Saturday, February 20, 2010

David Cameron's 'Obama Army'

Courtesy of The Daily Mail, let it be observed that, on current projections, the Conservative Party will have the same proportion of black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates on its benches after the General Election as there are black, Asian and ethnic minority people in the country. The Party will be visibly, manifestly and undeniably representative (click image to enlarge).


Now to work on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender candidates, though it is not quite so easy to be manifestly and undeniably 'visible' about it.

29 Comments:

Anonymous Stewart Cowan said...

I realised the other day, Your Grace, that politicians must consider themselves to be so inherently racist, sexist and ‘homophobic’ that the mix in Parliament has to be just right to reflect society.

Even if you take Nick Herbert’s 5% figure for homosexuals (it's nearer 2%), it requires a massive support from the 95% of heterosexuals to take their agenda anywhere.

It doesn't make sense to select on anything other than merit.

20 February 2010 at 23:50  
Anonymous Simon Too said...

It is no bad thing, but not too important of itself. However, were the proportions for all sectional representation to be a precise reflection of those proprtions in the population as a whole, it would, statistically, suggest gerrymandering rather than selection on merit.

20 February 2010 at 23:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a ginger in sight. Who do they think they are!

Heffer, where are you when you're needed?

21 February 2010 at 00:09  
Anonymous Hereward said...

It doesn't make a jot of difference what 'sort' they are if they're no more than careerist, whippable lobby-fodder.

21 February 2010 at 00:28  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

…the Conservative Party will have the same proportion of black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates on its benches after the General Election as there are black, Asian and ethnic minority people in the country.

And how those BME MP’s will grow in number. Scroll down to ‘Box 1: BME groups in the UK’ on this PDF file from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology:

❛BME groups now account for 73% of the UK’s total population growth, due to differences in fertility rates and some inward migration.❜

21 February 2010 at 00:56  
Blogger greenalien said...

I agree, people should be selected based on their own merit, but I don't think it's a bad idea for Tories to put diversity up for display. It's good PR.

I notice that sexuality is becoming one of the more popular themes lately on this blog, but I think it's unnecessary for anyone to be putting that on display for the purpose of political campaign.

21 February 2010 at 01:43  
Anonymous usually quite pleasant said...

It's a sad day for democracy when your skin colour or sexual orientation is more important than your abilities.
Hopefully the Tories will be sidelined in the election and people will vote for an independent candidate. No one aligned to Labour/ Tory/ Lib Dems/ SNp etc....

21 February 2010 at 02:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure that after the collapse of the Cameron Minority Government many of these candidates will defect to the new 'diverse' BNP for the subsequent elections as they follow the voters

21 February 2010 at 08:04  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Truly exciting,after making such outstanding successess of thier own countries,they now have the opportunity to work the same magic upon ours,we are truly blessed.

21 February 2010 at 08:52  
Anonymous Shaun Pilkington said...

"Now to work on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender candidates, though it is not quite so easy to be manifestly and undeniably 'visible' about it."

If you could only make those troublesome minorities wear some some of identification badge, that would make things easier for you. I believe some little Austrian chap did something similar in Germany in the 1930s when he was worried about 'unseen minorities' exerting too much influence on national life...

21 February 2010 at 08:56  
Blogger Revd John P Richardson said...

So here's the logic: That which is to be represented is race. Therefore a person of one race cannot represent a person of another race. Therefore race is a fundamental division which cannot be overcome simply by being a member of the same civil nation. Therefore the BNP have basically got it right.

Or did I miss something? ;-)

21 February 2010 at 09:08  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

It would be great if they could manage to combine several minority categories in one person, such as a lesbian Muslim left-handed redheaded vegetarian smoker. Or an Asian male homosexual paraplegic poetry-writing vegan snooker playing Mormon.

Such combinations could soon knock off the problems of inadequate representation and leave everybody with a clear conscience.

They would all have to be trained parachutists, by the way, to ensure their smooth imposition on local associations.

Peter Simple, where are you when we need you?

21 February 2010 at 10:19  
Blogger Species 8472 said...

Your Grace

I am inclined to agree with Melanie Phillips, who asks the question:

"If conservatives will no longer defend truth against lies, freedom against coercion and the Judeo-Christian moral tradition against its enemies, then what is the point of conservatism at all? If what is required is the utopian agenda of a less than wholly benign nanny state, then why not vote for Labour or the Democrats, who do it so much better?"

21 February 2010 at 10:30  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I noticed there are one or two floor-crossers in that selection. Nothing like opportunism er...I mean loyalty to make us voters feel warm and tingly.

All well and good if these candidates are truly capable of the job. However, this touchy-feely Cameronist agenda carries with it a strong whiff of positive discrimination to me. Like one or two have already said...whatever happened to merit?

21 February 2010 at 10:36  
Anonymous bluedog said...

It sounds like quite a Party, Your Grace, particularly if Norsheen Bhati is on form.

21 February 2010 at 10:55  
Anonymous graham Wood said...

Conservatism in its historic political manifestation is long ago dead. Cameron like all his acolytes is of course a careerist politician and wants POWER.
The candidates list is a replica of Blair's 'Big Tent'.
Melanie is quite right:
""If conservatives will no longer defend truth against lies, freedom against coercion and the Judeo-Christian moral tradition against its enemies, then what is the point of conservatism at all?
The Camerooons live in a post modern bubble of their own - so remote from real people and their
everyday problems and needs.
One word sums up the Boy:
ASPIRATION

21 February 2010 at 10:59  
Anonymous len said...

The subject of race is a somewhat sensitive area in politics and society in general.
I was going to present some remarks by Charles Darwin( the father of the Darwinian religion, or should it be called 'the anti-God religion?)) but some of the comments made by Darwin are so racist that I hesitate .It is well documented that acceptance of Darwinism and loss of basic Christian influence were factors involved in the rise of Nazism, Fascism, and Communism (see Azar, 1990; Bergman, 1999; 200 la; 2001 b). In the words of Azar (1990, p. 218) the "vicious ideologies of the first half of the twentieth century-Communism, Fascism, Nazism - paid homage to evolution." Holden notes that Darwinism had

been used to provide intellectual support to a multitude of cruel and vicious policies. Causes which have been justified by Social Darwinism include, slavery, imperialism, racism, genocide, the Holocaust, Fascism, Communism, war, and not helping the poor, to name but a few. Where previously there was no clear intellectual justification for most of these causes, Darwin provided one, and ... his justification had the backing of many reputable scientists of his day. ... among historians with no axe to grind this is not controversial, although it is rarely expressed this directly, that Darwin must be listed as one of those responsible, along with numerous Nazis, for the Holocaust. Similarly Darwin must take an impossible to define share of the blame for many other horrors of history, some of it quite recent history (2000, pp. 2,3).
Although Darwin's goal in developing his concept of evolution was very clear, he never openly or directly challenged the Scriptures or Christianity because he felt that an indirect approach was far more effective (Perl off, 1999 p. 152). He wrote in 1873 to his son that openly opposing Christianity was far less effective than a "back door" approach: to do so!

21 February 2010 at 11:02  
Anonymous Simon said...

Causes which have been justified by Social Darwinism include, slavery, imperialism, racism, genocide, the Holocaust, Fascism, Communism, war, and not helping the poor, to name but a few

Causes which have been justified by religion include, slavery, imperialism, racism, genocide, the Holocaust, Fascism, Communism, war, and not helping the poor, to name but a few.

FTFY

21 February 2010 at 13:18  
Anonymous len said...

Religion is not Christ.!

21 February 2010 at 13:25  
Anonymous len said...

Do not confuse religion with God!. I guess God hates religion as much as a lot of people do. The carnal mind has devised his own plan with all its traditions and labeled it Religion. For generations men thought this was of God and for God, but it is not so. This is Religion the harlot, the woman who sits on many waters, who pretends allegiance to God, but she is widowed. She is not His bride. Her deception is great. She has attained for herself the riches of this world. She has lavished herself with fine buildings and calls them temples and cathedrals and synagogues and churches. She has dressed herself in royal robes which she wove by her own hands. The linen God gives is righteousness which has been purchased by His blood. She has accrued great riches with bank accounts and investments and have men bound to her by these things. She has purchased these things by the blood of martyrs.

21 February 2010 at 13:38  
Blogger English Viking said...

I do not wish to be 'represented' by a woman, a foreigner or a man with a towel on his head, but thanks for asking.

Oh.. you didn't.

21 February 2010 at 14:47  
Blogger Malthebof said...

Where will it end? Why not racists/nazis are they not part of the community and deserve to be reflected in parliament.
iDave and his cohorts live a Metropolitan bubble and would not know a conservative if they fell over one. The only party a conservative can vote for is UKIP.

21 February 2010 at 16:24  
Blogger Alcuin said...

Now to work on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender candidates

... before working on the stupid, insane, blind, deaf, Downs Syndrome, alcoholic and criminal candidates. Harridan Hormone would think she was in Diversity Heaven ... until an insane person tried to assault her after vomiting on her.

21 February 2010 at 18:51  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I believe some little Austrian chap did something similar in Germany in the 1930s

Abbassid caliph Haroun al-Raschid ordered all Jews to wear a yellow belt and a tall, cone-like hat in AD 807 so it looks as if in so much Hitler was a 20th Century impersonator of Muslim antecedents in his Anti-Christian Anti-Jewish fervour invading other lands

21 February 2010 at 20:46  
Anonymous Mark @ Israel said...

It's good that the Conservative Party is represented by different races. I'm just not sure about having representatives who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender to be ideal.

22 February 2010 at 00:25  
Anonymous Leon Greenwell said...

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22 February 2010 at 01:48  
Blogger English Viking said...

Leon,

Is it just Lib-Dems that are so foul mouthed, or LGBT cult members?

22 February 2010 at 09:55  
Anonymous Oswin said...

No one seems to be representing my own moderate Tory characteristics of 'Anti-Europe/anti-immigrant;rationally/reasonably 'racist' opinions.....and here was me thinking I held a majority view!

22 February 2010 at 16:53  
Blogger Bryan said...

Je proteste!

The Conservative Party is attempting to pander to the Racist crowds in order to get away from fairly representing the largest disenfranchised minority of all; the resident alien (legal or otherwise). If they wish to avoid being seen for the Statist bigots that they are, they must immediately amend their list to include a fair amount of legal and illegal immigrants.

The US is already leading the way in this important Human Rights issue with the election of our first Kenyan president of questionable citizenship status!

23 February 2010 at 15:15  

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