Will Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party – if it stays in power – renounce May’s identity politics and State interventionism? A party that conserves nothing and uses the State as its ideological enforcement arm does not deserve its name. It deserves to die – so argued Laura Perrins as Mrs May introduced her various victimhood audits two years ago. We republish it today, the last of a series arguing for a radical new conservative vision to replace the Left-liberal-feminist order. This article was first published on October 11, 2017.
THE headline on the front page of the Times, the paper of record, was: ‘Britain’s first race audit reveals extent of discrimination.’ They have made up their minds: any unequal outcome between race or ethnic groups is evidence of discrimination. And just who is doing the discriminating, you might ask? Why, everyone, society and the public sector, according to our Prime Minister.
‘Schools, police forces and councils will have nowhere to hide on discrimination, Theresa May pledges today as she publishes research laying bare racial divides across the country,’ said the introduction to the report.
Therefore the public sector is inherently, institutionally racist, according to the Prime Minister. Now, the public sector is inherently Leftist, but I do not believe for one second it is racist. Only a moron would come to such a conclusion.
The technocrat May ordered this ‘race audit’ into 130 aspects of life when she became Prime Minister and now the results are in. And they mean ‘that for society, as whole, for government, for our public services, there is nowhere to hide’, according to May.
So there you go – the Prime Minister herself believes Britain and its public sector is inherently racist, racist through and through, and you sitting over there, you big racist, have nowhere to hide.
This is the kind of poisonous rhetoric that results from seeing the world through data driven by the ideology of identity politics. Yes, disparities occur, and yes, individual acts of discrimination occur, but I do not believe, as our Prime Minister seems to believe, that schools – teachers! – are inherently racist. I do not believe that police forces are ‘institutionally racist’ and I do not believe our councils – Leftie councils! – are inherently racist. I don’t necessarily object to the audit, but I do object to the rhetoric.
Theresa May, with her audits and reviews and inquiries, treats special interest groups as victims to be saved from the marauding masses out there itching to do them down. She also believes that only government – the State – can do the saving. It is not so much Mother Theresa as Nurse Ratched: it is frightening to behold.
So, council worker and primary school teacher, when she talks like this, she is talking about you. She is saying that you must answer for any disparities that might occur between racial groups. If one group is ‘over-represented’ in the unemployment statistics, these individuals are in no way responsible for this. No, it must be some person out there keeping them out of a job or a teacher who discriminated against them at school. She means you.
This is what happens when you put a technocrat who believes in nothing in charge of the country. All May cares about is collating data and calling everyone else a racist to make herself look good.
Theresa May does not believe in conservatism or personal reasonability. She has no values other than ‘fighting injustice’, whatever that means. Obsessed with the data, she cannot see the wood for the trees – that it is culture, not race, that counts. It is culture and not race that brings success. That is why poor Chinese children perform better than white pupils (71 per cent of Chinese 11-year-olds met expected standards for reading, writing and maths against 54 per cent of white pupils). Do we think teachers are discriminating against white pupils in favour of Chinese? How likely do you think it is that our white teachers are doing this?
Make no mistake that this technocratic approach ruins lives. When May made changes to stop-and-search, knife and acid attacks rose. There are more dead kids because May cannot accept that although black men are over-represented in the crime statistics according to population, they are not over-represented according to the number of crimes committed. And these crimes are committed overwhelmingly against other black men. It seems that the black lives ruined by crime do not matter if they mess up the spreadsheet.
Now the crazy woman is ordering another audit into school exclusions, which no doubt will show boys and black students ‘over-represented’ in the statistics. This will have a chilling effect on school discipline, and it is poor pupils who will suffer. Any middle-class parents who can afford to get out will do so.
So there we have it. Our new Conservative Party is soft on crime, soft on school discipline, believes in nothing, conserves nothing, and is led by one of the worst Prime Ministers in living memory. It deserves the slow, agonising death it is approaching. May it not rest in peace.