From the other end of Kent, to this End of Kent comes news of the latest Conservative councillor to be found expressing racist views. Read all about it here. The Conservative Party are keen to downplay this incident, suspending Bromley Cllr. Peter Hobbins and saying :
"There is no room for racism in the Conservative Party.”
If only this were true. If the Conservative Party wants to be taken seriously on racism it cannot continue its current “Year Zero” approach where every incident is quickly depicted as isolated and fenced off.
here's a list of Conservative councillors with links to their racist incidents
and a little bit of "controversy" on race issues is no barrier to rising in the Conservative Party
Let’s be clear there are more racist political activists in the Conservative Party than the BNP. This is what they get caught saying in public, what they say in private is often worse. I’m not saying all Conservatives are racist but a sizable minority are. When I was a councillor in Lewisham Conservatives like Barrie Anderson and David Britton did not just talk the talk on racism, but they walked the walk, with a proud record ahead of most of their contemporaries.
In my experience they remain the minority in the Conservative Party. The racists in the Conservative Party are also the minority. The problem is the overwhelming majority of Conservatives are prepared to turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to racism. To hope it goes away, but in reality to tolerate it, and to elect to senior positions people who privately act and think in unacceptable ways.
Cllr. Hobbins may be at the other end of Kent, but the Conservative Party remains a place where racism is unchallenged and tolerated.
There is still plenty of space for racism in the Conservative Party.