The Tories are currently in full fake outrage mode about a Young Labour equalities conference that invites invitations from young people who identify as female, BAME (black and minority ethnic), LGBT or disabled:
As well as ‘CCHQ’, the usual ‘faux-outrage’ suspects are on display of course, including:
- Ben Bradley of ‘sterilise unemployed wasters’ infamy, who still appears not to have retracted a previous race smear against the Labour Party after it was debunked by this blog
- James Cleverly – who squirmed on the BBC while trying to defend Bradley’s ‘eugenics’ comments.
Of course, the accusation is completely false anyway – disabled people can be straight, white, male or all three.
The ‘straight white men’ line has clearly been identified as one to outrage a certain section of the population and is being repeated, with barely a variation.
If anyone is struggling to identify which section of the population they’re trying to appeal to, a glimpse at a SKWAWKBOX image from an article last year that has gone viral as shorthand for it will illuminate:
Of course, the Tories are anything but strangers to cynical hypocrisy – as a glance at the website for the Conservative Women’s Organisation (CWO) will show:
Not unreasonably, the CWO only accepts women as members. And it organises a conference for its members – its women-only members:
The CWO’s ‘about’ page includes, among the purposes of the organisation:
- Campaigning on issues of particular concern to women both nationally and internationally
- Encouraging women to be politically active and to get elected at all levels
Of course, nobody could reasonably argue that no men can be interested in ‘issues of particular concern to women’, or in ‘encouraging women to be politically active’.
But only women are invited to register for the conference.
No ‘straight white men’ allowed.
Yet again, the Tories have embarrassed themselves in trying to portray a perfectly sensible measure – to ensure that those most affected by inequality are able to discuss their issues among people who understand best what it’s like to be so affected – is some kind of unfairness, when they do exactly the same.
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