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Guardian: “Equality rally reveals whiteness of general election”

George Osborne is introduced by the actor & playwright Kwame Kwei Armah Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

The Guardian newspaper covered last night’s Black Britain Decides event:

Two thousand mainly black and minority ethnic voters gathered at a rally in Westminster tonight to call for better political representation, in what could be the largest single gathering of the election campaign.

If the audience wanted reminding of scale of political under-representation, they needed only look at the stage. All six senior politicians who spoke at the event were white. Three of them – the leaders of the main parties – chose to deliver their messages via video link, having previously indicated they would appear in person.

Simon Woolley, the co-ordinator of Operation Black Vote (OBV), described the event, which filled the Methodist Central Hall near the Houses of Parliament, as “a show of force to the political elite”.

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  1. It is a shame that the political situation in Britain today has come this. The only people to blame for this are the New Labour Government that came into power in 1997. They did not have a plan to represent Britian as it was then, and taking Britain into the future as it is today. The very bad treatment of Paul Boateng in 1997 which eventually made him disillusioned with politics has come home to roost today. New Labour brought in racist policies which has greatly stiffled the progress of minority ethnic citizens. Personnally, I do not care of the racial background of all the politicians. All I ask of them is to please, represent Britian as Britain is today. New Labour would not only be remembered for the undermining of the UN to participate in an illegal war that led to the invasion of a non-white country, they will also be remembered as the first racist British Government in history. New Labour thought that introducing racist policies would keep them in government for a long time. They are now finally realising that that was a very backward move. In order for this to be a lesson for future politicians of this country, I hope New Labour is on the receiving end of a humiliating defeat next week. Non whites have got to wake up to the reality that New Labour is not the party for them nor for the future of this great country. A vote for them would be a massive step in the wrong direction. I want fairness, integrity and honesty in politics. Unfortunately for those who voted New Labour, they voted for deception, racism, spin, unfairness and dishonesty. This massive mistake can be rectified next week. Please fellow non whites, let us view this situation with rational thought backed up with positive action.

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