BRITAIN’S AFRICAN and Caribbean voters could be forgiven for demanding an independence referendum like the Scots are doing.
Once again, black Brits overwhelmingly supported Labour but they, like other disappointed voters, have ended up with a Tory government.
Decades of integration has ensured there is not a trace of a black nationalist agenda, so any comparison with Scotland is preposterous. Yet the parallel with the Land of the Brave sheds light on a broken electoral system heavily weighted in favour of middle-class English folk in the Home Counties at the expense of everyone else.
Democracy nerds babble on about how first-past-the-post disadvantages smaller parties and guarantees that the Tories need to win fewer votes per MP than any of their rivals.
But the unfairness is two-fold: the system also benefits the least diverse areas. We only have to look at the December 12 election; Labour held 61 of the 63 most diverse seats yet Boris Johnson’s party emerged with a 78-strong Commons majority.
Here are two more statistics for you – at least 70 per cent of all BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) citizens supported Jeremy Corbyn’s party.
The figure is even higher for African and Caribbean voters. And the top 34 constituencies with the highest black populations all remained solidly Labour.
Black communities overwhelmingly stayed loyal, despite all the negativity thrown at Corbyn in the mainstream media.
Yet BAME people didn’t get the government they voted for. Again.
So, what happens now? On the negative side Brexit is inevitable now and with it a rise in xenophobia and racism driven by those who want to declare they have “taken back” their country.
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