Given this Government’s oxymoronic cabinet and its historical stance on social justice, should we really be surprised to learn that the Conservative mayoral candidate for next Thursday’s elections, Zac Goldsmith, has based his campaign on the old colonial tactics of divide and rule in arguably the most cosmopolitan city in the world?
Admittedly no, we really shouldn’t, but the latest Zac Goldsmith campaign of racial profiling that has targeted British Muslims continues to be a lingering and unresolved tension that has deeply unsettled the national consciousness of ethnic minorities here in the UK.
Much of the rhetoric in the letters and leaflets posted to Asian households are ruthlessly dehumanising, patronising and exploitative of the socio-historical tensions that still exist, but have diminished significantly among the Punjabi-Sikh, Hindu-Gujarati and Pakistani-Muslim communities in recent years, which is why even for Conservatives this attack is below the belt.
This divisive hate-led propaganda that has infiltrated London letter boxes is shocking chiefly because it’s fundamentally antagonistic to the ethos of the Conservative Party, namely that of ‘One Nation, One United Kingdom‘, a policy of unity David Cameron swore to conform to in his manifesto during last year’s general election.
This is the hypocrisy in question – the fact that on one end of the political spectrum this party vouches for multiculturalism and unity, but in the blink of an eye, they are quick to change gear and exploit the plight of ethnic minorities in order to serve their own subjective intentions of cultural domination.
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