are 130 different languages spoken. Let’s get a flag that actually says we are proud of where we come from.”
Two Labour MPs, UKIP’s Bill Etheridge, Conservative MP Mike Wood and the organiser of the Black Country festival are all of the general consensus that she’s completely wrong – Wood called her “nuts”.
Can we all spare a moment’s thought for Labour’s Eleanor Smith – we’ll never know how difficult it must be to be so easily offended.