There is a vocal minority of people who dominate discussions in the media, and seem determined to import the racially-charged culture we see in the US.
As nearly 70 of the party’s MPs successfully campaigned to remove 30 criminals from a flight, their leader has gone quiet. Again.
“They used it…to divide our communities and divide our country.”
In an atmosphere when anyone can close down the conversation by saying “I feel uncomfortable”, rational discussion becomes impossible.
New evidence suggests their supposed voter base doesn’t exist. Meanwhile, they’re taking the day off.
Plus: UKIP abandons the field against Remain Tories. A bike-riding Minister isn’t canvassing. And: Michael Crick should apologise.
The Tories are making gradual rather than spectacular progress on ethnic diversity – as the party’s class of 2017 looks set to prove.
This offers May an historic opportunity.
Plus: Sarah Palin to Canada, the Brexit Bill to the Lords, and Clive Lewis to the backbenches. And: when sorry isn’t the hardest word.
Most of the latter are used to trying to stop rebellions, not start them.
The largest Conservative rebellion totalled just three MPs. Meanwhile, 52 Labour MPs defied Corbyn.
The inheritance of Bevin and Attlee is not just on the back foot, it is beset by people who want to destroy it completely.