Tories think they\’ll get 200 seats

This is a bit of a shocker.

The Tories are indicating that they\’re only going to get 200 seats at the next election.

Mr Herbert said: ‘A successful political party ought to look like the country it seeks to govern. If we were truly representative, we would have 99 women, 16 black or ethnic minority and ten gay MPs.’

Women are around 50% of the population, BME (horrible acronym I know) 8% and LGBT some 5% (on a very high estimate of the incidence in the population).

Given those proportions and those numbers, therefore they think they\’re going to get 200 seatss.

Has anyone told Samantha she\’ll not be measuring Number 10 up for new curtains this year?

As an aside, and first let me point out that I don\’t actually want to be a Tory MP, if I wanted to be a Tory MP that little statement wouldn\’t treally encourage me all that much.

Yes, it\’s true, middle aged heterosexual white (well, pinkish really) public school boys have traditionally found it easier to get into Parliament than those without that quinfecta of attributes. But that doesn\’t do all that much for those from this generation who might aspire, the deliberate aim of discriminating against such.

8 comments on “Tories think they\’ll get 200 seats

  1. XX 16 black or ethnic minority….XX

    And this just goes to show how out of touch they are.

    Having worked with HUNDREDS of muslims and blacks here, one thing has become apparant, as far as hating blacks goes, the muslims make the Ku Klux Klan look like a recruiting club for the black panthers.

    The muslims also hate Sihks, Hindus and Jews with a vengence.

    They then need to subdivide the divisions.

    THEN what happens when one of the black M.Ps is accused of discriminating against a black constituent, because the constituent comes from another tribe, who hate each others guts?

    Then you have Sunni and Shi`te muslims, who hate each other, and…and…

    HOW would lumping them all under “black or ethnic minority” solve ANYTHING?

    It just WILL not work.

  2. Didn’t I see a very similar blog on this subject a few weeks ago? Can’t remember where it was, though.

  3. What if (for example) sufficient women prefer having a man in charge? I can recall many women of my acquaintance making that point in Mrs Thatcher’s day.
    Perhaps, to ensure that, say, Norfolk, gets its proper share of representation we should restrict candidacy for Norfolk seats to those born and brought up there?
    The idea of limiting the choices available to voters is entirely stupid

  4. “A successful political party ought to look like the country it seeks to govern.”

    This is utter bollocks, of course, and evil to boot. We should select our politicians the way we select anything else; on the basis of fitness for the purpose. Anything else is some form of -ism.

    To say that blacks can only be represented by a black, or women by a woman, is collectivism of the most base kind, and assumes that the black and the woman are defined by their skin colour or gender, and the representatives are also.

  5. I’ve been watching Brit politics from Australia, and I was really hoping that, considering the shambles that Britain is in (and I mean that in the nicest possible way), the Conservatives could come in and clean things up a bit.
    Unfortunately the conservatives seem to be overt-taken by a bunch of try-too-hard-to-be-cool latte lefty wannabes.

    Can’t you get them to man up a little? Buy them all akubras and trucks and 22 gauge rifles, for example. I’m sure you’ll think of something.

  6. With the same mentality, a quarter of the MPs should be functionally illiterate, a fifth have criminal records and a significant number having never held down a job (OK forget that one).

  7. These people don’t understand “representative democracy.”
    The whole point is that one person – that’s right, single individual – represents many people.
    That “one person” doesn’t just represent themselves, or people of the same age, gender, disability profile, race, and relationship status. They represent everyone.
    It’s a crazy idea, I know. But some people say it works.

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