AS the media have noted with some glee, under new Prime Minister Liz Truss for the first time none of the four ‘great offices of state’ is held by a white man.
Much of the party loyalists and conservative commentariat in turn has taken this in one of two ways; as either a positive sign of progress as opposed to the left’s record on such matters or as an indicator of the party’s supposed meritocracy. Conservative Lord Hannan noted that such a matter could never happen ‘in the current Labour or Lib Dem leaderships’, and that it showed that the left’s ‘positive discrimination’ doesn’t work.
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No white men in any of the four top jobs in UK politics – something that simply could not happen in the current Labour or Lib Dem leaderships. D'you think Lefties might squint at the Tories and ask themselves whether positive discrimination is everything it's cracked up to be? pic.twitter.com/DIyazvrDkD
— Daniel Hannan (@DanielJHannan) September 6, 2022