A Tory council candidate has been suspended just days before local elections after posting a picture of bacon hanging on a door handle as a way to ‘protect your home and family from Islamic terrorism.’
Daily Mail David Boston suggested it was a way to ‘stay safe lads’ but was condemned for Islamophobia after sharing the post on Facebook. The posts were all originally made by other people and shared by the candidate into his feed.
He has been suspended by the Conservative Party but will still appear on the ballot paper as a Tory on Thursday as the deadline for withdrawing candidates passed last month. In response, the Enfield Conservatives posted on Facebook on April 16: ‘The posts by David Boston are unacceptable and have been removed. His posts do not reflect the values of Enfield Conservatives.’
Boston faced a barrage of criticism on Facebook. One user, Joe Bailey, commented: ‘How about removing David Boston as your candidate?
‘These posts were not accidental, they show deep seated racism (What ‘race’ is Islam?). Suggesting that you’ll keep terrorists away by hanging bacon on your door is truly disgusting behaviour. (But the next best thing to protecting your family in a country that has banned the owning of guns by law-abiding citizens)