Why I don’t care about the Conservative leadership election- and neither should you
It is currently looking almost certain that Boris Johnson is going to be the the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This is a man who said that women wearing niqabs look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”, who has referred to Black people as “picanninies” with “watermelon smiles” and who once compared gay marriage to three men marrying a dog. He also compared the EU to Hitler, and advocated for the recolonisation of Africa.
The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scrambled once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty.”
But why is this any worse than Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’; an immigration policy which resulted in members of the Windrush generation being denied benefits and healthcare, losing their homes or even lives based on an immigration status which should never have been questioned? Why is this any worse than Sajid Javid depriving Shamima Begum of her British citizenship against international law?
The decision to deprive Shamima Begum of her UK citizenship has made her stateless, in violation of both international norms and the domestic laws implementing them, according to the Oxford Human Rights Hub.
And how are any of these worse than Labour’s Tony Blair embroiling the United Kingdom in a war which violated the UN Charter and international humanitarian law, and killed almost half a million people?
My point is: it doesn’t matter who is going to be the next leader of the Conservative party. At a time where, when polled, only 21% of the British public said that they have faith that the next prime minister, whoever it may be, will be up to the job, it is important to acknowledge that the Conservative leadership election will change absolutely nothing about our political system. Hell- even a general election will be limited in its impact. It isn’t about people, or parties, but the entire system of governance. In fact, meaningful change will only come when the entire political system is turned on its head, and the chance of that happening in our lifetimes is next to nothing. Cheerful, eh?