A group of 107 cross-party politicians have signed a letter to the editor of the Sun, Tony Gallagher, demanding action over a column it published on Sunday in which it used “Nazi-like terminology” to “demonise” the Muslim community in the UK.
The letter, seen exclusively by the Independent, forms part of a joint effort from MPs representing Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and the Green party to demand the paper addresses “the bigotry that has long been present” in the columns of the Sun, particularly in reference to the latest column it published by the paper's former political editor Trevor Kavanagh.
In the comment piece, Kavanagh argues Islam constitutes the “one unspoken fear” which links Britain and the rest of Europe but claims the phenomenon has been suppressed by political correctness.
“The common denominator, almost unsayable until last week’s furore over Pakistani sex gangs, is Islam,” he wrote, in reference to the 18 people who were convicted in a Newcastle grooming gang last week.
“Thanks to former equalities chief Trevor Phillips, and Labour MPs such as Rotherham’s Sarah Champion, it is acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem."
Jewish and Muslim organisations in Britain have issued a joint complaint to the press regulator arguing the article’s reference to the “Muslim Problem” resembles the Nazi references to the “The Jewish Problem” and sets a dangerous precedent.