Hard-left activist appointed to Sadiq Khan's diversity commission to topple 'racist' statues questioned Pfizer jab

Hard-left activist appointed to Sadiq Khan's diversity commission to topple 'racist' statues questioned Pfizer jab

February 13, 2021

A HARD-Left crusader fighting to remove Britain's "racist" statues questioned the Covid vaccine.

Toyin Agbetu, 53, was signed up by Sadiq Khan this week to join his new racism commission.

The activist would be a key figure in Labour's plan to remove statues and road names of historical figures connected to the slave trade.

It has now emerged Agbetu made comments about the Pfizer Covid vaccine in November before it was approved, The Times reports.

He posted a video alongside a message that read: “Apparently a magical vaccine is around the corner from the Viagra specialists.

"There’s a lot of nonsense out there and it’s coming from the clowns in No 10.”

In the clip, he suggested politicians should get the jab on live TV with their grandparents and "allow us to monitor them for nine months Big Brother style".

Agbetu added: "As a scientific breakthrough yes it looks promising but using it now, when there are so many questions unanswered because of a ‘profit over people’ government that wants to privatise speed over safety and effectiveness is ethically unsound."

The teaching assistant has now crowed back on his comments and praised the life-saving jab.

He told the newspaper: "My position on this important matter is not to dismiss the legitimate concerns of people who were let down by the government who denied ethnic disproportionality was a factor leading to unnecessary deaths in our community during the pandemic.

"Vaccines are an important part of the solution to help resolve the global crises we all face due to coronavirus.”

Agbetu famously confronted the Queen in 2007 at Westminster Abbey during a service to mark the abolition of slavery.

More recently, he has been pivotal in the campaign to remove a monument to slave trader Sir Robert Geffrye outside the Museum of the Home, in Hackney, East London.

The museum consulted with the public after the Black Lives Matter protests and decided to keep the statue.

It is now reviewing that choice after statue’s hands were daubed with red paint and protests were held by Stand Up To Racism Hackney.

Agbetu has featured in a video of a protest posted Momentum Hackney’s Facebook group clutching a megaphone.

He can be heard yelling "The passage of time, doesn’t wipe out the crime” and “Geffrye must fall”.

There are currently 130 Labour-led councils reviewing statues and road names.

Other statues under threat include a monument to former prime minister and founder of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Robert Peel, in Manchester.

The City of London Corporation last month confirmed it would remove two sculptures of ex-Lord Mayor William Beckford and philanthropist MP Sir John Cass over their historic links to the slave trade.

Six schools have also been renamed and eight others have renamed buildings to avoid problematic links to slavery.

But campaign group Save Our Statues fears erasing history if the monuments are removed.

They said: "During the past year we have witnessed an unprecedented array of attacks and vandalism upon our precious physical heritage in the UK, seemingly with no due diligence whatsoever.”

Boris Johnson has now ordered a review into both hard-Left and hard-Right extremists hijacking movements – including BLM and Extinction Rebellion.

Mr Khan's office has defended hiring Agbetu for its diversity commission.

A spokesperson said: “All panel members were assessed for the role by a review panel and a decision made based on what they could bring to the role.

"Toyin Agbetu was appointed for his significant expertise, knowledge and experience as a social rights activist and in setting up Ligali, which challenges the misrepresentation of African people and culture in the media.

"His vast experience will provide a valuable contribution to the commission.”

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