The war on democracy must be diverse!

The woke left thinks the only problem with Caroline Lucas’s anti-democratic cabinet is that it was all-white.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill


To see what a dire, frightful, probably unfixable mess the British left is in, look no further than the debate over Caroline Lucas’s all-female cabinet to Stop Brexit. Lucas, the ostensibly leftish leader of the Green Party, proposed forming an entirely undemocratic ‘emergency cabinet’ made up of her and her exclusively female chums. Its job would be to trash the thing that 17.4million of us voted for – leaving the EU. And how did the woke left respond to Lucas’s lunacy? By pointing out that her proposed cabinet consisted entirely of white women! Yes, it wasn’t the fact that Lucas was essentially proposing a coup against democracy that got the woke lobby’s back up – it was that there were no black faces in her clique against the masses.

This is contemporary leftism summed up. It exposes the moral and intellectual rot of left identitarianism. To the woke brigade, everything is racial; everything is about skin colour; everything is reducible to the question: ‘Why so many whiteys?’ We now know that they even judge coups against the people’s will by their racial make-up. They couldn’t give a solitary shit that Lucas was suggesting the creation of an entirely aloof, unaccountable cabinet to do over the largest democratic vote in British history – they just wanted to know the melanin levels of those involved. That’s because they of course agree with Lucas that the pig-ignorant plebs who voted for Brexit must have their wishes overthrown by the far more enlightened political elite. They just want to ensure that the political elite that drives the knife into democracy’s back is diverse. You couldn’t have asked for better proof that the cult of diversity is nothing more than a gloss designed to make elitist power systems seem fresh and new.

No sooner had Lucas proposed her reactionary assault on the democratic will than the woke lot were saying, ‘Where are the black women? WHERE’S DIANE ABBOTT?’ Labour’s Clive Lewis, a shrill SJW masquerading as an MP, was early out of the blocks. ‘Where are the BAME women politicians?’, he asked. A Twitterstorm against Lucas ensued. And now Lucas has apologised. ‘I did not get this right’, she says. ‘An all-white list of women isn’t right.’ It is testament to the corrosive impact of identity politics on morality, politics and life in general that Lucas thinks her only mistake was to focus on having white women in her cabinet rather than the fact that, you know, she was proposing a monstrous assault on millions of voters, including millions of female voters.

Identity politics is increasingly the means through which the political class asserts its authority over the throng. Diversity never means diversity of opinion – hence, as Joanna Williams points out, not a single pro-Brexit female MP even got a look-in on Lucas’s fantasy cabinet. Diversity only means adding dashes of colour and gender to a political system which more than ever looks upon ordinary people with contempt. Identitarianism is the cover under which a new elite censors, demonises and even disenfranchises the general public. The takeaway message of the Lucas affair is that if Diane Abbott had been part of this dream / nightmare cabinet waging war on democracy, then the woke left would have been absolutely fine with it. What they mean is: ‘Yes, let’s crap all over the people. But let’s be multicultural while we do it.’

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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John Little

13th August 2019 at 9:36 pm

The whole rotten crowd of them from the media, Lucas, Swinson, Corbyn, the judiciary, et al, have displaced the old aristocratic elites while totally sharing their contempt for the political rights of the peasants. They’re simply less honest about it, hiding behind all that bogus leftist b++++++t about equality.

Jerry Owen

13th August 2019 at 2:44 pm

The BBC refer to Lucas as an MP for the Green Party.. however she is actually the ‘only’ Green Party MP ? The BBC bigging up remainiacs again ?

Jane 70

13th August 2019 at 1:14 pm

And now the Remain Supremo Jolyon Maugham, exhibiting once more the symptoms of obsessive litigation disorder, has brought a case before the Court of Session in Edinburgh, to be heard on September 6th.
How much will this cost?
Will La Lucas help out?

Neil McCaughan

13th August 2019 at 1:56 pm

Don’t worry, that nice Mr George Sauron can afford it.

Jane 70

13th August 2019 at 12:59 pm

Well, I never thought to see this: the Graun is tentatively examining extremism amongst diehard Remainers. Who’d have thought?

Ven Oods

14th August 2019 at 1:02 pm

I also wondered how that one sneaked through the Grain’s woke filter.

Amelia Cantor

13th August 2019 at 10:29 am

Caroline ruined a beautiful project by the terrible misstep of failing to be intersectional. I hope she will try again, and this time remember to include:

* Wombyn of colour
* Transwombyn
* Wombyn / Transwombyn from the Muslim community
* Greta Thunberg

John Hall

13th August 2019 at 11:44 am

Identity Politics = Idiots like you. (Assuming you’re an actual REAL person…which I doubt.)

H McLean

13th August 2019 at 11:57 am

John I think Spiked may well have it’s very own Titania McGrath in the guise of Ms Cantor.

Amelia Cantor

14th August 2019 at 11:34 am

Identity Politics = Idiots like you.

And “idiots” like me are growing in number by the day, while cisgender white males are following their figureheads Jeffrey Epstein and Jimmy Savile underground.

(Assuming you’re an actual REAL person…which I doubt.)

I am as real as the soaring numbers of BAME folk right across the world. The future is rainbow and intersectional. The past is cisgender, white and male.

So bye-bye, cisgender white male!

Ed Turnbull

13th August 2019 at 12:36 pm

Amelia your list is incomplete – Caroline must also include powerless, disadvantaged wombyn. Wombyn like Gina Miller (who is also of colour), whose inability to prevent the incipient Holocaust of Brexit clearly demonstrates just how disenfranchised she is.

And we must not forget oppressed wombyn like Theresa May who’s been cruelly prevented from running the country (and thwarting Brexit) solely due to toxic masculinity (is there any other kind?).

Jane 70

13th August 2019 at 12:54 pm

And poor oppressed Anna Soubry and desperately desperately impoverished and socially challenged Emily Thornberry.
And how about recruiting the Beeb’s Leave-Crusher-In-Chief, the one and only Emily Maitlis; surely she could be parachuted in, since this lot seem to have a decidedly flexible concept of the democratic process.
Oops! Too many whities!

Amelia Cantor

14th August 2019 at 11:32 am

Another rightard refutes himself:

Amelia your list is incomplete – Caroline must also include powerless, disadvantaged wombyn. Wombyn like Gina Miller (who is also of colour),

In other words, my list wasn’t incomplete. By saying “wombyn of colour”, obviously I was including powerless and disadvantaged wombyn. As a wombyn of colour, Gina Miller is disadvantaged. And although she personally is not powerless, that is exceptional for a wombyn of colour.

Rightards have an unerring ability to shoot themselves in the foot.

Vivien Johnson

15th August 2019 at 4:19 pm

In Sydney this week we had occasion to be grateful for ” toxic masculinity” as a few heroes grabbed and restrained an ” allahu akbar ” ranting maniac who’ already killed one woman and stabbed a second. You can keep your rainbow types and your intersectional victim contestants. We’ll have real white men any day!

Darter Noster

14th August 2019 at 2:13 pm

What’s a ‘wombyn’?

Is it a cross between a Womble and a Moomin?

Darter Noster

15th August 2019 at 9:31 am

“the terrible misstep of failing to be intersectional”

Wombyn is a trans exclusionary term that links womanhood to the possession of a womb, whereas all truly woke people know that being a woman has nothing to do with your reproductive system. So you’re excluding all the women with penises and testicles Amelia. That sounds pretty cis-normative heterofascist to me.

Amelia Cantor

16th August 2019 at 10:50 am

It is not “trans exclusionary”, because “womb” is an acknowledgement of gendered history, not a prescription for the bodies of trans wombyn.

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