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Public reaction to Johnson suggests widespread belief that Conservatives are a racist party

Racist and sexist: Let’s not forget that Boris Johnson has also been criticised for his attitude to women.

It is perfectly understandable that Tory MPs are supporting Boris Johnson’s bid to be prime minister because the Conservative Party is inherently racist – according to members of the public.

This Site’s articles after the SNP’s Commons leader, Ian Blackford, condemned Mr Johnson over racist remarks made in the past, stirred up a storm of responses on the social media – that speak for themselves:

“Tells us all we need to know that despite their pretence to care about racism they will happily elect a racist to try and keep them in power. Shameful-but totally in keeping with Tory values,” tweeted Peter Shearer.

“I believe the Tory Party’s base is as racist as those they vote into public office,” added ‘Cochis’.

‘Maryland’ suggested the reminder of the remarks would “potentially increase his vote. They are all in this together.”

Sue Lees: “Of course, they already knew he was a bigot and they condone it. No excuses, no justification, anyone who supports his sort of ideology are themselves complete arses.”

Louise Preston: “Of course they will still vote for him. Only interested in clinging into power and cabinet posts for themselves, couldn’t care less about anything else.”

‘Dot’ stated that Tories would vote for Mr Johnsons: “Everyday and twice on Sunday. Tory MPs are that craven.”

They may be voting for him twice today (Thursday, June 20), in fact.

“Yes they will,” agreed ‘AfterAtosAssessment. “It’s not an issue for those who vote the likes of Boris in over and over again.”

Michael Taylor: “Well after all the Tory party are and have always been racist.”

And according to Derrick Gaskin, “Most Conservative MPs are racist.

That assertion may well be demonstrated by the results of the last two votes by Tory MPs today.

But Conservative Party members in the constituencies are watching – and may fear being tarred with the same “racism” brush that has touched so many of their MPs.

A vote for Mr Johnson is now being seen as a vote for racism. Will the Tory grassroots vote for racism?

UPDATE: Boris Johnson had 157 votes in the fourth round of the Tory leadership election which means more than half of the Conservative MPs in Parliament are now openly supporting his racism.

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Stewart surge knocks Raab out of Tory leader race – and threatens even Johnson

Sucker punch: Dominic Raab has been knocked out of the Conservative leadership race after Rory Stewart enjoyed a surge that doubled his support among MPs.

Surprise results from the second round of the Conservative Party leadership election show a big leap in support for Rory Stewart.

Mr Stewart, who scraped into the second round of the election in bottom place, has doubled his support, leapfrogging both Dominic Raab and Sajid Javid.

Mr Raab is out now; Mr Javid may be out next time.

Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove will be disappointed; their support base has hardly changed since the first round.

Neither has Boris Johnson’s. And he will have been hoping to dodge having to clash with Mr Stewart in the BBC’s televised debate this evening (June 18).

Mr Stewart will want to ask the race leader whether he has been making contradictory promises to different groups in order to secure their support and Mr Johnson’s response to this and other questions may dictate the result of the contest.

But who will get Dominic Raab’s votes?

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Tories vote in second round of Tory leadership contest, as candidates round on Rory Stewart

Not that confident: Rory Stewart.

The second round of the Conservative Party leadership election has begun, amid acrimony between some candidates and dark horse contender Rory Stewart.

Mr Stewart, who polled lowest among contenders who got through to the second round, has been quietly (and politely) amassing a surprising amount of momentum.

He came second in a survey of candidates by ConservativeHome, behind Boris Johnson.

He was considered the most impressive candidate in the Channel 4 televised debate on Sunday – in which Mr Johnson was “empty-chaired”.

And it seems he is thought to be the most “disruptive” candidate apart from Mr Johnson.

This could make him a danger to Mr Johnson’s own chances if they face each other in the BBC televised debate today (June 18). It seems likely that, if he does get through the current round of voting, he’ll be asking awkward questions about the promises Mr Johnson has been making.

It seems Mr Johnson has persuaded groups that have irreconcilable differences to back him and Mr Stewart is likely to ask whether this means he has been offering different things to different groups, telling them what they want to hear rather than what he intends to do.

Strangely, it seems the other candidates don’t want this to happen and would prefer Mr Johnson to have an easy time of it, as they are doing their level best to gang up on Mr Stewart.

Sajid Javid said Mr Stewart was effectively the candidate for remaining in the European Union: “I think [Stewart’s] effectively telling us that we should remain in the EU and there is a small constituency amongst my colleagues that would rather remain than leave, and I think that is part of the challenge that we have to deal with. And so I think up to a point Rory can attract that support but it’s not going to get us any further.”

It is possible the claim was prompted after Mr Stewart, who is MP for Penrith and the Border in Cumbria, commented that he was concerned about the effect of a no-deal Brexit on sheep farmers in his constituency. He has repudiated Mr Javid’s words:

There have also been rumours that Mr Stewart may have been a spy for MI6 when he worked as the British Representative to Montenegro in the wake of the Kosovo campaign in 1999. If he had been, he certainly would not admit it – and in any case, he said, the press would not be allowed to report it, according to the law.

Will this combined criticism cause Mr Stewart’s support to collapse? We’ll know very soon.

Asked how he was feeling when he cast his own vote, Mr Stewart admitted: “Not that confident.”

Possibly the most interesting comment on it has come from David Gauke, who supports the Stewart campaign. He tweeted:]

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Is it really a boost for Boris Johnson that he’s now supported by leadership failure Leadsom?

Mutual support: Boris Johnson endorsed Andrea Leadsom’s bid to be Tory leader in 2016. Now she has been defeated again, she has come out for him.

Tory leadership favourite Boris Johnson must be just glowing after he won the support of Andrea Leadsom, the former rival who fell out of the contest at the first hurdle.

Ms Leadsom gave “two key reasons” for backing Mr Johnson:

“One is I think he is the best placed to get us out of the EU at the end of October. His view and mine are closely aligned there.

“Secondly, I do believe he is an election winner. He is someone who can bring the country and the party back together and take us forward in a positive way.

“And the third thing which is more nuanced really is that he and I share a scepticism about the HS2 project on the grounds of value for money.

“But he, at the same time, has a big commitment to improving infrastructure in the country to a pro-business agenda that will really get our ecomony to be motoring, which is essential in a post-Brexit world.”

The first thing we should notice about that is, Ms Leadsom can’t count – those are four reasons.

Next, let’s all remember that she is a hardline Brexiter who wants out and doesn’t care if it’s without a deal. So she’s making Mr Johnson the “no-deal” candidate (which may upset Dominic Raab’s plans somewhat).

Moving on, she’s saying she doesn’t care if he wrecks the Tory claim of “fiscal responsibility” (which is a myth in any case).

Finally, let’s look at what she didn’t say – but should have.

Mr Johnson endorsed Ms Leadsom’s candidacy in 2016, saying she had the “zip, drive and determination” to be prime minister. One might say it was only fair that she return the favour – once she was knocked out of the race again, of course.

The rest is summed up in a comment to This Site that I saw today:

“I fear that Boris could do something either spectacularly immoral, like cheating on a wife or girlfriend, or abandoning a partner and child, or helping a friend get a journalist beaten up, or making blatant racist remarks, or else do something spectacularly inept like wasting millions of taxpayer pounds on London water cannon that have to then be scrapped or planning a Garden Bridge that never got built, or denouncing Tory donors by saying “F**k business”, and he would still be the Tory voter’s favourite.”

And has he not done those things already?

Here’s Chris Patten, putting it a different way:

This is the kind of man Ms Leadsom thinks should be prime minister.

It seems clear that knocking her out of the leadership race early was a wise decision.

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Do the Tories really want a massive coward like Boris Johnson as prime minister?

On his bike: Boris Johnson starts pedalling the instant anyone comes near him with a question about his Tory leadership campaign.

News coverage of the Conservative leadership race this morning (June 17) is amazing – TV news types seem desperate to crown Boris Johnson a month before the result is announced… and he’s a complete and utter coward.

Where was he at the televised leadership debate on Channel 4 yesterday? Empty-chaired because he was afraid to face the public.

Where is he at the media press conferences today? Nowhere to be seen because he’s “too busy doing debate prep to be able to attend”.

He is the absentee candidate.

Clearly he and his team are terrified that his campaign will fall apart the instant it comes into contact with anyone other than compliant Tory-supporting press bods in the BBC and elsewhere.

He is leaving it to other candidates – and ex-candidates – to state his case. And they’re doing it, for crying out loud!

Consider Michael Gove on the BBC’s Today programme, defending Mr Johnson’s appalling morals:

He continued: “I will happily defend Boris on this. There have been various attempts to to mount personal attacks against him and against some other candidates. I think that is wrong. Look, in the past, I have had my criticisms and differences with Boris. But I believe he is somebody who is capable of being prime minister.”

There was a slight barb, however: “But the key question is – who do we believe is the person with the best record in office, and the clearest vision for the future?”

That won’t be Mr Johnson, then! His vision for the future is to say whatever will get him into 10 Downing Street.

David Gauke, a soon-to-be-former cabinet minister if Mr Johnson wins, made this abundantly clear when he criticised the candidate’s latest unfunded spending promise, made in a column in the Daily Telegraph. After Mr Johnson promised to give every home in the UK access to superfast broadband by 2025, Mr Gauke tweeted:

He’s backing underdog candidate Rory Stewart – alongside a rising number of other Conservative MPs.

Despite failed candidate Matt Hancock having declared for Mr Johnson, it seems his supporters are splitting between the absentee favourite and Mr Stewart, who is making a strong showing at every public event he attends. The contrast could not be clearer.

But Mr Stewart will never be allowed to test his version of Conservative government, and perhaps we should be grateful for that.

The groundswell of support for Mr Johnson is a rush towards political suicide by the Conservative Party as a whole.

Conservatism has been an abject failure and the UK will be better-off without it, so perhaps the rest of us should welcome him too.

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The UN says austerity has fuelled UK racial inequality. Will the Tories call THIS a lie, too?

Prepare for a new outbreak of outrage against a United Nations rapporteur.

The Tory government likes to pour scorn on UN reports, and I reckon this will be no different.

Note that Tendayi Achiume managed all her research in 11 days. The Tories pilloried Phillip Alston, the poverty rapporteur, for carrying out his own research in less than two weeks, and there’s no reason this would be different.

Of course, it turned out that the facts on which Mr Alston based his findings were accurate and the Tories rubbished his report for political reasons.

Now Ms Achiume is quoting research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission estimating that by 2022 black households will have seen a 5five per cent loss in income because of austerity – double the loss for white households.

Tory spokespeople should have a field day with this.

But the evidence is damning:

The government’s austerity programme has entrenched racial inequality in the UK, a UN expert on racism has concluded in a report that also describes the Windrush scandal as a “glaring example” of discrimination in the UK’s immigration policy.

National debates in the aftermath of the EU referendum “amplified racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in the UK” said Tendayi Achiume, the UN’s special rapporteur on racism.

“Public and private actors have played dangerous roles in fuelling intolerance. Among them, politicians and media outlets deserve special attention given the significant influence they command in society,” she said, without naming the politicians or media outlets she had in mind.

Despite the existence of a legal framework devoted to combating racial discrimination, Achiume said race and ethnicity “continue to determine the life chances and wellbeing of people in Britain in ways that are unacceptable and, in many cases, unlawful.”

Achiume, a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, said a hostile environment “ostensibly created for, and formally restricted to, irregular immigrants is in effect a hostile environment for all racial and ethnic communities and individuals in the United Kingdom.”

Source: Austerity has fuelled racial inequality in the UK, says UN expert | Politics | The Guardian

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Hancock’s had his half-hour – he has pulled out of Tory leadership race

Bye bye: Matt Hancock has pulled out of the Tory leadership race.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has given up his attempt to be Conservative leader after attracting only 20 votes in the first round of the Tory leadership election.

Perhaps he wants to concentrate on privatising the National Health Service so we can’t rely on it in the nightmarish future that will be carved out by whoever wins.

Pole position was taken by Boris Johnson, who has declared that he will appear in a televised debate in what the pundits on the BBC’s PoliticsLive seem to think is a challenge for all the other candidates to stay in the race.

It seems he thinks he’ll look more “prime ministerial” if he can present himself as the man of stature with lots of political minnows nipping at his heels.

This Writer certainly hopes he has a big surprise on the day.

Certainly Mr Hancock is no big loss. He failed to make an impact and was right to pull out. His was exactly the kind of “vanity” candidacy that the Telegraph reckons party members wanted to quit.

In a statement, Hancock said: “I ran as the candidate of the future, but the party is understandably looking for a candidate for the unique circumstances we face right now.”

“I have therefore decided to withdraw from this contest, and I will look for the best way to advance the values we fought for, of free enterprise, and an open, aspirational, free society, underpinned by an optimistic belief in the value of each individual person.”

Source: Matt Hancock pulls out of Conservative leadership race | Politics | The Guardian

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Tory leader contest: Let’s all remember what Conservatism does to us

The candidates in the Conservative Party leadership election have been launching their campaigns today – and I’m sure their speeches make a lot of sense if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool, blue-rinsed Tory.

By a curious coincidence, the following social media post floated across my screen today and I wanted to share it. It says:

“While you were so worried Socialism would take your freedoms, Capitalism stole your pension, took your savings, sent your jobs overseas, robbed you of health care, dismantled the educational system, and put you in debt, leaving you only your racism, xenophobia, hate, & guns.”

The reference to guns suggests it wasn’t originally written for the UK, but the other words are entirely accurate. I would substitute “Conservatism” for “Capitalism” and add that it also sold all your public utilities – water, electricity, gas and others – to foreign firms.

None of the candidates in the Conservative leadership race will reverse any of the disasters listed here. They will worsen them. Remember that, as this election campaign goes forward.

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The candidates: Is Boris Johnson really worthy of being prime minister?

‘Poodle’: Boris Johnson is left at the door while EU politicians make the big decisions in this cartoon. Is that the kind of prime minister we want?

I’ll answer that question straight away: Probably not.

Theresa May has announced her resignation, and the launch of an election procedure for the leadership of the Conservative Party (and the prime ministership of the United Kingdom), starting on June 7.

Several prominent Tories have thrown their hats into the ring but, while they may be popular in party circles, that does not make them ideal national leaders.

In fact, some commentators are saying previous incumbents, like Mrs May and David Cameron before her, have poisoned the prime ministerial chalice so badly that it is a mark of stupidity to want it.

Take Boris Johnson, currently in pole position. Many Tory MPs – especially Brexiters – think he is ideal to take the UK out of the European Union.

But is he really, when he is facing a private prosecution for misconduct in public office, over his false claim in the slogan that the UK gives £350 million to the EU every week, “let’s fund the NHS instead”?

His lawyer is arguing that the claim was not attached to his work as a member of Parliament, but an easy counter-argument is that – as an MP – he should not mislead the public with false information.

Martin Fletcher in The New Statesman is fairly uncompromising in his verdict on Mr Johnson, saying if elected he would be “the least-qualified prime minister of modern times”… to face the “gravest crisis since the Second World War – a crisis of which he was a principal architect”.

He wrote: “Johnson’s only ministerial experience consists of two dire years as foreign secretary – a stint memorable for his gaffes, gratuitous insults, guff about creating a “Global Britain” and constant undermining of Theresa May.

“As London’s mayor … “Boris Bikes” were Ken Livingstone’s idea, the Thames cable car and ArcelorMittal Orbit tower were expensive flops, and his ultimate vanity project, the aborted Garden Bridge, cost £53m without a brick being laid.

“Before that, Johnson served briefly as shadow arts minister, but was fired by Michael Howard, then Tory leader, for lying about one of his extramarital affairs.

“He is a congenital liar, serially disloyal, untrustworthy, irresponsible and hopelessly chaotic – as David Cameron, Michael Gove, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, his former wives, and many others know only too well.

“He has shown an almost criminal disregard for Britain’s economic well-being (“Fuck business”) and for Northern Ireland’s fragile peace (he once compared its border to London’s congestion zone). He has no core principles beyond the advancement of one B Johnson, and the idea that he is motivated by a desire to help others is laughable.

“Nor is it easy to see how Johnson could negotiate a better Brexit deal than Theresa May. “We have blinked. We have baulked. We have bottled it completely,” he complains of the government’s efforts since 2016. We need to be tougher, he insists. To threaten a no-deal Brexit and to mean it. To force Brussels to blink first.

“That is pure fantasy. Johnson is abhorred throughout the EU, which he once compared to the Third Reich. Europe’s leaders would know, moreover, that parliament remained overwhelmingly opposed to a no-deal Brexit. There is no way they would make concessions to Johnson that they denied to May. It is doubtful they would even agree to reopen negotiations, let alone extend the Article 50 deadline once more.

“Johnson’s fundamental problem is that the have-your-cake-and-eat-it Brexit that he promised voters in the referendum was never remotely attainable. If, heaven forbid, he becomes prime minister he will finally be exposed for the snake-oil salesman that he is, but the country will have paid a grievous price.”

Watch Mr Johnson squirm as his past behaviour was raised in an interview on the Marr show last week:

Would you like more? Here:

Yet Mr Johnson is front-runner to be prime minister because of the tribalism of ‘Little England’ Tory Party members. What will that do for the United Kingdom?

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/1131895920080117763

https://twitter.com/AJobTracker/status/1131889165572943872

That’s not much of a future.

No wonder so many people are calling for a general election – to purify the well, in a manner of speaking, and try to return some integrity to British politics.

It is a convincing argument – unless you’re a Tory. They won’t accept the evidence until they have caused another disaster.

We’ll know the name of that disaster by the end of July.

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How can the Tories expect to fight Islamophobia? James Cleverly doesn’t even know what it is!

Grand wizards: On Monday, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted that Tories who had an emergency meeting with Theresa May over the weekend had taken to calling themselves “grand wizards” – a term used by the racist Ku Klux Klan. Now James Cleverly has refused to accept a new definition of Islamophobia, using the hard-right claim that ‘Islam isn’t a race’. Clearly the Conservatives have a racism problem.

This was a new low for Mr Not-Very-Cleverly.

In the wake of Labour’s adoption of a definition of Islamophobia, and after 15 Tory Party members were quietly re-admitted to the party despite having been found to have made Islamophobic comments, BBC Politics Live presenter Jo Coburn challenged Tory deputy chairman James Cleverly to explain why his party would not adopt the definition.

In responses, he flew to pieces on live television. See for yourself:

The Twitterati had a lot of fun with this one. Aaron Bastani tweeted: “The Tories. The party of allusions to the KKK, repeating white supremacist memes and, now, musing that islamophobia doesn’t exist because ‘Islam isn’t a race’.”

And Dan Lewis wrote: “Cleverly stutters around why his party won’t accept the definition of Islamophobia & @LauraPidcockMP explains exactly why. ‘The idea that you cannot accept this is nonsensical but it is symbolic of the racism that is endemic within your party.'”

And has the Conservative Party adopted the new definition of Islamophobia yet?

At the time of writing: No.


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