A Twitter exchange has given voters a timely reminder of what diversity can mean in the Conservative Party.
First, came this eye-watering and sobering tweet:
A response to the tweet certainly put a new spin on things too, arguing that the list means “you can’t accuse them [the Conservatives] of not supporting diversity”:
The Conservatives have been trying to shed the ‘Nasty Party‘ image for some time. But these allegations of homophobia, antisemitism, xenophobia, misogyny, racism and physical abuse, make the party’s chance of doing so quite a distant hope.
The Conservatives also try to convince people that we’re ‘all in it together‘. But this brilliant take-down does a good job of skewering that idea.
It doesn’t stop there
Matt Thomas also gave his followers more detail on the allegations against certain Conservatives:
The list goes on and on. Who can forget Boris Johnson’s comments about “picanninies” and “their watermelon smiles”? And that’s the foreign secretary.
Oliver Letwin was forced to apologise for remarking that black people had “bad moral attitudes” when he was an adviser to Margaret Thatcher. He also said they would “set up in the drug and disco trade” if given financial assistance. Letwin is currently the MP for West Dorset.
Diversity of coverage? Don’t hold your breath
Despite this, much of the pre-election media coverage has focused on antisemitism in the Labour party. While anyone guilty of such vile views or actions deserves to be suspended, the coverage has been one-sided. And that makes it look like it’s only the Labour party that has these problems. But, as a Channel 4 report highlighted, perception and reality are often far apart.
These tweets show that the electorate does face a clear choice in the local elections. So, to truly be the diverse and compassionate country we want to be, make sure your voice is heard on 3 May.
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