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Friday, March 09, 2007

Game, Set & Match to Mercer!

Whatever David Cameron thought he was doing yesterday in the name of his party, it has rather backfired on him. A lot of those who would consider themselves Tories are disappointed at best or downright angry at worst. A quick glance at blogs, forums, and chatrooms suggests he will need to say something in order that many people don't think he is just another PC politician.

The Conservative Party needs to keep those who cherish free speech, who hold traditional views, and who are fed up with self-righteous political correctness. If he carries on with a lofty disdain for debate, opinion, and personal expression, then he will never get back those who have left or are feeling left out in the cold.

His opinions on who is a racist and what constitutes a racist may well be valid ones, but it would have been better if he had not jumped in with two flat feet and attacked a man with an impeccable record in supporting his black soldiers' careers in the Army.

This is a nice posting from Danny Finkelstein's blog. Sums it up quite well, I think!

And what is the lesson of the Mercer saga? That one's track record in managing and promoting one's minority employees counts for nothing, compared to making injudicious remarks to the press.

Of course, if the Tories had any senior black members, those members might have been able to offer an opinion on Mr Mercer, one way or the other. They don't, so instead David Cameron must respond to what the media tell him minorities think about Mercer's remarks. That's the real story

Posted by: James Kennett 9 Mar 2007 05:11:44


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