Shaun Bailey, Prime Minister David Cameron’s lone Black advisor, recently discussed why his Conservative Party has trouble connecting with Black and Asian voters: Britain is still quite racist.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Bailey admitted that his party has not “been brilliant around race,” because they rarely discuss it.
“We need to speak about race. Our weakness is we don’t talk about it,” he said.
“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.”
Bailey, who was once in Cameron’s inner circle, has been pushed out and given a part-time role in the Cabinet Office. He confessed to friends that he was sidelined after Cameron’s pals were given government roles and because he was “different.”
While Bailey asserts that there is still a lot of racism in Britain, he told The Daily Telegraphy his country is “not as racist as America.”
Bailey’s remarks on the failings of his Conservative Party (the Tories) to reach out to minority voters comes on the heels of a recent report which found that Black and Asian voters are becoming a more powerful voting bloc.
According to one estimate, the shift in Britain’s ethnic makeup may be enough to defeat Prime Minister Cameron in the next election.
Simon Woolley, of OBV [Operation Black Vote], said: “The black vote has never been so powerful. This is great news for all those who thought we could never effect change … With this political leverage I’m sure many will want to demand greater race equality …This research is a political game-changer – above all, if ethnic minority communities and politicians respond positively to it, democracy wins.”
The Liberal Democrat deputy leader, Simon Hughes, said the findings were “very significant” and added: “Unless all parties and candidates engage with and seek to win BME [black and minority ethnic] support, they could be in political difficulty locally and see their general election prospects significantly set back.”
According to one new estimate, the change in Britain’s ethnic makeup may already be enough to cost David Cameron the next election. The Conservatives’ race deficit will cost them between 20 and 40 seats in 2015, according to calculations by Prof Anthony Heath, of Oxford University, who has studied ethnic demographic changes and their effects on elections.
The growing number of ethnic voters coupled with the Conservative Party’s inability to connect with minorities even have some predicting that Britain will have its first Black Prime Minister by 2020.