Silence caused by the pre-emptive race card…
“We know the children of first cousins are ten times more likely to be born with recessive genetic disorders which can include infant mortality, deafness and blindness.
“We know British Pakistanis constitute 1.5 per cent of the population, yet a third of all children born in this country with rare recessive genetic diseases come from this community.”
“In South Asia the custom keeps family networks close and ensures assets remain in the family. In Britain, the aim can be to strengthen bonds with the subcontinent as cousins from abroad marry British partners.”
And yet politicians, who can spot a “public health disaster” from a mile away if it requires taxpayer’s money to deal with it, have been strangely silent on this issue.