A ‘proud Cameroon’ has revealed that the Conservative Party won the General Election by using the Labour Party’s divide and rule tactics with black and minority ethnic voters.
Binita Mehta, a Conservative party member from Watford and confessed ‘Tofu Tory’ (vegan) has written for the Spectator about how “one in three minority ethnic voters supported the Tories”, taking a swipe at Labour for its condescending outreach towards women, and for former leader Ed Miliband’s outreach to the Sikh community.
But Mehta, who uses her Twitter to describe herself as a ‘Cameroon Conservative’ (read: wet, without philosophy, and left-wing) goes on to boast about the Conservative Party’s outreach to Indian voters, including this incredibly cringeworthy ‘Bollywood song‘ produced by the Tory Party to reach out to Asian voters. One would argue that this is indeed worse than the infamous ‘UKIP Calypso‘ (which I have to confess, I actually liked).
She writes: “We [Young, BME voters] don’t take well to tokenistic ‘divide and rule’ politics like Harriet Harman’s pink van or Ed Miliband’s encounter with the Sikh candidate.”
The double standards don’t seem apparent to Mehta. When Labour does outreach to special interest groups, it is apparently “tokenistic”, but when her own party does it – it’s a stroke of genius.
She continues: “The Conservatives had a positive, unifying One Nation message…” somewhat disproved by the fact that she is even writing an article on targeting BME voters.
Mehta expresses delight that the Conservative Party is “no longer male, pale, and stale” in what may constitute both a misandristic and racist comment: why is staleness linked with masculinity and the (lack of) skin colour?
She writes: “The rise of BME politicians has also helped the Conservatives achieve wider support. New Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Employment Minister Priti Patel – like me, a Watford Grammar alumna of East African Indian descent – got into cabinet on their own merits and without quotas. In Watford, groups like the Conservative Friends of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, prove that the Tories are no longer just a ‘male, pale and stale’ party.”
She may be right about Javid and Patel, but that is not to say the Conservative Party doesn’t do quotas. It absolutely does, with Cameron himself promising all-women shortlists, and it being no great secret in Westminster that the Conservative Party’s selection processes lean towards ethnic minorities and people without penises. What makes the likes of Javid and Patel attractive is that they are actually, authentically right-wing. Unlike the party’s leader.
Finally, shining a light on her lack of understanding of politics, Mehta writes of one of the great figures of 20th century British politics: “Any echoes of Enoch Powell now come predominantly from Ukip,” as if he were someone the Conservative Party should be proud to disown.
Yes, the Conservatives probably did win this election in no small part thanks to the BME voters of Britain. But whether it has done so at the expense of a real one nation philosophy is a question that is yet to be answered. After all, we know appealing to people on special interest grounds can cause as many problems as it can solve.