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It's Stormzy wot (almost) won it, part 1

DOWN WITH THE KIDS: Stormzy’s endorsement of Corbyn has resonated with young people

POLITICAL PARTIES are all as bad as one another, but when a black woman, Newcastle Central’s Chi Onwurah, won the first seat of the night in the General Election, it resonated right across the country – not least in black and mixed households.

Because for many minutes last Thursday, a sista was the only MP in the country. That has never happened before. And you couldn’t help wondering what Parliament would be like if it only had black women in its chambers. As Louis Armstrong would say, ‘what a wonderful world it would be...’
And it almost was, with a record number of black women elected to Parliament than ever before.

But now, the election is over – and clearly it did not go the way that Theresa May had hoped when political opportunism inebriated her with hubris and the milk of ideological expediency drowned her in a sea of miscalculation. As they say, Theresa may, but Theresa didn’t.

How could she have miscalculated so badly? After all, the mainstream press was (largely) determined to reinstall her in Downing Street with an increased majority – by any means necessary. They did their very best to ensure that no one could be in any doubt that Corbyn was the devil and ‘Tezza’ was a saint.

It sounds like a quote from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, instead of the echo of reassuring certainty that filled the corridors of power of the Conservative Party at the announcement by the party’s leader two months ago of a snap election that would wipe the floor with labour... I mean, Labour. Who would have believed otherwise?

Even his own colleagues were saying ‘Jezza’ is a blooming liability and the ‘Corbyn’ brand is toxic and his past record on defence and security would prove to be a veritable trident, a ‘new clear’ annihilation, a total obliteration, once the hounds of The Sun, The Mail, The Telegraph and The Express were unleashed.

As astute a political commentator as I am, I was also convinced that calling this snap election was like putting an old (communist) tabby out of its misery after being run over by a (red) London double decker.

Check back at 4pm GMT today to read part 2 of this piece.

Dotun Adebayo is Britain’s most listened-to black radio talk show host. He presents Up All Night on BBC Radio 5 live Thursdays through Sundays on 909/693 MW, The Sunday Night Special on BBC 94.9FM and Reggae Time on BBC London 94.9FM on Saturday evenings. Tune in if you’re ranking!

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