The BBC website today has a little feature on the “record number” of Asian women who will be fighting for Parliamentary seats as prospective candidates. Some are a shoo-in, like Priti Patel (Con) and Yasmin Qureshi (Labour). Others have little to no chance, like Adeela Shafi (Con) and Satnam Khalsa (Libdem).
Of course – just because they’re Asian doesn’t mean I would automatically like to see them elected (not a fan of Patel, or Qureshi, and prefer the Labour candidates – Kerry McCarthy and John McDonnell – who are being challenged by the other two). Anyone know why Emily Benn is on that list?
But it would be good to see a diverse parliament and on that basis I think the more Asian women MPs the better. Although, as I’ve said before – I’m for all women shortlists but not all ethnic minority shortlists.
Another argument against ethnic shortlists seems to have emerged – that it will end up with some demanding further segmentation. For example: the percentage of Muslim women candidates is way higher than Hindu or Sikh women candidates. Don’t know why this is… perhaps because Muslims are more politicised. But I certainly would not back any demands to see more Sikh or Hindu candidates being favoured.
Also interesting: How Conservatives’ software targets Asian voters.
Get used to micro-targeting people, it is inevitable.
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