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Presentation Over Performance

Presentation Over Performance
October 8th, 2016
Author: Jeff Taylor

Labour shows that its shadow cabinet selection was more about presentation than substance

In the best insight into the latest Labour Party thinking I can remember, a party spokesperson released the following statement yesterday:

“Jeremy Corbyn has today appointed the most diverse Shadow Cabinet or Cabinet in British political history:

"More than half are from the north of England and the Midlands.

"More than half are women.

"Six are from the black and minority ethnic community, more than ever.

"For the first time, two out of three shadowing the ‘great offices of state’ are women.”

No mention of how highly qualified for the position they are, not a peep about how their thinking represents the majority of the people in the country.

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Jeremy Corbyn by Revolutionbahrainmc (CC-BY-3.0)

No, it’s all about how ‘diverse’ the shadow cabinet is, as if that is the only measure by which they were chosen.

The people of the UK do not care about how diverse their politicians are, they want to know that they are intelligent and talented.

But it goes further than that. Just look at the claims:

More than half are from the north of England and the Midlands – how does that make the average southerner feel?

More than half are women – so men are under-represented?

Six are from the black and minority ethnic community, more than ever – out of thirty that’s 20 percent and, according to Wikipedia, only 13 percent of the population of the UK is not white; so are whites under-represented?

For the first time, two out of three shadowing the ‘great offices of state’ are women – Once again does that mean men are under-represented?

Labour could have announced this shadow cabinet without this statement, but it just shows where its true thinking lies and the direction in which we can expect them to take the country’s politics should they ever get their hands back on the levers of power.

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