Aren’t Right Wing People Just A Bunch Of Racists?

There was a particularly interesting documentary on Radio 4 this week (link below) about why so few ethnic minority voters are happy to vote Tory called ‘Operation Black Vote’. According to this program, in the last general election the Conservatives received a smaller portion of the ethnic minority vote than Donald Trump did during the 2016 presidential election.

There were some similarly alarming facts all the way through the program:

  • Once an area becomes more then 30% non-white. It becomes essentially impossible for the Tories to win that seat.
  • 70%-80% of the non-white vote goes to the Labour party
  • Being perceived as ‘anti-immigrant’ has a massive knock on effect on the amount of young voters a party attracts.

Although the program was focused on the Conservative party, and I do not support the Conservatives. Being the insufferable optimist that I am,I thought that there were some positive things to take away from this insightful documentary.

We are often left to believe (by those on the left and right) that a pro individual freedom and pro capitalist message simply does not wash with ethnic minorities. One of the things that this short doc made clear is that this simply is not true.

Almost by definition immigrants and the children of immigrants are often eager to improve their lot in life. For many of the interviewees, the Conservative message mattered very little. What mattered more was the perception of the Conservative party. The legacy of Enoch Powell, ‘the cricket test’ and opposition to migration all contribute to make the Tory brand toxic for many minority voters.

But more importantly the idea that certain ‘kinds’ of people are just not receptive to free market ideas is one that I think should be challenged.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000nn3

  3 comments for “Aren’t Right Wing People Just A Bunch Of Racists?

  1. Paul Marks
    Oct 12, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    The Conservative Party has bent over backwards to attract “ethnic minority” voters – and Mrs May is still doing things, for example the government demand for “ethnic pay gap data” from private employers. I find these antics morally repugnant – and they do not work anyway (the voting figures remain the same – regardless of what we do).

    The “cricket test” was ANTI racist – what Mr Tebbit was saying was that one should NOT judge someone on where they came from (or the colour of their skin), but on who they CHOOSE to support (for example in a sporting event). Again he was bending-over-backwards to try and make friends.

    If bending over backwards to try and make friends is considered “racist” then anything we do, or do not do, will be considered “racist” – so time to forget about the whole thing. If people do not like us, they do not like us. I am not going to crawl on all fours like a beast begging people to like me.

    By the way if the United Kingdom is such an evil “racist” country why do people want to come here and why do they stay? “Racist question!” oh bleep off.

    If someone shares my desire for smaller government (lower taxes, less government spending, less regulations) then I do not give a damn what “race” they are – but I am not going spend what is left of my life walking on egg shells to avoid “offending” people, and I am not going to spend time apologising for things I have not done.

    • Oct 13, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      I believe that the politics of race and ethnicity have to a great extent been weaponized by the left. Particularly after the 1960s. Not everybody in Britain prior to Race Relations act was a rabid racist (far from it) foaming at the mouth to expel non-white people from their neighborhoods. The fact that history has been painted that way is a real tragedy.

      “If someone shares my desire for smaller government (lower taxes, less government spending, less regulations) then I do not give a damn what “race” they are”

      Indeed, part of the reason I decided to bring attention to this issue is that for too long people with non-socialist views have been made to look like a plain clothed division of the KKK. It is time to start combating that narrative.

  2. Julie near Chicago
    Oct 14, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    A good posting and two very good comments.

    As for “…the politics of race and ethnicity have to a great extent been weaponized by the left. Particularly after the 1960s,” that is absolutely the case over here. Truer words were never!

    And especially especially by the abominable Obama. Where would he have been without Jesse (Jackson) and Al (Sharpton), who came before him to plough and fertilize the same turf?

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