Radio caller clashes with host in 'wokeness' debate
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LBC host Natasha Devon invited callers to discuss why Sir Keir Starmer failed to make an impact in the recent local elections which saw Labour lose the Hartlepool by-election and many local council seats. But one caller believed he knew the reason behind Sir Keir’s loss and blamed his “wokeness” as a reason why voters were put off his party. Ms Devon quickly pulled up the caller on his point as a furious row erupted over the term “woke” and the use of it in political discourse.
Speaking on LBC, the caller explained his reason behind the Labour Party’s loss.
He told the programme: “The biggest mistake was Keir Starmer taking the knee, that photo of him and Angela Rayner who he kindly accommodated under the bus.”
Ms Devon asked what the photo represented to the caller to which he replied he did not like “wokeness” and was then asked to back up his definition of the term.
He replied: “Wokeness a year ago was a compliment, now it is an insult to most people and you are defending wokeness tonight yourself.”
The radio host interrupted once more and asked him to clarify.
The caller said: “What you are doing you have your self-righteous values as a minority, and I am speaking as British West Indian as a black person in England.
“When you expect your whinging victimhood and the rest of the world to revolve around you and waving your finger at them saying ‘woe is me’ and these are the crimes committed by our ancestors 300 years ago.”
Ms Devon then brought up the problems that transgender people have to face and the “not accurately taught” British history in classrooms.
She said they do not “want the world to revolve around them” and just wanted a “cup of tea” like normal people.
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The furious caller blasted Ms Devon’s assessment and bellowed down the phone: “Why did you assume what I’m thinking?
“I think the noise they’re making and what they are demanding is disproportionate.
“I have nothing against transgender people or minority people, you can do what you want.”
The caller’s opinions echo the beliefs of recently resigned Labour frontbencher Kahlid Mahmood who stepped down after claiming the party was taken over by “woke social media warriors”.
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He added the Labour party was being run by a “London-based bourgeoisie” and had abandoned its working-class roots.
Sir Keir sacked Angela Rayner as party chair following the Hartlepool disaster with many allies and members rushing to her support.
Labour insiders insisted the result of Hartlepool was down to Sir Keir’s office who was mainly in charge of the campaign – despite Ms Rayner’s role as the campaign chief.
Insiders also add there will be a reshuffle in the Labour party and a policy rethink as the left-wing party attempts to recover following its disastrous 2019 general election result.
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