David Cameron Must Avoid an ‘Ethnic Beauty Contest’ When Choosing Candidates to Fight 2015 Election, Says MP

Christopher Hope, Telegraph (London), January 3, 2013

David Cameron should avoid having an “ethnic beauty contest” when selecting parliamentary candidates for the next general election, according to one of his MPs.

Mark Pritchard MP said that it was “patronising” and “politically naïve” to assume that adopting more ethnic candidates would mean “that Asian and Afro-Caribbean voters across Britain will experience some sort of ‘political epiphany’ and suddenly begin voting Conservative”.

Mr Pritchard, MP for The Wrekin, said the party risks putting itself “on a collision course with Conservative associations” if it prioritises ethnic minorities over equally capable white British prospective candidates to fight the next general election, expected in 2015.

Mr Pritchard, a former officer of the influential 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs, said: “Any outside interference is rightly and fiercely resisted. Number 10 must learn the lessons from the failed ‘A list’ experiment.”

His call may be seen as a rebuke to David Cameron, who has called for more action to build support for the party among black and Asian voters, with MPs and candidates getting advice from Tory HQ on how to engage with different communities.

The party dropped the ‘A-list’ designed to encourage more women and ethnic minority candidates at the end of last year, with co-chairman Grant Shapps saying the Conservatives had “crossed the Rubicon” in selecting more diverse candidates.

Writing on the Politicshome.com website, Mr Pritchard said he wanted to see a trend which saw the number of ethnic Tory candidates increase from two to 11 between the 2005 and 2010 general elections.

But he said it was vital that the final decision on whether to adopt a candidate to fight a seat was left to the local constituency association.

He said: “The final choice of Parliamentary candidates should be for Conservative Associations alone.

“It would be misguided if the Party hierarchy were again tempted to set itself on a collision course with Conservative Associations by attempting to fast-track favoured ethnic minority candidates over equally talented white-British candidates.

“Conservative Associations rightly value their independence and ‘right to choose’ their prospective parliamentary candidates.

“Any outside interference is rightly and fiercely resisted. Number 10 must learn the lessons from the failed ‘A list’ experiment.”

Mr Pritchard added that it was “politically naive to think that by merely increasing ethnic representation within the Parliamentary Party and rushing to diversify the ethnicity of government Ministers that Asian and Afro-Caribbean voters across Britain will experience some sort of ‘political epiphany’ and suddenly begin voting Conservative”.

He added: “It is also patronising. I never met anyone on any doorstep from any ethnic group who has said they were more likely to vote Conservative if they saw more Black or Asian faces sat on Conservative benches.

“The Conservative Party needs to communicate in the social and economic languages of Britain’s ethnic minorities not fret about learning a myriad of mother tongues.”

Mr Pritchard said that “tokenism” was politically lazy and “the majority of the electorate still rightly place more value on the calibre of a candidate rather than the colour of a candidate.

“Most want a candidate who share their values and are willing to fight their corner—irrespective of gender, race, or religion.

“In reality voters from all ethnic backgrounds mostly share the same ‘needs and wants’ as one another. Their primary concerns are keeping a roof over their heads, putting food on the table, a safe neighbourhood, decent schools, and the prospect of a more prosperous future.

“The Conservative Party must not embark on an ethnic beauty parade but instead showcase trans-community principles and policies that unite the nation, appeal across every ethnic group, irrespective of background, religion, North South geography, gender, or income.

“This is true One Nation conservatism; inclusive, binding, cohesive, no one left behind; the British Dream, real equality.”

He continued: “Like the majority, Britain’s ethnic minorities want to support a Conservative Party that champions the hope that their tomorrow can be better than their today, that their children’s future will be more prosperous and secure than their own, and that talent always triumphs over tokenism.

“They want Conservative policies that reach out to people’s hearts and minds, that enthuse and inspire them, and a Party of values not transient vanities.

“The Conservative Party needs to continue to modernise—but in changing its practices it must not jettison its long-proven principles.”

A spokesman for the Conservative Party declined to comment on Mr Pritchard’s remarks. A Conservative source said: “The Conservative Party has to be representative of modern Britain.”

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  • David Ashton

    The “modernizers” say that conservative values of family and hard work appeal to ethnics as much as whites, but any ethnics who take that view have already voted Conservative. The only way to get them away from Labour is by copying a specific ethnic-group handout or privilege policy which sets up a ponzi-like resource competition, with white taxpayers the only losers and potential UKIP protest-voters. Notice they do not appeal to a British patriotism, though this would actually work with some ethnics as well as the white majority. The Con leadership has no instinctive patriotism; it is just a me-too for Lib-Dem political correctness (designed surreptitiously to undermine national identity, the monarchy and the church). This self-defeating “equality and diversity” approach has intrinsic vote-losing factors; for example, the Muslims and Blacks have no enthusiasm for “gay marriage”. Sikhs have no enthusiasm for Muslims, etc.
    The right platform would emphasize British Patriotism (no need for an explicit white race policy) and an Immigration Moratorium (supported by most whites and some ethnics), plus a stronger policy against violent crime. Of course, no-one will get anywhere without a constructive economic policy. Contempt for a failed political class is growing in Britain. Rearranging prayer-mats on the Titanic won’t stop the coming collision.

  • Whaaaat??? I clicked on here hoping to see some ethnic beauties!

    • rightrightright


      If you like heifers, you’ll appreciate Diane Abbott.

      • David Ashton

        She has the curious habit of rolling her eyes upwards when thinking and resembles those black dolls with eyes that clicked white or shut when put down. Just a titbit.

  • bigone4u

    I recall when the Republican party in the US was touting black J C Watts, former football hero. In fact, he was highly successful in gaining multiracial voter support in Oklahoma. Married to a black woman, he had fathered a baby with a white girl while in high school. However, even that scandal did not impede his rise in football since he was good at it. In Repub circles he was also welcomed since he preached a message of god and family. Watts retired in 2003 to make money. It seems that this article is saying the Brits need to find their own version of J C Watts. I would suggest an athlete, since whites worship (grovel) at the feet of athletes no matter their race and no matter how vile their behavior.

  • The__Bobster

    Funny how “conservatives” on both sides of the pond come up with the same inane ideas.

  • dhs

    The very presence of these “ethnic beauties” indicates that traditional Britain (or a reasonable facsimile) is long gone.

  • JackKrak

    More proof that elections in multiracial societies invariably become racial headcounts.

  • KenelmDigby

    Britain has a non-White population that is conservatively estimated at 9 million.
    It more or less doubles every 15 years, whilst the indigenous White population is in a state of accelerating decline.
    It doesn’t take a genius to work out that, within 25 years, Britain will be a majority non-White state.
    As a matter of fact, to a first approximation ALL non-White votes in Britain go to Labour. This will not change as the non-Whites are canny enough to know which side their bread is buttered on. (If the worse comes to the worst Labour would spill White blood to protect non-Whites).
    – Therefore in the miedium to long term the Conservative Party is finished.
    Perhaps we will see a radical realignment in British politics with UKIP becoming the defacto ‘White’ party and Labour the ‘immigrationist’ party.

    • David Ashton

      Farage has to be a little MORE canny when saying he doesn’t want “racists” or BNP people in UKIP. People are joining him for reasons other than EU membership. He is mistaken in talking of (unpredictable) candidates in every UK constituency which means colossal loss of election deposits and canvass expenses (but guaranteed TV time) and splitting the Con vote, to let Labour back in. UKIP has to evolve a pro-European policy in the “racial” sense and confront Cultural Marxism head on. A free-trade globalism as an “overweight” island has no future unless common action is taken against the third-world exports and there is food and raw material security.

  • A Tory growing a pair of balls ? When did this happen ?