The Conservatives struggle to attract ethnic minorities supporters because they have “questions to answer” on race, one of David Cameron’s advisers has admitted.
Shaun Bailey, who has been one of the prime minister’s only black advisers, was speaking after a survey found the ethnic minority vote may be crucial to winning the next election.
The former parliamentary candidate said many black people were turned off the Tories because the party was associated with “the establishment” but admitted the problem went further than that.
“The Conservatives haven’t been brilliant around race,” he told a Telegraph podcast.
“I’m not telling you it’s a whole big lie and they’re spot on. No, they’ve had questions to [answer] and many of the questions they haven’t answered.
“We need to speak about race. Our weakness is we don’t talk about it. If we don’t talk about it, the other side get to tell everyone what you believe about it. We need not to be afraid about it.”
He added: “If someone said to me why I am so interested in politics and being an MP and all that, I want to show you can be of my race and my class and be a front bench member, a back bench member, a fully paid up member of the Conservative party. I think for our social progress it’s very important.
“You are in a fairly racist country. It’s a fact. It’s not as racist as America, but there’s a lot of racism in this country. That is a fact.”
Bailey was squeezed out of his job as a special adviser to the prime minister to make room for another influx of old Etonians, he alleged earlier this year.
He was given a part-time role in the Cabinet Office, telling friends it was because he was “different”.
His comments come after an Operation Black Vote study found the number of seats where black and Asian votes could swing the election result had increased by 70% since 2010.
The study concluded that there were 168 marginal seats with an ethnic minority vote larger than the majority of the sitting MP, including seats in medium-sized urban areas like Southampton, Oxford, Sherwood, Ipswich and Northampton.
The finding has led many analysts to question whether the government recent anti-immigration initiatives, such as the so-called ‘racist vans’ and spot checks by UK Border Agency staff, might do more damage than good to the Tories’ election strategy.
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Police Will Be Able To Read Everyone’s Internet Search History Under New Plan
UK Police are asking the government for new surveillance powers to be able to view the Internet search history of every single person in the country.
Richard Berry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told The Guardian that “We want to police by consent, and we want to ensure that privacy safeguards are in place. But we need to balance this with the needs of the vulnerable and the victims. We essentially need the ‘who, where, when and what’ of any communication – who initiated it, where were they and when did it happened. And a little bit of the ‘what’, were they on Facebook, or a banking site, or an illegal child-abuse image-sharing website?”
“Five years ago, [a suspect] could have physically walked into a bank and carried out a transaction. We could have put a surveillance team on that but now, most of it is done online. We just want to know about the visit,” he added.
It is likely that police are already looking at your online activity, but just want the power to do it legally. As we learned from whistleblower Edward Snowden, governments are very interested what their citizens are doing online, and they do have the technology to spy on every telephone call and Internet communication.
Police in the UK have been attempting to reach for these powers through legislation for years, but they have been blocked on multiple occasions. This new effort proves that they will not be giving up on getting legal permission for their spying programs.
MP David Davis told The Guardian “It’s extraordinary they’re asking for this again, they are overreaching and there is no proven need to retain such data for a year.”
Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the specifics of the plan during a meeting about the Government’s new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
“I’ve said many times before that it is not possible to debate the balance between privacy and security, including the rights and wrongs of intrusive powers and the oversight arrangements that govern them without also considering the threats that we face as a country,” May said.
“They include not just terrorism from overseas and home-grown in the UK, but also industrial, military and state espionage.They include not just organized criminality, but also the proliferation of once physical crimes online, such as child sexual exploitation. And the technological challenges that that brings. In the face of such threats we have a duty to ensure that the agencies whose job it is to keep us safe have the powers they need to do the job,” she added.
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