Is Racism and Sexism at the heart of the Conservative party ?
Recently there has been lots of press as to whether anti-Semitism is a cancer residing in the Labour Party, and the Conservatives have been quick to jump on this to try and divert attention away from their parties own indiscretions.
What I would like to know is are the Conservatives innocent of these issues themselves?
Way back in 2010, David Cameron said; "Our members are the most socially engaged, the most civic minded, the most neighbourly bunch of people in Britain"
Ok, let's look at that statement shall we.
On the 2nd January 2010, The Daily Mirror, released an article saying, "Proof that Cameron's Tories are as racist and sexist as ever"
Here is a link to the article in The Daily Mirror from 2010 - www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/proof-camerons-tories-racist-sexist-191792
So all in all, 2010 wasn't very good year, for David Cameron and the Tory party, especially when you consider his statement, that mentioned earlier.
Now you may all say that this is old news and has been covered before and yes the mainstream media have covered this before from varying angles, however with the mainstream media consistently seeming to show a Tory bias in their reporting of current affairs I thought I would bring the Tory's history to the table once more, as to me it seems that racism and sexism is still very much rife in the party membership all the way to the very highest figures.
We only have to look at recent events with high ranking figures within the Tory party to see this. Most recently with Boris Johnson stating that the president of the United States of America is not entitled to an opinion as he is "half Kenyan". Why has Johnson not been suspended for this, although it does take a very strong disposition to racially slur the most powerful figure in world politics.
But this isn't even a one of for Boris as there has been comments about "picaninnies", "Tribal warriors breaking out in smiles to see their big white chief" ( Daily telegraph June 2010)
Even George Osborne got in the act recently stating on live television, "We all enjoy a good curry, but we want the chefs to be trained here in Britain"; now some of you might argue that Osborne's comments were merely paying homage to Not the Nine o'clock News, and I know it's tenuous, but it is still however misguided to make such comments as a high ranking politician.
Even David Cameron himself got caught up in it, back in 2011 ( Telegraph Oct 2011) when he told Angela Eagle during a House of Commons debate that she should "calm down, dear"
This is also the man that actively campaigned for Nelson Mandela to be hung for terrorism and labelled him a butcher, yet when Nelson Mandela died, David Cameron hypocritically stated that "a light had gone out in the world"
Even the former health secretary Andrew Lansley stated "racism is endemic" within the party and Kenneth Clarke said that the party "is moving so far to the right, that it is attracting a lunatic fringe". ( Mail online)
And we all remember Theresa May's home office vans which were emblazoned on the side "Go home or face arrest".
Even more recently we've had the pleasure of Zac Goldsmith with his Mayoral election campaign for London, a former Tory candidate Shazia Awan has stated in the New Statesman that it " was a damaging, exploitative and ugly campaign" and on Twitter wrote that it was "racist and divisive" (political scrapbook).
This is in relation to Zac Goldsmith linking Labour's Candidate Sadiq Khan to Islamic extremism. Coincidentally Sadiq Khan worked as a human rights lawyer before entering politics and has always been outspoken against all forms of discrimination.
We even have written in black and white in Jeremy Hunt's proposed contract that he wishes to impose on junior doctors from August this year;
* this contract will adversely affect those who work part time, the majority of whom are women
* Women who take maternity leave will be adversely affected
* Those who are carers, mainly women, will be disproportionally compromised
* specialities doctors such as paediatrics and gynaecologists the majority of whom are female due to a the hours which they work and the high cost of childcare will be adversely affected.
Now Mr Hunt, seems perfectly happy for this to be imposed on the female junior doctors, so is he saying that he openly advocates sexism in the workplace?
So to me it does seem that, yes racism and sexism is alive and well in the very heart of the Tory party, however there seems to be a distinct lack of willingness of the leadership to deal with these very serious issues. How can a party expect to be taken seriously by the British people in the 21st century, when seemingly, the leadership is failing to deal with these issues.
Whilst on the other hand there has been comments which have been deemed to be anti-Semitic made by Labour Party members and MPS, and the parties concerned have been immediately suspended pending enquiries and an independent body set up to establish if there is a root cancer within the Labour Party.
To me that shows great integrity and leadership, something that I believe David Cameron is clearly lacking when dealing with similar issues within the ranks of his own party.
It also shows to me that the media seem to be at this moment in time entirely focusing upon calling this Labours' crisis, when equally they should be calling the Conservatives out for their own crisis.
In my opinion, I would definitely say there seems to be an air of institutional racism and sexism within the Conservative party, and on that basis I fail to see how they can be given our trust to carry on leading this nation whilst it is left undealt with.
Racism and sexism have no place in today's society, and if we as a civilised society can uphold those values then so should the very people who expect us to elect them into office.
So in turn you have to ask yourself, are you happy in the knowledge to vote for and support a party that is racist, sexist and toxic to its very core?
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