British Africans – deciding in UK elections

The deciding moment, when Black Britain decides, had come. The General Elections planned for 6th May 2010. In my previous postings about this topic I made some implicit distinctions between the following two constituencies: Black British who have settled in Britain for more than one generation, and those particularly from Africa who are first generation British. The latter demonstrates strong connections with the African continent than the former.

It was an event that Operation Black Vote had well crafted for Wednesday 28/4/2010 in London. Three quarters of the Methodical Church hall in Central London were full of a diversity of ethnic minority people gathered to listen to what politicians could sell to them to get their vote. The main British political parties: Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democratic, even the Greens were represented at their highest levels by their deputy leaders. People were eager for change. Labour talked of policies they were aiming to improve on. Conservatives lacked some real connections with the audience; at one time they were even booed. The Liberal Democrats, as the new guys of the block, were Obama-like in their selling of hope.

The previous days, the free evening standard edition had published in its paper that the three main British parties contesting the elections would have all to make drastic cuts in government spending to address current huge deficits. It was however reported that the Conservatives were found to be with the biggest shortfall in their plans for public spending cuts between April 2011 and March 2015 – of £54.4 billion – compared with £44.1 billion for Labour and £34.5 billion for the Lib-Dems. In other words, this translates as saying that if any cut would have to be experienced, the Lib-Dems would be more likely to make services and people suffer less.

Having mentioned this, if the Lib-Dems could apply their policy of fair and just society beyond Britain borders, to the rest of the world through their foreign policy, they could also immensely contribute to a better and much fairer world where justice could be improved and sustainable development become a shared concern.

But where do British Africans do stand in all this? Africa is a continent where Labour and Conservative governments have not always played fair when it comes to effective development of African people. It would sound irrational to acknowledge that British interests have overwhelmingly come first at the expense of indigenous people, when particularly they were or are ruled by dictators and criminals serving external interests rather their citizens.

British Africans can change that situation in the UK coming elections. A transformative change of British foreign policy towards Africa is required. It cannot come from the two old parties which have enormously contributed to what Africa is experiencing today, not to be proud of: wars, dictatorships, famines, corruption, abuse of human rights, repression of any dissent voices to change what it wrong.

By making the right choice on 6th May 2010, British Africans can make the necessary difference worth more than the amount of worthless Aid that Africa gets at the back of the West supporting corrupt and dictatorial African regimes.


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