Queen’s representative resigns after saying British Pakistanis need to learn civility
LONDON (92 News) – One of the Queen’s personal representatives has resigned after leaked emails showed him saying British Pakistanis must be taught “basic common courtesy and civility”.
Paul Sabapathy, the Queen’s lord lieutenant of the West Midlands, made the remarks in an email after attending an event at the Pakistan consulate in Birmingham on August 14 to commemorate Pakistan Independence Day.
Apparently unhappy about the lack of respect he and colleagues were shown as the Queen’s representatives, he said: “Pakistanis are lovely people individually but there is a lot of work to do to teach them basic common courtesy and civility.”
A growing number of MPs spoke out about Sabapathy’s remarks, with one Pakistani-origin MP saying the lord lieutenant had been offensive and must apologize.
After apologizing, the Queen’s lord lieutenant of the West Midlands tendered his resignation amid strong reaction.