Given my disbelief that so many people appear to have forgotten just how bad the Tories were before the New Labour election victory in 1997, I feel obliged to highlight the real face of the Tories.

Having won the mayoral elections in London in May earlier this year, two stories begin to highlight the true Conservative face that continues to hide behind the floppy haired, ‘Have I Got News for You’ face of Boris Johnson and the extremely smarmy face of Tory party leader, David Cameron.

First, the Mayor decided to strip the annual, free, anti-racism festival in London – Rise – of its ‘anti-racism’ message. Staggering considering that the festival is an ‘anti-racism’ festival and that London is one of the most diverse cities in the world.

Second, one of the Mayor’s senior aide’s – James McGrath – has had to resign his post following remarks about how if older black Londoners didn’t like the Tory administration: “Well, let them go if they don’t like it here”. Previously, Boris Johnson himself has been criticised for calling black children “piccaninnies” and saying that black people had “water melon smiles”.

Despite the (apparent) niceties of David Cameron and those such as Boris Johnson, the politics remains the same and part of that is an underlying sense of disregard for protecting minority communities and championing causes against racism and other forms of prejudice. Give them more power and the results will be far wider reaching…

It’s worrying that so many people seem to be taken in by this gloss and fail to see the reality that is only ever so slightly hidden below the surface.

“Hail to the Thief”: I keep the wolf fom the door…


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