There is a widely shared belief in the drinking rooms of Westminster Village that a certain Chuka Umunna MP (Streatham, Labour) is headed for the top of British politics.
The child of a Nigerian father and Irish mother, Umunna, 35, is already considered the country’s leading ‘black’ politician and has created around himself an aura of excitement that will be all too familiar to our friends across the pond.
Umunna is so often described as the ‘British Obama’ that the lazy racism of the term is overlooked and only the positive insinuations allowed to burn through.
And I suppose Umunna is the British Obama, at least in the sense that he is ‘black’, young and – most importantly of all- a potentially devastating weapon for the Left.
To understand why he holds such value, it is necessary to look deeper into the Liberal mindset, past the velvet-curtain of virtue and into the control room of manipulation behind it. Black politicians are valued by the Left, not in order to redress past wrongs, but because those past wrongs insulate their candidate from the type of criticism traditionally deployed against a prospective political leader.
When (and I think ‘when’ and not ‘if’ is sadly warranted here) Mr Umunna becomes Labour leader, he will be subject to dribbling adoration from both Liberal and supposedly ‘Right-Wing’ media. Even if his policies are antithetical (as they will be) to Conservative positions, the right-leaning papers will feel obliged to go easy on him, handling his staid, unspectacular words as the profoundest wisdom, worthy of only the most qualified, polite repudiation. His lack of experience (which is almost total) won’t even be mentioned.
The public meanwhile will be so electrified by the opportunity to prove their high-minded tolerance (and superiority to those racist ‘working classes’) that they will easily provide the electoral support necessary to take Umunna all the way to No. 10.
This at least is the plan. That is the blueprint that was brought to such dramatic success in the United States 6 short years ago. There is no reason to think the same model wouldn’t work in the even more PC, decidedly socialised island of Albion. If we are to stop it at all therefore, we must stop it now.
This is not, it should be clarified, a condemnation of Mr. Umunna personally. Little has been reported about his character. In many ways, this is precisely the point. Umunna, like Obama in 2005/6, is an outline to be filled in later by those who secretly promote him.
Unlike the Americans were with Obama, we needn’t be caught off guard by these manipulations. When Umunna eventually emerges (probably right after Ed Miliband’s tenure) as Labour Leader, we must demand from him the same moral and intellectual prowess as we do from any other candidate.