Saturday, 25 April 2015

Daily Telegraph: When the Conservatives speak to the English, they're mostly talking to white people

Daily Telegraph: When the Conservatives speak to the English, they're mostly talking to white people

Article by James Kirkup

'Why non-white people prefer Britishness to Englishness is not something I feel qualified to comment on, since I haven't seen much research on the issue. So I'll stick to the political implications of those numbers instead of their causes.
For one thing, an overtly English Conservative Party may struggle to address its recent underperformance among non-white voters.

British Future, another first-rate think-tank, recently highlighted that disparity: 16 per cent of non-white Britons vote Tory, and 68 per cent for Labour.

In an analysis shared by some senior Tories, British Future suggests that unless the party can shed its "stale and pale" image, it will forever fail to win a convincing majority in parliament - not least because Britain is becoming less white too. Policy Exchange estimates that Britain will be 30 per cent non-white by 2050. That will presumably mean an associated reduction in the proportion of the population defining themselves as English.

Could the current Tory embrace of England and pursuit of English votes be another example of short-term electoral tactics working against the party's long-term strategic interests?'



The Conservative Party really does need to think about how it can become more inclusive.

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