Brexit Campaigner Darren Grimes Investigated Over David Starkey’s ‘Slavery Was Not Genocide’ Rant
REUTERS / HANNAH MCKAYUK18:53 GMT 10.10.2020Get short URLby Jason Dunn103Subscribe
Journalist and Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes stirred up controversy earlier this year after publishing an interview with Dr David Starkey who said that the slave trade carried out by the British Empire did not amount to genocide.
Police have launched an investigation into Brexit campaigner and founder of Reasoned UK Darren Grimes on Saturday over a controversial interview he fronted where David Starkey said slavery was not genocide due to the number of black people around today.
Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement that “on 4 July, the Metropolitan Police Service was passed an allegation from Durham Police of a public order offence relating to a social media video posted online on 30 June”.
In the interview in question hosted by Grimes, published on Reasoned UK’s YouTube channel, and the 75-year old Dr Starkey, claims that slavery was “not genocide, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks in Africa or in Britain, would there?”.
He described the empire as “probably the most important moment in human history and it is still with us”.
Mr Grimes is been given support by the Free Speech Union (FSU), which described the accusation against him as “absurd”.
The Labour Party’s Shadow Attorney General Karl Turner issued a tweet defending the move by the Met policy saying that freedom of speech “doesn’t afford people the freedom to make racist remarks or generally offend”. The post was later deleted.
Following the interview, Dr Starkey resigned his honorary fellowship at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and Canterbury Christ Church University ended his position as visiting professor, describing the comments as “completely unacceptable”.
He issued an apology on 6 July, saying his “principal regret” was that his “blundering use of language” that could put freedom of speech under threat.
Starkey has also made comparisons between the BLM movement and Daesh terrorists.