Contest that proves conservatives are the REAL party of diversity – ESTHER KRAKUE

When you give people opportunities in a meritocratic system that encourages the best in everyone, the cream always rises to the top.

So, as a British Ghanaian, I am delighted when I look at the huge diversity of candidates who have competed to be the leader of the Conservative Party and our next Prime Minister.

As this diversity of candidates proves, hard work pays off and that’s what it means to be British, writes Esther Krakue

Of the 11 people who initially entered the contest, six were from ethnic minorities – from Suella Braverman and Kemi Badenoch to Rishi Sunak, Nadhim Zahawi, Sajid Javid and lesser-known backbencher Rehman Chishti.

That’s more than half, all with first-hand experience of what Britain is really like for people from immigrant families.

And of the eight candidates who showed up to vote yesterday, four are not white.

Equally striking, four of them – Suella Braverman, Kemi Badenoch, Liz Truss and Penny Mordaunt – are women.

It’s a line-up that confirms what I’ve always thought about Britain: it’s a country that offers everyone a chance to succeed, and has the right approach to diversity.

Not that those on the Labor benches would let you believe it. I can’t wait to see their embarrassment if the Tories elect a third woman to lead the country, when there has never been a Labor woman leader, let alone prime minister.

And what will the self-righteous, minority-obsessed opposition think if the Tories, having given Britain its first ethnic minority home secretaries and chancellors, now elect their first non-white prime minister?

Of the eight candidates who qualified for the Conservative leadership race, four are non-white and half are women (left to right: Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt, Nadhim Zahawi, Liz Truss, Tom Tugendhat, Jeremy Hunt, Suella Braverman, Kemi Badenoch)

Of the eight candidates who qualified for the Conservative leadership race, four are non-white and half are women (left to right: Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt, Nadhim Zahawi, Liz Truss, Tom Tugendhat, Jeremy Hunt, Suella Braverman, Kemi Badenoch)

Labour's front bench is particularly pale and completely stale.

Labour’s front bench is particularly pale – and completely stale.

For, according to the increasingly narrow categories imposed by the left, I, as a “woman of color” (not a term I use myself), must surely be an oppressed victim – and, more importantly again, a victim of conservative racists.

But – and this is the great irony – if I were to express an opinion that did not echo this left-wing orthodoxy, I would immediately be “cancelled” and subjected to despicable abuses that are often in themselves deeply racist.

If they didn’t already know, this is something many leadership candidates will have discovered in recent days.

For example, as The Mail on Sunday reported, prominent Remainer barrister and fervent left-winger Jolyon Maugham tweeted Mr Sunak on Friday, asking: ‘Do you think your party members are ready to pick a brown man , Rishi?”

He also retweeted a post which, in an attempt to denigrate the Tories’ pro-Brexit tenure, shockingly labels Suella Braverman a “Brexit jihadist”.

Maugham’s lack of self-awareness would be comical if it weren’t so sickening. For in his desperation to portray the Conservative Party as a bunch of racist fanatics, he exposed his own hateful biases.

Political activist and leftist advocate Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu also showed her true colors.

In a particularly despicable tweet, she wrote: “Kemi Badenoch is a GIFT to racists and white supremacy – [she] uses her black identity to delegitimize the systemic oppression she claims [the] The UK is being falsely accused and is now using black minority identity to run for Prime Minister. A Black Racial-Gatekeeping Executioner of racist conservative policies. ‘

Dr Mos-Shogbamimu also accused Badenoch of “taking power” and told him to “return to his mother” for “laundering”. [the] British Empire’.

She also took aim at Nadhim Zahawi, also describing him as a “shameless racial gatekeeper”.

Meanwhile, Marxist activist Ash Sarkar poked fun at the candidates’ humble beginnings, tweeting on Monday: ‘Every BAME Tory leadership pitch starts with ‘My parents came to this country with NOTHING but a copy of ‘Atlas Shrugged in their pockets. . .”’

I learned about this hatred on the left about three years ago, when I wrote my first article for the Mail, in which I questioned the motives of the controversial Black Lives Matter organization in the UK.

The reaction online has been horrible. I was called every name imaginable and bombarded with threats. One person, a complete stranger, hoped that I would be ‘sterile’ – apparently in the twisted belief that this feeling would further the cause of black Britain.

Worse still, my mother’s phone number was published online and people were encouraged to harass my family.

One of the most common slurs I hear directed at right-wing ethnic minorities is the word ‘coconut’, which implies that someone is ‘brown on the outside, white on the inside’. .

I hope any ten-year-old would be disgusted to hear such an insult in the playground, but apparently it’s commonplace in socialist circles.

Indeed, much of this abuse is in plain sight. Consider, for example, a cartoon in The Guardian from two years ago, drawn by Steve Bell, depicting Home Secretary Priti Patel as a big bull with horns and a nose ring.

What strikes me is that, far from being progressive, the left is in fact the one that is stuck in the past and fixated on the color of people’s skin.

In contrast, the right is much happier accepting individuals as they are, regardless of color.

Otherwise, how do you explain the impressive array of Conservative candidates who have lined up to compete to become our next Prime Minister?

It is no coincidence that the Labor Party wants to drag us decades into the past by refusing to condemn the strike and zealous plans of the unions which threaten us with a summer of discontent.

Because despite all his reformist and modernizing pretensions, he refuses to let go of the old shibboleths.

After the Tory squabbles of recent months, Labor should be far ahead in the polls. Instead, it knots on irrelevant stories of the ‘Westminster bubble’ or stirred up minority issues, leaving most ordinary Britons bewildered and desperate in the midst of a cost of living crisis.

Meanwhile, when it comes to policy areas that voters really care about – such as immigration and Brexit – Labor MPs accuse the Tories of being the ones reactionary and out of touch with the public mood.

An argument made all the more ridiculous when you consider that Labor’s front bench is particularly pale – and completely outdated.

Let’s be clear: I would never advocate quotas or affirmative action. On the contrary, these guilt-inducing policies are guaranteed to suppress true meritocracy.

Frankly, I don’t care if the entire Cabinet was made up of middle-aged white men — or Asian millennial women, for that matter — as long as they were obviously the best people for the job.

In reality, of course, the best never come from just one background. We can see it clearly in the Conservative Party, which has enjoyed 12 years in power.

And it’s also seen clearly in the leadership contest lineup, with candidates like Kemi Badenoch, who worked at McDonald’s to fund his college education, and Rishi Sunak, whose campaign video tells the inspirational story of his grandmother came to Britain from India hoping for a better life.

Conservatism provides a natural home for aspiration and equality of opportunity. And the Party nurtures those who want to put their talents to work. Because, as this diversity of candidates proves, hard work pays off.

And that’s what it means to be British.

Esther Krakue is a writer and animator.

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