David Lammy's Strictly out of order over Stacey Dooley

Lammy says it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era."The world does not need any more white saviours," he says. "This just perpetuates unhelpful stereotypes." Aah, so the problem is the colour of Ms Dooley's white skin, is it David? 

So, is he saying no one with a white skin can raise money for black kids? And that all white people should stop raising money and awareness for the plight of starving black kids because it patronises them?


But hang on, if Lammy doesn't think white people should try to raise awareness of what's happening in Uganda, why didn't he get involved with Comic relief and smash the stereotype?

Well, it turns out he WAS asked. Lammy says he refused to make a film because he wasn't prepared to become part of the PR exercise. Comic relief, however, says he didn't even bother to respond to their request.

I'm sorry but PR is exactly what's required to raise cash and awareness of what's happening in African countries.

What was Band Aid for God's sake if not a gigantic PR exercise? And like it or not celebrities are asked to help raise money precisely because they have a platform and because people relate to and listen to them.

Comic relief, which has raised £1billion for charity, is so successful precisely because it combines education with entertainment.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying every celebrity who makes these films does it simply for the cause. I do think there's a bit of "Look how worthy I am" going on.

But who cares about that OR the colour of their skin OR the fact they're wearing boots that cost £265 (Dooley was criticised for that too) as long as they raise shedloads of cash for the people who need it.

Or does raising money for starving kids have to be done in a politically correct way now so as not to offend the well-fed here in the UK?

Surely those starving babies in Africa wouldn't give a stuff who raises money for them as long as someone does and they get to eat food and drink clean water.

And, I resent the implication that everyone with white skin who raises money for charity is virtue signalling and making themselves feel good on the back of others' disadvantage.

For decades British people of all creeds and colours have been incredibly generous in helping the world's poor and often it's money they can ill afford.

But they give it anyway because no matter how much it might hurt their pocket. they know there are millions worse off than them.

I love that about the British people and for Lammy to slate swathes of them as "white saviours" for just wanting to do good is pretty damn insulting.

And has it occurred to this publicity-seeking MP that ridiculing people who spend huge amounts of time raising money for charity might just stop them doing it?

Some have already said if he thinks it racist to give money to Africa, they won't.

But let's look at who's done the most to help starving kids this week. At least Stacey Dooley made the trip to Uganda.

Lammy stayed here and insulted her on Twitter and on TV and radio. And all her other critics just bitched about what she was wearing on social media.

So in terms of actual effectiveness, who's done most to help those poor children?

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